Bobcats Find Success Even While Outdoors, Down Harvard at Fenway

Brandon Murdock

On Friday afternoon, The Quinnipiac Bobcats and Harvard Crimson bundled up and headed to Fenway Park to participate in the Frozen Fenway series, a game that was won by the Bobcats 3-1.

The scoring got started 4:03 into the game while defenseman Zoe Boyd was in the penalty box for a trip.

Olivia Mobley scored a short-handed goal when she forced a turnover in the neutral zone and came in on a two-on-one opportunity with Lexie Adzija. Mobley made no mistake as she went five-hole on the Crimson goalie Alex Pellicci.

“If we think we can create opportunities, we do like to send one person if we can,” said head coach Cassandra Turner. “There are moments for that, we have a few shorthanded goals this year, but Mobley has skill and she showed it clearly on that play, and if we find moments where we are fresh and we have some space we can go out and attack when we can.”

The two teams traded breakaway opportunities at the end of the first period but Pellicci and Bobcats goalie Logan Angers stood tall.

The second period was another solid performance for the two goalies as Angers had to be sharp at the beginning of the period as she stopped a two-on-one chance for Harvard and halfway through the period, Pellicci had to make three consecutive stops on Alexa Hoskin which included two in front of goal.

The Bobcats were able to extend their lead with just under five minutes to play in the period when forward Nina Steigauf fit the theme of Fenway Park and batted a puck out of mid-air into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

Harvard gave the Bobcats something to think about when under two minutes into the third period Paige Lester found Shannon Hollands with a stretch pass. After Hollands was able to win the race to the puck, she went in on a breakaway and picked the corner over Angers to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Bobcats fired back almost immediately. Less than a minute later, Madison Chantler took advantage of a Crimson turnover and made no mistake, restoring the Bobcats’ two-goal lead.

That concluded the scoring and the Bobcat’s defense took control the rest of the way.

“I think we do such a good job blocking shots and having good sticks I think it’s a big part of our team’s success as a whole,” Angers said. “We have so many good sticks and it denies pucks on net opportunities for the other team.” 

With snowfall coming down on the players and the bright lights of the historic Fenway Park above them, win or lose for either side it is fair to say this is an experience they will remember forever.

The Bobcats will look to build on their success when they take on Dartmouth at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7th, back in Hamden.