February 27, 2011

On The Road With Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey, Part 3: On To The Semifinals

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey captain Jordan Elkins, a junior from Wasilla, Alaska, relives Game 2 of the Bobcats' ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal matchup against Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 26. Quinnipiac defeated the Tigers, 2-0, providing the program with its first-ever ECAC Hockey playoff series victory.

On to the Semifinals

After winning the day before in the final five seconds of the third period, we knew Game 2 was going to be a battle. But we also we knew it was possible. Tied, 0-0, heading into the second period we were committed to the things that had made us successful: blocking shots, winning battles, staying on the defensive side, forechecking hard, and forcing their defense to turn the puck over were things we were doing well and wanted to continue. When Kelly Babstock screened Princeton's goalie and tipped the puck past her to put us up, 1-0, in the second period, we became even more reluctant to give in.

Still up, 1-0, with half of the third period behind us we knew that if we remained confident and stuck to the simple plays we were going to come out with a win. For the rest of the period everything was on the line. There was no doubt. We all knew that any player dressed in the Quinnipiac blue and gold was going to sacrifice their body to keep the puck out of our net. Defensively, we held strong with added confidence radiating from our goalie, Victoria Vigilante. We knew she was solid behind us and that made us want to be even more aggressive blocking shots and doing our part.

We caught Princeton off guard as they holstered six skaters against our five during the final minute of the game. Babstock connected with Erica Uden Johansson through the middle of the ice and as we watched the puck go into the open net, we knew we had succeeded. Gasping for breath, the five of us who had been defending the six embraced in silence; the smiles on our faces said more at that moment then words ever could.

We are excited to have done what we have this weekend and proud of how we played, but now we are even hungrier for what is to come. Our next opponent is unknown at this point, but the bus is all smiles. There is no doubt that we are capable of doing things that this program has never done and we are ready and willing to play our kind of hockey, no matter who we face.