November 16, 2012

Women's Ice Hockey Falls to No. 3 Clarkson, 4-1

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team started Friday night's game off with a bang but allowed four unanswered goals to No. 3 nationally-ranked Clarkson in a 4-1 loss at High Point Solutions Arena. Junior forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) notched her third power-play goal of the season in the first period for the only Bobcat goal on the evening. With the loss Quinnipiac falls to 6-5-2 (3-3-1 ECAC Hockey) while Clarkson improves to 11-2 (5-0 ECAC Hockey).

Despite the result, the Bobcats dominated the shots-on-goal category, 37-24, but couldn't put enough past three-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week Erica Howe. The Golden Knight goalie was strong in net all night, preventing rebound opportunities and denying multiple Quinnipiac opportunities. The Bobcats generated at least 12 shots-on-goal in every period but Howe was up to the task with 36 saves.

Quinnipiac senior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) had perhaps the save of the night in the early going. Rattray found herself one-on-one with the Bobcat goalie after a centering pass from the point. She skated in and after a couple left-to-right movements Rattray fired low and to the right. Vigilanti was with her every step of the way as she stone walled the shot with a glove save to deny the early opportunity.

Seeking to continue their recent hot streak against the Golden Knights, the Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first period as Uden Johansson struck on the extra man advantage. The puck was swung around the left side boards to senior defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) whose shot was blocked out top. Sophomore forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) corralled the loose puck and swung from the top of the zone over to Uden Johansson whose slap shot beat Howe glove side for the goal. Uden Johansson's goal is her fourth of the season while Kosta moves into a four-way tie for first place in the ECAC Hockey assist category with 15 while Boulton registered her ninth assist.

The Golden Knights responded with their own power-play goal just under five minutes later in the first period. A combination passing play between Carly Mercer and Rattray led to a goal that deflected off one post and then the other to light the lamp.

Rattray notched her second goal 1:55 into the second frame as she received a pass from Mercer and found the back of the net once again.

Quinnipiac found their best scoring opportunity nearly halfway through the second period. The puck centered from behind the net to Uden Johansson in front who had an open net but couldn't land a stick on the pass.

The Golden Knight found the insurance goal they were looking for with a capper by Danielle Skirrow. The play developed quickly as a rush up the right side boards led to a shot on net from Shannon MacAulay. Vigilanti came far out to deny the initial shot but the puck was lost by the Bobcat defenders. Clarkson's Christine Lambert picked it up and was denied by a diving Quinnipiac's junior defender Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) but the puck was eventually poked home by Skirrow to give them a 3-1 lead.

Rattray added an empty-net goal with two seconds remaining to pad the lead and give her the hat trick.

The Bobcats will return to the High Point Solutions Arena to take on St. Lawrence on Saturday with the puck dropping at 4 p.m.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu