NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team couldn't break through the No. 5 nationally-ranked Boston College defense as they fell in their First Round matchup in the ninth annual Nutmeg Classic to the Eagles, 3-0, from Yale University's Ingalls Rink. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 7-7-2 (4-3-1 ECAC Hockey) while Boston College (7-3-2, 5-2-1 WHEA) advances to the Nutmeg Classic Championship to be played on Saturday.
The loss breaks the Bobcat's two-year run as Nutmeg Classic Champions as the team won the title in 2010 and 2011. Quinnipiac will return to Ingalls Rink tomorrow to play in the Consolation Game against the loser of the Yale and UConn First Round contest.
In defeat, Quinnipiac senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 24 saves in net including several sprawling saves against odd-man rushes for the Eagles. Despite the shutout, the Bobcats tied the Eagles with 27 shots-on-goal including a game-high five from junior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario). Boston College goalie Corinne Boyles was strong in net all night, making 27 saves in the victory.
The Bobcats came very close to registering the game's first goal midway through the first. Babstock lost her footing near the blue line with the puck and entered the Eagles' defensive zone on her knees. She gave back to sophomore Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) who fired on net. The rebound kicked to Babstock in front who was pad saved but Babstock then passed back to freshman Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario). Brown's had an open look at the net but was denied by the outstretched leg of Boyles.
Boston College broke through with a goal at 15:09 in the first. The Eagles' Haley Skarupa showed blazing speed as she carried the puck on an odd-man rush. She came in from the left circle, made a quick back-and-forth stick move, and beat Vigilanti five-hole.
When the horn sounded to end the second, it broke the Bobcat's string of 10 consecutive frames totaling at least 10 shots-on-goal as they finished just short with nine. It also was the first time in 11 periods that Quinnipiac was outshot by their opponent with the Eagles totaling 10 in the frame.
The second Boston College goal came off a nice series of nice passes back-and-forth along the left boards. The puck was finally swung over to the left post by Kate Leary where the open shot was banged home by Taylor Wasylk to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles added an insurance goal in the third period as Skarupa lit the lamp for her second goal. The play developed along the Bobcat's defensive blue line when the Eagles' Alex Carpenter flicked the puck up to Skarupa at the point. She used her speed through the crease and wristed a shot past Vigilanti for the tally.
The Bobcats will play the loser of the Yale and UConn First Round matchup in the Consolation Game tomorrow at 4 p.m. from Ingalls Rink.
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