Women's Ice Hockey Ties Colgate, 1-1

HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore center Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) scored her first-career goal midway through the third period as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team played to a 1-1 tie Friday night with Colgate at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats improves to 4-1-2 in ECAC Hockey play and earns their 10th point of the season with the tie. Quinnipiac's overall record now stands at 6-4-3. The Raiders are 1-3-2 in league play and 2-8-3 overall this season.

Perry netted the first of her career on a wraparound at the 11:39 mark of the third period. Stripping the puck away and shaking off the defender behind the Colgate net, the second-year Bobcat put a centering feed into the crease that deflected off a defender's skate and into the open goal. The tally gave the Bobcats the first lead of the game and the 1-0 lead.

Neither team found the back of the net in the first period. Both the Bobcats and the Raiders did manage to hit posts in the first. Freshman winger Breehan Polci (London, Ontario) rang a shot off the crossbar after streaking down the right side of the ice. Her shot beat Colgate goalie Kimberly Sass over the glove, but ricocheted off the bar and into the far corner. Raiders' right wing Jacquie Colborne also hit the top of the crossbar after missing an open look at the left side of the net.

Colgate began the second period with the game's best scoring chance. After quick lateral puck movement behind the net had Quinnipiac goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) seemingly out of position, Marissa Dombovy had the opportunity to give Colgate the lead. Stepping out into the slot from the side of the net, Dombovy received a pass from below the goal line and put a low shot on goal. Vigilanti slid across the goal mouth and kicked the puck away with her pad, preserving the score, 0-0.

With the Bobcats up one in the third period, Colgate began to turn up the offensive pressure. Keeping puck possession in their offensive zone, the Raiders peppered Vigilanti in goal during a six-minute stretch following the Perry goal. Colgate finally broke through, netting the tying goal with 2:30 remaining in the game. Defenseman Beth Rotenberg's shot from the point was deflected to a waiting Brittany Philips in the low slot. Phillips skated across the top of the crease and beat the sliding Quinnipiac goaltender with a high backhanded shot to tie the game, 1-1.

Quinnipiac's Stacey Kmill (Thunder Bay, Ontario) nearly gave her team the win, but was stopped point blank by Sass. Senior captain Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) followed with a backhanded attempted through a screen in front of the Raiders' goaltender, but was denied the game winner.

The Bobcats' were called for a bench minor penalty for too many players on the ice with just four seconds remaining in the extra session, giving Colgate the power play. Pulling their goalie in favor of the extra skater and a 6-on-4 opportunity, the Raiders won the face off and fired a shot on goal. Dombovy, situated at the top of the circle, had the puck come right to her stick, but was turned away by a quick flash of the right from Vigilanti as time expired and the game ended, 1-1.

Quinnipiac returns to the ice Saturday afternoon at against No. 7 Cornell. The Bobcats and Big Red are set to square off from the TD Bank Sports Center at 4 p.m.