December 10, 2011

Victoria Vigilanti Posts NCAA-Leading Sixth Shutout As Women's Ice Hockey Blanks Princeton, 3-0

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HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded her sixth shutout of the season, the most in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey to date, as the women's ice hockey team defeated Princeton, 3-0, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, first-place Quinnipiac improves to 13-7-1 overall and 9-2-1 in ECAC Hockey play. Princeton drops to 6-9-1 overall and 5-6-1 in league action.

A night after Vigilanti blanked Princeton, 1-0, with 26 saves, the third-year goalie stopped all 21 shots she saw on the afternoon to complete the weekend sweep against the Tigers. Junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), junior forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Minn.) also scored for the Bobcats while senior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) had two assists.

Boulton's goal was her fourth of the year, with assists going to sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) 5:24 into the second period. The senior defenseman scored the first of Quinnipiac's two power play goals in the win. Just over three minutes later, it was Lyons with her fifth goal of the year at the 8:55 mark as Wheeler and senior forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) assisted on the goal.

In the third, Frykas found the back of the net for the sixth time this season also on the power play, with assists going to Wheeler and Bobcats' scoring leader, sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) setting up the play. Boulton and Frykas' goals both came on the power play as the Bobcats were 2-for-3 with a player advantage.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Jan. 6 when it hosts Dartmouth in an ECAC Hockey match-up at 7 p.m. before then hosting Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.