NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was defeated, 1-0, against ECAC Hockey opponent Yale on Friday night at Ingalls Rink. The loss drops Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey record to 12-9 and its overall record to 20-11-2, while Yale improves to 8-11-2 in ECAC Hockey and 9-16-3 overall. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls into fifth place in ECAC Hockey, one point behind Princeton and two points ahead of Clarkson.
Yale broke the game's nearly 55 minute scoreless drought to take the 1-0 lead at the 14:18 mark into the third period on a goal from freshman forward Ashley Dunbar. Dunbar's shot was deflected in front as sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) attempted to make the save, yet the puck bounced over her shoulder and into the net for Dunbar's first goal of the season. On the score, Dunbar was assisted by freshman forward Jenna Ciotti and senior defender Samantha Maclean.
Despite Quinnipiac's 17-to-1 shot advantage in the first period (35-to-12 advantage in the contest overall), the two teams entered the locker rooms scoreless after the first 20 minutes of play. Yale dodged a bullet in the fifth minute of play, as a shot from junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) ricocheted off the post and back into play. The shot was one of three taken during Quinnipiac's lone power play opportunity in the first stanza. Yale failed to capitalize on its one power play opportunity in the frame. On the evening, both squads were held scoreless on its three power play chances.
Opportunities arose for both teams to take the lead in the second period, yet neither side could find the go-ahead goal. The Bobcats finished the period with a substantial shot advantage, 12-6, as sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) led the way with three shots in the frame. Lyons fought hard for her first attempt, as her own forecheck dislodged the puck in Yale's defensive zone. Lyons' quick wrist shot was denied by the Bulldogs' senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris. Snikeris played a crucial part for Yale's success on the night, as she turned away 35 shots in the contest. Vigilanti made 11 saves in net for Quinnipiac.
The game opened up in the third period, with each team desperately seeking the first goal of the contest. Quinnipiac had back-to-back chances following a faceoff in its offensive zone at the 7:28 mark into the stanza. Freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) received a pass from freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) directly after the faceoff and snapped off a shot, but Snikeris stretched out to make the acrobatic save. Junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) immediately responded with another shot just outside the crease, yet Snikeris held on to the puck with a glove save, snuffing out any opportunity of a rebound.
Quinnipiac returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 19, for its final game of the regular season, when it travels to Providence, R.I. to face ECAC Hockey opponent Brown at 4 p.m.