Boudiette and the Bobcats blank New Hampshire as Quinnipiac stonewalls opponent for a third straight game

Eric Zank

HAMDEN, Conn. — Just two nights after the Quinnipiac University women’s hockey team steamrolled Boston College 5-0 behind a 13-save shutout from Logan Angers, the Bobcats returned once again to M&T Bank Arena, where a 2-0 victory continued their undefeated start to the season and propelled them to a jackpot; their third straight game posting a zero for goals against.  

In a game where it looked as though neither goaltender was going to give an inch after an impressive run of 10 saves on as many shots, New Hampshire Wildcats’ netminder Ava Boutilier surrendered her first goal of the afternoon on a Lexie Adzija power play tally. The goal came at 13:54 of the first period, and that proved to be enough in the end for the home team. 

At the conclusion of the first period, the shots on goal totals were lopsided, to say the least, as 5 shots for Quinnipiac and a mere two for the Wildcats. 

As the puck dropped on period No. two, the Bobcats picked up right where they left off in the first; in their offensive zone. Just 2:12 into the frame the team leader in goals, Madison Chantler, tallied another one to add to her impressive start to the season. It was her fourth red light of the year in just as many games. 

The New Hampshire Wildcats showed a little more offense in the second period, but not enough to get by Bobcats’ goalie Catie Boudiette, who in her second start of the 2022-23 campaign, claimed her second shutout. 

Bobcats head coach Cass Turner had nothing but praise for her goaltender following today’s 2-0 win. 

“We’ve certainly given (Boudiette and Angers) some opportunities,” Turner said. “(Boudiette) had that big breakaway save today, and (she) was there when we needed her.” 

Turner also credited her squad’s defensive play for being able to limit the amount of shots her netminders have faced over the first four games. It has been 209:40 since the Quinnipiac Bobcats surrendered a goal against, dating all the way back to the season opener in Maine. 

The third period of today’s matchup was somewhat uneventful. The penalty boxes stayed vacant throughout, and so did the scoresheet. Quinnipiac outshot New Hampshire 9-8 in the final 20 minutes of play, en route to the Bobcats’ third shutout in four games, and fourth win overall. 

First-line center Lexie Adzija, who scored her third goal of the year and what would prove to be the game-winner this afternoon, continued her impressive start to the season, collecting her fourth point. 

“(Olivia Mobley) had a great shot pass right on my stick so (it was) pretty easy to just deflect that one,” Adzija said after the final horn had sounded. “(It was a) great weekend overall for the team.” 

As if the matinee victory wasn’t a good enough way to cap off this October Sunday, Quinnipiac hosted “Skate with the Bobcats” following the conclusion of today’s contest. Children of all ages were encouraged to bring their skates to the arena and share the 200-foot ice surface with the ladies they just watched take home a win. 

“It was really cool,” goaltender Catie Boudiette said. “To see them smiling, and just being happy to be with us, I know that we’re big role models to them.” 

Adzija added, “obviously we love being involved in the community, so anything we can do to help give back and put a smile on their face makes us smile too.” 

The undefeated Bobcats are now off until Friday afternoon, when they take a trip to Manchester and look to continue their winning ways against the Saint Anselm Hawks, in a 3 p.m. matinee puck drop.