Quinnipiac Remains Undefeated After Friday Night Battle with Union


Photos: QBSN

Shawn D’Aversa

In a game that had the fans on the edge of their seats, Quinnipiac emerged victorious by a 2-1 score over a hungry Union team to improve to 3-0-0 in the ECAC, and 9-0-2 overall this season. 

“Union… they battled,” said Quinnipiac head coach Cass Turner. “I’m impressed we keep finding ways to win, and I’m just excited about ECAC hockey.”  

Despite Union losing their ninth straight game, they made it far from easy for the Bobcats in Friday night’s affair, as Quinnipiac did not have a lead at any point in the game until the 18:36 mark of the third period. 

The Bobcats came out in the first period with intensity. Quinnipiac took 10 of the game’s first 12 shots on goal, and had a decisive advantage in shots through the first period, 12-5. 

To begin the middle frame, the Dutchwomen responded quite well. At the 2:20 mark of the second period, Ashley Adams ripped home a shot from the right circle for her first collegiate goal, putting Union on top, 1-0.  

Around halfway through the second, the Bobcats began to pressure, accounting for 19 of the final 23 shot attempts in the period. At the 17:47 mark, Quinnipiac was awarded for their efforts, as Taylor House crashed the net hard to earn her fifth goal of the season. Renee Saltness and Kate Reilly got the assists on the tying goal, and the teams were even at one apiece through 40 minutes. 

“I tried to get myself into a position to get into the zone quickly,” House said. “I’m big on driving the net, and I went to the net as hard as I could, and luckily there was a rebound right there.” 

The third period was tightly contested, as Quinnipiac outshot the Dutchwomen 10-8 in the final frame. With 1:24 on the clock, Olivia Mobley fired a one-timer into the back of the cage off a beautiful cross-ice pass by Lexie Adzija

“I saw my linemate, Lexi, coming down on the right side,” Mobley said. “I positioned myself so I could be on my forehand.” 

Mobley’s excellent positioning, along with Adzija’s individual effort connected for the eventual game winner. 

Turner complimented the team’s resiliency this season. 

“I think it’s what wins games,” Turner said. “You’re going to make mistakes… and when you make them, you bounce back.” 

These words rang true tonight. Quinnipiac took two penalties in the final 10 minutes of play, and came up with two pivotal penalty kills, preceding Mobley’s game winner. 

Union goaltender Olivia Ridzel played an incredible game, turning aside 34 of 36 shots and posting a .947% SV. Bobcats goalie Logan Angers was solid as well, making 18 stops on 19 shots, improving her record to 5-0-1 on the season. 

After a battle Friday night, both squads are back in action Saturday. Union will head on the road to play #10 ranked Princeton, and the Bobcats will host RPI at 3 p.m. from Hamden.