Quinnipiac, Princeton women’s hockey skate to 1-1 tie

HAMDEN, CT- The Princeton Tigers and Quinnipiac Bobcats women’s hockey teams clashed on Friday afternoon resulting in a 1-1 tie. QU’s Sydney Rossman was in goal, and for Princeton was Kimberly Newell. Newell incidentally has already been drafted by the NWHL’s New York Riveters franchise.

QU got on the board first when Cydney Roesler teed up a shot from the point. It bounced off Newell right to Meghan Turner who backhanded it over the keeper and in. An assist also went to Nicole Brown at 13:56. The first period largely went QU’s way as they had 11 shots to Princeton’s 5. Princeton also was unable to capitalize on two power plays, barely getting shots off let alone goals.

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In the second, Princeton seemed to get their wind back and had more opportunities. Quinnipiac also struggled on the two power play chances they had. Each were penalties occurred by Tigers interacting with T.T. Cianfarano.

Rossman didn’t face too many challenges through the two periods, and she took care of all that came at her.

Newell saved most that came her way as well.

Princeton tied it up in the third at 12:40 when Karlie Lund broke in from Rossman’s left and shot it over her. But neither team would notch a goal throughout the rest of the period.

In the overtime frame, Princeton came out fighting and spent most of the five minutes threatening QU though they were unable to score. Quinnipiac had little opportunity to respond and the game resolved with a 1-1 tie.

Rossman made 19 saves on Princeton’s 20 shots while Newell made 30 saves on QU’s 31. QU had 4 blocked shots on the day and Princeton had 16.

In terms of faceoffs, Nicole Kosta won 10 and lost 7, Emma Woods won 9 and lost 8, T.T. Cianfarano won 7 and lost 3. For Princeton, Jaimie McDonell won 12 and lost 14, Karlie Lund won 5 and lost 4, and Kiersten Falck won 4 and lost 11. Neither team scored on the power play. Princeton had 4 chances and Quinnipiac 5.

In the post game responding to questions from the local QU press Coach Cassandra Turner first relayed that: “We came out strong and were prepared to compete, and Princeton had a great answer for us in the second period and it become a good battle. I think a lot of things that happened tonight. We’re going to be able to make some changes and hopefully be able our performance for tomorrow.”

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When questioned about having two tie games in the last three QU played and what could be done to break that trend Turner responded: “We need to score…we had tremendous energy and we started to turn that into some good scoring chances. We need to bury those. We need to take those chances more seriously.”

When asked what Princeton did to disrupt QU today Turner explained:

“They looked to be able to get pucks to their point. They’re really tough around the net…we talked about a lot of about blocking shots, we talked a lot about picking up sticks and just being prepared to eliminate those second chances.”

When asked about the power line of Cianfarano, Woods, and Samoskevich and its lack of production in the game, Turner reasoned:

“They’re still in a place where they are figuring out the play with the puck and without the puck. I think continuing to help them to be able to make plays together. When there there puck support is closer they’re going to be pretty dominant.”

Asked to talk about Meghan Turner’s importance, Coach Turner first emphasized that “Meghan is gritty. Meghan is really smart around the net.”

She also referred to “assists where she doesn’t touch the puck. I call them assists because she is a great screen. She does the little things that will help us to put the puck in the net.”

On Turner scoring when others aren’t and the importance of dirty goals Coach Turner noted they had been working on scoring those types and she saw improvement but that they needed a little more to get more pucks in.

When questioned about the overtime period’s one sidedness:

“You gotta give some credit to them. They came out flying…they are a team that’s well coached. They fight and they compete.”

Asked about Rossman giving up a late goal:

“She may have given up a late goal, but she was outstanding today…I know our team felt that.”

A reporter followed up on Turner’s previous concerns about defensive zone assignments getting missed. When asked if the team had improved Turner responded:

“I think we’re the same. I’d still like to see it be a little better. We’re just a little too open in the slot.”

Asked about the team’s power play struggles Turner explained:

“We recently just changed our power plays up. I thought there were some good things. It takes some time to build up chemistry.”

Meghan Turner took questions from the media about her success. She said she was getting in front of the net. She admitted she had been a little more complacent but she was more hungry lately.

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When asked about the strategy for facing Newell and being in front she answered that they always want to get people in front of the net. Especially with a good goalie the team wanted to get in front of the net.

When questioned on the emphasis coach put on gritty goals, and how she can influence her younger teammates:

“Things aren’t going to be pretty all the time. A goal’s a goal. They do put emphasis on creating opportunities. We have some creative players…but a goal’s a goal. They put emphasis on getting hungry around the net.”

