December 9, 2011

Melissa Perry Nets Game Winner; Women's Ice Hockey Blanks Princeton, 1-0

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PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made her league-leading fifth shutout of the season and senior defender Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) netted her first goal of the year, as the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team came away with a 1-0 shutout victory over ECAC Hockey opponent Princeton on Friday evening at Hobey Baker Rink. The Bobcats' sixth-consecutive victory improves their ECAC Hockey record to 8-2-1 and its overall record to 12-7-1, while the loss drops Princeton's ECAC Hockey mark to 5-5-1 and its overall record to 6-8-1.

Perry chose a fine time to capture her first goal of the season, netting the game-winner at the 4:48 mark into the second period of play. The defender's slap shot from the point tipped off Princeton senior goaltender Rachel Weber's shoulder and into the back of the net. On the goal, freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) and sophomore forward Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.) were each credited with an assist.

Vigilanti stood tall in net all evening, making a game-high 26 saves, including 12 saves in the third period to preserve the clean sheet. With five shutouts on the year (and 19 in her career), Vigilanti is now tied with Northeastern's Florence Schelling as the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey leader in clean sheet performances during the 2011-12 season.

The game remained scoreless through the first 20 minutes of action, as Princeton held a slight 9-to-7 shot advantage in the frame. Quinnipiac's best scoring opportunity came off the stick of Kosta, whose point-blank wraparound shot was stoned by Princeton's senior goaltender Rachel Weber. Each team was whistled for one penalty in the period.

Perry's slap-shot from the point at the 4:48 mark into the second period of play broke the 0-0 tie, helping the Bobcats jump out to the 1-0 lead. A persistent forechecking effort by Quinnipiac in Princeton's defensive zone led to a Tigers' turnover, as Orlando gained control of the puck, passed it to Frykas, who then pushed it up-ice towards Perry. The senior's laser was too much for Weber to handle and skipped over the goalie's shoulder for the score for her first tally of the season.

The Bobcats dug in defensively in the third, keeping the desperate Tigers off the board despite Princeton's 12-to-8 shot advantage. Princeton hampered its own efforts by committing two penalties in the frame, at one point granting the Bobcats nearly three-straight minutes of a power-play opportunity.

Overall, Princeton was whistled for five penalties, while Quinnipiac was called for four infractions. Quinnipiac dominated the faceoff battle and came away with a 30-to-20 advantage in puck drops.

Quinnipiac returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon, on Saturday, Dec. 10, when it hosts Princeton at High Point Solutions Arena at 4 p.m. in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu