Four-goal third period propels Bobcats over Saints 5-2


Photo: William Wertheim

Seth Fromowitz

After a shutout victory over No. 10/10 Clarkson, the No. 5/5 Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team defeated St. Lawrence 5-2.

The Bobcats come into today at the top of the ECAC standings seeking to win their first conference championship since the 2015-2016 season as Quinnipiac women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball have each done so this year.

“There’s nothing better than winning championships,said Quinnipiac head coach Cass Turner. “It’s inspiring to each group saying ‘oh let’s go do that too.”

After starting in the net last night, graduate student Logan Angers stood between the pipes for the second consecutive day. Angers was able to stop 27 of 29 shots faced.

Sophomore forward Maya Labad scored first for the Bobcats with 5:45 remaining in the opening frame beating Saints goalie Lucy Morgan high. It was Labad’s sixth goal of the year as defenseman Kate Reilly and forward Alexa Hoskin were credited with the assists.

St. Lawrence struck back coming out of the first intermission as senior forward Shailynn Snow scored her first goal of the season within the first 30 seconds of the period.

In the third period, first-year forward Kiley Mastel gave the Saints the lead of 2-1 four minutes in on a sliding shot attempt past Angers.

With 9:09 remaining in the third period, Reilly scored on the backhanded rebound after Labad’s shot on the right side was deflected by Morgan.

“Going into the period break we were all kinda on edge,” said junior forward Olivia Mobley. “Coach came in and said, ‘We have a choice… that was kinda the mentality that we get to choose the outcome of this game.’”

Two minutes later, junior defenseman Maddy Samoskevich found Mobley who regained the lead for the Bobcats with her sixth goal of the season beating Morgan top shelf.

“I remember Samo(skevich) had it kinda walking the line a little bit so I thought I was folding under her or on top of her,” said Mobley. “And it ended up on my stick and I said ‘Oh here we go.”

The Quinnipiac offense did not let up as Mobley’s linemates, first-year Madison Chantler and graduate student Shay Maloney both added the final two goals of the game.

“A lot of speed on that line,” said Mobley. “Both Shay and Chantler are heads-up players, smart players… I think it’s been really fun and I’m excited to see what the rest of the season has for us.”

The chemistry between Mobley, Maloney and Chantler proved itself as Mobley connected with Chantler 16:19 into the third period to extend the lead 4-2 before Maloney found an empty net unassisted with under three minutes remaining in the game.

The Quinnipiac women’s hockey team returns to action on Friday, Nov. 25 as it faces Bemidji State in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic hosted in Hamden.