HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Quinnipiac Bobcats were able to to hold off the comeback of the Main Black Bears Friday evening as the Bobcats won their season opener by the final of 5-4. It looked like the Bobcats would have cruised to victory after a dominant first period where the Bobcats not only scored four goals, but chased Maine’s starting goaltender Mariah Fujimagari out of the game after eleven minutes.
The Bobcats offense was red hot out of the gate as Randi Marcon started to scoring off just a minute and fifty seconds into the game. From there, Quinnipiac punched on Main with T.T. Cianfarano, Melissa Samoskevich, and Emma Woods would light the lamp in the first period.
At 16:20, it looked like Cianfarano, the team’s top scorer from last season, put the game on ice with her second of the game on a Bobcats power play. However, the Black Bears took advantage of a roughing penalty by Quinnipiac’s Allison Roethke as Catherine Tufts scored on Quinnipiac goaltender Sydney Rossman with just over five minutes left in the second.
The third was a different story as the Bobcats saw their lead begin to unravel as Maine added three goals, including another one on the power play to cut the lead to one with just over eleven minutes remaining.
However, a crucial timeout called by Head Coach Cassie Turner helped the Bobcats regroup as they would hold on to win their home opener.