Bobcats score three power-play goals, dominate Hawks 7-1

Noah Epstein

The Quinnipiac Bobcats dominated the Saint Anselm Hawks for the second straight day, outshooting them by 58 and winning 7-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats outshot the Hawks 22-2 in the first period, 28-2 in the second and 15-3 in the third. They dominated puck possession, as the defense didn’t allow many shots while the offense kept the puck in the Hawks zone for most of the game.

The seven goals all came from different Quinnipiac players – something that head coach Cass Turner credits to the depth of the offensive lineup.

“I think depth has been our strength for a few years,” Turner said. “It’s gonna continue to be our strength. What I like the most is the connectedness from one shift to the next. We worked hard to put the next line in a good position to be able to continue to attack. When you can do that, you get a lot more sustained pressure which is great.”

The first Bobcats goal scorer was Mallory Mauracher, who scored her first career NCAA goal to put Quinnipiac up 1-0 roughly five minutes into the game. Both Maddy Samoskevich and Kendall Cooper picked up assists on the goal.

Turner was happy for Mauracher to get her first goal, stressing how deserving she was of that moment.

“She’s an exceptional locker room kid – people love her,” Turner said. “She’s always working to put people in positions to feel good about how they’re playing. So to see her have that success today, I know the team was really excited for her.”

Mauracher’s goal was the only goal of the first period by either team. 

The Bobcats had 22 shots on goal, with Hawks goalie Allie Kelley making 21 saves and playing tremendously.

Kelley faced 22 shots in the first period and faced another 28 in the second. She made a couple of saves to start off the second period, but then goal scorer No. 2 for Quinnipiac – Sadie Peart – wristed a shot in the top right shelf to make it 2-0. The goal came 1:29 into the period.

Peart’s fourth goal of the season gave Quinnipiac even more momentum than it already had with its monopoly on shots-on-goal.

But that momentum swayed the other way just two minutes later. 

Margaret Sullivan had a breakaway opportunity for the Hawks and put the puck right past Bobcats goalie Catie Boudiette to cut the deficit in half.

Quinnipiac led in shots-on-goal 28-3, but its lead was just 2-1.

The Hawks then went on to commit four penalties the rest of the game – and three of them resulted in Quinnipiac power play goals.

The first power play, and third Bobcats, goal scorer was co-captain Lexie Adzija.

Adzija found open space in the center of the Hawks zone and fired a wrister that bounced off the side of the post and rolled around the back of the net, giving the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.

After an Olivia Mobley goal set up by Shay Maloney, the Bobcats went back to the power play and were victorious once again.

Alexa Hoskin controlled the puck to Kelley’s right, maneuvered to Kelley’s left side and snuck the puck right past her. The second power play goal and fourth goal of the period made it 5-1 Bobcats at the end of the second period.

Hoskin credited her team around her for helping her score Quinnipiac’s fifth goal of the afternoon.

“It was right off the faceoff, Shay [Maloney] had a really good faceoff win,” Hoskin said. “And everyone else did their jobs really well.”

Quinnipiac scored two goals in the third period.

The first was a Nina Steigauf goal on a cross-crease pass from Zoe Boyd to make it 6-1.

The second was another power play goal, this one by Kate Reilley with 2:10 left in the game – the third power-play goal for the Bobcats. 

Turner said the team works on a lot of things in practice to help its power play.

“It’s all about communication, it’s all about confidence and them feeling connected – and so a lot of it is around that,” Turner said. “We give them a lot of ownership. Brent [Hill, Quinnipiac assistant coach] runs our power plays. He does a phenomenal job and has really got them in a place where they’re confident what their looks are given the pressure that they’re getting. So, we’re excited where we are with our power play.”

The Bobcats improved to 6-0-0 on the season after outshooting Saint Anselm 65-7. 

They’ll take on Harvard for their first ECAC game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Hawks, on the other hand, are still looking for their first win of the season. They are 0-5-0 and face off against Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 14 in their first NEWHA game.