HAMDEN, Conn. – The six senior members certainly made a lasting final impression in front of a season-high home crowd of 977 as the No. 10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team shutout Brown, 5-0, on Saturday from High Point Solutions Arena. Four Bobcat seniors found their names on the score sheet at the game's end while senior goalie Ashley Winslow (Portland, Maine) came off the bench and was greeted by a resounding applause for what was the senior's first career appearance. Quinnipiac broke a four-game winless streak as they improve to 18-5-9 (9-4-7 ECAC Hockey) while Brown drops to 4-18-5 (3-14-3 ECAC Hockey).
Among the other senior standouts included Kelly Babstock (one goal, one assist), Amanda Colin (two assists), Shelby Wignall (one assist), Olivia Brackett (one assist), Elena Orlando (one blocked shot) and Winslow's much-deserved reaction combined with her one save all helped lead the Bobcats to the 5-0 victory.
In all, 10 different Bobcat skaters registered points on the afternoon with junior Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) scoring two goals for her second career multi-goal game. Freshmen Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) also picked up goals while sophomores Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario) and Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario) as well as junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) added assists to complete the scoring for the Bobcats. Freshman goalie Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.) helped shut down the Bears' offensive attack making 18 saves and allowing no goals for 56-plus minutes before Winslow entered in the third.
The Bobcats offense broke out with five goals which ties for their third-most scoring in a game all season while it was their most scored in a game since Nov. 29, 2013 in an 8-0 victory over RIT (13 games ago). Quinnipiac also finishes their 2013-14 regular season home slate with a 12-2-5 record from High Point Solutions Arena for their most home victories in a season (12) and best winning percentage (.763) at home in their program history.
Babstock was the first of 10 players to notch a point with her goal at 11:04 in the first period. Brown turned the puck over in their own end as Babstock beat her defender to a loose puck in front of Aubree Moore and beat the Bears' goalie five-hole to give Quinnipiac the early lead.
The next goal for Quinnipiac came off a beautifully executed series of passes first from sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) over to Wignall at the point and then down to Colin at the near side face-off dot. Colin took the pass and quickly flung a pass through several Brown defenders over to Turner who was waiting for the open goal at the far post.
Fritz-Ward poked in her first of two goals on the afternoon in the second period as she quickly skated up ice to create a transition opportunity for the Bobcats. Brown fed Fritz-Ward in the neutral zone, who crossed over to Colin at the opposite blue line. Colin skated in to create an odd-man rush and fed Fritz-Ward at the far post whose one-timer hit the back of the net.
Quinnipiac added two more late in the third as Fritz-Ward took a centering feed from Brackett and beat the reigning ECAC Hockey goalie of the Week in Moore through the pads and across the goal line. West started the play with her dump-in down to Brackett behind the net as Brackett shielded off a Brown defender to make the centering pass that led to the eventual goal.
Woods put ice on the 5-0 victory with her 11th goal of the season, as she continues to lead all ECAC Hockey freshmen skaters in goals scored. Babstock picked up an assist on the play to bring her career total up to 197 points and 104 assists while Darkangelo added a helper for her 11th point (five goals, six assists) in the last 10 games.
The Bobcats pick up two points to move past St. Lawrence for the No. 4 spot in the ECAC Hockey standings. Quinnipiac is guaranteed at least the No. 5 seed for the playoffs as they sit two points ahead of the Saints with two games remaining. At least three points next weekend would guarantee the Bobcats home ice against the Saints as they travel to No. 3 Cornell and Colgate next weekend.
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