Slow start for the Bobcats ends in 2-1 overtime win


Photo: Liz Flynn

Kaylyn Terry

After a shutout sweep over LIU last weekend, the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team (6-2-0, 1-2 ECAC Hockey) pulled through with a 2-1 overtime win against the Clarkson Golden Knights (4-5-1, 0-3 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday night to continue the three-game win streak.

Both the Bobcats and the Golden Knights went scoreless through the first two periods with a back-and-forth series of shots for both teams.

After five penalties on Clarkson throughout the first and second period, the Bobcats were unable to capitalize on the powerplay opportunities going 0-5

Just three minutes into the third, Lexie Adzija knocked the puck up in the air off of a rebound and slammed it into the net to bring the scoreless game to 1-0 in favor of the Bobcats. This would chalk it up to be her sixth goal of the season for the Bobcats coming off of a three-goal series for her against LIU.

With two minutes left in the third period, it was up to the Golden Knights to answer the goal by Adzija and they did just that.

Nicole Gosling got one in past Logan Angers to tie up the game and force 3-on-3 overtime.

“Not that I expected them to score but I was ready for them to score, and ready to get our team on track again right away,” head coach Cassandra Turner said after the goal by Gosling.

This would be the first 3-on-3 overtime game for the Bobcats this season.

“We’ve played some 3-on-3 but it’s not the same until you’re in a game,” Turner said. “It was nice to get the first time that we had an opportunity in-game to be a win”

“We did practice it yesterday just in case it did happen today,” Taylor House said. “I guess it works out now that we did practice it,”.

After a recovery weekend for Angers, she was able to save 35 shots for the Bobcats which is a season-high for the junior goalie.

“Logan is mentally tough,” Turner said of the Bobcat netminder. “She made that save she needed to make.”

Heading to the 3-on-3, Adzija, Taylor Girard, and Courtney Vorster were the starters to seal the deal for the Bobcats. Just a minute into the five-minute overtime period, senior Taylor House rocketed one in the net off of the assists from Olivia Mobley and Vorster to win it for the Bobcats.

“By the time I got close enough, I was thinking shoot and get it on net,” House said.

This would be her third goal of the season to bring the Bobcats to a 2-1 overtime win against the Golden Knights and grab their first ECAC Hockey win of the season.

“Keep it simple. It’s new for us to play the same team two days in a row,” Turner said. “It’s going to be our job to be ready to go physically but more importantly mentally”

Quinnipiac will attempt to keep their mental toughness up in the hunt for another win against Clarkson in their next game.

The Bobcats look to get the weekend sweep against the Clarkson Golden Knights on Sunday at 2:00 P.M.