PITTSBURGH, Pa. – For the second straight game, the Bobcats came through with another come-from-behind victory to sweep the weekend series from RMU Island Sports Center, 3-2, over Robert Morris on Saturday. Trailing 2-1 entering the final frame, two power-play goals in less than a minute pushed the Bobcats ahead and sophomore goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) came through with a clutch 22-save performance to lift Quinnipiac in the victory. The Bobcats sweep their first weekend road series since Dec. 2-3, 2011 at Brown and Yale as Quinnipiac improves to 14-9-2 (8-5-1 ECAC Hockey) while the Colonials drop to 10-8-2 (6-4 CHA).
Freshman Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) was all over the ice, netting her first career game-winning goal as well as assisting on the Bobcat's first goal to give her the fourth multi-point game of the season. Senior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) picked up the equalizer in the third as well as the assist on Connery's game winner to give her two points (one goal, one assist) in the victory. Senior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) also scored her 14th goal of the season while Laden picked up the win in her first start since Nov. 9 at Union.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead in the first after a Connery hustle play resulted in a prime scoring chance in front of the net. Starting in their defensive end, Tamberg pushed the puck to Lyons who found Connery in the neutral zone. Connery one touched the puck and beat her defender to the Colonials' defensive boards. Her back pass found Lyons open in front who one timed a shot on goal and past Robert Morris goalie Kristen DiCiocco. Connery recorded her seventh assist while Tamberg notched her fourth of the season.
Robert Morris bounced back with a power-play goal at 8:36 in the second period. The Bobcat defense held strong for nearly the full two minutes until a scramble in front had Laden searching for the loose puck. The Bobcat goalie reached out to cover up but Katie Fergus poked the puck out of her grasp and into the back of the net.
Just minutes later the Colonials lit the lamp for the second time on the power play to take a 2-1 lead. The Colonials' leading scorer Rebecca Vint unleashed a rocket wrist shot above Laden that dinged off the corner of the goal post and in for the goal.
After going more than two full periods without a power play opportunity, the Bobcats found themselves on a two-man advantage halfway through the third period. Up two players, the Bobcats took full advantage as Boulton first found the equalizer at 8:52. The puck was swung up top first from Kosta down to Babstock who spotted Boulton cross ice. Boulton's rocket one-timer caromed off the post and past DiCiocco to knot the score at 2-2. The goal was Boulton's fifth of the season while Babstock recorded her 22nd assist and Kosta increases her team-leading total with her 23rd helper of the year.
With the Bobcats still up one player, Connery once again used her hustle to make a difference on the offensive end. The puck swung around up top from freshman Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) to Boulton at the point. The senior defender ripped a slap shot that deflected off several sticks in front before Connery came flying in from the blue line to poke home the game-winner at 9:50 in the final period.
Laden stood tall in the closing minutes as the Colonials put the pressure on down one goal. The decisive save had Laden falling backwards on the loose puck after a deflection to her right. With Robert Morris on the power play, a shot from the point was deflected and bounced off Laden's pads in front. The sophomore goalie put the threat to bed as she fell backwards in the crease to cover up the loose puck and deny the Colonial's pressure attack.
The Bobcats have a week off before entering a decisive eight game ECAC Hockey stretch in Feb. to finish up the regular season. The first weekend series will be at home for Quinnipiac as they take on Brown at 7 pm on Friday Feb. 1 and then face Yale on Saturday Feb. 2 at 4 pm.
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