HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac's work on the offensive and defensive end was rewarded on Saturday as the women's ice hockey team shutout the Penn State Nittany Lions, 4-0, from High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats were lifted by four different goal scorers who combined with goalie Chelsea Laden (14 saves) for the junior's third career shutout and second in the team's first four games of the season. With the non-conference victory, the Bobcats remain undefeated at 3-0-1 while Penn State falls to 1-2-1 for the season.
The top Bobcat line of freshman Emma Woods (one goal, one assist), sophomore Nicole Connery (one goal, one assist) and senior Kelly Babstock (two assists) factored heavily throughout the contest on Saturday in a complete Quinnipiac domination. Pressuring from the opening faceoff, the Bobcats finished the game with a 59-14 advantage in shots-on-goal. The 59 shots for the game was the most for any Quinnipiac squad in a game ending in regulation since Nov. 26, 2010 (87 games) when the Bobcats trounced Sacred Heart, 9-1.
Laden again starred between the pipes with her 14-save shutout effort. Through four games, Laden has allowed just two goals and sports a miniscule 0.49 goals against average and .977 save percentage with two shutouts this season.
Brown started the game off with a goal for the Bobcats at 5:02 in the second period. The Quinnipiac forecheck, an area in which the team excelled all weekend, helped induce a Penn State turnover alongside the Nittany Lions' goalie Celine Whitlinger. Brown took the puck along the boards and fired a crossing pass in the crease to senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.). After several jabs at the puck, it came loose to Brown who knocked in her first goal of the season.
Heading into the third period ahead by just one, the Bobcat onslaught begun at 1:43 with a goal from Woods. After Babstock won the faceoff in the Penn State zone, Connery picked the puck up behind the faceoff dot and cycled nearly behind the goal. Instead of continuing her cycle, Connery dished off to Woods who one-timed a shot past Whitlinger from the left post area and into the back of the net.
Darkangelo continued her hot play of late with her second power-play goal in as many nights for the Bobcats. The puck swung out along the right boards to Roesler who passed over to freshman defenseman Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) at the point. Baumgardt ripped a slap shot towards the front of the crease that found Darkangelo's stick and deflected in to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.
Connery added an insurance goal just over two minutes later at 8:38 after a scurry in front of the net resulted in a beautifully lifted goal off the stick of the sophomore forward. Woods flicked an innocent shot from the right point that caromed off several Nittany Lion defenders in front. Babstock shielded off two Penn State defenders and put the puck on-net several times before the rebound kicked out to the left post where Connery was waiting for the goal.
Quinnipiac will ride into the University of Maine at Orono next weekend red hot as they look to continue their strong play with games on Friday (7:00 pm) and Saturday (2:00 pm) from Alford Arena.
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