December 6, 2013

Shiann Darkangelo Scores Twice To Lead No. 8 Bobcats To 4-2 Win Against Union

HAMDEN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 8 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team topped Union, 4-2, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 13-2-5 overall and 4-2-4 in ECAC Hockey while Union drops to 5-10-0 overall and 2-5-0 in league play.

Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) scored twice, for her second multiple-goal game in her last three outings, and now holds the team-lead with 13 goals on the year. Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) set-up both of Darkangelo's goals to give her 99 career assists while she also scored her 88th career goal late in the game. Cydney Roessler (Stittsville, Ontario) had two assists in the Bobcats' win. Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden) scored for the first time since Oct. 18 and goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) improved to 11-2-5 on the year with a 15-save performance against the Dutchwomen.

Just under the six-minute mark of the first period, Darkangelo took a feed from Babstock along the left flank, skated across the crease and after a deke on Union goalie Shenae Lundberg, she deposited her first goal of the game to give the Bobcats an early lead.

Midway through the period, Darkangelo benefitted from a Bobcat-friendly bounce when she took control of the puck above the blue line in Union's defensive zone. Darkangelo attempted a pass to Babstock in the left face-off circle, but a Union stick popped the puck up into the air. As it was descended to the ice, it appear to head towards the Union goal. A bounce in the crease eluded the Lundberg and gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead after the first period.

In the second period, Borgfeldt scored her second goal of the year when she picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated to the outside on a Union defender and through the puck on goal.

Union responded two minutes later when Kathryn Tomaselli scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Haley Welch held the puck at the point before firing a shot on goal. Laden denied Welch but the loose puck was cleaned up by Tomaselli who scored glove-side on Laden to cut Quinnipiac's lead to two goals, 3-1.

Tomaselli scored her second her second goal of the night on the power play. Quinnipiac had two players in the box and were fighting off a 5-on-3 Dutchwomen advantage when Ashley Johnston fired a shot on goal. Tomaselli was waiting just outside the crease where she was able to tip it past Laden to cut Quinnipiac's lead to a goal, 3-2. 

Less than two minutes later, it was Babstock with her 12th goal of the year to push Quinnipiac's lead back to two goals. Babstock's 88th career goal and 186th career point came when she skated between the face-off circles and went bar-down on Lundberg to give Quinnipiac a 4-2 lead in the closing minutes. 

Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 7 when it hosts Rensselaer for an ECAC Hockey match-up at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.