Seven different Bobcats score in dominant win over Sacred Heart


Photo: Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn

It was all about the offense Monday afternoon as the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team took down Sacred Heart 9-1.

Taylor House led the team with five points, while Kenzie Hauswirth and Renee Saltness each scored two goals and 11 Bobcats got their names on the box score with at least one point.

This series sweep brings Quinnipiac to 2-0 on the season and 15-0 all-time against Sacred Heart.

“I was happy with how we played today,” head coach Cass Turner said. “It’s a good win and will be a good motivator as we get ready for conference play.”

It took less than five minutes into the first period for Quinnipiac to get on the board as Kenzie Hauswirth opened the scoring for the Bobcats, her first of the season.

She picked up right where she left off last season against the Pioneers and scored from what looked to be an impossible angle, ripping a shot under the bar and past the glove of Sacred Heart goaltender Frankie Sanchez.

Renee Saltness would wrap up the first period with her second goal of the season off a great feed from Taylor House. Saltness would out-do herself in the second period, scoring her second of the game with a big redirect in front of the net.

“Despite the score of the first game we still have to come out and treat every opponent the same,” Saltness said. “Just keep it lighthearted and keep the same focus.”

Not much happened for the rest of the second, but the third period is where the offense exploded for six more goals.

Sadie Peart and Courtney Vorster each got their first goals of the season and Taylor House got in on the action with the Bobcats’ first power-play goal with just over ten minutes to play.

“Getting the first one always feels good just to get it off your shoulders and get it out of the way,” House said. “I always enjoy moving the puck and finding open space. It did happen today that I had a lot of space to shoot too.”

Sacred Heart’s Paige McNeil scored her first career goal for Sacred Heart, but that would be the only time the Pioneers found the back of the net. Quinnipiac answered right back with Taylor Girard and Brooke Bonsteel each tallying their first of the season and Hauswirth scoring her second of the game.

“We didn’t want them to get any shots against and we just wanted to keep the pressure on them,” House said. “It worked out in our favor just with those pucks getting in.”

Quinnipiac outshot Sacred Heart 61-9 and dominated in the circle, winning 50 of 57 faceoffs.

This series both started and ended the Bobcats’ fall season. With no games until 2021, Turner is looking forward to the break to prepare for conference play.

“I know they’re ready to go to work and get a good week of practice before they have a bit of a break and go home,” Turner said. “Then when we get back, we have a good amount of time to be on the ice again before we play which will be really important for us to get the cobwebs out and back up to this caliber.

The next time the Bobcats take the ice will be after the new year as they travel to No. 5 Colgate on January 9.