Bobcats bounce back in 5-3 win on Senior Day


Photos: Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn

The Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team took down St. Lawrence 5-3 on Sunday afternoon in game two of the three-game series. The Bobcats celebrated the win by honoring their six seniors after the game. 

“This is certainly a special group and one that I know we will be talking about for a long time in terms of the impact they’ve made on our program,” head coach Cass Turner said. “Nice to get a win, but much better to celebrate that with them.”

The score went back and forth for the majority of the game, but Quinnipiac managed to pull away halfway through the third period. Seniors Taylor House and Laura Lundblad tallied a goal each, while Grace Markey and Taylor Girard assisted on two goals in the game.

It only took three and a half minutes for St. Lawrence to get on the board, but Quinnipiac was quick to even things up a minute later.Lundblad received a pass in the slot and buried it past the glove of goaltender Caitlin Whitehead.

Halfway through the first period, Courtney Vorster took a wrist shot from the point and sniped it past Whitehead’s blocker to break the tie and give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead. However, the Saints tied it up again and the score remained knotted at two at the end of the period.

The second period featured little action until the six-minute mark, when a shot from first-year Olivia Mobley rebounded toward the slot and House converted on a diving shot to put the rebound away and give the Bobcats the lead again.

“I’ve been able to exhale the past couple of games,” Mobley said. “Getting that first [goal] has allowed me to relax and play with more confidence on the ice.”

St. Lawrence tied it up again early in the third, but the rest of the period was all Quinnipiac. Sadie Peart ripped a shot from the circle to break the tie for the last time, and Mobley scored a power play goal to extend the Bobcats’ lead and solidify the win.

Turner saw a big difference in today’s win compared to yesterday’s loss.

“We kept fighting to create chances,” Turner said. “We let up some goals but we didn’t get lost in that moment. We kept playing the game and staying in the moment better than yesterday.”

After the game, seniors House, Lundblad, Markey, Girard, Renee Saltness, Olivia Konigson, and Brooke Bonsteel were honored with video messages from loved ones and photos with cardboard cutouts of family members.

“I think they’ve exceeded our expectations,” Turner said. “I look at the leaders and how they’ve been able to manage probably the toughest year in our program’s history, and there’s so much work they’re doing behind the scenes to keep people on track and positive.”

The Bobcats will wrap up their series against St. Lawrence tomorrow afternoon at 2 P.M. in Hamden.