HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) game-tying goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation set the stage for fellow classmate Amanda Colin's (Burnsville, Minn.) game-winning tally just 35 seconds into overtime, propelling the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory over No. 4 Boston College on Tuesday evening at High Point Solutions Arena. The victory for Quinnipiac marks the program's first-ever win over a Top-5 Nationally Ranked opponent and improves the Bobcats' overall record to 7-7-1. The loss drops the Eagles to 8-4-1 on the season.
Colin's goal, her third of the season, developed following a faceoff won by junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba). Senior defender Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) then fired a shot on net, where Frykas picked up the rebound and knocked in a shot of her own. Colin established position in front of the net, eyed the puck off the second rebound and tapped in her first game-winner of the season. Frykas earned her third assist of the season, while Perry was credited with her fifth helper.
Babstock ignited the Bobcats' comeback only moments earlier, scoring her team-leading ninth goal of the season in the final seconds of regulation. Following a timeout by head coach Rick Seeley with 16 seconds to go, Babstock stepped into the faceoff where she squared off against freshman forward Alex Carpenter. Babstock initially lost the puck drop, but used excellent body control to regain possession, where she slid the puck forward to Kosta. The play quickly turned into a two-on-one break and Kosta delivered a perfect pass to Babstock who powered home a backhanded shot over the right shoulder of Boston College's redshirt-junior goaltender Corinne Boyles.
Quinnipiac's late-game heroics by Colin and Babstock may have never come to fruition had it not been for the solid goaltending effort by freshman netminder Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.), who earned her first-career victory in style with 33 saves on the evening. Laden stepped up to make countless game-saving stops, holding the Eagles to just one goal on 34 shots. In contrast, Quinnipiac scored two of its goals against Boyles on just 18 total shots.
Through the first two periods of play, neither team was able to find the back of the net, however the Eagles held a solid 19-to-9 shot advantage heading into the third period of action. Boston College fired off 14 more shots in the third stanza, compared to Quinnipiac's game-high total of seven in the frame, yet were unable to find space past Laden through nearly 18 minutes of play.
Boston College netted its goal late in the third period of play at the 17:51 mark, as freshman defender Emily Pfalzer scored what appeared to be the game's deciding goal. Pfalzer was assisted by freshmen forwards Emily Feld and Alex Carpenter.
Quinnipiac refused to allow the late goal to diminish hope and gained a power-play advantage with exactly two minutes remaining in the third period following a high sticking penalty against Boston College sophomore forward Taylor Wasylk. The Bobcats pulled Laden with 38 seconds remaining to gain a 6-on-4 advantage, leading to Babstock's late score.
Overall, Quinnipiac went 1-for-4 on its power-play opportunities, while Boston College went 0-for-4 on its chances.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Nov. 25th when the team travels to face Connecticut in the first game of the annual Nutmeg Classic Tournament at 4 p.m.
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