By D.F. Pendrys
HAMDEN, CT – In action Friday night, the Quinnipiac Bobcats downed the LIU Sharks 9 to 1 as QU’s homestand continued. Olivia Mobley had a hat trick by the second period as part of the scoring onslaught that brought her team their latest win.
It was Mobley who opened the scoring at 3:39 in the first by knocking a second chancer into the net close up for the lead. LIU responded at 6:52 with as Carrigan Umpherville unleashed a quick shot from close to the slot. Matilda af Bjur assisted on the goal. However the tie game would not last for long. An LIU penalty gave the Bobcats a chance which they didn’t waste at 11:27 as a rebound bounced right to Mobley who potted it for a 2-1 lead. Taylor House and Jessica Schryver picked up helpers on the game winner. Another LIU penalty that followed later that again benefited their opponents as Alexa Hoskin roofed it from right in front of the net at 18:17. Ann-Frédérik Naud and Sadie Peart nabbed assists on Hoskin’s tally. The first period would end with QU up 3-1 and also holding a commanding shot differential of 18 to 5.
At the start of period 2 Quinnipiac struck almost immediately as Hoskin scored within 41 seconds assisted by Peart and Nina Steigauf. Peart followed that at 4:23 sending a bouncer on net that the netminder clearly thought she had lined up only it bounced in. Maddy Samoskevich acquired the lone assist on that one. The action was mainly in the LIU end for most of the first half of the period though they did get a few opportunities towards halfway through. Mobley though would complete her hat trick at 11:12 with another goal up in close to the net. The one assist went to Lexie Adzija As the second wrapped up, Quinnipiac held the 6-1 advantage and the shot totals showed the offensive picture as well with QU up 26 to 10.
Again to open a period the Bobcats scored at 1:13 as Adzija then got in on the goal scoring assisted by Schryver and Mobley. At 6:55 Adzija broke in facing only one defender. She didn’t let that or the goalie stop her from depositing the biscuit in the basket and it was 8-1 QU. Samoskevich and Courtney Vorster obtained assists. The final goal would come at 12:20 Renee Saltness sent the puck top shelf from the slot. Sophie Urban and Katie Huntington joined the long list of Bobcats getting points with their assists. Eventually the game would end with the final of 9 to 1 and shot totals of 52 to 12.
One thing that did not help LIU this day was their penalties as they took eight. They managed to only give up goals on two of them but the grand total of them clearly was not a benefit to efforts to get offensive momentum going.
QU’s Corinne Schroeder made 11 saves, and Kenzie Harmison made 43 on the day.
Shotwise, Umpherville led LIU with 3 shots, Alva Johnsson and Megan Roe had 2, while a few players had 1 apiece.
For Quinnipiac, Adzija and Mobley had 8 apiece, Hoskin and Schryver launched 7, Peart had 5, Kate Reilly and Saltness unleashed 3, and Naud, Vorster, Steigauf, and Huntington had 2, while a few others had 1.
Julia Hoffmann and Jeannie Wallner blocked 3 shots each for LIU, Delaney Bonifacio blocked 2 and Megan Bouveur, Johnsson, and Maggie Kornetta each had 1.
Quinnipiac only had 2 blocks due to the small amount of shots they faced but Reilly and Samoskevich had 1 each.
Head Coach Cassandra Turner’s squad rises to 3-0-0 and Head Coach Rob Morgan’s team is now 0-3-0.