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HAMDEN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 10 Quinnipiac University and No. 8 Robert Morris University women's ice hockey teams skated to a 1-1 tie through overtime at the High Point Solutions Arena from the TD Bank Sports Center on Friday evening. Sophomore Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) found the back of the net for just the second time in her career while junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was solid in net with 21 saves to preserve the Bobcats' nation-leading sixth tie of the season. With the result, the Bobcats move to 16-3-6 overall while the Colonials go to 18-3-2 on the year. The non-conference foes will take the ice tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the backend of the two-game set.
In one of the most highly-anticipated weekend series across the nation, these two ranked opponents went toe-for-toe throughout but both goalies stood their ground and shined in the decision. Quinnipiac's tie against Robert Morris breaks up their winning streak in the all-time series but keeps them undefeated as the Bobcats are 8-0-1 in nine all-time meetings playing the Colonials.
Laden was the difference all evening for the Bobcats as she stopped 21-of-22 shots on Friday including a three-on-one breakaway in the second period for Robert Morris coming out of a penalty kill. The lone tally on the evening came with a power-play goal from Anneline Lauziere with less than five minutes remaining to prevent Quinnipiac from walking away with the victory. Despite allowing the one goal, Laden's incredible season continues as she has allowed one goal or fewer in 17 of her 23 appearances.
Both sides were locked in a scoreless tie for over 40 minutes but almost nearly let one through midway through the second as Robert Morris was gifted a three-on-one breakaway coming off a strong penalty kill. The Colonials' Ashley Vesci possessed the puck with two teammates to her left and skated in deep on Laden. The Bobcats' junior goalie surprised Vesci, coming out of her net to challenge a potential shot, and her instincts paid off as the wrister caromed off her chest and out wide.
Quinnipiac came out buzzing to start the third period as they won the faceoff up to junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) who wristed a shot in on the Robert Morris goalie Jessica Dodds. She kicked the save out wide to Roesler who skated into position at the point and rifled a slap shot past Dodds low and to the right to put the home team on the board first, just 18 seconds into the frame.
Both teams had plenty of opportunities with 11 called penalties and eight power play chances between both sides and Robert Morris was able to take advantage with the Lauziere goal at 15:32. Robert Morris possessed down deep and swung the puck up to the point where Kristen Richards took a shot that bounced off several defender down to Rebecca Vint. Her shot was blocked by a Bobcat defender but right back out to Lauziere in the slot who banged home the game-tying goal.
After skating through a scoreless overtime period, the Bobcats' tie broke up Robert Morris' nation-best seven-game winning streak. The Colonials, however, did improve their nation-leading 12-game unbeaten streak as Dodds (36 saves) improved to 15-0-2 in net.
The Bobcats will take on the Colonials for a rematch on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a game that ends the 2013-14 non-conference slate for Quinnipiac.
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