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HAMDEN, Conn. – The goals came from all angles on Friday night as the No. 7 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team pumped in five goals in a shutout effort over St. Lawrence, 5-0, from High Point Solutions Arena. Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) continued her breakout season with three points (two goals, one assist) in her first postseason appearance as a member of the Bobcats. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was outstanding in net, making a season-high 28 saves to post her eighth shutout of the season. Quinnipiac (21-5-9, 11-4-7 ECAC Hockey) will look to clinch the series tomorrow at 4:00 pm in game two of the best-of-three ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series against the Saints (13-18-3, 12-7-3 ECAC Hockey).
The Bobcats came into Friday's matchup with something to prove against the Saints as they finished the regular season 0-1-1 against St. Lawrence in two contests, including a 3-0 loss from Appleton Arena just three weeks ago. They also were attempting to fight off bitter memories of a year ago when St. Lawrence dispatched the Bobcats in three games in the 2013 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals and it certainly showed as Quinnipiac stormed out of the gates with two early goals and then rode Laden's strong outing in net to secure the victory.
Laden's eighth shutout of the season brings her one shy of matching Victoria Vigilanti's single-season program record of nine from the 2010-11 campaign. The junior goalie was dominant in net, posting 11 saves each in the first and third periods including a big toe save on the Saints' Rylee Smith who came in on Laden on a breakaway in the third.
Darkangelo continues to set new career highs across the board as she tallied three points including her team-leading sixth multi-goal game of the season. She now has 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points this season, all three of which represent career-highs for the junior transfer from Syracuse University.
Senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) also got into the act with two assists as she now moves into a tie with Todd Johnson '89 for second place on Quinnipiac's all-time scoring list (male of female) with 202 career points (94 goals, 108 assists). Babstock's second assist of the evening also broke her own single-season program record as she now has 30 helpers in 35 games this season, passing her previous mark of 29 from her freshman season back in 2010-11.
Darkangelo and Babstock both combined for the game's first two goals as the Bobcats jumped on the Saints early and took control of the momentum that carried throughout the remainder of the game. The first goal came at 4:17 in the first as Babstock carried the puck in on Saints' goalie Carmen MacDonald who made the initial save but the rebound kicked out wide to Darkangelo who buried the rebound to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Just over three minutes later, a Babstock faceoff victory came out to Darkangelo just above the faceoff dot in the Saints' defensive end. She set up a wicked wrister that roofed over MacDonald's right shoulder and into the back of the net.
Freshman Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) got into the act with her fifth goal of the season as a quick rush up-ice helped lead to an odd-man transition opportunity on MacDonald. Senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) carried the puck in on the near side post and flung a shot that was deflected by St. Lawrence into the crease area. Sophomore Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) jabbed at the puck before Turner was able to punch the puck in off MacDonald's pads who was sprawled out looking for the rebound.
Colin continued her hot streak with her career-high eighth goal of the season as sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) carried the puck in along the far side boards before she sent a shot in on MacDonald low and to the left. She was able to stop the initial shot but couldn't recover in time to stop a rebound goal for Colin in front as she put her team ahead 4-0 in the third period.
Freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) finished off a five-goal night for Quinnipiac with her 13th tally of the season. Senior Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) found Darkangelo in the neutral zone before she gave off to Woods at the opposite blue line. With St. Lawrence's defenders pinching hard on offense, Woods was left all alone one-on-one against the defender and she buried a goal past MacDonald to seal the victory.
Quinnipiac will look to carry their impressive game one victory in Saturday's matchup as the Saints and Bobcats will do battle at 4:00 pm from the High Point Solutions Arena.
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