DETROIT, Mich. - No. 10-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) tallied two goals to lead the Bobcats, 3-0, over non-conference opponent Wayne State on Saturday afternoon at City Sports Center. The victory improves Quinnipiac's overall record to 16-8-1, while Wayne State falls to 8-14-0 on the season.
Quinnipiac wasted no time in scoring its first goal of the contest, as Wheeler gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead at the 2:44 mark into the first period. Wheeler took advantage of a Wayne State turnover and shrewdly snuck the puck through the legs of Warriors junior goaltender Delayne Brian.
The Bobcats extended its lead, 2-0, at the 13:39 mark of the second period on a power play goal by Wheeler, her second of the game and 10th tally of the season. Wheeler, who again found an opening between the pads of Brian, was assisted by junior defender Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) and senior forward Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Virg.) on the score.
Quinnipiac scored just 17 second later to increase the lead, 3-0, on a goal from freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.). Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), who won the faceoff at center circle following the Wheeler score, skated in and slapped a shot that Brian was unable to handle. Colin positioned herself in front of the net and punched in the rebound for her fourth goal of the season. Babstock, who led the Bobcats with 10 shots taken on the afternoon, and junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) each earned an assist on the score.
The Bobcats dominated the second period with 17 shots taken, compared to Wayne State's four. Overall, Quinnipiac took 34 shots in the contest, while it held Wayne State to 20 shots.
Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made multiple vital saves in the third period to preserve the three-goal advantage en route to her 15th victory and sixth shutout of the season. Vigilanti turned away 20 shots in the contest, while her counterpart Brian made 31 saves.
The penalty numbers on the afternoon were fairly even, as Quinnipiac committed five, while Wayne State was whistled for four penalties.
Quinnipiac returns to action at the TD Bank Sports Center when it hosts ECAC Hockey opponents Clarkson on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and St. Lawrence on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.