Quinnipiac ties Clarkson in meeting of top two ECAC teams

Photo courtesy: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

HAMDEN, Conn.–The Quinnipiac Bobcats women’s hockey team was in pursuit of the regular season ECAC crown Saturday afternoon, but it had to go through a tough Clarkson team to do it, and in the end, the Golden Knights thwarted QU’s efforts. In a back-and-forth grinding game, the two teams would tie at 2-2 after regulation, and the overtime period would settle nothing.

Emma Woods struck first for QU just over a minute into the game as she found herself with an shot to the left of Clarkson’s Shea Tiley and she whammed it into the net with a assist going to T.T. Cianfarano. The Quinnipiac 1-0 advantage would last over forty minutes until Loren Gabel and Genevieve Bannon broke in suddenly on QU’s Sydney Rossman. Bannon fed Gabel well and she launched it over Rossman’s shoulder swiftly to tie it up.

Quinnipiac took advantage of a power play about halfway through the period to regain the lead as Melissa Samoskevich acquired the puck on a rebound at the edge of the net and whacked it in before Tiley could get there. Woods and Nicole Kosta picked up assists on the critical score.

With time running down late, Tiley was pulled to bring on the extra attacker. During the ensuing fray Clarkson star Cayley Mercer launched the puck into the top of the net just getting it beyond the crossbar assisted by Shannon MacAulay and Erin Ambrose with a minute left in the game. The refs reviewed it but concluded it was a goal.

In the resulting overtime, QU managed to survive a penalty kill to prevent the Golden Knights from taking the game, but the Bobcats were unable to score either.

On the day Rossman made 26 saves on Clarkson’s 28 shots. Tiley made 22 on QU’s 24. Both goaltenders were challenged often.

QU’s penalty kill held off Clarkson in all four of their attempts, though the Golden Knights did pick up the extra attacker goal.

Coach Cassandra Turner, despite the tie, seemed overall to be pleased with the team’s performance post game.

Additional Notes (A nonexhaustive free form list of some of the observed plays that might have affected the game.)

Clarkson

Erin Ambrose dived to screw up a Cianfarano entry attempt, and later stopped her at center ice again. She had an interception in her zone to get the puck out. When Nicole Connery came in at Tiley, she made the save, then Ambrose got the puck away. She also had blocked shot on a credible QU attempt. Later in the game she would disrupt another QU effort to enter the Clarkson area.

Renata Fast had at least one of the team’s blocked shots. Josiane Pozzebon intercepted a pass to thwart a QU attempt and Kelly Mariani stole the puck in the QU zone. Emma Keenan had a steal in her end to get it out of the zone, and later Amanda Titus intercepted a pass and set up an eventual scoring chance.

Tiley amongst her many saves was a big one on a streaking Samoskevich. She also made a save on Cianfarano and then had to quickly knock the puck away before Woods could get it.

Cassidy Vinkle had at least one steal, Corie Jacobson disrupted Samoskevich on her many tries, Olivia Howe intercepted a pass and got it out to Mercer. MacAulay cleared it from the net area at one point and Savannah Harmon interfered with a QU entry several times. Keenan and Jacobson combined to steal it from Samoskevich later in the game.

During the various penalty kills, the team had clears from Mercer, Harmon, and MacAulay. Harmon messed with a QU effort and Bannon then cleared it. How got in the way of a Bobcat pass and brought it out herself, Mercer then harassed QU in their own zone. Also, Ambrose flummoxed an attempt by Quinnipiac to enter to setup.

Quinnipiac

Rossman made a save on a breaking Brielle Bellerive, one of many times the keeper had to stop a breaking Knight. Nicole Brown then got it out of the goal area. She would also do the same to Bannon. Mercer would get a chance, but Rossman would save that and the rebound that popped into the air afterward. Also, Ambrose would feed Mercer on the doorstep but Rossman would stop that too.

Emma Greco had at least one blocked shot, Alicia Barry got to a puck in the front before Clarkson could during a scramble in front. Samoskevich intercepted a Clarkson pass and brought the puck out herself. Later on, she extracted the puck from the goal area speedily.

Lindsey West disrupted an entry and Connery disrupted a shot during one of the man Clarkson offensive attacks. Baumgardt intercepted a pass to blunt the CU drive. She also got her stick in the way of a pass meant for Mercer right by the net. Cydney Roesler interrupted a shot late in the game.

During the penalty kills, Greco, Brown, Connery, and Roesler all had clears. Brown had several on the day. Rossman made numerous key saves during the PK including on one Rhyen McGill. Connery also dived to block a shot.

While killing the penalty in overtime, Roesler cleared it, and Cianfarano and Connery later took it out on a short handed break.

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