PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Offense was the name of the game as the No. 7 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey controlled the action with a 3-1 victory over the Brown Bears on Friday from Meehan Auditorium. The Bobcats manhandled their ECAC Hockey foe, 45-9, in shots-on-goal through 60 minutes of play and used three different goal scorers to score the victory. Quinnipiac moves their unbeaten streak in conference play to four games as they improve to 8-1-2 (3-1-1 ECAC Hockey) while Brown drops to 1-3-1 (0-2-1 ECAC Hockey).
In a game with only four penalties between both sides combined, three even strength goals from seniors Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) as well as freshman Emma Woods' (Burford, Ontario) game-winner carried the Bobcats on the evening. Sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) was busy on Friday with two assists to lead the team while junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was a perfect seven-for-seven on the shots she saw in net to as she now leads the nation in goals against average (0.92).
For the eighth time this season, the Bobcats pumped in the game's first goal as Babstock flicked a shot out of mid-air past Brown goalie Aubree Moore at 5:27. Freshman Emma Greco (Burlington, Ontario) picked up a loose puck at center ice and led Babstock at the blue line with a transition pass. Babstock then back-passed to sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) who took a shot on net. Moore kicked away the save but the puck hung in mid-air long enough for Babstock to slug her eighth goal of the season home.
The Bears were quick to respond as Sarah Robson answered with her first goal of the year at 7:58 in the first. She wrapped around Quinnipiac's freshman goalie Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.) and banged a puck off the post past the Bobcat goalie for the equalizer.
Quinnipiac came out buzzing in the second period as they outshot the Bears 14-4 and took the lead on a beautiful tally off the stick of Woods. After a lengthy series of passes in the Brown defensive zone, the Bobcats were played against tired legs. Connery sent the puck back to freshman Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) who had time to set up her slap shot. The puck went low, past several players and deflected off Woods' stick at a wicked angle above Moore and in for a goal. The goal was the ECAC Hockey's leading freshman scorer's seventh tally of the season.
Laden made a pivotal kick save with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second to preserve the 2-1 lead. With Brown on the power play, Jessica Hoyle wound up from the point and after a deflection it was headed for an opening behind Laden but the junior goalie flicked out her right led right in time to deny the opportunity.
The Bobcats banged home a much-needed insurance goal at 9:03 off the stick of Colin. Quinnipiac forechecked the Bear defenders into a turnover right in front of Moore. The puck was loose in the crease and after several jabs, the senior captain stuffed one past the Brown goalie to give the Bobcats a 3-1 advantage.
A defensive battle ensued for the remainder of the game as several near-goals whizzed past Moore but the Bobcat defense controlled the action, limiting the Bears to just three shots-on-goal in the final 20 minutes. Quinnipiac has now posted eight games this season allowing just one goal or fewer which leads all Division I teams.
The No. 7 Bobcats hit the ice again tomorrow against crosstown rival Yale from Ingalls Rink as the first puck drops at 4:00 pm.
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