February 11, 2012

Clarkson Slips Past Women's Ice Hockey, 3-2

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team lost a hard fought battle to ECAC Hockey opponent Clarkson, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at HighPoint Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats fall to 10-8-2 in ECAC Hockey (15-14-2 overall), while Clarkson improves to 14-4-2 in league play and 20-7-5 overall.

The Bobcats comeback effort was led by sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and senior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario), who each tallied a goal to bring the squad within one, yet Clarkson was able to hold on for its sixth consecutive victory of the season.

Clarkson grabbed a 1-0 lead just under the midway point in the first period of play, as senior forward Juana Baribeau's slap shot in front beat freshman goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) on the near post. Sophomore forward Brittnay Styner held possession of the puck last, and was credited with the assist on the goal.

The Golden Knights increased its lead to 2-0 at the 15:40 mark into the first stanza, as Styner's deflection in front bounded into the back of the net for her sixth score of the season. Junior defender Hailey Wood, who took the slap shot from the point, was credited with the assist.

Clarkson tallied an early third period goal to extend its lead to 3-0 at the 1:48 mark into the frame, on sophomore forward Jamie Lee Rattray's 17th tally of the season. Rattray's unassisted goal would be Clarkson's last score of the game against Laden, who made 28 saves overall. Sophomore goaltender Erica Howe made a game-high 30 saves in goal for the Golden Knights.

Uden Johansson potted the Bobcats' first goal of the contest on a power-play score at the 7:03 mark into the second period of action. Quinnipiac's crisp passing from its power-play unit led to a perfect cross-ice pass from freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) to Uden Johansson. The sophomore took a one-timed slapper towards the net, beating Howe. Junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), who initially dished the puck to Kosta, was credited with the second assist.

Quinnipiac closed the gap to 3-2 with 2:56 remaining in the game on Wheeler's one-timed strike from just inside the blue line. Effective forechecking from junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) and sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) caused a Clarkson turnover behind its own goal. Babstock then found Wheeler streaking into the zone and knocked the puck up-ice where the assistant captain unloaded a missile into the net.

The Bobcats nearly tied the score with 14 seconds remaining in regulation, but an official's review confirmed that the puck had not yet crossed the goal-line before the play had been blown dead.

Quinnipiac was successful on one of its power-plays (1-for-5 on the afternoon), while it held Clarkson scoreless on its four extra skater opportunities.

The Bobcats return to the ice next weekend when it hosts Union and Rensselaer in the final weekend of the regular season. Quinnipiac hosts Union on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., before its Saturday, Feb. 18 matchup against Rensselaer at 4 p.m. at the HighPoint Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu