DURHAM, N.H. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team fell at the hands of New Hampshire on Tuesday night, 5-2, from Towse Rink in a non-conference showdown. The loss drops the Bobcats to 7-6-2 (4-3-1 ECAC Hockey) while the victory moves the Wildcats to 6-7-1 (3-2-1 Hockey East).
The Wildcats extended their unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1) all-time against Quinnipiac and did so by scoring their most goals (five) in a game this season. Quinnipiac's sophomore Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) provided the scoring and played a big role in the 32-23 advantage the Bobcats recorded in shots-on-goal. For the second straight game, the Bobcats outshot their opponent in every period and generated at least 10 shots in each frame.
The Wildcats burst out of the gates with a goal 34 seconds after the first puck was dropped. Quinnipiac mishandled a transition pass at their defensive blue line and New Hampshire's Jessica Hitchcock scored off the turnover for a quick 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats responded five minutes later on Kosta's eight goal of the season. The puck was sent along to boards to senior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) who passed over to freshman Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) at the point. Wildcat goalie Jenn Gilligan pad saved Roesler's shot but the rebound kicked out to Kosta who slammed home the equalizer under Gilligan's left leg. Boulton and Roesler were credited with their fifth and 12th helpers of the season, respectively.
New Hampshire regained the lead with 2:26 left in the first period. The goal came on a quick transition up ice as Hannah Armstrong found Kristina Lavoie wide open on the opposite blue line. Lavoie skated from left-to-right near the crease and beat senior Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) with a backhander.
Quinnipiac gave up another Wildcat goal with 8.2 seconds remaining in the opening period. New Hampshire won the draw in the Bobcat defensive end and quickly shot on net. Vigilanti made the first stop but couldn't cover as Hitchcock poked it through her pads for the 3-1 lead.
Lyons brought the deficit back to one with her sixth goal of the season a little over five minutes into the second period. Freshman Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) began the rush with a pass up ice to Lyons at the opposite blue line. Sophomore Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden) hustled to her right to create a two-on-one opportunity. Lyons skated to the left circle and roofed a shot over Gilligan to push the score to 3-2. The assist was Tamberg's third of the season.
The Wildcats made the most of their first power play opportunity of the evening with a goal from Kristine Horn. Just 16 seconds into the man advantage, a few bang-bang passes found Horn with an open shot at the left post for the tally.
Another New Hampshire power-play goal late from Nicole Gifford provided more than enough insurance as the Wildcats closed out the 5-2 victory.
The Bobcats will next look to defend their two-year reign as Nutmeg Classic Tournament Champions with the opening round game against Boston College on Friday at 4 p.m. from Yale University's Ingalls Rink.
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