Morgan Fritz-Ward Bangs Home the Game-Winner for No. 7/9 Women's Ice Hockey to Seal 2-1 Comeback Victory over UNH
HAMDEN, Conn. – In what amounted to a near mirror image of the No. 7/9 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team's performance from a night ago, the Bobcats came-from-behind with a late third period game-winner to defeat New Hampshire, 2-1. Junior Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) sent the home Bobcat faithful home happy with a wrister on a breakaway that found the back of the net and gave Quinnipiac their first ever win over the Wildcats (1-8-1 all-time). The win pushes the Bobcats' unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) and keeps them undefeated from High Point Solutions Arena (5-0-1) on the season. Quinnipiac's overall record moves to 10-1-3 while New Hampshire falls back to .500 at 6-6-2 this season.
For the second consecutive game Quinnipiac came-from-behind after allowing a first period goal and eventually found the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining in the third period. Fritz-Ward's tally was her fourth goal of the season and second career game-winner. Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) scored her ninth goal of the season off a nice feed from Darkagnelo to make it a 1-1 game late in the second period at 17:39.
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was aided by a great night from her defenders as the Bobcats limited the Wildcats to only eight shots-on-goal throughout game and none in the third period. As a team, the Quinnipiac skaters blocked more shots (9) than they allowed on-goal (8). Laden picked up another victory to move her record to 10-1-3 on the season while her nation-leading goals against average remains at 0.95.
New Hampshire jumped out to an early lead at 15:59 in the first period as a shot from the point by defenseman Arielle O'Neill found its way past Laden after she was screened by multiple players in front.
The Wildcats and Bobcats played relatively even hockey throughout the first 20 minutes as shots-on-goal were tied, 6-6, after the first frame. From that point forward, Quinnipiac picked up the defensive intensity and controlled time of possession. For the final 40 minutes, the Bobcats outshot New Hampshire, 23-2, including a 12-0 advantage in the third period.
All that pressure helped lead to the Babstock goal as she and Darkangelo were consistently fore checking the New Hampshire defenders into mistakes. Babstock separated the puck from a Wildcat defender late in the second and the loose puck came to Darkangelo in the slot. She was able to find Babstock open at the far post who knocked home the equalizer at 17:39.
The game-winner came off the stick of Fritz-Ward after a strong defensive play from sophomore Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) in the neutral zone. Tamberg picked off a New Hampshire pass and found Fritz-Ward up-ice. The junior forward carried the puck and her shot was deflected off the Wildcat defender and past goalie Ashley Wilkes for the goal.
No. 7/9 Quinnipiac has a huge home weekend series ahead as they welcome St. Lawrence and No. 9 Clarkson to High Point Solutions Arena.
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