January 26, 2007

Niagara Deals Quinnipiac A 5-0 Loss

Niagara Deals Quinnipiac A 5-0 Loss

Janelle Wolitski turned away 20 of the 21 shots she faced in a relief appearance, but the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team took a 5-0 loss to Niagara in its last game at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Niagara used three power play goals and an empty netter to pull away from the Bobcats.

Charde Hoyle-Levy opened up the scoring at 12:14 on the power play. Assists were credited to Ashley Riggs and Candace Boyles. The goal ended Quinnipiac's season-high streak of killing off 22 consecutive penalties. The Bobcats outshot the Purple Eagles 11-10 in the period, but Niagara held the 1-0 edge.

Chelsea Donovan roofed a shot off the pipe that found its way to the back of the net with the Purple Eagles on the power play again at 2:31 in the middle frame. Katie Gray had the puck on the left point and crossed it over to Alison Malty on the right side. Malty sent the puck down to Donovan who lit the lamp to give the Purple Eagles a 2-0 advantage..

Niagara struck again 10 seconds later courtesy of Gray with a helper going to Boyles.

Michael Barrett pulled Laura Brennan and sent in Janelle Wolitksi after Gray scored the third Niagara goal.

Wolitski would surrender her only goal at 12:15. Riggs had the power play tally with Malty and Boyles assisting on the play. Niagara had a small shooting edge at 24-20 heading into the second intermission, but the Purple Eagles more importantly had a 4-0 lead.

The teams combined for 18 minutes of penalties in the final frame which opened up more scoring opportunities for each. Quinnipiac pulled Wolitski with under a minute remaining to try and bolster the offense.

The period's only goal was scored with the net empty at 18:04. Mary McKinnon took a loose puck away from the Quinnipiac offense and cleared it down the ice. The puck did not stop until it found the back of the empty net to give the Purple Eagles a 5-0 lead.

Quinnipiac's Laura Brennan made nine saves on 12 opportunities and was credited with the loss. She was relieved by Janelle Wolitski who finished with 20 saves on 21 chances. Niagara's Allison Rutledge made 24 saves on 24 chances and was credited with the win. Jill Zelonis relieved Rutledge and made one save.

Mercyhurst dealt Yale a 5-4 loss this afternoon even though shots were a commanding 55-15 in favor of the Lakers. Olympian Meghan Agosta had four goals and an assist in the contest for Mercyhurst.

The Bobcats will host No. 1 nationally-ranked Mercyhurst tomorrow in the first ice hockey game to ever be played at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. It will be the third game against the nation's top-ranked team after the Bobcats played a two-game set at then-No. 1 Wisconsin to open the season and sets a program record. The Lakers will be the 12th nationally-ranked opponent the Bobcats face this season, which is also a school record. Game time is 7 p.m.