Flor's Third Period Goal Lifts Women's Ice Hockey Past Yale, 1-0HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) broke the scoreless tie with eight minutes to play in regulation as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team defeated Yale University, 1-0, Friday evening. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 17 saves in net for her fifth shutout of the season as the Bobcats' record improves to 17-8-8 overall with a 10-4-7 record in ECAC Hockey. With the loss, the Bulldogs' record drops to 8-12-1 overall, with a 10-15-3 record in conference play.
The Bobcats and the Bulldogs played through 40 minutes of scoreless action, with Quinnipiac leading the way with a 26-11 shot advantage in the first two periods. Freshman defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) saw the best scoring opportunity for the Bobcats early in the second period. With a 5-on-3 man advantage over Yale, Boulton received the puck at the top of the offensive zone and ripped a shot off the inside of the crossbar that ricocheted out of play. The goal judge lit the lamp on the shot, but it was called off by the referee to keep the game at 0-0.
Quinnipiac broke the ice with Flor's 11th goal of the season at the 8:46 mark of the third period to earn the 1-0 lead. Flor, along with line mates Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) and Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.), crashed the Bulldogs' net attempting a shot on Yale goaltender Jackee Snikeris. Eklund fired a shot that Snikeris batted over to the right side where Flor was positioned just outside the crease. The senior collected the loose puck and lifted it into the upper left corner for the goal. The assist was Eklund's fourth of the year, and it was Duffy's 13th.
Vigilanti was solid in net for the Bobcats, turning aside 17 shots in her 16th win of the season. Snikeris recorded 33 saves in net for the Bulldogs in the loss.
With the victory, Quinnipiac moves into fourth place in the ECAC with 27 points. To stay in fourth place and in contention for a tournament-host position, the Bobcats need to stay at least one point ahead of Rensselaer in fifth place with 26 points. The following scenarios have been compiled by collegehockeystats.net heading into tomorrow's final match-ups.
Finishes 3rd with a
win and a Harvard loss.
Finishes 5th with a tie and a Rensselaer win.
Finishes 5th with a loss and a Rensselaer win or tie.
Finishes 4th otherwise.
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow afternoon in their final regular-season game when they host Brown at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., and will also serve as Senior Day for the team's four graduating seniors.