January 16, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Completes Sweep Of No. 10 Syracuse With 2-1 Victory

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team earned their third consecutive win against a ranked team as they defeated the No. 10-ranked Syracuse University, 2-1, Saturday afternoon. Seniors Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) and Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) each scored as the Bobcats improve to 11-7-6 overall this season. With the loss, the Orange drop to 13-9-1 on the year.

The Bobcats wasted no time getting on the board as they scored the game-opening goal just 16 seconds into the first period. Earning her second assist in as many games, freshman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) passed from the left point to senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) who was positioned outside the crease. Duffy quickly back-handed the puck into the lower left corner of the net for her ninth goal of the season and the early Quinnipiac lead. The assist was Boulton's fourth of the year.

The two teams battled through 53 more minutes of play before the Bobcats extended their lead to 2-0 at the 14:43 mark of the third period. Duffy picked up her second point of the game and her third of the weekend when she collected the puck at center ice and sped into the offensive zone in a two-on-one attack with linemate Flor. Duffy dished to Flor in the right faceoff circle and Flor ripped a shot into the upper right corner of the net for her eighth goal of the season. The assist was Duffy's team-leading 11th of the year, and it was Dymarczyk's eighth.

The Orange crashed the net in the last two minutes of play, firing several shots on Bobcat goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario). The offense was able to push one through with 1:08 remaining in the third period to make the score 2-1. In traffic in front of the net, junior forward Julie Rising got her stick on the loose puck and pushed it past Vigilanti for the unassisted tally.

Vigilanti anchored the Bobcats' defense in net, recording a total of 21 saves against the Orange in the game. Syracuse goaltender Lucy Schoedel stopped 23 shots by Quinnipiac in the match-up.

The 11th win of the season for Quinnipiac matches the best record ever held in program history. That record was previously set by the 2003-04 team, who went 11-21-2 during that season. The 2009-10 Bobcats return to action next weekend when they host Wayne State in a non-conference weekend series at the TD Bank Sports Center. The two teams will face off on Friday at 3 p.m., and on Saturday at 4 p.m.