January 30, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Falls To RPI, 1-0

TROY, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team saw their six-game winning streak snapped as they were defeated by Rensselaer, 1-0, Friday evening. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 24 saves in net for the Bobcats as their record drops to 13-8-6 overall and to 6-4-5 in ECAC Hockey action. The Engineers' record improves to 11-10-5 overall with an 8-4-3 mark in conference play.

The Bobcats' defense highlighted the first two periods. The team blocked a total of 14 shots through the first 40 minutes of play, and killed off four consecutive penalties to keep the Engineers off the board. Defensemen Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) led the way in blocked shots, as they each denied four attempts by RPI. Quinnipiac finished the game with a total of 17 blocked shots.

The Engineers' offense broke through at the 4:24 mark of the third period to earn the 1-0 lead. Junior forward Kendra Dunlop received the puck just inside the RPI offensive zone and skated into the slot where she ripped the puck between Vigilanti's pads. Laura Gersten was credited with an assist on the play.

Quinnipiac's best scoring opportunity came with 10:30 remaining in the third period. Freshman forward Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) fired a shot from the left side of the net that rebounded off the goalie's pads to the right side. Senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) collected the deflection and tried to one-time the puck into the right corner, but RPI goaltender Sonja van der Bliek laid out to knock the puck out of play with her stick. The Bobcats took a total of seven shots in the third period.

Vigilanti stopped 24 shots by the Engineers in her first loss since Jan. 2. Her counterpart, van der Bliek, recorded 17 saves in net for RPI.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon when they head to Schenectady, N.Y. to take on Union College. That game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.