January 11, 2013

Women's Ice Hockey Falls to Dartmouth, 5-2

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HANOVER, N.H. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team had their five game winning streak snapped on Friday night as Dartmouth took down the Bobcats, 5-2, from Thompson Arena. Junior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) pumped in her 21st goal on the season while senior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) scored her 12th in defeat as the Bobcats fall to 12-8-2 (8-4-1 ECAC Hockey) and the Big Green improve to 10-5-2 (5-4-1 ECAC Hockey).

Babstock's goal gives her 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) on the season as her total continues to lead ECAC Hockey. Lyons ties her career high with 12 goals on the season as her total sits behind Babstock for second place on the team. Junior Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) found Babstock with her 10th assist on the year while junior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) assisted on Lyons' goal for her third helper of the season.

Dartmouth took the early lead as Camille Dumais stole a crossing pass in the Quinnipiac defensive end and skated in on senior Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) for a breakaway opportunity. Dumais converted the scoring chance as her backhander slide past the diving Bobcat goalie.

The Big Green struck again late with only six seconds remaining in the first period as Sasha Nanji found the back of the net. The defender wrapped around the net and her backhanded flip shot roofed past Vigilanti through a host of defenders to give Dartmouth a 2-0 lead.

Another Dartmouth power play led to their third goal as Ailish Forfar was on the receiving end of a nice combination passing play along the outside of the Bobcat defense. Her one timer at the far post beat Vigilanti high and the Big Green led 3-0.

The Bobcats responded with the goal from Babstock at 17:17 in the second period. The play was created off the stick of junior Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) who intercepted the Dartmouth outlet pass. She found Babstock in front of the net who wrapped the puck around Big Green goalie Lindsay Holdcroft to close the gap to 3-1.

Just a little over five minutes into the third period the Big Green added another goal as Reagan Fischer scored from Jenna Hobeika to build another three goal lead at 4-1.

Quinnipiac wouldn't go away easy as they battled along the boards with Colin picking up the puck and finding Lyons in front who finished the play with the goal past Holdcroft on her stick side to make it a 4-2 game.

The Big Green added an empty net goal with two seconds showing on the clock to close the scoring at 5-2. Dartmouth registered 25 shots on goal to Quinnipiac's 20 as the Bobcats were outshot for the first time since Nov. 10, 2012 against Rensselear (nine games). Vigilanti made 20 saves in goal as her record moves to 11-6-1 on the year.

The Bobcats will now look to avenge their 2-0 loss to No. 2 nationally ranked Harvard on Saturday from Cambridge, Mass. with the puck dropping at 4:00 pm.

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