PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team fought back to earn a 3-3 tie against ECAC Hockey opponent Brown in its final game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Rink. Quinnipiac finishes the regular season with a 12-9-1 ECAC Hockey record and a 20-11-3 overall mark, while Brown finishes with a 1-17-4 ECAC Hockey record and a 2-23-4 overall mark. Despite the tie, Quinnipiac remains the No. 5 seed in the upcoming ECAC Hockey playoffs, when the team heads to Princeton, N.J. next weekend to face No. 4 Princeton in a best-of-three opening round series.
Brown jumped out to a surprising 1-0 lead at the 11:02 mark into the first period, as sophomore forward Erica Farrer tallied just her fourth goal of the season. The play continued despite the puck disappearing amongst the congestion in front of the net, and eventually found its way over the goal line. On the score, Vika Mykolenko earned her first assist on the season.
Following the goal, Quinnipiac had opportunities on its two power plays to tie the score, but Brown's senior goaltender Joy Joung kept the Bobcats scoreless. The senior turned away three shots apiece during each power play, making 16 saves overall in the frame and 38 saves in the game overall. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away nine shots in the period, en route to a 25 save performance on the afternoon for the Bobcats.
An inspired Brown squad increased its lead to 2-0 at the 3:57 mark into the second period on an unassisted goal from sophomore forward Alena Polenska. Following a great save from Joung on freshman forward Emily MacKinnon's (Kirkland, Quebec) backhanded attempt, Polenska brought a counterattack into the Bobcats' zone. Her hard wrist shot kissed the inside of the post and into the goal for her eight tally of the season.
Quinnipiac quickly brought the score to 2-1 just under a minute later at the 4:55 mark into the second period, as junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn) blasted a shot past Joung from just inside the blue line. The puck rotated to the point following passes from freshman forward Elena Orlando (Chico, Calif.) and junior forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba), who were each credited with her respective sixth and fourth assist of the season.
The Bears regained the two-goal advantage at the 9:24 mark into the second period on an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Laurie Jolin. The sophomore stole the puck along the boards outside the blue line, skated in unmarked, and beat an outstretched Vigilanti for her team-leading ninth goal of the season.
The Bobcats once again responded quickly, as a rebounded goal by Orlando at the 13:37 mark into the second stanza made the score 3-2. Dymarczyk took a slap shot that Joung was unable to handle, and an anticipating Orlando knocked in the rebound for her second goal of the season. On the score, Dymarczyk picked up her 17th assist of the season, while sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) earned her eighth helper of the year.
Quinnipiac controlled the puck in its offensive zone for the majority of the third period, and finally found the equalizing goal at the 16:09 mark into the frame on a power play goal. Sophomore defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) ripped one of the hardest slap shots of the game from just inside the blue line to knot the score at three apiece. Dymarczyk was credited with her second assist of the game, while freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) earned her seventh assist of the year.
Neither squad could find the game-winning goal in overtime, as Quinnipiac and Brown each took three shots in the extra frame.
In the game, Quinnipiac was successful on one of its six power play chances, while it held Brown scoreless on its one power play opportunity.
Quinnipiac returns to the ice next weekend on Friday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. when it takes on Princeton in the first round of ECAC Hockey playoffs. Princeton, which earned a No. 4 seed in the playoff bracket, will host No. 5 Quinnipiac for a best-of-three series at Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J.