By David F. Pendrys
HAMDEN, CT- The Quinnipiac Bobcats took down the visiting Colgate Raiders Saturday afternoon 3-1 in the first collegiate victory for QU goalie Abbie Ives. Ives made 18 saves on the 19 shots she faced. Her counterpart Julia Vandyk made 33 saves on the 35 shots she faced as QU put all variety of attempts on her.
“Today was our most complete game we’ve played all year one that we’re really proud of,” QU Head Coach Cassandra Turner said. “Colgate is an incredibly strong team. I feel that we stuck to our game plan today and we did what we wanted to do. We forced them to defend and that was something they were uncomfortable with. I think it showed in the result how well our team did in terms of executing our game plan.”
QU struck first when Danielle Marmer collected the puck behind the Colgate net and fed it right out in front to a waiting Kenzie Lancaster at 6:21 in the first. It would take until 7:07 in the second before Colgate’s Bailey Larson responded shooting from the side of the net and sending the puck popping off Ives and in at the odd angle. Also, Breanne Wilson-Bennett picked up an assist on the power play goal.
Lancaster however would strike again at 6:23 in the third while the Bobcats were killing a penalty. She knocked the puck away from a Colgate player, only to have it sail towards another Raider. However her opponent bobbled the puck and it came right to her. She sailed down the ice and broke in alone defeating Vandyk for the 2-1 lead.
“I saw her freeze a little bit when I stopped stickhandling so I just thought I could up top over her pad,” Lancaster said post game about the goal.
With no further score Colgate pulled Vandyk with under 2 minutes to play. After a back and forth in the QU zone, the puck eventually ended up in Kenzie Prater’s hands and she maneuvered in, outpaced the D and skated it in easily to the empty net. Meghan Turner had the assist on the dagger.
“People really stepped up today. Danielle Marmer had an unreal hockey game for us. Abbie Ives did great in net. Kenzie Lancaster, she looked like she was skating at a different pace than everyone else out there. Those are the roles, and the steps that we’ve been searching for and waiting for and it was nice to see them all take their game to a new level today,” Turner noted.
Ives got the nod for the start replacing Sydney Rossman after a rough game yesterday.
“It feels good,” Ives said when asked by a reporter how it felt. “I was a little nervous coming in. The team played so well in front of me and made sure I didn’t see a lot of point blank shots.”
“I’m not sure what we’re going do going forward. I think we’re in a really good spot,” Turner said when asked by Q30 about the goaltending situation moving forward.
In terms of blocks. Jessie Eldridge led Colgate with 4. Kaila Pinkney had 3, Cat Quirion had 2, and Olivia Zafuto, Shelby Perry, Megan Sullivan, Bennett-Wilson, Shae Labbe, Annika Zalewski, Chelsea Jacques, Livi Altmann, and Larson all had 1.
For QU, Emma Greco had 2 blocks, and Meghan Turner, Alicia Barry, Melissa Samoskevich, Emma Woods, Kenzie Prater, T.T. Cianfarano, and Randi Marcon all had 1.
Noticed Plays (A not exhaustive list of plays that might make the scoresheet from what is noticed.)
Kenzie Prater steal in the offensive zone to provide a chance. She had a break in on net at one point.
Emma Greco disrupted a zone entry.
Randi Marco stole in the middle of the ice stopping Colgate before they could develop a plan. She also did similar stealing it in the middle of the ice later.
T.T. Cianfarano stole it from behind the Colgate net leading to two shots. She also cleared it on the penalty kill.
Meghan Turner gets it in her zone and got it out of danger.
Kenzie Lancaster stole it in the defensive zone and got the puck out. Later she deflected a pass out of the defensive zone. She also stole it in the offensive zone as well.
Kati Tabin cleared it on the penalty kill. She also snatched the puck from a Raider in the QU end to stop the opposing offense.
Taryn Baumgardt deflected a pass during a penalty kill and later cleared.
Melissa Samoskevich ran down a potential icing situation making sure the infraction wasn’t called and turned it into an offensive chance. She also intercepted a pass in the Bobcats end and brought it down for an offensive chance. During a penalty she had a short handed attempt too.
Emma Woods cleared it during a penalty kill and later had a short handed try. She also cleared it during another penalty three times. During a third penalty she cleared it as well.
Kate Mackenzie cleared it during a PK and again during other penalty.
Alicia Barry cleared it during a penalty.
Lauren Wildfang stole in defensive zone. She later intercepted a centering pass. Much later she snatched the puck from QU in the defensive zone. She interrupted a Bobcats zone entry too.
Jessie Eldridge stole it in the middle of the ice and broke into the QU zone. She also cleared it on the penalty kill and again on another one.
Breanne Wilson-Bennett and Lauren Wildfang disrupted the Bobcats in the Colgate zone and got it out. Wilson-Bennett also cleared it during the penalty kill.
Shae Labbe intercepted it in the middle of the ice and broke in for shot chances in the home zone.
Bailey Larson cleared it on the penalty kill and later again on another.
Shannon Ormel cleared it on the PK
Cat Quirion intercepted the puck in the middle of the ice and fed it up for a shooting opportunity. She also cleared it during a penalty kill and again on another. She stole it in the defensive end stopping the QU attack.
Olivia Zafuto cleared it on the penalty kill. She later intercepted the puck near the goal mouth and sent it out of the area.
Livia Altmann cleared it on the PK.
Megan Sullivan collected the puck in the defensive zone and mde sure it got out.
Kaila Pinkney cleared it on the penalty kill.
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