HAMDEN, Conn. – The home Bobcat crowd got their first glimpse at junior transfer Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and she did not disappoint with two goals, including the power-play game-winner, to lead Quinnipiac past Penn State, 5-1. Transferring in from Syracuse over the summer, Darkangelo pumped in the third multi-goal game of her career and first two tallies as a Bobcat. Quinnipiac takes the victory over the Nittany Lions in their first all-time meeting as the Bobcats remain undefeated at 2-0-1 while Penn State falls to 1-1-1.
Darkangleo led a group of four different goal scorers for the Bobcats in their 2013-14 home opener. Junior forward Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) and freshman forward Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) each finished with one goal and one assist while sophomore Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) tallied her first career multi-point game with two assists. Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) added a power-play goal to highlight the scoring for the Bobcats while junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) turned in another stellar outing in net. Laden posted 24 saves on 25 shots to win her second straight start. The reigning ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week now sports a miniscule 0.65 goals against average and .972 save percentage through three games.
Quinnipiac jumped out to an early lead on the Babstock power-play goal. Well over a minute had expired on the man-advantage with the puck still in the Penn State end. The Bobcat onslaught finally culminated in a goal as freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) dropped a pass to the wing for sophomore Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario). Her shot was knocked down in front but Babstock was able to locate the loose puck and poke home her first goal of the season.
Some sound transition offense helped lead to the Bobcats' second goal at 4:12 in the second period. With Quinnipiac on the power play again, Fritz-Ward was able to spot an open Turner far side while the Penn State defense was still hustling back. Turner one-timed a shot that was deflected in off the stick of Darkangelo in front of the Nittany Lions' goalie Nicole Paniccia.
An even strength goal from Penn State's Shannon Yoxheimer brought the deficit back to one at 2-1 but from that point forward the game was all Bobcats, scoring three unanswered goals to seal the victory.
The third Quinnipiac goal was a beauty as Roesler was able to pinch the boards and prevent a clear by the Nittany Lions. Roesler flicked an innocent looking shot towards the net where Fritz-Ward was screening. The junior forward warded off a defender and deflected the puck out of mid-air and past Paniccia for the goal.
Two more Bobcat goals in the last five minutes added all the insurance the team would need as Darkangleo scored her second of the night at 15:14 in the third. Freshman defender Emma Greco (Burlington, Ontario) slid the puck up to junior forward Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden) at center ice. Borgfeldt nudged a pass to Darkangelo at the blue line who skated in and wristed a shot through Borgfeldt's screen and to the back of the net to make it a 4-1 game.
The fourth Quinnipiac scorer of the day, Turner, finished up the game with a goal at 16:48. Roesler spotted Turner wide open at the near side faceoff dog. Turner took the pass and rifled a rocket underneath the top left side crossbar for her first career goal. Paniccia was in good position but Turner's shot was placed just below the crossbar in an area that the Penn State goalie had no chance of reaching.
The Bobcats will look to stay undefeated tomorrow as they close out their two-game set with Penn State at 4:00 pm from High Point Solutions Arena.
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