HANOVER, N.H. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) netted two goals to lead the Bobcats to a 4-0 victory over ECAC Hockey opponent Dartmouth on Friday night at Thompson Arena. The win improves Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey record to 10-7-0 (18-9-1 overall) and moves them into a tie with Dartmouth (10-7-0 ECAC Hockey, 14-9-0 overall) for third place in conference play.
With the two goals, Babstock regains the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey freshman lead in both goals (24) and points (45). Babstock is also currently ranked second among all skaters with eight game-winning goals.
While neither team scored in the first period of play, Quinnipiac opened up a two goal advantage in the second stanza on goals from Babstock and sophomore defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.). Babstock's first goal came at the 13:45 mark into the second period, as the freshman forward skated in to score her fourth power-play goal of the season. Babstock received a pass from junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) from deep in its own defensive zone, skated in on her own, and put it past freshman goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft. The Bobcats did well to capitalize on two of four Big Green penalties in the second period which resulted in a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
Following the midway mark of the second period, Dartmouth was unable to stay out of the penalty box for the remainder of the stanza. A costly frustration penalty for boarding just 15 seconds following Babstock's goal resulted in a five minute major for Dartmouth's junior forward Jenna Hobeika. With Hobeika in the box, a hooking penalty by senior defender Kate Horner gave the Bobcats its second five on three advantage of the period. Quinnipiac tallied its second goal at the 18:17 mark into the frame, as Vieweg drove home her first goal of the season on a slapper from just outside the top of the faceoff circle. Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), who handed the puck off to Vieweg, earned her 13th assist of the season on the score.
The Bobcats extended its lead, 3-0, on Babstock's second goal of the contest at the 2:46 mark into the third period. Freshman defender Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) dumped the puck in towards the net, which was initially redirected by freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.). Babstock then collected the puck and beat the outstretched Holdcroft for her team-leading 24th goal of the season. Wignall earned her sixth assist of the season, while Colin earned her fifth helper of the year.
Junior forward Kate Wheeler added the fourth goal for good measure on an empty net tally with just 1:09 remaining in the contest for her 12th goal of the season.
Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti's (Woodbridge, Ontario) outstanding play in the third period (19 saves in the frame) resulted in keeping the Big Green scoreless for just the second time this season. Vigilanti made several spectacular saves in the frame, 35 on the evening overall, en route to earning her new career-high seventh shutout of the season. Her counterpart, Holdcroft, made 25 saves on the evening for Dartmouth.
The Bobcats made Dartmouth pay for its overaggressive play, as the Big Green were whistled for five penalties (worth over 13 minutes of penalty minutes) overall in the contest, compared to just four penalties committed by Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats return to the ice tomorrow afternoon, on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. when they travel to Cambridge, Mass. to face ECAC Hockey opponent Harvard.