Women's Ice Hockey Downs Northeastern, 4-0, To Claim Its First Home Victory of 2010-11
HAMDEN, CONN. - Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 27 shots to record her second shutout in three games, as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team won its first home contest of the season, 4-0, against non-conference opponent Northeastern University at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats improve to 3-0-0 to begin the season while Northeastern falls to 1-1-1 on the year.
Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) tallied her third goal of the season for the Bobcats at the 3:56 mark in the first period. Babstock received a pass from freshman forward Elena Orlando (Chico, California) and snuck the puck by the Huskies goaltender Florence Schelling. The helper was Orlando's first assist of the year.
Babstock picked up an assist on Quinnipiac's second goal at the end of the first period at 18:06, as fellow first-liner Erica Uden Johansson's (Sundsvall, Sweden) slapper found the back of the net. The goal was Uden Johansson's second of the season.
The Bobcats continued to apply pressure in the second period when junior defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) smoked a shot from just inside the blue line at the 10:37 mark, by Schelling, for her first goal of the season. Immediately following the goal, Schelling was pulled, as backup Leah Sulyma played the rest of the game for the Huskies. On the goal, sophomore forward Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) earned her second assist of the season.
Quinnipiac's final goal of the evening at the 18:45 mark of the second period came off the stick of junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario), who was assisted on the play by sophomore defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba). The goal was Wheeler's third goal of the season while the assist was Boulton's first on the year.
Quinnipiac utilized its power-play opportunities to score two of its four goals. On the evening, Quinnipiac went 2-4 on its power-play chances, while Northeastern was 0-4 on its chances.
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow night on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. against Sacred Heart at the TD Bank Sports Center.