PRINCETON, N.J. – A first period goal from junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) combined with 24 saves from junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) helped lift the No. 7/8 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team to a 1-1 tie against Princeton. The Bobcats' second 65 minute duel in three games proved taxing on the skaters but Quinnipiac picked up a crucial point in the conference standings as they keep hold of the fifth spot in the ECAC Hockey. Quinnipiac's record moves to 10-2-5 (3-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the Tigers jump to 5-4-2 (4-4-1 ECAC Hockey).
The result would have all been for nothing if not for a couple crucial saves from Laden down the stretch. She and the nation's third-best scoring defense were steady in the closing stages as they had to kill off a Princeton power play within the final three minutes of play in the third period. Laden then followed that impressive showing up with a key kick save down low in the crease as she tumbled to the ice her left pad leg shot to the left right in the nick of time to deflect away a potential game-winner.
Darkangelo scored the lone goal on the evening for the Bobcats at 14:26 in the first period. Assists on the play went to senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and sophomore Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario) who each registered their 13th and 2nd helper of the season, respectively. The combo of Darkangelo and Babstock continue to be essential to the Bobcats' success as the team remains undefeated (10-0-2) in every game in which one of them records a point.
The Bobcats jumped out to the early lead on a transition piece where West grabbed the puck along the boards as she was about to head off the ice on a line change. West flung the puck up to Babstock in front of the blue line who gave off to Darkangelo in the slot who fired in a shot on the Tigers' goalie Kimberly Newell. The rising slap shot hit a piece of Newell's shoulder and caromed across the goal line for the game's first tally.
After nearly 40 minutes of a stalemate between both sides, the Tigers committed a five minute boarding penalty and Quinnipiac had a prime opportunity to add some insurance but it was Princeton who turned the tables. Two Bobcat defenders went for a puck alongside the near side boards but Princeton's Cassidy Tucker beat them both with her stick. Tucker flicked the puck out to center ice where Cristin Shanahan was waiting for a breakaway. She used her speed to outskate the Quinnipiac defenders chasing and beat Laden stick side for the equalizer.
Tuesday's result marks the first tie between the Bobcats and Tigers since Jan. 31, 2009 (nine games) and the first draw in Princeton since Oct. 21, 2007 (12 games). Even though their six-game winning streak against Princeton was snapped, Quinnipiac did extend their unbeaten streak against the Tigers to seven games (6-0-1).
The No. 8 Bobcats now play host to the 2013 Nutmeg Classic from High Point Solutions Arena this weekend. The 10th annual showdown featuring the three Connecticut schools (Quinnipiac, Yale and UConn) and RIT will start with a First Round meeting between the Bobcats and Tigers on Friday at 4 pm. Whoever wins will play the winner of the Yale versus UConn game starting at 1 pm on Friday.
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