October 8, 2011

Maine Edges Past No. 9 Women's Ice Hockey In Overtime, 5-4

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The No. 9 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was defeated by Maine in overtime, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac falls to 1-3-0 on the season, while Maine maintains a perfect 4-0-0 record on the year.

Sophomore Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and junior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) led the offensive attack for Quinnipiac, as each collected a goal and two assists in the game. Freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) each added their first goals of the season, while freshman Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) and senior Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) both earned their first helpers on the year.

Maine's overtime goal, scored by junior Danielle Ward at the 2:32 mark into the first overtime period, capped off her two-goal performance afternoon. Senior Myriam Croussette, sophomore Missy Denk and junior Brittany Dougherty each scored for the Black Bears, as they finished the game with four unanswered goals.

Babstock got the Bobcats on the board just under three minutes into the first period of play, scoring her first goal of the season off assists from Lyons and Kosta. The Black Bears tied the score at one apiece later in the period, as Croussette tallied a power-play goal at the 12:06 mark in the stanza. Kosta quickly regained the lead for Quinnipiac, scoring a power-play goal 40 seconds later to bring the score to 2-1. Babstock and Lyons were each credited with an assist on the score.

Quinnipiac continued pressing up front, as a power-play goal by Wheeler at the 4:15 mark into the second period increased Quinnipiac's lead, 3-1. Frykas and Perry each earned an assist on the score. Lyons' goal over two minutes later at the 6:18 mark into the second period extended the Bobcats' lead to 4-1. Following a shot by junior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), Lyons recovered the rebound and wristed in the puck past Maine's junior goaltender Kylie Smith.

The Black Bears began its comeback in the 17th minute of the second period, as Denk's power-play goal, coming off an assist from freshman Jennifer More, brought the score to 4-2 heading into the third period. Ward tightened the score, 4-3, at the 2:24 mark in the third stanza on an unassisted score, before Dougherty netted the game-tying goal with exactly 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Dougherty's goal occurred just two seconds after Smith exited and an extra skater emerged for the Black Bears, sending the teams into their first respective overtime games of the season. Ward's game-winning goal at the 2:32 mark, coming off an assist from senior Dawn Sullivan, gave the Black Bears the victory and the two-game weekend series sweep.

Both teams were whistled for six penalties in the contest, while each side was 2-for-6 on its power-play opportunities.

Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 23 saves in net for Quinnipiac. Maine's starting goaltender junior Brittany Ott made two saves before being pulled for junior Kylie Sullivan, who turned away 18 shots in the game. Maine held a slight shot advantage, 28-to-24.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Oct. 15 when they travel to play Northeastern at 2 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu