January 8, 2011

Babstock Hat Trick Leads Quinnipiac, 3-2, To Thrilling Overtime Win Over Clarkson

POTSDAM, N.Y. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman forward Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) three goals, including the game-winning tally at the 3:25 mark into the first overtime period, lifted the Bobcats to a come from behind victory over ECAC Hockey opponent Clarkson on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena. The victory improves Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey record to 8-6-0 and its overall record to 15-7-1, while Clarkson drops to 3-5-1 in ECAC Hockey action and 6-12-3 overall.

Babstock's game-saving goal with just under six minutes to play in the third period tied the score, 2-2 and sent the game into overtime. On the score, she was assisted by sophomore defenders Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.). The Bobcats, who had previously been 0-2-1 in overtime contests, battled in the extra frame until Babstock knocked home her league-leading 20th goal of the season and third career hat trick. Junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontaio) and freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) each were credited with an assist on the score.

With the victory, Quinnipiac earns its first road weekend sweep since its first two games of the season on October 1st and 2nd against Niagara. This was also the season's first victory for the Bobcats when trailing after the first period.

Clarkson jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 10:41 mark of the first period on a goal from senior forward Melissa Waldie. She was assisted by junior forward Juana Baribeau on the score. Quinnipiac nearly tied the game with six minutes remaining in the period, but a shot by Babstock hit the outside of the pipe and ricocheted back into play.

The freshman continued to pepper the net (team-high eight shots taken in the game) and knotted the score at one apiece on an incredible unassisted goal at the 9:39 mark into the second period. Babstock, whose initial shot was saved by senior goaltender Lauren Dahm, collected the rebound, weaved her way between two Clarkson defenders, and wristed the puck above the glove hand of Dahm.

While the goal was an even strength goal, Clarkson committed four penalties in the period compared to Quinnipiac's one. Overall, Clarkson found themselves in the penalty box on five separate occasions, while Quinnipiac committed only two penalties in the contest. Neither team's power play unit scored in the game.

Clarkson regained the lead, 2-1, at the 3:29 mark of the third period on a goal by freshman forward Vanessa Gagnon. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) got a piece of the freshman's backhanded attempt, but could not prevent the Golden Knights' second goal of the contest.

The Bobcats outshot the Golden Knights 43 to 32 in the contest, including a four-to-one clip in the overtime period. Vigilanti made 30 saves on the afternoon, while Dahm turned away 40 shots for the Golden Knights.

Quinnipiac returns to action on its home ice to face non-conference opponent New Hampshire on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.