ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The top line for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team combined to pump in three unanswered goals within the final eight minutes to lead a come-from-behind, 3-1, victory over the St. Cloud State Huskies from Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) scored the first two goals of her career, including the game-winner, in the final five minutes to help secure Quinnipiac's first victory of the season. The Bobcats' record moves to 1-0-1 on the season while the Huskies drop to 0-1-1.
The Bobcats' top offensive unit of Woods (two goals), sophomore Nicole Connery (one goal, two assists) and senior Kelly Babstock (two assists) combined to have a hand in all three goals for Quinnipiac down the stretch in what resulted in just their second ever victory over a WCHA opponent. They now move to 2-18-2 all-time against the conferences' opponents. The last time a Quinnipiac team beat a WCHA opponent was back on Nov. 30, 2001 when the Bobcats took down Minnesota State, 3-2.
Saturday also marked the second straight impressive performance from junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) who made 27 saves while allowing just one goal in the 3-1 victory. The only Huskie goal came at the 9:01 mark of the first period as Vanessa Spataro put one past Laden from just right of the goal. Combined with last night's heroics, Laden posted 46 saves on 47 shots throughout the two-game non-conference series.
The late-game Bobcat onslaught started at the 12:54 mark when the forechecking pressure finally led to a goal as Babstock worked her way through the back defensive unit and poked the puck away from a Huskie defender. She showcased some amazing stick work, sliding the puck all the way around to a streaking Connery coming into the slot. Connery took the pass and beat St. Cloud State goalie Katie Fitzgerald stick side for the Bobcats' first goal of the season.
The continued Bobcat pressure, evident throughout the weekend with their significant advantage in time of possession in the St. Cloud State defensive zone, broke through once again with the ultimate game-winner from Woods. Connery put on a passing clinic as Babstock won the faceoff to Connery at the left wing. She centered the puck through two St. Cloud State defenders, across Fitzgerald's zone and to a wide open Woods who buried home the one-timer at the far post at 15:23.
After some great defensive blocks in the Bobcat end and a marvelous sprawling save from Laden, Quinnipiac added a much-needed insurance goal at 17:08 coming off the stick of Woods. Babstock dumped the puck into the St. Cloud State end and Connery's consistent forecheck on again paid dividends as she turned the Huskies' defender over behind the net and found Woods wide open in the slot. The freshman forward took the pass and deposited her shot past Fitzgerald stick side to give her team a 3-1 lead.
The Bobcats now will return home to the High Point Solutions Arena where they will take on Penn State for the first time in program history on Friday and Saturday, Oct, 11-12.
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