HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team picked up right where they left off a month ago as the Bobcats came away with a 4-1 exhibition win against McGill from High Point Solutions Arena on Saturday afternoon. ECAC Hockey's first place Bobcats (12-7-2, 8-3-1 ECAC Hockey) came into Saturday having not played since Dec. 8 due to the team's winter break but played well throughout including a couple impressive individual standouts in the victory.
Coming into the break riding a season-long five game winning streak, the Bobcat offense ignited off the sticks of junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), freshman defenseman Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) and freshman forward Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario). Babstock, the ECAC Hockey's leading scorer with 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists), pumped in two points (one goal, one assist) against McGill including the game-winner. Tamberg also recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the victory while Brown distributed the puck well with two assists on the afternoon.
Sophomore forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) drove the game's first goal home at 6:03 in the first period. Babstock swung the puck up to Tamberg at the point who put a shot on net. The rebound kicked over to Kosta waiting at the far side post. Her shot found the back of the net to give the Bobcats a quick 1-0 lead.
The second goal was one of Babstock's most impressive of the season as the play began with Brown pushing the puck up ice to the junior forward. Babstock patiently waited with the puck before she found the opening on McGill goalie Taylor Salisbury. She wound up and roofed a laser wrist shot from the faceoff circle over the unsuspecting Salisbury to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 advantage.
Just two minutes later at 14:40 in the first period, freshman defenseman Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) lit the lamp for a power-play goal. The play started behind Salisbury's net as freshman forward Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) and Brown played with the puck back-and-forth before locating Roesler at the point. The freshman set up her slap shot in front of the blue line which beat Salisbury through several defenders in front of the crease. The goal on the man advantage was the third for the Bobcats in the first period which proved too much for the Martlets to overcome.
McGill responded with a power-play goal of their own at 17:10 in the first as Katia Clement-Heydra was on the receiving end of a nice combination passing play between Kelsie Moffatt and Michelle Daigneault. Clement-Heydra found herself uncovered at the far post for the goal.
The Bobcats finished the scoring with Tamberg's goal at 1:05 in the second period. Junior forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) sent the puck to junior defenseman Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) at the blue line who swung over to Tamberg. The freshman possessed the puck, found an opening through the Martlet defenders. With senior forward Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) shielding in front, Salisbury couldn't pick up the puck which led to the goal and a 4-1 Bobcat lead.
Senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) picked up the victory with 11 saves over two periods while junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) provided five saves in the final period including denying a three-on-one McGill rush as she came over left-to-right and stonewalled the low shot.
Quinnipiac will now pick up ECAC Hockey play next weekend as they travel up to Dartmouth and Harvard. The Bobcats will play the Big Green on Friday at 7 p.m. from Hanover, N.H. and follow with the Crimson on Saturday at 4 p.m. from Cambridge, Mass.
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