HAMDEN, Conn. - Erica Uden Johansson scored twice to lead the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team to a 7-0 win against Cambridge in an exhibition game at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
The Bobcats top line of Uden Johansson, Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) accounted for four of the Bobcats' seven goals. Senior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and freshmen Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario) and Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) also scored for Quinnipiac.
Brown opened up the scoring for Quinnipiac after Connery tipped a pass over the blue line to senior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba). Frykas and Brown skated on Cambridge's lone defender before Frykas sent the puck to Brown on the opposite post for the one-timer, just 1:48 into the game.
Cambridge managed to keep Quinnipiac off the board until the final minute of the period when the Bobcats found themselves on the power play after a tripping call on the Rivulettes' Hanna Askin. Uden Johannson dumped the puck to Babstock behind Cambridge's net. Babstock spied Kosta in the slot, who received the puck and wristed a shot over Cambridge goalie Julie Vandyk's shoulder to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Coming out of the first break, it was Uden Johannson with a goal just 22 seconds into the period on a pass from Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba). Connery got on the board when she carried the puck into the Cambridge zone and blasted a shot, top-shelf, to beat Vandyk and give Quinnipiac a 4-0 lead.
In the ninth minute, Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) passed the puck to Lyons in the face-off circle to the right of Cambridge's goal. Lyons skated across the crease, faked with the forehand before going to the backhand to give Quinnipiac a 5-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, it was Babstock and Kosta working the give-and-go to catch Vandyk out of position for an easy goal for Babstock. Uden-Johansson picked up her second goal when Babstock picked up the puck out of a scrum in front of the cambridge goal and dropped it to an open Uden-Johansson on the opposite post.
Quinnipiac opens the regular season on Friday, Oct. 5 when it hosts Mercyhurst in the first of a two-game series at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats and Mercyhurst play at 7 p.m. on Friday night before closing out their two-game set on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.