Hughes' Goal Lifts Women's Ice Hockey To 1-0 Win Against Northeastern

BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman forward Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) scored the game's only goal as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team defeated Northeastern, 1-0, Saturday afternoon. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded her first shutout of the season as the Bobcats' record improves to 2-1-1 on the season. The Huskies' record drops to 3-1-1 on the year.

"It was a very exciting game," said Head Coach Rick Seeley. "We were a little sluggish in the first, but we responded well in the next two periods and took control of the game"

Hughes put the Bobcats on the board 25 seconds into the first period, earning an early lead. Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich) intercepted a pass at the Quinnipiac blue line and snapped it up to Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) on the right side. Wheeler and Hughes broke in on net for a 2-on-1 attack against Northeastern goaltender Florence Schelling. Wheeler passed to Hughes through the slot where she ripped a high shot past Schelling into the upper right corner for her second goal of the year. The assist was Wheeler's second of the year, it was Perry's first.

"It was an exceptional shot that beat a great goaltender," said Seeley. "Schelling was unbeatable the rest of the game but couldn't handle Hughes blast to the top corner."

Vigilanti recorded 22 saves in goal for her first shutout of the season for the Bobcats, while Schelling made 18 stops for the Huskies.

Quinnipiac returns to action Friday, Oct. 23 when they Niagara in a weekend series at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.