HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman forward Kelly
Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) second hat trick in as many
days was not enough for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team, as
the Bobcats fell in overtime, 4-3, to ECAC Hockey opponent
Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Quinnipiac's overall record now stands at 8-5-1, while its ECAC
Hockey record falls to 3-4-0. The Big Green improves its overall
and ECAC Hockey records to 5-1-0.
With her second consecutive hat trick performance, Babstock becomes the only player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to register two hat tricks in the same season. Babstock also becomes the Bobcats' career leader in freshman points (27), passing Heather Hughes' mark of 25 set a season ago. The 13 goals and 27 assists on the season have Babstock sitting atop both categories in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey.
Sophomore defender Sasha Nanji smoked a slap shot from just inside the blue line at the 1:04 mark of the overtime frame to give Dartmouth its second power play goal of the evening and the subsequent 4-3 victory. On the game-winning goal, sophomore forward Camille Dumais and senior forward Amanda Trunzo were each credited with an assist.
The first period saw four goals scored, as Babstock netted her first goal of the contest just 5:17 into the frame. On the score, junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) was credited with her sixth assist of the season.
Dartmouth responded to even the score, 1-1, on
a goal by junior forward Kelly Foley at the 8:58 mark of the first
period. Camille Dumais slid the puck across the crease to Foley,
who knocked it by sophomore goaltender Victoria
Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) for her third goal of the
Dumais gave Dartmouth the lead, 2-1, at the 14:06 mark of the first period on a quick wrister that slid by Vigilanti's blocker for the score. Sophomore forward Sally Komarek and Nanji were each awarded with an assist on the play.
Babstock responded for Quinnipiac on an incredible unassisted goal, outmaneuvering two Big Green defenders and dumping the puck past sophomore goaltender Whitney Woodcox's outstretched glove to even the score at 2 apiece.
Dartmouth netted its third goal on its second power play opportunity of the afternoon, as Trunzo scored off assists from freshman defender Lauren Kelly and sophomore defender Margaux Sharp. On the afternoon, Dartmouth converted two of its five power play opportunities, while Quinnipiac converted one of its three chances.
The Mississauga, Ontario native potted her third goal of the evening on yet another impressive individual effort, knotting up the score, 3-3. Babstock skated by her defender and darted across the crease with the puck, finishing the play by scoring her sixth goal of the weekend.
Neither squad scored in the third period, as
each goaltender made seven saves in the frame.
Vigilanti made 22 saves between the pipes for Quinnipiac, while her counterpart Woodcox turned away 16 shots of her own. The Bobcats were outshot, 26-19, in the contest.