HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey defeated Yale, 3-1, to sweep its weekend series at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats fourth straight victory improves its overall record to 13-6-1 and its ECAC Hockey record to 6-5-0, while Yale falls to 4-8-2 overall and 3-4-1 in ECAC Hockey action.
Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) scored the game's first goal at the 8:20 mark into the first period of play to give the Bobcats the 1-0 advantage. Uden Johansson received a fortuitous bounce of the puck off a shot from junior forward Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.), who took a slapper from just inside the blue line. The power-play goal was Uden Johansson's eighth of the season. Dymarczyk and junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) each earned her 11th assist of the year on the play.
Despite being outshot, 14 - 2, in the first period, Yale fought back to even the score at one apiece at the 2:33 mark of the second period. Junior forward Aleca Hughes tallied her third goal of the season, while sophomore defender Jamie Gray registered her first assist of the season.
Overall, Yale took 23 shots compared to Quinnipiac's 31. The Bobcats held Yale to single digit attempts in both the first (two shots) and third (six shots) periods.
The Bobcats regained the lead on a spectacular goal by freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) just minutes later at the 4:03 mark of the second period. Babstock put a fake on Yale senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris, skated across the crease, and then buried the puck in the far corner of the net. The goal for Babstock was both her league and team-high 17th of the season.
Junior forward Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) gave Quinnipiac the two-goal cushion with a power-play goal at the 8:53 mark of the third period. Junior defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) and freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) rotated the puck up to the point to Elkins, where she unleashed a rocket that gave Quinnipiac its eventual 3-1 final score.
Sophomore netminder Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) played well between the pipes, turning away 22 shots on the afternoon, while her counterpart Snikeris made 28 saves.Quinnipiac will return to action in 2011 when it travels to Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J. to play Princeton on Monday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.