"It was probably the best forty minutes of hockey we've ever played, in the first and second period," said head coach Rick Seeley. "We had a couple breakdowns in the third, which you can't afford against the number four-ranked team in the nation but overall it was a great game for us."
After a scoreless first period, Hughes broke the ice at the 7:05 mark of the second on a Bobcat power play opportunity. Freshman defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) collected the puck off a faceoff won by senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) and fired it on net from the right point. The puck bounced off the pads of Clarkson goaltender Lauren Dahm to Hughes, who had a clear shot on net and buried it into the upper corner for the 1-0 lead. The assist was Vieweg's third of the season and it was Duffy's seventh.
"Hughes' goal is exactly what we look for in the power play," said Seeley. "We got the puck up high and Vieweg had a good shot from the point and Hughes was positioned perfectly on the back door. She picked up a great rebound on the open net for the goal."
Quinnipiac held the lead for the remainder of the second period before Clarkson struck with the tying goal at the 2:29 mark of the third. Junior Melissa Waldie picked up her own rebound in chaos in front of the net and tucked it past Bobcats' goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) for the unassisted tally. Senior defender Tegan Schroeder scored the game-winner at the 8:47 marker when she ripped a shot from the point past Vigilanti for the 2-1 lead. Dominique Thibault assisted on the play.
Vigilanti recorded 20 saves in the loss for the Bobcats, while Dahm posted 12 saves for the Golden Knights.
Quinnipiac returns to action Saturday, Dec. 5, when they head to St. Lawrence in continued ECAC Hockey action. That game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.