No.9 Women's Ice Hockey Falls To No.8 Mercyhurst In Season Opener, 4-0

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ERIE, Pa. – The No. 9 ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was defeated in its season opener by non-conference opponent No. 8 Mercyhurst, 4-0, on Friday evening in Erie, Pa. The Bobcats open the 2011-12 season with a 0-1 record, while Mercyhurst improves to 1-0.

Mercyhurst jumped out to a 1-0 lead just under 10 minutes into regulation, scoring a shorthanded goal from senior Bailey Bram. The Lakers added a second goal before the first intermission, as senior Kelley Steadman netted a power-play goal at the 17:11 mark into the frame. On the score, freshman Caroline Luczak and sophomore Christine Bestland were each credited with an assist.

The Lakers increased their lead to 3-0 on Bestland's second period score, coming at the 10:31 mark. Steadman and sophomore Christie Cicero each earned an assist on the play.

Mercyhurst's final goal of the contest came with just under four minutes remaining in the third period, as junior Lauren Jones scored off assists from senior Jess Jones and junior Gina Buquet.

Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 30 shots in the loss, while her counterpart Hillary Pattenden made 20 saves for Mercyhurst.

Sophomore Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) led Quinnipiac with five shots in the game, followed by junior Brittany Lyons' (Canton, Mass.) three shots. Overall, the Bobcats were outshot, 34-20.

Each team was whistled for four penalties in the contest,

The Bobcats look to rebound tomorrow afternoon when they face Mercyhurst at 4 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa.