PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned in her fourth shutout of the season, leading the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team to its fourth-straight victory over ECAC Hockey opponent Brown, 3-0, on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I. Quinnipiac, which celebrates its first victory at Meehan Auditorium since the 2007-08 season, improves to 6-2-1 in ECAC Hockey action (10-7-1 overall), while Brown falls to 1-3-3 in ECAC Hockey and 3-4-5 overall.
Vigilanti's fourth shutout of the season increases her career total to 18, moving her into a tie for ninth place all-time in career shutouts among NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Goaltenders. Vigilanti also bumped her season save percentage up to .902, making 16 saves on the afternoon. Her counterpart, sophomore netminder Aubree Moore, made a game-high 42 saves in net for the Bears.
Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) scored Quinnipiac's team-leading third game-winning goal of the season in the second period of play, while senior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) and junior forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) each netted third period tallies for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac owned a commanding 17-to-6 shot advantage in the first period, yet each team remained scoreless through the first 20 minutes of action. The Bobcats peppered the net as sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) led the team with three shots in the frame, but sophomore goaltender Aubree Moore stayed strong between the pipes for Brown. The Bears' best chance at a score was snuffed out by junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario), whose diving save on junior forward Lauren Jolin's wraparound shot with 11:13 remaining in the frame preserved the stalemate.
Quinnipiac came out firing in the second period of play and tallied the game's first score at the 2:46 mark, as Babstock notched her team-leading 11th goal of the season. Following a saved shot from junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), Moore fell backwards into her own net, leaving the puck just off the goal line. Babstock was the first to reach the motionless puck and backhanded in the shot over the pads of Moore for the 1-0 lead. Boulton earned her fourth assist of the season on the score.
The Bobcats continued its attack following the goal, providing excellent pressure in Brown's defensive end through the remainder of the stanza and once again outshot the Bears by 11 (16-to-5). Quinnipiac, which controlled possession with its aggressive skating and effective forechecks, repeatedly disallowed Brown from clearing the zone. Although the Bobcats were unable to find a second score before the end of the period, they held complete momentum heading into the third period.
Quinnipiac added to its lead with two goals late in the third period on Dymarczyk and Lyons' scores, which were separated by just over two minutes of play. Dymarczyk netted her score on a slap shot from the point with 8:03 remaining in the game, as sophomore Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) earned her third assist of the season on the goal.
Lyons followed with her fourth goal of the season, skating in unmarked, wristing the puck past Moore with exactly 6:00 remaining on the clock. Junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) was credited with her fourth helper of the year.
Quinnipiac's puck dominance led to Bears' second-consecutive five-shot performance in the frame, holding Brown to just 16 shots overall in the contest. Quinnipiac ripped 45 shots overall in the game.
Neither team capitalized on its power-play advantages, as Brown went 0-for-4 and Quinnipiac went 0-for-2.
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Dec. 3, when it travels to face Yale at 4 p.m. at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn.
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