February 13, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Edges St. Lawrence, 2-1


HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team held on to defeat St. Lawrence, 2-1, Friday evening for the first time in program history. Defensemen Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) and Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) each scored for the Bobcats as their record improves to 16-8-7 overall with a 9-4-6 mark in ECAC Hockey. With the loss, the Saints drop to 14-10-7 on the year, with a 10-6-3 conference record. Quinnipiac moves into a three-way tie for third place (24 pts.) in the ECAC with the win.

After a defensive first period, the Bobcats saw several scoring opportunities in the second. Seniors Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) and Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) along with sophomore Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) each had close opportunities with the back of the net during the middle period. Linemates Duffy and Flor each had a one-timer in front off a pass from behind the net, while Illchuk picked up a rebound off a shot during a power play but saw it deflected by the goaltender out of play.

The Bobcats' offensive momentum carried into the third period as Dymarczyk picked up her fifth goal of the season just 23 seconds in. The offense attempted a shot in front of the crease, but couldn't find an opening so they dished back to Dymarczyk at the left point. The sophomore defender ripped a shot into the lower left corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) and Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) were credited with assists on the play.

Quinnipiac struck again at the 8:41 mark of the third to extend its lead to 2-0. Flor took the initial shot that was blocked off a defender's stick and she collected the deflection and passed to Vieweg in the slot. Vieweg acted quickly on the pass and one-timed it into the lower corner for her second goal of the season. Flor earned her seventh assist of the year on the play, while Hughes picked up her second assist of the game, her 11th of the year.

The Saints upped their offensive chances when they pulled their goaltender at the 7:24 mark of the third to earn an extra skater. The Bobcats' defense held strong until the final minute of play when St. Lawrence earned a six-on-four man advantage. With 53 seconds remaining to play, senior center Tara Akstull collected a rebound in front of the net and tucked it past Bobcats' goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) to pull within one. The tally was unassisted.

Vigilanti turned aside 18 shots by the Saints in her 15th win of the season. St. Lawrence goaltenders' Maxie Weisz and Brittony Chartier split time in net, as Weisz recorded 10 saves and Chartier stopped nine in the loss.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host the No. 4-ranked Clarkson at the TD Bank Sports Center. That game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.