Pair of Second Period Goals Gives Bobcats a 1-0 series Lead in Quarterfinals

Brandon Murdock

On Friday night, the Quinnipiac Bobcats took down the St. Lawrence Saints 2-1 in game one of the best of three series in the quarterfinals.

It was definitely a feeling out process for both teams early on. In the first 10 minutes of the opening period neither team took too many chances and neither were willing to give one up.

We got our first highlight of the series around the 11 minute mark when Quinnipiac goalie Logan Angers made a breakaway save on Saints forward Anna Segedi and didn’t allow a rebound.

The Saints were able to break through however with a little under three and a half minutes to go in the period when leading scorer Julia Gosling was able to finish a slick stick handling move going inside and out on Angers and burying the shot from in tight.

This was all the scoring for the first period.

The Bobcats came out as a different team in the second period. Just over two minutes into the period, Alexa Hoskin tied the game at one. This came after relentless effort in the blue paint and players jabbing away at the puck with Hoskin being able to sneak it over the line.

This gave the Bobcats some much needed momentum.

When discussing some of the positives from her team’s play, forward Sadie Peart said “continuing to attack fast, just seeing from both our goals, their goalie doesn’t do well with scrums.” She continued, “just continuing to attack.”

With 6:55 to go in the period, Peart attacked and delivered, giving the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.

Following the theme of the first goal, there was lots of effort from the Bobcats in front of the net with the puck finding Peart, she moved it to her backhand and made no mistake.

This is how the period would end.

“I thought the second period was clearly our strongest,” said head coach Cass Turner. “We just forechecked so hard, put the pressure on them, and played so gritty offensively.”

The third period was the Angers show as she was forced to make nine of her 23 saves in this period. Her best being a few minutes into the period when she kicked out her leg late to rob a Saint point blank.

“She really held us in,” said forward Alexa Hoskin. “She’s just a reliable goalie and you trust her to make the save.”

However, the stress did not stop here for the Bobcats as with just six seconds to go in the game, Kristina Bahl for the Saints had a shot from the slot that beat Angers but skimmed the crossbar, and that is why they call it a “goalies best friend”.

As the shot ricocheted off the crossbar and into the corner, the final seconds ticked off and the Bobcats had won the game.

These two teams will meet again tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in Hamden with the Saints looking to keep their season alive and force a game three while the Bobcats look to secure the sweep and move onto the semi-finals of the ECAC playoffs.