October 4, 2009

Women's Ice Hockey Falls To New Hampshire, 4-0

DURHAM, N.H. - Rookie goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 33 saves as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team fell, 4-0, to the University of New Hampshire Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats' record drops to 1-1 on the season overall, while the Wildcats record improves to 2-0.

"Once our team adjusted to New Hampshire's level of play, we started to play better," said Head Coach Rick Seeley. "We began to read their style and we were able to take more shots and create opportunities."

The Wildcats scored their first goal just under two minutes into the first period. Kelly Cahill scored her second goal of the year when she received a pass from Molly Morrison and pushed it past Vigilanti for the 1-0 lead.

New Hampshire scored three more times in the second period to enhance their lead to 4-0. Kristine Horn picked up the second Wildcat goal 33 seconds into the period. She was assisted by Micaela Long and Kelly Patron. Brittany Skudder earned the 3-0 lead at the 7:11 marker of the period on assists from Julie Allen and Kayley Herman. New Hampshire's final goal of the game came at the 8:42 mark on a goal by Courtney Birchard. Bryanna Farris and Cahill were credited with the assists.

The Bobcats played a strong third period, allowing no goals and holding UNH to nine shots, as opposed to 14 apiece in the first and second. Quinnipiac took six shots in the third period, and 13 shots overall.

Freshman Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) saw the best scoring opportunity for the Bobcats in the second period. The forward had a breakaway on net and ripped a hard shot towards the corner, but Wildcat goaltender Herman came up with the save to keep Quinnipiac off the board.

Vigilanti recorded a career-high of 33 saves in net for the Bobcats, while Herman made 13 saves for New Hampshire.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Oct. 16 when they take on Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.