November 15, 2009

Women's Ice Hockey Falls To No. 8 Harvard, 7-2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior forward Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) scored two goals as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team lost to Harvard, 7-2, Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 6-4-2 on the season, with a 4-1-1 record in ECAC Hockey action. The Crimson's record improves to 3-3 overall and in conference play.

The Bobcats struck early with a goal just 1:47 into the first period. Sophomore defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) broke up a Harvard pass at center ice and dished the puck to Duffy at the Crimson's blue line where she skated in on the goaltender and ripped a shot into the right side of the net for her fourth goal of the season.

Harvard responded minutes later at the 4:14 marker of the first. In between the faceoff circles, Leanna Coskren slipped the puck between the pads of Bobcat goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) to tie the game at one. Jillian Dempsey and Kate Buesser were credited with assists on the play.

The Crimson scored two more at the 11:11 and 12:16 markers of the first period to earn a 3-1 lead over the Bobcats. The goals were scored in a similar fashion, with the Crimson crashing the net and collecting deflected rebounds to poke the puck past Vigilanti. The first was scored by Randi Griffin, and assisted by Kaitlin Spurling and Coskren. Griffin's goal was followed by Coskren's second of the game on a power-play opportunity, with Dempsey and Buesser each assisting on the play.

Harvard tallied three more goals in the second period, extending its lead to 6-1. Katharine Chute scored the fourth goal for the Crimson, firing a shot over the glove side of Vigilanti for her third of the year. Spurling and Dempsey scored the back-to-back fifth and sixth goals against sophomore goaltender Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) who substituted for Vigilanti at the 9:34 mark of the second period.

Quinnipiac added their second goal of the game on a power play opportunity at the 13:51 mark of the second. Sophomore forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) found line mate Duffy in the slot, who rifled a shot over the stick side of the Crimson goaltender for her second goal of the game. The assist was Wheeler's team-leading sixth of the season.

Buesser scored the seventh and final goal for Harvard at the 14:11 mark of the third period. The junior received a pass from Deborah Conway just outside the crease and snuck the puck between Nagel's pads for her fourth point of the game.

During her 29 minutes in goal, Vigilanti stopped eight shots by the Crimson, while Nagel recorded 13 saves for the Bobcats in the remaining 31 minutes of play. Harvard goaltender Christina Kessler made 13 saves in the win, while freshman goaltender Laura Bellamy saw nine minutes of action for the Crimson and recorded three saves.

The Bobcats return to action Friday, Nov. 20, when they host Colgate at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.