HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) had a hat trick and two assists to lead the No. 7/8 nationally-ranked Bobcats to a 8-0 win against Rochester Institute of Technology. With the win, Quinnipiac advances to the Nutmeg Classic Championship Game against Yale on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m looking for their fourth title in the program's history.
Quinnipiac senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) had a goal and four assists, marking the first time in program history that Quinnipiac had two five-point scorers in the same game. Babstock also upped her career assist total to 95 and career point total to 182 as she nears the milestone. In addition, Quinnipiac's six-goal second period matches the program record for most goals in a period set against Union on Jan. 16, 2005. Freshman goalie Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Mich.) earned the shutout in her second career start, stopping all 25 of RIT's shots on goal.
Quinnipiac had 10 different players tally points in the eight-goal shutout, including three with multiple points. In addition to Darkangelo and Babstock, Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) scored twice while Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) and Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) also scored for Quinnipiac. Darkangelo's hat trick is the 10th registered in program history and first of the season while she joins Babstock as the only players in program history to record five points in a single game. The victory was also the team's largest margin of defeat since they took down Sacred Heart, 11-1, on Nov. 28, 2009.
Despite the lobsided score, the game appeared in doubt early as Quinnipiac let up a couple prime scoring chances for their opponent but were bailed out with some great saves by their freshman goalie Rossman. The 2013 Goalie of the Year in Minnesota slammed the door shut on a couple plays in tight and she gloved a wicked one-timer from the slot that appeared headed for the back of the net. Her efforts in the early going kept the Bobcats in the game while the offense started their onslaught late in the first period.
Darkangelo picked up the game's first goal with an adept, patient play with her stick. Freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) dug a puck out behind the net and flicked the puck to Babstock at the faceoff circle. She centered to Darkangelo who put a shot on net and was first denied but not a second time as she gathered the rebound and deposited her shot into the back of the net at 15:35 in the first period.
The second period brigade began with Turner's goal 51 seconds into the period on a broken play as Darkangelo attempted a dump into the RIT defensive zone. The puck bounced off a defender right in front of the junior forward as she then waited for Turner in the crease. Darkangelo's centering pass was deflected by Turner somehow got her stick on the puck to beat RIT goalie Brooke Stoddart to make it 2-0.
The next goal was a beauty off the stick of Babstock as she took a pass from Darkangelo and weaved her way through a pair of Tiger defenders before taking a shot while falling to the ice. The shot beat Stoddart low stick side as Babstock was able to get enough mustard on the wrister to put it past for the goal.
RIT took a timeout and changed goalies but the Bobcats were too much on Friday as Darkangelo slammed home another less than two minutes later followed by a goal from Fritz-Ward that was tipped in front after a slap shot from sophomore Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario).
Tamberg scored a power-play goal at 8:44 off a wicked deflection in front that carromed off the stick of an RIT defender and past the replacement goalie Jetta Rackleff. The sixth goal of the period came at 15:41 when Fritz-Ward scored a rebound goal on what looked like an impossible angle at the near side post. Fritz-Ward's second tally of the afternoon gave her the first multi-goal game of her career.
The pairing of Babstock and Darkangelo worked their magic one more time at 14:14 in third period as Babstock found her linemate skating up ice on a transition play. Her centering pass was deflected by Darkangelo's stick up high past Rackleff to make it 8-0 Bobcats.
Quinnipiac skates their way into their fifth Nutmeg Classic Championship Game looking for their third title in four years. They will play the Yale Bulldogs whom they already met this month back on Nov. 9 with the game ending in a 0-0 tie. Yale will be making their eighth Championship Game apperance, most of any school in the Nutmeg Classic.
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