January 22, 2011

No.10 Women's Ice Hockey Falls To Wayne State, 2-1

DETROIT, Mich. - The No. 10-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was defeated by non-conference opponent Wayne State, 2-1, on Friday evening at City Sports Center. The loss drops Quinnipiac's overall record to 15-8-1, while its ECAC Hockey record remains 8-6-0. Wayne State improves its overall record to 8-13-0, as its College Hockey America record remains 1-7-0.

Junior forward Micheline Frappier netted the game's first goal for the Warriors on a power play opportunity at the 4:48 mark into the second period. The Bobcats did well to kill two of the three overlapping penalties at the start of the period, but were unable to keep the Warriors off the scoreboard on the five-on-four advantage. Senior forward Adrianna Pfeffer and sophomore forward Julie Ragen were each credited with an assist on the score.

The Warriors increased its lead, 2-0, at the 10:31 mark into the third period of play on a goal from junior defender Jill Szandzik. The defender collected the loose puck in front of the net and wristed in her second goal of the season. Pfeffer, who picked up her second assist of the evening, and sophomore forward Lauren Coxon each earned an assist on the play.

After pulling within one goal with just under two minutes to play in the third period, the Bobcats were unable to complete the comeback despite ending the game with a flurry of shots on its six-on-five advantage. Quinnipiac called a timeout with 1:55 remaining in the contest and pulled sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) in order to add an extra attacker to the ice. The Bobcats kept the puck in its offensive zone and scored at the 18:41 mark, as sophomore defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) potted an unassisted goal for her eighth of the season.

Following the faceoff at center ice, Vigilanti was pulled with 1:00 remaining in the game, but the Warriors defense blocked three shots and junior goaltender Delayne Brian made one save in the final minute to preserve the 2-1 victory. Brain made 28 saves in the contest, while Vigilanti turned away 19 shots faced.

The first period was a stalemate, as neither side could find the space to knock the puck past either goaltender. Quinnipiac took seven shots in the frame compared to Wayne State's five. The Bobcats and Warriors each went scoreless on its power play chances in the first period, as Wayne State went 0-for-2 and Quinnipiac 0-for-1. On the evening overall, Quinnipiac went 0-for-4, while Wayne State went 1-for-7 on its power play opportunities.

Quinnipiac returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 22, to take on Wayne State at 2 p.m.