CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Bobcats were dealt a 4-0 loss at the hands of No. 2 nationally ranked Harvard on Saturday afternoon from the Bright Hockey Center. Quinnipiac drops to 12-9-2 (8-5-1 ECAC Hockey) while the ECAC Hockey's first place Crimson sweeps the season series with the Bobcats and remain undefeated in conference play, improving to 13-1-1 (11-0-0 ECAC Hockey).
Senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made several key saves to keep Quinnipiac close but the Crimson proved too much for the Bobcats on Saturday. Vigilanti made 26 saves in goal while her counterpart freshman goalie Emerance Maschmeyer denied all 18 Quinnipiac shots for her third career shutout.
The Bobcats did all they could to keep the game scoreless as senior defenseman Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) stepped in front to block an open rebound attempt in front of an open net after a scramble had both sides looking for the loose puck. Vigilanti also made several side-to-side kick saves to deny Harvard early as the Crimson totaled 11 shots on goal in the opening period.
Harvard struck first after a broken play at center ice led to a Crimson odd man rush. The Bobcat skaters hustled to prevent the scoring opportunity and Vigilanti denied Jillian Dempsey's initial shot on goal but the rebound to her right was knocked in by Kalley Armstrong.
The Crimson's Lyndsey Fry showed some impressive stick handling ability as she crossed up a pair of Quinnipiac defenders carrying the puck in from center ice. Her crossing pass to the far post found Dempsey who finished the play with a wrist shot over the sprawling Vigilanti.
Another impressive display of passing led to the third Crimson goal as Harvard's Kelsey Romatoski found Hillary Crowe above the left faceoff circle in front of the blue line. Her cross ice pass found an open Miye D'Oench who knocked home the one timer and built the Harvard lead to 3-0.
Harvard's Samantha Reber added another insurance goal late as she sent a line drive wrist shot from the slot past Vigilanti in the opposite corner of the net.
The Bobcats wrap up their non-conference slate for this season next weekend as they travel down to Moon Township, Pa. to take on Robert Morris for a two game set.
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