ORONO, Me. - Sophomore defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) scored three of Quinnipiac's four power-play goals to earn her first-career hat trick, as the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 4-2 victory over the University of Maine on Friday night. Quinnipiac extends its five-game winning streak to start the season, while Maine falls to 2-3-0 on the year.
Boulton, who had four points on the night, notched her first goal of the game at the 4:06 mark of the first period, as freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) received recognition with an assist on the play. Babstock (one goal, two assists) and Dymarczyk (three assists) each had an impressive night for the Bobcats.
Maine quickly tied the game, 1-1, on a goal from sophomore forward Brittany Dougherty at the 9:50 mark in the first period. She was assisted on the play by junior defender Melissa Gagnon and junior forward Danielle Ward.
Quinnipiac regained the lead for good on Boulton's second goal at the 12:50 mark into the second period. Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and Babstock were both credited with an assist on the score.
The Quinnipiac defender buried her third goal of the night just minutes later with 1:28 remaining in the second period to extend the Bobcats lead, 3-1. Dymarczyk and junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) were each awarded with an assist.
Maine responded by scoring 1 minute and 31 seconds into the third period to bring the score to 3-2. Senior forward Jennie Gallo was assisted by junior forwards Dominique Goutsis and Myriam Croussette on the Black Bear's goal.
Any momentum that Maine had gained was quickly stifled when Babstock scored Quinnipiac's fourth and final goal of the evening, just over two minutes later at the 3:56 mark of the third frame. Dymarczyk and Boulton were both credited with the assist on the goal.
All four of Quinnipiac's goals came on power-play opportunities. Quinnipiac was 4-8 in power-play situations compared to Maine, which was 1-4. Quinnipiac is 8-29 on its power-play chances on the season for a .276 conversion percentage. In five games played, Quinnipiac opponents are only 1-20 on its power-play opportunities.
Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 12 shots on the night, while her counterpart, junior goaltender Candice Currier, made 20 saves.
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. to complete its weekend series against the University of Maine at the Harold Alfond Sports Arena.