October 23, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Earns 3-3 Draw Against #7 Boston College

HAMDEN, Conn. - Junior forward Kate Wheeler's (Oakville, Ontario) two goals, including one late in the third period, helped the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team earn a 3-3 tie against #7 Boston College on Friday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac's overall record now stands at 5-1-1 while Boston College (2-0-0 Hockey East) obtains a 4-0-1 overall mark.

"Being a young team, we had to fight back," said head coach Rick Seeley. "I thought we took it to them in the third and overtime periods."

Boston College jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the contest, as senior forward Kelli Stack scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Freshmen forwards Taylor Wasylk and Danielle Doherty were each credited with an assist on the play.

The Eagles took a 2-0 advantage on a goal from junior center Danielle Welch at 11:59, her first goal of the season. Junior forward Mary Restuccia and sophomore forward Kristina Brown each tallied an assist on the score.

Quinnipiac scored just over three minutes later at the 15:06 mark on Wheeler's first goal of the game. She was assisted by freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) on the play.

The Eagles pushed the lead to 3-1 at the 2:30 mark of the second period, as freshman forward Taylor Wasylk netted her fourth goal of the season. She was assisted by junior defender Alison Szlosek.

The Bobcats continued to fight back and were rewarded with a goal at the 16:10 mark of the second period off the stick of freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden). Junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) was credited with her seventh assist of the season, while Babstock earned her second assist of the night.

Quinnipiac pulled even on Wheeler's second goal of the evening at the 17:34 mark of the third period. Acting as a screen in front of the net, Wheeler deflected a shot by Boston College's netminder Molly Schaus and into the net to provide the game with its final score, 3-3. Sophomore defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) earned her third assist of the season on the goal. Babstock also received an assist on the play, earning her third helper of the night and team-leading 12th assist overall. The goal places Wheeler in a two-way tie for second on the team with five goals scored.

Bobcats' sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 25 shots on the evening, while her counterpart Schaus made 23 saves on the night.

Quinnipiac once again took advantage of its power play opportunities, as it went 2 for 5 on the night. This complemented the Bobcats stingy penalty kill unit, as Boston College unsuccessfully went 0 for 6 on its power plays.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. to face Cornell University at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.