The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will hit the road this weekend to take on Harvard and Dartmouth in continued ECAC Hockey action. The Bobcats will make their first stop in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday to take on the eighth-ranked Crimson at 7 p.m., and then travel to Hanover, N.H. on Saturday to face off against the Big Green at 4 p.m. In its last outing, Quinnipiac defeated Yale, 2-1, on Nov. 7.
Scouting the Crimson
The eighth-ranked Harvard currently posts a 2-2-0 record overall and in ECAC action, most recently defeating St. Lawrence, 3-0, on Nov. 7. The Crimson are collectively led by junior forward Katharine Chute, and freshman forward Kaitlin Spurling as each player has tallied one goal and three assists this season. Senior goaltender Christina Kessler has started all four games between the pipes for Harvard, posting a .924 save percentage and a 1.77 goals-against average.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth holds a 1-2-1 overall and conference record on the year, most recently falling to No. 2- ranked Clarkson, 3-1, on Nov. 7. Junior forward Amanda Trunzo and senior forward Sarah Parsons lead the team with five points each. Trunzo has scored four goals and added one assist, while Parsons has recorded one goal and four assists this season. Senior goaltender Mariel Lacina has played four games this season, posting a .900 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.
The Bobcats collected three points in ECAC Hockey action last weekend at Brown and Yale. Quinnipiac recorded a scoreless tie against the Bears on Nov. 6, and picked up a 2-1 win against the Bulldogs on Nov. 7. The Bobcats post a 3-0-1 record in the conference, and have earned seven points to tie in third place with Princeton.
Nov. 7 has proven to be a lucky day for sophomore Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario). Last season, the forward set her career-high in goals and points as she tallied a goal and an assist for two points against Colgate. This year, Wheeler recorded her career-high in assists and matched her career-high in points as she dished out two assists against Yale. Wheeler ranks second on the team in points with five.
Rookie goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) played all 125 minutes in net for the Bobcats in the weekend at Brown and Yale. Against the Bears, the freshman set her season-high in saves when she turned aside all 34 shots in 65 minutes played. Her previous record was set at the University of New Hampshire on Oct. 4. In the game against Yale on Nov. 7, Vigilanti recorded 23 saves, including ten stops in the third period to hold off the Bulldogs for the 2-1 win. Vigilanti currently leads the conference in save percentage (.949), and ranks second in goals-against average (1.29).
Bump in the Road
The scoreless tie against Brown on Nov. 6 didn't knock junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) off her game one bit. In the tie, the forward snapped her four-game point streak that started on Oct. 23, but she regained momentum the following day at Yale as she assisted on what would be the game-winning goal by Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) in the Bobcats 2-1 victory. Davies ties to rank second on the team in points with five.
Help from the Blue Line
In her sophomore season, Dymarczyk has become a fixture in the Bobcats' offensive efforts. The defender scored her third goal of the year in the 2-1 win against Yale on Nov. 7. Positioned at the center of the blue line, Dymarczyk received a pass from Davies and fired a shot that ricocheted into the right corner of net to give the Bobcats a 2-0 advantage. Dymarczyk also has recorded two assists on the year, tying to rank second on the team in points with five.
Senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) scored her third goal of the season on Nov. 7, on a pass from fellow senior and line mate, Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.). The pair streaked up the ice in a 2-on-1 attack on the Bulldogs' goaltender. Flor came up the right side with the puck and dished to Duffy at the left just outside the crease where Duffy lifted the puck into the upper right corner for the goal. Duffy ties to rank second on the team in points with five, while Flor ties to rank third with three points.