HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and junior forward Kate Wheeler's (Oakville, Ontario) two third period goals, separated by just a minute and thirty-four seconds apart from each other, proved to be the deciding moments in the game as No. 10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey took a 4-2 victory over ECAC Hockey opponent St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The victory improves Quinnipiac's overall record to 17-9-1 and its ECAC Hockey mark to 9-7-0, while St, Lawrence falls to 12-13-2 overall and 7-8-0 in ECAC Hockey action.
Holding on to a 2-1 lead at the start of the third period, neither side had placed much pressure on the net through the first eight minutes. Lyons was the first to strike, capitalizing on one of the few opportunities of the period, as she wristed in the shot which beat freshman goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen. Junior defenders Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) and Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) were each credited with an assist on the play.
The 3-1 lead quickly turned into a 4-1 advantage just over a minute later at the 9:35 mark into the frame. Wheeler and senior defender Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) skated in together, but were denied on Davies' initial shot attempt. Wheeler turned the corner and snuck behind the net to tap in the puck which was sitting just outside the goal line. Wheeler's 11th goal of the season was assisted by Davies and Lyons, who each earned her fifth assist of the season on the score.
While both sides played a scoreless first period, St. Lawrence scored the first goal of the game at the 3:32 mark into the second period, as freshman defender Mel Desrochers netted an unassisted goal for her third tally of the season.
The Bobcats responded less than three minutes later at the 6:11 mark, on a power-play goal coming off the stick of Perry. The junior defender received a pass across the top of the blue line from Elkins and blasted a shot towards the net. Lahonen, who was screened by the congestion of skaters in front of the crease, never saw the puck cruise past her right shoulder. On the score, Elkins earned her sixth assist of the season, while senior forward Davies earned her fourth helper of the year.
Quinnipiac took the lead, 2-1, at the 15:55 mark of the second period, on a shorthanded goal from freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), her second such goal in as many days. Eerily similar to last night's shorthanded tally, Babstock found herself in a one-on-two situation as she skated into the offensive zone. In one explosive move, Babstock split the defenders, while retaining possession of the puck, and potted the biscuit by a helpless Lahonen. The goal for Babstock was her second shorthanded goal of the season and 22nd overall.
St, Lawrence pulled its goaltender with 5:35 remaining in the contest, which contributed to its second goal of the contest to make up the final score of 4-2. Senior forward Karell Emard, who knocked in her seventh goal of the year, was assisted by sophomore defender Brooke Fernandez on the score.
Bobcats netminder Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 21 shots on the afternoon, while her counterpart Lahonen made 23 saves.
Quinnipiac went 1 for 2 on its power play chances, while it held St. Lawrence scoreless on its four chances in the game.
The Bobcats return to the ice when they travel to face ECAC Hockey opponent Dartmouth on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac will then head to Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard the following Saturday on February, 5 at 4 p.m.