No. 8/9 Women's Ice Hockey Rallies Back From Two-Goal Deficit to Tie No. 3 Clarkson, 3-3; Colin Notches Career-High Three Points
POTSDAM, N.Y. – The game appeared to be going in the Golden Knights favor after 40 minutes but a furious third period rally brought No. 8/9 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey back from a 3-1 deficit to tie No. 3 ranked Clarkson, 3-3, from Cheel Arena on Friday night. Goals from senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) quickly erased the two-goal deficit less than four minutes into the third period and the Bobcat defense behind some key saves late from junior Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) helped Quinnipiac earn a tie against the highest ranked team in the ECAC Hockey. The Bobcats' pick up their nation-leading eighth tie of the season and third against Top 5 teams to bring their record to 17-4-8 and 8-3-6 in the ECAC Hockey while the Golden Knights move to 21-4-5 (12-2-3 ECAC Hockey).
Quinnipiac managed to score three goals on the nation's second-most stingy defense coming into the evening as Clarkson allowed their second-most goals in a game all season. Colin was the prime time player on Friday with a career-high three points (one goal, two assists), either scoring or assisting on every Bobcat goal. Freshman Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) notched her third multi-point game of the season with one goal and one assist. Turner's goal was her first since Nov. 29 against RIT (10 games ago) while Colin picked up her first multi-point game since Oct. 19 against Maine (22 games ago). Darkangelo, meanwhile, added her team-leading 18th goal of the season and senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) picked up an assist to give her a team-high 25 on the season and 194 career points.
The Golden Knights struck first, in what was the fastest goal the Bobcats had allowed all season, just 59 seconds into the opening period. After a Bobcat penalty, Brittany Styner found the back of the net following a nice series of passes from Erin Ambrose down to Carly Mercer. Clarkson's senior forward found Styner at the far side post for a wide open one-timer and quick 1-0 lead.
The early snipe didn't faze Quinnipiac as they managed the find their legs and own possession for a majority of the opening frame. That pressure finally paid off with the Bobcats' first goal in a game against Clarkson in 186:43 with a tally from Turner. Colin created the scoring chance with a strong drive up-ice and then a flick on-goal. Her knuckleball of a wrist show was mishandled by Clarkson goalie Erica Howe and left out in front for Turner who beat her defender to the net and poked home the goal with just 12 seconds remaining in the period.
Despite a strong push to end the first frame, Clarkson's special teams got in on the act once again with their second power-play tally of the game. This time it was Mercer who was on the receiving end of some heavy pressure in front of Laden's crease. She punched out an initial shot from Jamie Lee Rattray but Mercer was open at the far post and knocked home the rebound.
Clarkson's rush continued less than two minutes later at 7:43 in the second when Mercer added another as her shot from the slot made it through two separate layers of traffic to beat Laden low and to the blocker side to make it 3-1.
Quinnipiac's furious third period rally started less than two minutes into the final frame with Colin's sixth goal of the season and second point of the night. The Bobcats came out of the locker rooms with a pep in their step as freshman Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) and sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) combined with a pass at the far side faceoff dot. Connery's shot on Howe was deflected in front but right to Colin at the near post who banged home a one-timer past the sprawling goalie.
Darkangelo completed the Bobcat rally with her team-leading 18th goal of the season just over two minutes later in the period. Colin swung the puck around to Babstock who carried the puck along the near side boards before spotting an open Darkangelo in the slot. Her centering pass landed right on Darkangelo's tape as she rifled a one-timer past Howe stick side to knot the score at 3-3.
The overtime period was filled with plenty of drama as Howe made one of the most impressive saves of the season, gloving Darkangelo's wrist shot from the slot in front of a wide open net while completely sprawled out on the ice not even 15 seconds into the extra five minute period.
Laden made a game-saving play of her own just over two minutes later as Clarkson's Rattray shook loose of two Quinnipiac defenders to create a breakaway from the slot. She decided to go low and left on Laden but the nation's leading scorer was met by Laden's skate as the Bobcat goalie was able to kick away a prime scoring opportunity from the dangerous Rattray.
Quinnipiac ties Clarkson for just the third time in 25 all-time meetings and first time since Feb. 13, 2010 (10 games ago). They also became just the third opponent to outshoot the Golden Knights all season as they finished with a 18-16 shot advantage and have now outshot all up one team all season.
Quinnipiac will now move on to a big Saturday matchup against St. Lawrence from Appleton Arena in a game that will go a long way towards deciding home ice advantage in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.
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