Bobcats Top Yale 3-0
HAMDEN, Conn. – It was a battle of goalies Friday night at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center, and Yale senior Genny Ladiges had the edge in saves with 41. But it was Quinnipiac's Victoria Vigilanti who came away with the win thanks to a lopsided shot total advantage for the Bobcats. QU outshot Yale 44-13, putting Ladiges and the Bulldogs on the short end of a 3-0 final score.
The game marked a big step forward for Yale defensively, as the Bulldogs continue to adjust to life without record-setting goaltender Jackee Snikeris '11. Ladiges' 41 stops were a season high for her.
"This is what we've been waiting for," said Yale head coach Joakim Flygh. "We've been spoiled with great goaltending the last few years, and Genny had a great game today. We still have a lot more work to do offensively, but if we can play this hard defensively good things will happen."
Quinnipiac (4-5-0, 3-0-0 ECAC Hockey) had multiple quality chances in the first period, starting right after the Bobcats killed off the first penalty of the game. At the nine-minute mark, forward Amanda Colin set up forward Brittany Lyons right in front of the goal but Ladiges reacted quickly to make a kick save. She made a similarly quick reaction with three minutes left in the period when Lyons stole the puck behind the net and tried a wraparound that was stuffed by Ladiges.
But there was one shot that got by Ladiges, and it came in frustrating fashion. She got a piece of a shot from inside the blue line by defenseman Jordan Elkins but the puck slipped behind her and, before she could re-locate it, it trickled over the goal line to put QU up 1-0 at 13:51.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, were unable to generate chances at the other end of the ice in the first. There were no threats to Vigilanti until freshman forward Lynn Kennedy freed herself up in front to put one on net with five minutes left in the period. Sophomore forward Jackie Raines also got off a shot in the final minute after stealing the puck in the QU zone. Vigilanti finished the period with two saves.
The Bobcats struck again 44 seconds into the second on a delayed penalty, with defenseman Regan Boulton knocking in a rebound to make it 2-0 Quinnipiac.
Yale got some momentum by fighting through a QU 5-on-3 for more than a minute shortly after the Boulton goal. Junior defenseman Jamie Gray, senior forward Aleca Hughes and junior forward/defenseman Alyssa Zupon came out for the kill, which got off to a good start when Hughes cleared the puck all the way down to the other end of the ice off the faceoff. After a pair of saves by Ladiges, Hughes and Zupon both had blocks in front. After another Ladiges save the puck was loose in front of the net for several anxious moments before Gray was able to grab it and get it away from the crease.
Quinnipiac was able to increase its lead at the 9:03 mark, however, on a goal by Colin off a rebound. That made the third period an uphill climb for the Bulldogs, who did manage to have their best period in terms of shots (eight). A sprawled-out Vigilanti left a rebound in front with eight minutes to play, but sophomore forward Ashley Dunbar's momentum carried her past the puck before she had the chance to gather it in. Raines sent a backhander just over the crossbar with 3:30 left, and after that a penalty on the Bulldogs ended any chance of Yale gaining offensive momentum. Vigilanti finished with 13 saves for the shutout.
"I told the kids they made a heck of an effort," Flygh said. "That third period was the best effort of the year."
Yale (0-6-0, 0-3-0 ECAC Hockey) plays at Princeton Saturday at 4 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity