NIAGARA, N.Y. - Junior forward Kate Wheeler's (Oakville, Ontario) two second period goals helped lead the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team to a 3-0 victory in its season opener against non-conference opponent Niagara University at Dwyer Arena. The win gives Quinnipiac a 1-0-0 record on the season while Niagara begins its season 0-1-0.
Wheeler netted her first goal of the contest at the 9:13 mark of the second period. On the play, she was assisted by freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and freshman defenseman Shelby Wignall ( Hamilton, Ontario).
The Bobcat's third and final goal came at the 14:58 mark, on a power play opportunity in which Wheeler capitalized, as she recorded her second goal of the night. Sophomore defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) was credited with the assist.
Babstock had an impressive debut for the Bobcats, as she ignited the scoring with an unassisted goal in the first period at the 17:48 mark.
Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) was stellar in net, as she turned away 20 shots for the Bobcats. Her counterpart, senior goaltender Jenni Bauer made 24 saves on the evening.
Quinnipiac faces Niagara at 12 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 2, to complete the two-game weekend series.