HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was defeated by ECAC Hockey opponent No. 2/3 Cornell on Saturday afternoon at the High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 6-7-1 overall (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey), while Cornell improves to 7-1-0 overall (6-1-0 ECAC Hockey).
The Bobcats received their goal late in the third period to avoid the shutout, as sophomore forward Megan Hagg (Ajax, Ontario) netted her second goal of the year. Fellow sophomore forward Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) initial shot was saved by Cornell's sophomore goaltender Lauren Slebodnick, but Hagg was in perfect position to tap in the rebound.
Cornell's steady attack began with a goal by senior Chelsea Karpenko, whose goal at the 12:29 mark into the first period gave the Big Red the 1-0 lead. Karpenko then added her second goal of the game minutes later, scoring at the 17:05 mark, before senior Rebecca Johnston added the team's third score of the frame at the 19:01 mark.
The Big Red continued its pressure in the second stanza, receiving goals from sophomore Brianne Jenner (4:18), freshman Emily Fulton (13:24), and sophomore Jessica Campbell (15:54), extending its lead to 6-0 by the second intermission. Following Jenner's score, Quinnipiac's sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) was replaced by freshman netminder Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.), who protected the net for the remainder of the game. Vigilanti turned away 11 shots during her time between the pipes, while Laden made 15 saves. Slebodnick made 30 saves for Cornell, earning her fourth win of the season.
The teams traded goals in the third period, as Cornell added its final goal at the 5:34 mark on senior Catherine White's sixth goal of the season. Hagg followed with Quinnipiac's goal to bring the game to its final score of 7-1.
The Bobcats did well to stay out of the penalty box and committed only three penalties, compared to Cornell, which was whistled for seven penalties overall. Cornell went 1-for3 on its power-play opportunities, while Quinnipiac went 0-for-5 on its extra skater advantages. The Big Red owned a slight shot advantage, 33-to-31.
The Bobcats return to the ice on Tuesday, Nov. 22, when they host Boston College at 7 p.m.
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