Regarding overtime:

“No matter who your playing, everyone’s going to step their game up. It’s always harder to get in front of the net. It’s hard to get the puck in deep and get control of it. I think we struggled to get control right away.”

When she was asked about the power play adjustments. She noted they are trying to look for goals down low as well as from up top since the focus had been up top.

Asked about areas for improvement for tomorrow:

“We really need to be hungry around the net to score…we really need to pressure teams and forecheck especially in the neutral zone and get in the corners and win those battles.”

Cydney Roesler also took questions.

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She was asked about two of the last three games heading to overtime and the pressure that has put on the team:

“It was tough tonight because we had the lead and lost it…it’s tough at the end of the game. We gotta be better at keeping a lead and being able to hold them off.”

When asked what teammates tell Rossman after giving up a late goal she responded:

“Keep her head. We all know how good she is. We see her work day in and day out…she did unbelievable tonight. She made some huge saves.”

On defensive zone coverage problems and signs of improvement:

“We tried not to give them any time and space…so I think that was a good step. It’s something that we preach on and it’s something that we can always do better at.”

A reporter noted the unusual number of shots on goal as compared to most games, and asked what Princeton did differently:

“They were really good at chipping pucks by our D and that created some odd man rushes where they got a lot of their shots. It’s something we want to focus on tomorrow. When they’re not getting a lot of shots…we play our best hockey.”

Another reporter asked what the team did well.:

“I thought offensively we had some good movements. We were creating opportunities. It’s just finding the net really. I think that’s going to be huge going into tomorrow.”

Another reporter noted that Princeton did a good job with blocking shots and getting sticks and lanes and wondered what the re

When she was asked about power play adjustments:

“We did make some adjustments. That was kinda new. Something we need to do is outwork the other team. Princeton’s good and they pressured us. We have to outnumber them and work hard to get the puck back.”

Other notes. (This is a not exhaustive list of other plays that might not show on a stat sheet but were nonetheless important.)

Period 1:

QU’s Nicole Connery had a steal deep and got a scoring opportunity.

Princeton’s Stephanie Sucharda cleared it after a QU attack sequence, though Quinnipiac’s Nicole Kosta had it behind the net for a bit.

Newell had a save on Emma Woods when Woods got in close.

Princeton’s Cristin Shanahan intercepted a centering pass and brought it out.

QU’s Miranda Lantz kept it in the puck in the zone with hustle during an attack.

QU’s Kristen Tamberg broke up a Tigers drive at mid-ice.

Kosta had been hard to stop in the zone during the game often evading her pursuers.

Newell made some saves as QU swarmed. It was eventually cleared by Cassidy Tucker.

On a penalty to QU’s Mackenzie Lancaster, Kosta and Roesler cleared it and Woods also took it out.

On a penalty to QU’s Greco, Lindsey West cleared it towards the end, and cleared it again.

Period 2:

Princeton’s Jaimie McDonell brought it out and fed Shanahan who shot it in a nice sequence, but it didn’t go in.

Princeton’s Molly Contini broke up a pass and it up brought it out when Roesler drove.

On a penalty, Strabley came up with a save when the puck skidded in front of an empty net, McDonell broke up a pass and Newell had a key save.

Tamberg stole it at mid-ice for a scoring chance.

Sucharda cleared it during a QU effort.

Period 3:

With Princeton’s Kelsey Koelzer off for a penalty. Shanahan cleared it.

With Greco in the penalty box, Kosta took it out and skated around in the Princeton zone for a while and fed Nicole Connery who smashed it off Newell’s mask.

Sucharda cleared it during a QU attack.

Newell stuffed Kristen Tamberg.

Kosta got it after a scrum in net and shot it but Newell had the save.

Sucharda got it clear from her zone, brought it up and was stopped by Greco.

Contini broke up a QU pass during a setup.

Rossman had a big save and a save on the rebound as well.

With Sly in the box, Sucharda blocked a shot, and cleared it to Shanahan who brought it out. Molly Strabley cleared it as well.

Newell made some more key saves.

When Contini was in the box, Kiersten Falck cleared it.

With Cianfarano in the box, Rossman made a big save. Tamberg cleared it while falling down after Princeton spent a while in the QU zone. Nicole Brown cleared it as well.

Later, Turner intercepted an errant pass in the zone and tried, though she didn’t score.

OT

Fiona McKenna had it in front but the shot went over the net.

Roesler cleared it out of the zone after a rebound.

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