Cianfarano Records Four Points as QU Tops Maine

HAMDEN, Conn. – Preseason All-ECAC First Team Selection Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, New York) recorded two goals and two assists to lead Quinnipiac women's ice hockey past Maine, 5-4, in its 2016-17 season opener at High Point Solutions Arena on Friday night.
 
Sophomore forward Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) chipped in with one goal and one assist, while senior captain Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and sophomore Randi Marcon (Winnipeg, Manitoba) each added a goal.
 
Freshman Kenzie Prater (Hudson, Wisconsin) recorded the first two assists of her career, while Meghan Turner (Bedford, New Hampshire), Emma Greco (Burlington, Ontario) and Raquel Pennoyer(Rehoboth, Massachusetts) each had one helper.
 
Quinnipiac scored four goals in the first period.
 
The Bobcats got on the board just 1:50 into the 2016-17 season. Sophomore forward Randi Marcongrabbed the first goal, collecting a loose puck out in front of Maine goaltender Mariah Fujimagari and putting it home to make it 1-0 Bobcats. Pennoyer and Greco were each given an assist on the goal.
 
Cianfarano made it 2-0 less than 60 seconds later. Samoskevich wristed a shot toward goal from the point, and the junior forward deflected it into the back of the net 2:29 into the period.
 
Samoskevich then recorded a goal of her own with 8:25 left in the first period, gathering a rebound and riffling it into the top-right corner of the net to make it 3-0 Bobcats. Cianfarano and Meghan Turner were each credited with an assist.
 
Senior captain Emma Woods rounded out the first-period scoring for Quinnipiac, blasting a one-timer from Cianfarano into the back of the net to make it 4-0. Prater was also credited with an assist on the play.
 
The last time the Bobcats scored four goals in a period was on Jan. 2, 2016 in a win over Brown – when Quinnipiac netted five goals in the second period.
 
Cianfarano grabbed her second goal of the season 3:40 into the second period, blasting a wrist shot into the back of the net to make it 5-0. Prater recorded her second assist on the goal.
 
Maine wasn't done, however, as the Black Bears scored four consecutive times before Quinnipiac held on for the win.
 
Catherine Tufts got Maine on the board with 5:09 left in the second period. She wristed a puck into open net to make it 5-1. The Black Bears scored again just 3:53 into the third period, as Tereza Vanisova netted her second goal of the season – assist credited to Vendula Pribylova.  Morgan Sakundiak scored Maine's third and fourth goals, but the Bobcats were able to hold on for the victory.
 
Quinnipiac goalie Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, MN) made 15 saves on the night. Maine's Brooke Stacey had a chance in the final moments to tie the game, but Rossman made a pad save with 27.5 second left to preserve the win.
 
The Bobcats improve to 1-0-0 with the victory, while Maine falls to 1-2-0 thus far in 2016-17. The Bobcats are back in action vs. Maine once again on Saturday, Oct. 1 from High Point Solutions Arena – puck drop slated for 3 p.m.