By D.F. Pendrys
HAMDEN, CT – It was a day unlikely to repeat itself anytime soon as the Quinnipiac Bobcats defeated Maine 5 to 1 on goals awarded to five different players including goaltender Corinne Schroeder who becomes the first participant in the NCAA Women’s hockey division to be credited with a goalie goal.
It was Maine however who drew first blood, as Celine Tedenby followed up a previous teammate’s attack and persistently got it past the netminder assisted by Ally Johnson and Kennedy Little at 2:53. Maine would keep QU from even registering a shot for <> minutes in the first and looked to have learned from the day before when QU had run them over for awhile before the game leveled out later. The first period definitely was more to Maine’s advantage though the shot count was Black Bears 8, Bobcats 6 thanks to a late surge from Quinnipiac.
In the second period though, the momentum shifted, Alexa Hoskin skated in from the goaltender’s right and placed a shot past her to even the score at 6:10 assisted by Courtney Vorster. That was Hoskin’s second tally in as many games. Taylor House would follow that at 10:59 with a back handed flick of a shot into the net assisted by Lexie Adzija and Jess Schryver. And later, a loose puck would land in the slot and Sadie Peart pounced on it and sent it right into the twine at 17:08 assisted by Maddy Samoskevich and Hoskin. Maine had clung to a lead in the shot count of 21 to 20 but QU now had the lead and things were about to get worse for the visitors.
Just over a minute into period three Nina Steigauf picked up her second of the weekend by top shelfing a goal assisted by Hoskin and Peart to give the Bobcats a 4-1 cushion. The game would go from bad to worse when a delayed penalty was called on Quinnipiac. The Maine netminder dutifully skated off leaving the net empty, but somehow Maine accidentally sent the puck back and into their own net for a goal. Schroeder, being the last QU player to touch the puck was awarded the credit at 6:42. By the time the game would wrap up, the Bobcats had 44 shots to the 28 Maine had put up and the last period had just been a regrettable time for the Black Bears.
Cassandra Turner’s team rises to 2-0 while Richard Reichenbach’s Maine team starts out 0-2 on the season. Maine goalie Loryn Porter made 39 saves and Schroeder made 27.
Shotwise, Tedenby led Maine with 4, Nicole Pateman and Ida Kuoppala had 3 apiece, and Ally Trimper, Little, Ida Press, Johnson, Jennifer Costa, and Mira Seregely had 2 each. For Quinnipiac, Olivia Mobley had 5, Renee Saltness, Hoskin, Peart, Katie Huntington, and Maya Labad had 4, House, and Vorster had 3. Samoskevich, Adzija, Ann-Frédérik Naud, and Steigauf had 2.
Pateman blocked 3 shots, Trimper blocked 2, and a wide variety of other players blocked 1 each.
For QU, Vorster blocked 3 shots, Veronica Bac and Olivia Konigson each blocked 2, and a handful of players blocked 1. Despite the low numbers, blocked shots played a key role in breaking up some potentially dangerous scoring opportunities for both teams.