CANTON, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team used three first period goals to power by ECAC Hockey opponent St. Lawrence, 3-2, on Friday evening at Appleton Arena. The victory improves Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey record to 7-6-0 and its overall record to 14-7-1, while St. Lawrence falls to 4-4-0 in ECAC Hockey action and 9-9-2 overall.
Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) scored the game's first goal for Quinnipiac at the 4:52 mark of the first period. Fellow first-liner and freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) assisted Uden Johansson on the score, as the two skated in on a two-on-one opportunity. Babstock dished the puck off to Uden Johansson who one-timed it into the back of the net for her ninth goal of the season. For Babstock, the assist was her league-leading 20th of the season. Junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) also earned an assist on the goal, her 12th helper on the year.
The Bobcats struck again just over four minutes later on a power-play at the 9:15 mark of the first frame to increase its lead, 2-0, as sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) registered her sixth goal of the season. Sophomore defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) found Lyons alone in front of the net to earn her seventh assist of the season.
Saint Lawrence countered with a goal of its own at the 12:15 mark of the first period to bring the score to 2-1. Senior forward Lauren Brozowski netted the goal for the Saints, while freshman forward Bailey Habscheid was credited with the assist.
Quinnipiac scored its third goal of the frame to increase the lead, 3-1, at the 17:39 mark of the first period on a goal by freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.). Her third goal of the season came on assists by Lyons and freshman defender Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario). The three goals in the period matched a single-period season-high for Quinnipiac and marked the third time overall the Bobcats have scored three in the first frame.
Despite chances on both ends of the ice, neither team could slip the puck past either goaltender in the second period. Quinnipiac sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away eight shots in the period, while her counterpart Maxie Weisz made 11 saves. Overall, Vigilanti made 18 saves in the contest compared to 31 made by Weisz.
St. Lawrence scored with 58 seconds remaining in the third period to bring the score to 3-2. The Saints pulled its goaltender to gain a six-on-five advantage and Kelly Sabatine slapped home her team-leading ninth goal of the season. She was assisted by junior forward Alley Bero and sophomore defender Jamie Goldsmith on the goal.
Quinnipiac succeeded in going 1 for 8 on its power-play opportunities, while its penalty-kill unit held St. Lawrence scoreless on its two chances.The Bobcats return to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. against ECAC Hockey opponent Clarkson.