January 22, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Defeats Wayne State, 2-1

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior forward Janine Duffy scored her tenth goal of the year and the game-winner as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team defeated Wayne State, 2-1,for their fifth consecutive win Friday afternoon. Junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) scored the team's first goal as the Bobcats improve to 12-7-6 on the year. With the loss, the Warriors drop to 8-10-3 in their season.

After a scoreless first, the Bobcats' offense sparked back-to-back goals just 11 seconds apart in the second period. Freshman defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) got the first goal started in the defensive zone when she dished to sophomore Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) at the Wayne State blue line. Wheeler turned and passed to Davies inside the right faceoff circle where Davies ripped a low shot into the lower left corner of the net for her fourth goal of the year. The assist was Wheeler's tenth of the season, and it was Boulton's fifth.

Seconds later, the Bobcats struck again with a goal right off the faceoff. Duffy won the faceoff back to sophomore defenseman Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) where she skipped the puck to senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) at the right boards. Duffy streaked from center ice where Flor fed her the puck just above the right faceoff circle. Duffy skated into the circle and fired a shot into the upper left corner for her tenth goal of the year. The assist was Flor's sixth and it was Elkins' fourth of the season.

The Warriors cut the lead in half when defenseman Ciara Lee notched her first goal of the season at the 7:09 mark of the third period. Wayne State sophomore Micheline Frappier won a faceoff in the offensive zone and deflected the puck back to Lee in the high slot. Lee blasted the puck into the upper right corner of the net for the goal.

Quinnipiac goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 15 saves, including eight stops in the third period, in her eleventh win of the season. Warriors' goaltender Delayne Brian turned aside 42 shots in the loss.

With its fifth consecutive win, the Bobcats' record improves to five games over .500. The record is the best held in program history, as the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team has never recorded more than one game over .500 in the previous eight seasons. The five consecutive wins shatters the preceding record, as the team has never compiled more than two consecutive wins in program history.

Quinnipiac and Wayne State will face off again tomorrow afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. That game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.