The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will play host to Niagara University in a two-game series this weekend at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats and the Purple Eagles will face off Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. In their last game, Quinnipiac defeated Northeastern, 1-0, on Oct. 17.
Scouting the Purple Eagles
Niagara currently holds a 1-3-2 record on their season, most recently falling, 6-1, to the University of New Hampshire on Oct. 18. Three players on the team rank first in points with four. Freshman forward Jenna Hendrikx has scored four goals, senior forward Mary McKinnon has tallied three goals and one assist, and senior forward Jennifer MacLean has recorded one goal and three assists. Junior goaltender Jenni Bauer has started all six games in net for Niagara, posting a .895 save percentage.
Last Time Against Niagara
The Bobcats and the Purple Eagles last met on Dec. 30, 2007 when they played in the Nutmeg Classic Consolation Game at the TD Bank Sports Center. The teams tied, 3-3, in regulation but the Bobcats were credited with the win in a shootout. Current seniors Breana Burton (Surrey, British Columbia), Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario), and Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) each scored a goal in regulation, while Elyse Cole scored the game-winner in the shootout.
What a Weekend!
Quinnipiac picked up three points on the road against Hockey East opponents Boston College and Northeastern last weekend. The Bobcats tied the Eagles, 1-1, on Oct. 16, and defeated the Huskies, 1-0, on Oct. 17. Thus far, Quinnipiac has compiled a 2-1-1 record on the season.
Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week after her performance against Boston College and Northeastern. The rookie played all 125 minutes between the pipes for Quinnipiac and picked up her first shutout of the season in 1-0 victory against the Huskies. Vigilanti turned away twenty-plus shots in each game, recording a total of 51 saves on the weekend.
Hang On Hughes
Freshman Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) scored the game-winner against the Huskies on Oct. 17. The forward scored 25 seconds into the game, earning the early lead for Quinnipiac. Hughes received a pass in the slot and ripped a high shot past Northeastern goaltender Florence Schelling into the upper right corner for her second goal of the year. The Bobcats went on to hold the Huskies scoreless for the remaining 59 minutes of play to earn the 1-0 victory.
She's Not Lyon Around
Freshman Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) scored her second goal of the year in the 1-1 tie with Boston College on Oct. 16. The forward scored the first goal of the game at the 6:52 mark of the first period. During a power play opportunity, Lyons tipped in a shot fired from the point into the upper right corner for the goal.
What a Dish
Sophomore Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) picked up her second assist of the season in the 1-0 victory against Northeastern. The forward broke in on net with Hughes for a 2-on-1 attack on Schelling. Wheeler snapped a quick pass to Hughes in the slot for the blast to the upper corner for the goal. The assist was Wheeler's second of the season and the fifth of her career.
Two different Bobcats recorded their first point of the 2009-10 season in the weekend at Boston College and Northeastern. Freshman defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) ripped the shot from the point that Lyons' tipped in against Eagles' goaltender, Corinne Boyles. The assist was Vieweg's first collegiate point. The following day against the Huskies, sophomore defender Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) intercepted a pass at the Quinnipiac blue line and dished the puck up to Wheeler for the 2-on-1 attack on Schelling that resulted in the goal by Hughes. The assist was Perry's first of the year, and it was the ninth of her career.
Bobcat fans can access ticket information by visiting the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com, or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905. Fans should also check www.quinnipiacbobcats.com regularly as schedules are subject to change