CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) and junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) each scored second period goals, but the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team fell to ECAC Hockey opponent No. 7/8 Harvard, 4-2, on Friday evening at Bright Hockey Center. Quinnipiac's record now stands at 10-5-2 in ECAC Hockey action (15-11-2 overall), while Harvard improves to 12-4-1 in league play and 15-7-1 overall.
The two sides remained scoreless through the first 20 minutes of action, as Harvard held an 8-to-4 shot advantage in the frame. While the teams are statistically two of the best in the nation in terms of least penalty minutes-per-game (entering the contest, Quinnipiac ranked first with an NCAA Division I-low 7.0 minutes compared to Harvard's fourth lowest mark at 8.6 minutes), the Crimson appeared overaggressive and were whistled for four infractions in the stanza. Quinnipiac committed only one penalty in the frame and did well to prevent Harvard's power-play unit from breaking the stalemate with its opportunity late in the period.
Suffocating defense remained a priority for both teams in the second period of action, yet Quinnipiac was able to break through for the first goal of the game on Colin's tally at the 7:47 mark. Colin grabbed a rebound off Quinnipiac's first shot of the stanza, as fellow sophomore Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) close range shot was saved by junior goalie Laura Bellamy. The puck deflected towards the unmarked Colin, who one-timed it in for her sixth goal of the year. Babstock earned her team-high 16th assist of the year on the score.
Quinnipiac retained its sense of urgency following the goal, and added a second score just under three minutes later on Frykas' power-play goal at the 10:35 mark into the second period. Following rotational passes just inside the blue line from freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) and junior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), Frykas received the pass and drove a hard shot towards the skates of Bellamy. The junior goaltender seemed to have control of the puck, but could not contain the puck as it trickled under her pads into the back of the net.
Harvard closed the gap to 2-1 in the waning minutes of the second period, as sophomore Lyndsey Fry netted her 12th goal of the season at the 19:20 mark. Fry held the puck as she delayed the shot, before eventually wristing in the score over the outstretched glove of Laden. Freshman Samantha Reber and junior Josephine Pucci were each credited with an assist on the goal.
The Crimson re-tied the score at two-apiece on a power-play score by junior Jillian Dempsey just 1:11 into the third period of action. Holding the puck at the bottom of the faceoff circle, Fry eyed Dempsey and hit her with a cross-crease pass where the junior's quick slap-shot sailed over the pad of Laden for her 15th score of the year. Fry earned her 12th assist on the goal, while Pucci earned her 13th helper of the year.
Pucci gave Harvard its first lead of the game, 3-2, on her power-play goal at the 9:00 mark into the third stanza. Freshman Sarah Edney initially swung the puck to Fry who spotted Pucci crashing the net. The junior knocked in her fourth score of the season, while Edney and Fry were each credited with an assist on the goal.
Harvard scored its third and final goal of the period on its next shot at the 10:24 mark of the third frame on Dempsey's second goal of the game. The score was another point-blank shot on net, as Dempsey received a pass from Reber in tight, where she slipped one through the legs of Laden, giving the game its final score, 4-2.
Overall, Laden made 27 saves on the evening, while her counterpart Bellamy turned away 11 shots.
Quinnipiac was successful on one of its five power-play opportunities, while Harvard was 2-for-5 in the game
The Bobcats look to rebound tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4 when they travel to face Dartmouth at 4 p.m. at Thompson Arena.
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