TROY, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team earned its first ECAC Hockey victory of the season with a 2-0 shutout victory over Rensselaer on Friday afternoon at Houston Field House. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 2-5 overall (1-0 ECAC Hockey), while Rensselaer falls to 2-5-2 overall and begins ECAC Hockey action with a 0-1 record.
Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) each scored for the Bobcats, while junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) earned her second shutout of the season and 16th overall clean sheet of her career.
Quinnipiac asserted itself early in the contest, displaying hard work in the offensive zone with relentless forechecking through the first five minutes of action. The Bobcats' hard work paid dividends at the 9:11 mark into the first frame, when Babstock notched her third goal of the season. Babstock, whose initial shot was saved by Rensselaer's freshman goaltender Kelly O'Brien, collected her own rebound and fired the puck over the freshman's glove-hand to give the Bobcats the 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats kept the intensity high following the goal and refused to allow Rensselaer to even the score for the remainder of the frame. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made eight saves in the first stanza for Quinnipiac.
Both teams remained scoreless in the second stanza, however Quinnipiac's best scoring chance in the period came in the 13th minute when Babstock and senior Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) skated in with a two-on-one advantage. Babstock laid off the puck for Dymarczyk, whose one-timer was glove saved by O'Brien.
Rensselaer created multiple scoring chances of their own in the second period, however Vigilanti denied the Engineers time after time, making 10 saves in the stanza. Vigilanti finished with 21 overall saves in the game, while her counterpart O'Brien made 22 saves in net for the Engineers.
Quinnipiac extended its lead to 2-0 on Elkins' first goal of the season at the 6:43 mark into the third period. Elkins received a pass from sophomore Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.), who slid the puck up from the corner to a stationary Elkins, who had parked herself just inside the blue line. Elkins took a look at the net before unleashing a slap-shot that rocketed by an overmatched O'Brien. Colin was credited with her first assist of the season on the goal.
Each team went scoreless on its power-play opportunities, as the Bobcats went 0-for-5 while the Engineers went 0-for-4.
Quinnipiac returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29 when the team travels to Schenectady, N.Y. to face Union at 3 p.m.
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