By Gilbert A. Celaya, QBSN Staff Writer
The No. 3 Clarkson Golden Knights (11-2-0, 5-0-0 ECAC) defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats (6-5-2, 3-3-1 ECAC) in women’s hockey on Friday night, 4-1, at the High Point Solutions Arena. Despite QU senior goalie, Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario), chalking up 21 saves on the night, the Bobcats were not able to fend off the visiting Golden Knights.
The Bobcats scored the first goal of the game when junior forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) put one in the in the first period. Assists were credited to Reagan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), her ninth of the season, and Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) her 15th. This was the only goal that QU would score. The Golden Knights owned the game the rest of the evening.
Clarkson’s first score came on a power play from junior forward, Jamie Lee Rattray with Bobcat freshmen forward Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) serving a two-minute penalty for interference. Rattray went on to have a hat trick on the night for the Golden Knights.
With Connery in the penalty box, the Bobcat defense seemed to be intimidated by Clarkson.
“It was the exact situation that we told them was going to happen,” Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley said of his team’s power-play defense. “They stood back and no one really executed there. We took a bad penalty and gave up a 1-0 lead.”
In the second period, Clarkson scored its second goal despite only having five shots-on-goal for the period. Rattray once again put one past Vigilanti before two minutes passed. Golden Knights junior forward, Carly Mercer, was credited with the assist on both of Rattray’s first two goals.
Quinnipiac’s efforts during the third period did not fair any better. The Golden Knights scored two more goals to seal the game. Clarkson senior forward, Danielle Skirrow, put the Golden Knights up 3-1 with assists from sophomore forward, Christine Lambert, and freshmen forward, Shannon MacAulay. Then Rattray scored the last goal of her hat trick in the final seconds of the game with an open net.
Seeley, not too pleased with his team’s efforts on Friday night, did point out that the Bobcats are trying their best to make improvements.
“We’re a better skating team than Clarkson. We had opportunities to capitalize, but we didn’t. We’re getting better but you have to make the critical plays at the critical times, especially against good teams like Clarkson,” Seeley said.
This is the Bobcats eighth straight home-loss in eleven years against Clarkson. The only time the Bobcats have beaten Clarkson at the High Points Solutions Arena was the first ever meeting between the two teams in 2002 when Quinnipiac won by a score of 5-3.
The next game for the Bobcats will on Saturday, Nov. 17th against St. Lawrence. The puck is set to drop at 4 p.m. at the High Points Solutions Arena.