Women's Ice Hockey Celebrates Senior Day With 4-0 Victory Over Union
HAMDEN, Conn. - Led by freshman forward Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) two goals, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team finished its 2010-11 regular season home schedule with a 4-0 shutout victory over ECAC Hockey opponent Union on Senior Day at the TD Bank Sports Center. The victory gives the Bobcats both program-highs in overall wins (20) and ECAC Hockey victories (12). On the season, the Bobcats are 20-10-2 overall and 12-8-0 in ECAC Hockey, as they maintain their position in fourth place in league play. With the loss, Union falls to 2-27-3 overall and 1-17-2 in ECAC Hockey.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Babstock's first goal of the game at the 13:37 mark into the first period. Babstock controlled a rebounded shot from fellow freshman forward Elena Orlando (Chicho, Calif.) and put away the only goal of the period for Quinnipiac. Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the play, earning her first of two assists on the afternoon.
Quinnipiac extended its lead to 2-0 at the 3:46 mark into the second period on Lyons' 10th goal of the season. Lyons attacked the puck after Union's junior goaltender Kate Gallagher was unable to hold onto junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk's (Hamden, Conn.) initial shot. The sophomore then took a backhanded swipe at the puck as she fell to the ice, which found its way past Union's netminder. Dymarczyk was credited with her 16th assist of the season on the score.
Babstock netted her second goal of the contest, and her league-leading 29th tally of the season, at the 12:05 mark into the second stanza to increase Quinnipiac's lead, 3-0. The Mississauga native collected a rebounded shot coming from the stick of freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) and slid in the puck by an out-of-position Gallagher. Colin and junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) were each credited with an assist on the tally.
Freshman forward Lindsay Burman (Stanchfield, Minn.) added an insurance goal for Quinnipiac at the 8:41 mark into the third stanza. Burman's second goal of the season was assisted by Lyons and senior forward Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.).
Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) played yet another solid game between the pipes, turning away 23 shots for her league-leading 18th win of the season and personal-high eighth shutout of the season. Her counterpart Gallgher made 42 saves for the Dutchwomen.
Neither team saw much time in the penalty box, as Quinnipiac committed one penalty on the afternoon, while Union was whistled for two penalties.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it plays its final regular season road games on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. against Yale and again on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. against Brown.