January 14, 2012

Women's Ice Hockey Downs Colgate, 4-1

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HAMILTON, N.Y. –The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team used three first period goals to power past ECAC Hockey opponent Colgate, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. Junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) led the charge with two goals, while freshman forward Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) netted her first-career goal for the Bobcats, who improved to 10-4-2 in ECAC Hockey and 14-9-2 overall. The Raiders fall to 3-8-1 in ECAC Hockey action and 8-14-1 overall.

Quinnipiac jumped out to the 1-0 lead at the 8:52 mark into the first period of play, capitalizing on its first power-play of the afternoon. On the ensuing face-off following a Colgate checking penalty, sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) flipped the puck to fellow sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) who quickly dished the puck up top to Boulton. Boulton took a look at the net, collected her composure, and sniped her fifth goal of the season over the shoulder of senior goaltender Kimberly Sass. Uden Johansson was awarded with her third on the year, while Babstock picked up her team-leading 16th assist of the season on the goal.

The Bobcats continued to attack the net following the goal, and added a second score at the 15:03 mark into the first frame, as Uden Johansson knocked home her fourth goal of the season. Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) skated into the offensive zone with good pace and found Uden Johansson in the slot, where the sophomore controlled the puck with her skate before firing off the shot. Kosta earned her 14th assist of the season on the score.

Quinnipiac added its third goal of the period just under two minutes later at the 16:52 mark on Fritz-Ward's first-career tally, sending the Bobcats into the locker room with a comfortable 3-0 lead. The goal developed quickly, as senior captain Jordan Elkins' (Wasilla, Alaska) shot from the top of the face-off circle was initially deflected by a Colgate defender. The puck took a sideways trajectory away from the goal, but Fritz-Ward left her feet and fully extended her body, took a successful swipe at the puck while falling to the ice, and beat Sass for the score. Elkins was credited with her second assist of the season, while sophomore forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) earned her fifth helper of the year.

The goal would be Sass' last conceded tally of the game, as she was replaced in the second period by freshman goaltender Susan Allen. Sass made five saves in her outing, while Allen turned away 13 shots for Colgate. Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) had another fine outing in net for the Bobcats, making a game-high 32 saves (matching her career-high) for her third victory of the season.

Colgate netted its first score at the 8:58 mark into the second period on junior forward Brittany Phillips' power-play goal. Junior forward Jenna Klynstra found Phillips in a tight window on the crease, who beat Laden to make the score 3-1. Sophomore forward Taylor Volpe was also credited with an assist on the score, earning her fifth helper of the season.

Boulton added her second goal of the game on a rocket of a shot from the top of the face-off circle to increase Quinnipiac's lead to 4-1 at the 4:15 mark into the third period of play. Due to each team's penalty (separated by 37 seconds) Boulton found herself with open ice during the four-on-four opportunity and skated in unmarked. Her slap-shot once again overpowered Colgate's goalie, this time beating Allen for her sixth goal of the season. Kosta was credited with her second assist of the game on the score.

The Bobcats played strong defensively through the remainder of the game, holding Colgate scoreless despite the Raiders aggressive play up front. Colgate pulled Allen with 2:26 remaining in the contest, however Laden refused to allow another shot through.

Overall, Quinnipiac was whistled for five penalties in the contest, while Colgate was called for six infractions. The Bobcats went 1-for-6 on its extra skater opportunities and the Raiders were 1-for-4 on its chances.

Quinnipiac, which is idle next weekend, returns to action in two weeks time when it hosts Syracuse University on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats return to ECAC Hockey action the following weekend when it travels to play Harvard on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. followed by a visit to Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu