Women's Ice Hockey Earns 3-1 Victory At UnionSCHENECTADY, N.Y. - For the fifth time this season, the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team scored back-to-back goals in less than 30 seconds as they defeated Union College, 3-1, Saturday afternoon. Three different Bobcats scored in the victory, with two goals tallied just eight seconds apart in the second period as their record improves to 14-8-6 overall with a 7-4-5 record in ECAC Hockey. With the loss, the Dutchwomen drop to 5-22-1 this season, with a 1-14-1 record in conference play.
Union opened up the scoring at the 18:19 mark of the first period. Through chaos in front of the net, freshman forward Nicole Bartlett was able to push the puck past Bobcats' goaltender Victoria Vigilanti where it dribbled into the lower right corner for the 1-0 lead. Rhianna Kurio and Marissa Gentile were credited with assists on the play.
The Bobcats notched the back-to-back goals at the 11:48 and 11:56 markers of the second period, with junior forward Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) scoring the equalizer on the power play. Davies collected a rebound in the left circle and ripped a shot into the opposite side of the net for her fifth goal of the year. She was assisted by senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) who recorded her sixth helper of the season on the play.
Sophomore wing Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) scored her third of the year just eight seconds later to earn the 2-1 Bobcat lead. Wheeler collected a pass from freshman Breehan Polci (London, Ontario) in the right faceoff circle and tucked the puck through the goaltender's pads. The assist was Polci's sixth of the year.
Quinnipiac extended their lead to 3-1 with freshman Heather Hughes' (Stoufville, Ontario) 11th goal of the season at the 17:42 mark of the second period. With four players apiece on the ice, defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) collected the first touch on a faceoff in the Bobcats' defensive zone and zipped it to Hughes at the Union blueline. Hughes skated in on her sole defender, faking to the outside before moving the puck into the slot where she lifted a shot into the upper left corner for her first goal since Dec. 4. The assist was Boulton's sixth of the year.
The Dutchwomen pulled their goaltender with 2:38 remaining in the third period while on the power play to earn a two-man advantage on the Bobcats. Vigilanti recorded four saves in that time period, including a diving save in the final seconds to keep Union from pulling within one. Vigilanti finished the day with 22 saves, while Dutchwomen goaltender Alana Marcinko recorded 30 saves in the loss.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when they travel to Cornell and Colgate in their final regular-season road series. The Bobcats will take on the Big Red on Friday at 7 p.m., and will face the Raiders on Saturday at 4 p.m.