HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie against non-conference opponent New Hampshire on Tuesday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center. The tie gives Quinnipiac an 18-10-2 overall record, while New Hampshire's record now stands at 13-14-1.
Freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) netted the only goal of the game for the Bobcats at the 8:06 mark into the second period. The freshman redirected a pass from fellow freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) for her sixth goal of the season. Babstock, who earned her league-leading 23rd assist of the season on the play, took her time with the puck and zipped a pass towards the front of the crease where Colin knocked it past New Hampshire's senior goaltender Kayley Herman.
The Wildcats responded at the 12:45 mark into the third period of play, as senior defender Courtney Birchard evened the score at one apiece on her seventh goal of the year. The goal developed quickly, as Birchard one-timed a pass from freshman forward Arielle O'Neill by Quinnipiac sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario). Sophomore defender Kailey Chappell was also credited with an assist on the score, earning her third helper of the season.
Neither side could find the game-winning goal in overtime, as Vigilanti made five saves in the extra frame and Herman turned away two shots. Both netminders matched each other overall on the evening, as they each made 24 saves. Vigilanti improves her goals against average to 1.74, which remains third-best among ECAC Hockey goaltenders, while her .932 has her fourth in the league.
The penalty kill units were successful on both sides on the night. The Bobcats held New Hampshire scoreless on its two opportunities, while the Wildcats held Quinnipiac scoreless on its four chances. This marks the sixth straight game in which Quinnipiac has held the opposition scoreless on its power-play chances, as the opposition has gone 0 for 20 in that time span. Overall, the Bobcats' penalty kill unit has an 89.3 percent success rate on the season.
The first period saw an even first 20 minutes of play, as Quinnipiac held the slight advantage in shots, nine to six. Quinnipiac went scoreless on its one power play opportunity.Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend when it hosts its final ECAC Hockey regular season game of the season at the TD Bank Sports Center. On Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac plays Rensselaer and on Saturday Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. the Bobcats host Union.