Quinnipiac celebrates Senior Night with 9-1 destruction of Brown


Photos: Kaylyn Terry

Kaylyn Terry

It was an offensive explosion on Saturday as the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team capped its season with a 9-1 win over Brown on Senior Night. After losing to the Yale Bulldogs on Friday, the Bobcats cruised to their most lopsided victory since Feb. 3 2017, a 9-0 destruction of these same Brown Bears. Sitting at seventh place in ECAC Hockey, the Bobcats needed a win against Brown, and they did just that.

Brown came away with the puck at the drop creating a slow start for the Bobcats. However, the Bobcats brought the heat with a goal by Renee Saltness in the first 9:44. It was Saltness’s 3rd of the season.

Less than three minutes later, sophomore Zoe Boyd got on the board, doubling the Bobcats’ lead 2-0. The Bobcats didn’t stop there as they sealed the first period with two more goals, a second from Saltness and one from Kati Tabin.

In the second and third periods, the Bobcats were able to score another five goals. Grace Markey scored twice, giving her a career-high five this season. Taylor Girard, Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout and Sadie Peart also beat Brown goaltender Calla Isaac. Markey and Girard’s tallies were separated by only 34 seconds. In the second period, Brown was finally able to stop a potential Quinnipiac shutout win with a goal by Lucinda Quigley.

Quinnipiac heavily outshot Brown 56-15. Eventually, Brown pulled Isaac, and sent in Hayley Kliczko to begin the third period.

After the resounding bounce-back win, head coach Cassandra Turner said she’s “impressed’ by the senior class.

“They’re a fun and impressive group,” Turner said.  “To me, I look at them and think of their development. They have committed to getting better every single day.”

Saltness chimed in on the impact of the seniors.

“They bring so much to this program. They are all great leaders and it’s hard to put into words,” Saltness said.

Senior Abbie Ives has been through a lot over her four years in navy and gold. On the cusp of one final playoff run, she commented on what the program means to her as a senior.

“It means a lot to my class to finally have this program back where we want it,” Ives said. “I have nothing but gratitude for this program, my coaches and the amazing people I’ve played with over the years.”

Quinnipiac’s regular season is over; the team will move on to play No. 6 Princeton in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. The Bobcats have faced and fallen to Princeton two times earlier this season and are looking to move onto the second round for the first time since 2016 with a win against them this time.

“[The] first one [was] within our reach,” Turner said. “[We] must play as consistent of a game as we can.”

Saturday’s win was the final home game for seniors Tabin, Coutu-Godbout, Ives, Kenzie Prater and Allison Roethke. A dominant win over Brown was a great way to celebrate the senior class ahead of the group’s final playoff run next weekend.