Same Old Situation: Bobcats and Friars Play to Second Straight Draw

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Photo: Aidan Sheedy

Michael Singer

Despite a weekend filled with 130 minutes of competitive hockey, the result remained the same: a stalemate.

This time, the venue was different as the Quinnipiac Bobcats closed out their slate of non-conference play against the Providence Friars, with Saturday’s matinee ending a 1-1 tie.

At the beginning of the first period, Sara Hjalmarsson won the opening draw and Providence quickly jumped on the attack, causing Quinnipiac to draw a penalty for covering the puck, which resulted in a penalty shot just 24 seconds into the period.

However, Quinnipiac graduate goaltender Corinne Schroeder was able to kick the puck away to keep the game tied at zero, denying Providence’s Bailey Burton who took a shot from the faceoff circle.

The first period was filled with tight back and forth opportunities and smart defense. Providence goaltender Sandra Abstreiter was tested early in the period, as she fumbled a shot from Quinnipiac defenseman Courtney Vorster, but was able to cover up the rebound.

Throughout the first period, the goalies stole the show, which carried over into the second period, as Schroeder was able to stone the attacking Friars on several odd-man rushes.

“We started the game very strong” said Quinnipiac head coach Cass Turner. “We got some great chances.”

Quinnipiac forward Nina Steigauf did her best Schroeder impersonation, blocking a stinger of a point shot with her hand, and diving across the ice to send the puck down the ice to the Providence end.

“They want to win. They’re resilient,” said Turner. “Last spring, we talked a lot about that ability to comeback, because we didn’t feel that through our games last year.”

The Bobcats kept testing Abstreiter, as Quinnipiac graduate forward Taylor House threw the puck towards the net, and in an attempt to pick up the rebound, was thrown to the ice and exited in discomfort.

Just moments after the House attempt, Providence defenseman Lily Martinson tossed the puck through a maze of players, finding the stick of Hayley Lunny who redirected the puck past Schroeder to give the Friars a 1-0 lead.

In what seemed like seconds after the Lunny goal, House took a Renee Saltness rebound and buried it past Abstreiter to tie the game at 7:25 of the second period.

“Yesterday was a big confidence booster,” said House. “I always try to stick to what I know I can do. I think yesterday that went well for me. I just wanted to come back today and really build off that.”

The remainder of the second saw a Quinnipiac power-play and high intensity break away chances for both teams, but both Abstreiter and Schroeder continue to write the narrative, keeping a deadlock 1-1 score.

“We had some great chances,” said Turner. “When you play a team like Providence, who’s strong, and you put 38 [shots] on net, that’s a good amount of shots”.

To close out the period, Quinnipiac forward Steigauf rang a shot off the post in the dying second, which would be the Bobcats’ closest chance to break the tie.

In the third period, a Friar turnover by Lauren Deblois, allowed Quinnipiac forward Alexa Hoskin to get a quick shot off, which resulted in an opportunity for Anne-Frédérik Naud, but she could not get it by a sprawled Abstreiter.

The third period kept the score the same, leading to a familiar site for the Bobcats and Friars – overtime. After a back and forth three on three session, no one would light the lamp and be claimed the hero.

“You’re never okay with a tie. We certainly want to win.” said Turner, “I’m glad with the experience we got this weekend. I’m glad we got to play two very close games and to feel that.”

Next Friday, the Quinnipiac Bobcats travel back to Rhode Island for their first ECAC conference game of the season, as they take on Brown, with their undefeated streak back on the line.