Woods, Cianfarano Both Reach 100 Career Points to Lead No. 8 Quinnipiac Past RPI

TROY, New York – Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, New York) both reached 100 career points on Saturday afternoon at Houston Field House, leading No. 8/8 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey past Rensselaer by the final score of 6-1.

With the win, the Bobcats move to 13-4-3 (7-2-1 ECAC Hockey) to close out the first half of the 2016-17 season. RPI is now 5-14-1 (2-6-0 ECAC Hockey).

Woods recorded four goals to lead the offensive charge for Quinnipiac, while Cianfarano chipped in with a goal and two assists. Woods, the senior captain, reached the century mark in 133 career games (43 goals, 57 assists). Cianfarano, a junior, reached the plateau in 94 games (56 goals, 44 assists).

Kenzie Prater (Hudson, Wisconsin) also added a goal in the win. Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) had three assists, Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) had two helpers, and Alicia Barry(Hanson, Massachusetts) and Abby Cleary (Buffalo, New York) each added one assist.

Bobcats' goaltender Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) made 17 total saves in the winning effort, and now owns an 11-4-2 record in 2016-17.

Rossman made a series of pad saves, then corralled the puck with her glove with just under 14 minutes left in the first period, then again made a flurry of stops with RPI on the power play just moments before the first intermission to help keep the game tied 0-0.
 
Quinnipiac got on the board with 12:37 left in the second period. Barry collected the puck in Quinnipiac's defensive zone, then skipped a cross-ice pass to Cleary. Cleary set up the captain in stride, and Woods buried a wrist shot to make it 1-0 Bobcats.
 
Woods now has five goals for the season. She has 40 goals and 57 assists in her career, putting her just three points shy of 100.
 
Prater made it 2-0 with 8:03 left in the period, gathering the puck in the middle of the ice then firing a shot into the lower-left portion of the net to extend the Bobcats' the lead to two goals. The goal is Prater's fifth of her freshman campaign, while Samoskevich was credited with an assist on the play. Samoskevich flipped the puck to Prater, starting the scoring charge. Samoskevich now has seven assists to go along with six goals for 13 points this year.

The Bobcats extended their lead to three goals with 13:17 left in the third period. Cianfarano gathered the puck on the right side of the net, paused for a moment, then delivered a perfect cross-ice pass to Woods. The captain one-timed the puck into the back of the net to give both Woods and Cianfarano 98 career tallies. Baumgardt was also given a helper on the play.

Woods grabbed her third goal of the day with 10:00 left in the third, riffling a puck into the upper portion of the net from behind the blue line to make it 4-0. 

Just 1:44 later, she recorded her fourth goal of the contest and 100th career point, with assists from Cianfarano and Baumgardt. Cianfarano delivered the puck to Woods on the doorstep, and the senior belted it into the upper right corner to make the lead five goals.

Next, it was Cianfarano's turn to get to 100 points. She did it with 1 second on the clock, tipping in a loose puck that had just bounced off the boards. Assists were given to Samoskevich and Baumgardt on the final goal. 

The Bobcats scored four times in total during the final period, including two of the team's three power play goals of the game.

Quinnipiac heads to a 26-day break in December. The Bobcats next game is on Dec. 30, 2016 – as they host Penn State at High Point Solutions Arena for a 6 p.m. start.