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HAMDEN, Conn. – Playing in the final regular season home games in her illustrious career, senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) reminded the Bobcat fans just how important she's been as her tally with 1:05 remaining in the third helped No. 10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey to a 3-3 tie against Yale on Friday. The goal for Babstock salvaged one point for the Bobcats as they took an early 2-0 lead but three unanswered Bulldog goals sent the home team into a frenzy in the last four minutes, eventually securing the game-tying tally. Quinnipiac posted their nation-leading ninth tie of the season as they move to 17-5-9 (8-4-7 ECAC Hockey) while Yale's record stands at 7-13-6 (5-8-6 ECAC Hockey).
The goal for Babstock was her first since Jan. 7 against Princeton, snapping a career-long eight-game streak wherein she did not record a goal. Also coming up big for Quinnipiac was the play of junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) who continued her hot streak with two points (one goal, one assist) as she now has scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in her last seven games. The third goal scorer for the Bobcats on the day was sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) who poked home her sixth goal of the season and first in four games.
Quinnipiac shot out of the gates early and picked up the game's first two goals, starting with some more drama in the final minutes of the first period. The Bobcats won a faceoff in the Yale defensive zone and swung the puck out to freshman Emma Greco (Burlington, Ontario). She crossed over to sophomore Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) who flung a wrist shot towards the net. As the puck was heading toward the far post, Darkangelo shielded off a Bulldog defender and deflected the shot all the way to the opposite post to beat Yale goalie Jaimie Leonoff.
Connery then put one on the board at 11:06 in the second period to put her team ahead 2-0. Senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) found freshman Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) streaking up-ice in the slot. Turner then flicked a shot towards the net that was deflected in front by Connery and past Leonoff five-hold to make it a two-goal lead.
Heading towards the end of the second period up two goals, Quinnipiac appeared to have the game in hand but Yale stormed all the way back and took the lead with three unanswered in a span of 17:34. Krista Yip-Chuck picked up her eighth of the season with a power-play tally that was deflected in front of Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) high and bar-down to make it a one-goal game.
The Bulldogs' Kate Martini fired in the equalizer at 3:11 in the third as her shot from the point made it through two rounds of traffic in front of Laden and into the back of the net. Finally, Hanna Astrom finished up the rally with her sixth goal of the season to put Yale ahead, 3-2. Stephanie Mock made a great crossing pass through the slot to find Astrom wide open at the far post.
With just 3:39 remaining, Quinnipiac was up against it and played desperate hockey looking for the equalizer. After gaining possession and dumping the puck into the Yale zone, freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) won a battle along the boards out to sophomore Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario). Tamberg found Darkangelo at the near side faceoff dot who crossed a perfect pass over to Babstock at the far side post who tapped in the goal past Leonoff to make it 3-3 heading into overtime.
Quinnipiac dominated the overtime period, outshooting the Bulldogs, 4-1, but missed in their one prime scoring opportunity as a crossing pass to Darkangelo just missed her stick for what would have been a wide open net. The Bobcats outshot their 30th opponent in 31 games this season as they tallied 30 shots-on-goal compared to 23 for the Bulldogs. The tied decision breaks the previous single-season program record established back in 2009-10 when the Bobcats finished 19-10-8.
The final regular season home game in the careers of Babstock, Colin, Shelby Wignall, Olivia Brackett, Elena Orlando and Ashley Winslow will be held tomorrow at 4:00 pm as Quinnipiac will take on Brown.
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