SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Overtime seemed imminent throughout the first 55-plus minutes in this Saturday afternoon affair between the No. 10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team and Union. The Bobcats flew in shot after shot on Union's defensive end to no avail, even a would-be Quinnipiac was taken away by the referees upon review. The scoreless draw appeared ready to go into extra minutes; that was until the Bobcats' senior captain Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) lifted her team with the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Union from Frank L. Messa Rink. Quinnipiac's dramatic win puts them at 16-3-5 (7-3-4 ECAC Hockey) while Union's three-game unbeaten streak is snapped as they fall to 8-13-1 (3-7 ECAC Hockey).
Colin's game-winner was one of 36 shots for the Bobcats on the afternoon as they were desperate throughout to try and put one past the Union goalie Shanae Lundberg. The Bobcats outshot Union, 36-11, for the game and despite the far fewer opportunities, junior goalie Chlesea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was every bit as dominate as her counterpart as she picked up her sixth shutout and 14th victory of the season.
With the victory, the Bobcats keep their unbeaten streak against Union intact as they move to 21-0-4 in 25 all-time meetings against the Dutchwomen. Saturday's win also represents Rick Seeley's 99th career victory in his five-plus seasons as the Quinnipiac head coach. Also, with Harvard falling to Yale on Saturday, the Bobcats move into a tie with Cornell for first place in the ECAC Hockey (18 points).
The Bobcats and Dutchwomen traded blows in the early going as Union took an early lead in shots-on-goal but Quinnipiac responded with a flurry in the later stages of the first into the second period. The forward unit for the Bobcats did a masterful job of turning the Union defensemen over and possessing deep in their offensive end for a majority of the frame but were denied by Dutchwomen goal Shanae Lundberg throughout.
Union landed themselves perhaps the best opportunity through the first 40 minutes as their 4th-best power play in the nation took to the ice and nearly put on past Laden. After a missed clearing attempt by the Bobcats, Union's Alex Tancrell-Fontaine blasted a slap shot from just above the near side faceoff dot. The shot went high and was rifled but Laden stood her ground and snatched the shot out of mid-air to deny any second opportunity for the opposition.
After another 13-plus minutes of scoreless hockey, the Bobcats looked to have finally broken through as senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) batted a deflected puck out of mid-air into a wide open net that the referee initially signaled was a good goal. Upon further review, however, the replay showed Babstock committed a high sticking infraction and the referee disallowed the would-be goal.
Another three minutes followed and the Bobcat bench jumped up as Colin banged home the game-winning goal off the crossbar and past an unsuspecting Lundberg. The play developed in the neutral zone as Quinnipiac forced Union into a turnover picked off by sophomore Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario). She shot the puck up to classmate Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) who tumbled to the ice but managed to find streaking up-ice all alone in the slot. Colin skated in on Lundberg and wristed one high and off the crossbar to give her second game-winner of the season.
Quinnipiac returns home next weekend for their final non-conference tune up, and perhaps the biggest, of the 2013-14 season. The Bobcats welcome the No. 9 Robert Morris Colonials (18-3-1, 8-1-1 CHA) to the High Point Solutions Arena in what is a highly-anticipated out-of-conference showdown.
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