Women's Ice Hockey Dealt First ECAC Hockey Loss, Falls To Clarkson, 3-0

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POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team fell to ECAC Hockey opponent Clarkson, 3-0, on Friday evening at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. The Bobcats' first ECAC Hockey loss drops their league record to 3-1-1 (4-6-1 overall), while the win improves Clarkson's league record to 2-2-1 and its overall record to 6-3-4.

Despite a first period in which Quinnipiac owned a solid 15-to-9 shot advantage, Clarkson snuck in the game's first goal by junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) with just 51 seconds remaining in the frame to take the 1-0 lead. Sophomore forward Brittany Styner collected a loose puck in Quinnipiac's defensive zone, skated across the crease, and backhanded in her first goal of the year.

Quinnipiac continued to skate hard in the second period, pressuring Clarkson's defense through most of the stanza.  The Bobcat's aggressive style of play caused Clarkson to commit three penalties in the frame, yet Quinnipiac was unable to find the game's equalizer. Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) nearly tied the score just seconds before the end of the period, however a save by sophomore netminder Erica Howe kept the score 1-0 heading into the final period play. Kosta led the Bobcats with eight total shots in the game.

Earlier in the period Vigilanti stood strong in net following a turnover in Quinnipiac's defensive zone, which resulted in an immediate point-blank shot for the Golden Knights. The junior snagged the shot for one of her nine saves in the period. Overall, Vigilanti made 19 saves on the evening, while her counterpart Howe turned away 27 shots for Clarkson.

The Golden Knights took control in the third period, extending their lead with 13:38 remaining in the frame, as sophomore defender Vanessa Plante netted her second goal of the season. Clarkson's forwards Shelby Nisbet and Hailey Wood were each credited with an assist on the score.

Clarkson added its third and final goal of the game under three minutes later to increase the lead to 3-0. Senior forward Juana Baribeau redirected a shot from fellow senior Danielle Bourdreau, and netted her second score of the season.

Quinnipiac dominated at the faceoff circle all evening, edging Clarkson with a 36-to-23 mark. The Bobcats also owned a slight 27-to22 overall shot advantage. Each team went scoreless on its power-play opportunites, as Quinnipiac went 0-for-4 and Clarkson 0-for-3

Quinnipiac looks to rebound when it returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Nov. 12, when it visits St. Lawrence for a 4 p.m. start.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu