December 8, 2012

Victoria Vigilanti Blanks Princeton As Bobcats Roll To 4-0 ECAC Hockey Win

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey  senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) held Princeton scoreless in a 4-0 shutout at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats improve to 12-7-2 overall and 8-3-1 in ECAC Hockey play while Princeton drops to 5-9-2 overall and 2-8-2 in the league.

Vigilanti stopped all 21 shots by Princeton for her first shutout of the season and 22nd of her career. The program record holder in the "clean sheet" category, Vigilanti snaps a 17-game stretch since her last shutout, a 2-0 win against Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinals on Feb. 26, 2012. 

In addition to Vigilanti's big-game in net, the Bobcats benefitted from goals from four different scorers. Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) had a goal and an assist to give her 20 goals and 20 assists for the year. Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario), Erica Uden-Johannson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and Brittany Lyons (Canton, Massachusetts) all scored, while Uden-Johansson's goal came on the power play.

Despite Quinnipiac out-shooting the Tigers, 15-5, in the first period, the Bobcats failed to convert on any of their scoring chances as both teams heading into the first intermission tied, 0-0. Quinnipiac more-than-doubled-up Princeton in total shots, 48-21, while also converting on one of its three power play chances and going 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. 

Brown scored the Bobcats' first goal of the game 3:41 into the second period on an assist from Babstock. Brown has seen her scoring peak since being moved to Babstock and Nicole Kosta's line, scoring twice and assisting on two more goals while also posting a +5. Kosta picked up a point on Uden-Johannson's goal with less than two minutes to play in the period when she took a pass from Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and fed Uden-Johansson for her seventh goal of the year. Kosta's assist was her team-leading 22nd of the season while Boulton picks up her 16th. 

With 17-seconds reamining in the second, it was Babstock scoring her 20th goal of the season to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead. For Babstock, it is her 68th career goal while she also reaches the 20-goal mark for the second time in her third year on campus. Lyons' 11th goal of the season came in the closing seconds when freshman Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) dug the puck out from behind Princeton's net and fed the senior wing in the slot for the one-timer. 

Quinnipiac returns to High Point Solutions Arena on Saturday, Jan. 5 for an exhibition game against McGill at 2 p.m. The women's ice hockey team is then on the road on Jan. 4-5 at Dartmouth and Harvard, respectively, before heading to Robert Morris on Jan. 11-12. They return home to face Brown and Yale on Feb. 1-2 and Cornell and Colgate on Feb. 8-9 for its final home series of the year.