SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse defense handled the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey offensive attack on Saturday leading to a 4-0 loss for the Bobcats in a non-conference showdown at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The loss snaps the Bobcat's three-game undefeated streak as they drop to 3-2-1 on the season. The Orange pick up the victory and improves to 3-3.
Sophomore goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) took the loss despite her 30 saves on the afternoon on 34 Syracuse shots. After scoring at least three goals in the first five games to start the 2012-13 season, Saturday's loss marks the first time Quinnipiac has been shutout in a game since Nov. 11, 2011 in a 3-0 loss to Boston College, a span of 31 games.
The first period featured a defensive struggle with the shots-on-goal favoring the Bobcats 10-8. Laden and the Bobcat defense denied all 10 shots she faced in the opening stanza. The defensive highlight of the period featured freshman defenseman Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) who was the last Bobcat back on a three-on-one Syracuse rush. The Orange advanced to the faceoff circle before Tamberg made a potential goal-saving stick poke denying the offensive opportunity.
The Quinnipiac defense proved vital in the opening stages of the period. Laden stopped a wrap-around attempt from Melissa Piacentini and denied a Syracuse rush with a quick left leg pad save. The shot from Julie Knerr came towards the left post and Laden slid from the right post with the kick save.
Syracuse jumped out to the 1-0 lead at the 7:22 mark of the second period. After a net set of combination passes near the blue line, a quick rush up ice led to a backhand shot from Laurie Kingsbury. Laden stood tall but the rebound out front was knocked in by Shiann Darkangelo for the goal.
The Bobcats generated numerous opportunities in the period but Orange goalie Kallie Billadeau was up to the task, stopping all 13 Quinnipiac shots-on-goal. The Bobcat's best chance came on a two-on-one opportunity with sophomore Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) and Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario). Kosta sent a saucer pass over to Connery at the right post but Billadeau slid over and made one of her 29 saves on the afternoon.
The Orange put the game away in the third period with the first goal coming at the 5:24 mark. After several initial shots were put away by Laden, a scramble out in front had the puck out to Kingsbury who roofed a shot over the outstretched goaltender for a 2-0 lead. Kingsbury's goal was her fifth while Jacquie Greco tallied an assist.
Syracuse struck on the power-play minutes later after the puck was cleared out of the Bobcat's defensive zone. The Orange knocked it over to Nicole Ferrara who scored off assists from Margot Scharfe and Caitlin Roach.
Another Syracuse goal late gave the Orange a 4-0 advantage that they wouldn't relinquish for the shutout victory. Billadeau's shutout is her second of the season.
Senior defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) led the Bobcats with five shots-on-goal in the defeat.
After six non-conference games the Bobcats are now primed and ready for their first ECAC Hockey action of the season next weekend. Quinnipiac welcomes Harvard and Dartmouth to the High Point Solutions Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., respectively.
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