NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophomore forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) tallied two assists as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team defeated Yale, 2-1, Saturday afternoon in New Haven. Senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) scored for the Bobcats as their record improves to 5-3-2 on the season with a 3-0-1 mark in ECAC Hockey. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 0-4-1 on the year, with a 0-4-0 record in conference play.
Quinnipiac jumped on the board at the 5:14 mark of the second period to earn the 1-0 lead. Senior Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) streaked up the right side with Duffy on the left in a 2-on-1 attack on the Yale goaltender. Flor carried the puck just outside the crease where she snapped a quick pass to Duffy at the left who one-timed it into the upper right corner of the net. Wheeler also picked up an assist on the play.
Dymarczyk put the Bobcats up 2-0 with less than a minute to play in the second period. Positioned in the right faceoff circle, Wheeler dished to junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) behind the net. Davies found Dymarczyk just below the blue line where the defender ripped a shot into the lower right corner for her third goal of the season. The assist was Wheeler's fifth of the year, and it was Davies' third.
Yale pulled within one 39 seconds into the third period on a power play opportunity. Tara Tomimoto took the initial shot from the left faceoff circle into chaos in front of the net. Berit Johnson tapped the puck to Bray Ketchum positioned at the left post where Ketchum slapped the puck just under the stick of Bobcat goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) for the goal.
Vigilanti came through with 23 saves for Quinnipiac, and stopped 11 shots in the third period to hold off the Bulldogs for the win. Yale goaltender, Jackee Snikeris, recorded 19 saves in the loss.
The Bobcats return to action Friday, Nov. 13, when they travel to Cambridge, Mass. to take on Harvard in continued ECAC action. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.