By D.F. Pendrys
HAMDEN, CT – A one to one tie between the Quinnipiac and Providence women’s hockey teams was not without plenty of action Saturday afternoon as the two teams made every attempt to get that w. It only took 24 seconds for things to get interesting as Providence was given a penalty shot opportunity. Bailey Burton skated in on the attack but QU’s Corinne Schroeder made the save to prevent an early deficit.
The first period began mainly with Bobcats pressure in the early minutes, but by the time the ten minute mark had been reached Providence had managed a few attempts of their own. Quinnipiac had a really good chance at around the 10:15 mark when they sent a pass across the goal mouth but the shot was not destined for twine. Four minutes later QU was in right in front of Providence net they launched an attempt but PC’s Sandra Abstreiter denied them. QU would manage late pressure in the period but it would end zero-zero with the Bobcats up in shots 10-5.
A few minutes into the second period Quinnipiac again had a prime scoring chance as they sent several shots on net but Abstreiter made several saves in a row. Providence responded a couple minutes after that getting it past the keeper but the shot was off center from the net. The Friars would find the net moments later though as a shot from deep was deflected into the net by Hayley Lunny at 6:21. Assisted by Lily Martinson and Caroline Peterson.
Quinnipiac however was quick to respond. After Renee Saltness teed up a shot, the puck bounced right to Taylor House who had a lot of net to shoot at and she flung it in to tie the game at 7:25. An additional assist went to Courtney Vorster. A couple minutes after that the Bobcats broke in on Abstreiter but she made the save to preserve the tie. Providence uncorked a point blank shot on Schroeder three and a half minutes after that but she took care of it. The second would wrap up with shots at Quinnipiac 26 and 18 for Providence.
The third period would solve nothing. Schroeder had to make a critical save on PC later in the frame, and Abstreiter also had to stop QU on another point blank attempt. The Friars also had to kill a penalty with only about three minutes to go in regulation which they did. When the horn sounded QU had 30 shots to Providence’s 30.
Three on three overtime was again a story of the goals. Providence managed to break in on net over a minute into the extra segment but Schroeder stopped the visitors. A minute after that QU had their chance close in on net but Abstreiter again arranged the denial. With 1:36 left in the game Providence got called for a penalty, but they survived to preserve the tie. At the end of the day QU had let loose 38 shots and Providence had 33.
Power plays proved to not factor into the scoring though they certainly could have affected momentum, but neither team was able to take advantage of them to get points on the board as their opposing sides were able to kill each and every one off effectively.
This game was definitely about the goalies as Abstreiter made 37 saves and Schroeder 32 to keep both of their teams just where they were. As mentioned, several of these were some excellent chances too.
In terms of blocked shots, Lunny blocked 5 for Providence while Sara Hjalmarsson and Peterson blocked 2 a piece and a cadre of players blocked one as the Friars had a grand total of 15. For QU, Kendall Cooper, Maddy Samoskevich, and Olivia Konigson blocked 2 each and several other players as the Bobcats blocked 11.
Shotwise for QU, Alexa Hoskin had six shots, Lexie Adzija and Sadie Peart put up 5, Kendall Cooper and Taylor House produced 4, and Vorster and Schrvyer had 3. For Providence, Lauren DeBlois had 6, Claire Tyo had 5, and Burton, KC Brooks, and Lindsay Bochna all had 3.
With the tie, Cassandra Turner’s Quinnipiac squad is 6-0-2 and Matt Kelly’s Providence team is 2-0-2.