ORONO, Maine – Strong special teams play and steady goaltending proved to be the difference for No. 10 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey in their 4-0 win over Maine. The Bobcats found the net three times on the power play to give them six goals on the man advantage in their last three contests. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was stellar in net once again, posting her second straight shutout with 19 saves in her winning effort. Quinnipiac extends their unbeaten streak to five games as they improve to 4-0-1 while Maine remains winless at 0-2-1.
Statistically the nation's top goaltender heading into the weekend, Laden extended her shutout streak to 151:17 after her 19-save performance. This moves her nation-leading goals against average to 0.39 while also continuing to lead the country in save percentage (.981) and shutouts (3).
Finding the back of the net for the Bobcats was sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario), freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and for the first time in their respective careers, freshman Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) and junior Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden).
Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) dished out two assists as her team-leading total bumps up to six on the season. Woods added an assist to her goal to finish with her third multi-point game of the season.
Both teams jumped out of the gates under a frenetic pace as the shots were relatively even at 12-9 through the first period of play. Maine went 0-for-2 on their power play opportunities in the stanza while Quinnipiac failed to convert their one chance. But the strong effort by the Bobcats wasn't wasted as they struck at 16:35 for the game's first game. The Black Bear defenders mishandled a pass along the boards and the puck was stolen by Connery. She carried with her stick to the crease and slid a shot past Maine goalie Meghann Treacy, unassisted, for her third goal of the season.
Laden stood out in the second for the Bobcast as she denied the best scoring chance of the night for the Black Bears. After her team had just killed off a Maine power play, the Black Bears' Hailey Browne found herself streaking up the right side with the puck. Her speed was too much for the Bobcat defenders but not good enough for Laden as she stonewalled Browne's attempt on her blocker side and smothered the rebound to keep her team ahead.
Quinnipiac wasted little time in the third period as they added a power-play goal at 38 second. The puck swung around at the point to freshman Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) who sent a seeing-eye pass to Babstock at the opposite post. The Bobcats' all-time leading scorer found Woods open at the faceoff dot. The Bobcats' leading goal scorer this season took her time and wristed an absolute snipe shot over Treacy's left shoulder, top shelf for a power-play goal.
The Bobcats continued their trend of third period domination on Friday as they added two more goals in the stanza to give them a massive 11-0 advantage over their opponents in third period scoring this season.
Baumgardt's first career tally came on the power play at 10:50 in the final stanza as she was on the receiving end of a pair of quick passes from Woods to Babstock and finally to her at the point. The rookie defender carried the puck along her forehand and ripped a slap shot from the point that found its way through several Maine defenders and into the back of the net.
The Bobcat bench let out another roaring cheer at 17:00 when Borgfeldt lit the lamp for the first time in her career. With Quinnipiac on the man advantage once again, senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) slid the puck cross-ice to senior defensive linemate Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario). Borgfeldt possessed the puck on the far side boards and fired a shot onto the unsuspecting Treacy. The Black Bear goalie didn't react in time and the puck trickled past the goal line and in for her first career goal.
With the victory, Quinnipiac continues their second-best start to a season in program history as they move to 4-0-1 and also improve to 5-11-1 lifetime against the Black Bears.
The No. 10 Bobcats will be back in action again tomorrow from Alford Arena in the conclusion of their two-game series.
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