October 29, 2011

Women's Ice Hockey Skates Past Union, 5-1

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team skated to a convincing 5-1 win over ECAC Hockey opponent Union on Saturday afternoon at Messa Rink. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 2-0 in ECAC Hockey action and 3-5 overall, while Union falls to 0-2 in ECAC Hockey and 2-7 on the season overall.

Quinnipiac registered the game's first score at the 4:20 mark into the contest, as junior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) netted her first goal of the season on a slap shot from just inside the blue-line. Sophomore Olivia Brackett (Coopersville, Mich.) and senior Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario), who had worked the puck over to Frykas, were each credited with an assist on the score.

The Bobcats added to their lead with 4:11 remaining in the first period on sophomore Amanda Colin's (Burnsville, Minn.) first goal of the season. Colin skated in with freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) on a two-on-one advantage, bearing down on Union's junior goaltender Alana Marcinko. Kosta controlled the puck on the attack until the last moment, before a clever dish to Colin left the sophomore with an easy tap-in for the goal. Junior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the goal, earning her fourth helper of the year.

Quinnipiac extended its lead to 3-0 at the 13:05 mark into the second period on sophomore Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) team-high fourth goal of the year. The play developed in Quinnipiac's defensive zone, as sophomore Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) received a pass from junior Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.), who then poked it up ice to the open Babstock. The Mississauga native took control of the puck, weaved her way around the last Union defender, and wristed in the shot over Marcinko's blocker.

The Bobcats remained relentless on the attack in the third period and scored two goals exactly 30 seconds separated from one another to increase their lead to 5-0. Junior Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) scored Quinnipiac's first goal of the stanza just 1:06 minutes into the frame following a tremendous individual effort to strip the puck from the Union defender. Eklund then took her time before placing the puck over the shoulder of Marcinko for her first tally of the season.

Senior Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) followed with her second goal in as many days, finding the back of the net at the 1:36 mark of the third and final frame. Wheeler was credited with her second assist of the game on the score.

Union added a goal of its own at the 6:03 mark of the third period to bring the score to 5-1, on junior Emma Rambo's first tally of the year.

Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) followed up Friday's shutout against Rensselaer with another solid performance in net, turning away 19 shots on the afternoon. Marcinko made 21 saves for Union, while senior Kate Gallagher turned away three shots after she entered the game following Quinnipiac's fifth goal against Marcinko.

The Bobcats outshot the Dutchwomen, 29-to-20, while each team was whistled for two penalties in the game.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Nov. 4 when it hosts Yale at High Point Solutions Arena at 7 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu