HAMDEN, CONN. - Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) recorded her first-career hat trick as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 5-0, on Sunday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac improves its record to 4-0-0 while Sacred Heart drops to 0-3-0 on the season.
Uden Johansson started the scoring early on, as she picked up a goal at the 2:29 mark of the first period. Sophomore defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) were both credited with an assist on the score.
Uden Johansson began the second period much like the first, as she scored less than three minutes into the action, at the 2:56 mark, to give Quinnipiac the 2-0 lead. Dymarczyk, who picked up her second helper on the evening, was joined by freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) as they provided Uden Johansson with the opportunity.
Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) netted her first goal of the season just one minute into the start of the third period, increasing the Bobcats lead to 3-0. Junior forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) and sophomore forward Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) each tallied her first assist of the year on the play.
The goal of the game was scored by Babstock at the 16:20 mark of the third period, as a culmination of dekes against Pioneer defenders left her with a clear path to the goal. Babstock flicked a wrist shot above the shoulder of Sacred Heart goaltender Alexius Schutt to increase Quinnipiac's lead to four.
Uden Johansson capped off the night with her third goal at the 17:50 mark of the third period, to give Quinnipiac the 5-0 advantage. She was assisted by Babstock on the play. With the goal, Uden Johansson overtook Babstock for the team-lead in goals with five. Babstock now has four goals, to go along with six assists, on the season.
Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) earned her second consecutive shutout and her third shutout in four games to start the season. Vigilanti has allowed only one goal in four games, as she has stopped 84 of the 85 shots she has faced.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in a two-game series against the University of Maine at Harold Alfond Sports Arena in Orno, Me.