Photos by Amanda Shulman
The Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team completed its weekend sweep of Wayne State with a 4-1 win on Saturday. It was the Bobcats’ sixth straight victory and kept them unbeaten at the TD Bank Sports Center in the past three months.
After two scoreless periods, the offense finally came alive in the third period.
“They knew they had to wake up,” Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley said. “Lately, we’ve been playing the kind of hockey we played in the third, so they knew what to go back to,”
Bobcat senior captain Kallie Flor netted two of the team’s four goals with the first coming just 16 seconds into the period. Her second arrived with 6:12 to go on a shot over the right shoulder of Warrior goaltender Delayne Brian.
“[Flor] had a big third period for sure,” Seeley said. “She kind of led the way last week against Syracuse and that continued today. It was a great day.”
The Warriors answered Flor’s first goal with one of their own just over two minutes into the period. Warrior sophomore forward Micheline Frappier scored off a pass from freshman forward Jaclyn Stapleton.
The Bobcats took over the game from that point on, responding with three straight goals. Freshman forward Kristen Eklund broke the tie off a rebound on a shot by Jordan Elkins less than a minute after the Warriors’ lone goal.
Two insurance goals followed: the first by Flor and the second by senior forward Janine Duffy on an empty net in the final minute of action.
The win wrapped up Quinnipiac’s out-of-conference schedule, leaving the team with eight conference games over the last four weekends of the regular season. The Bobcats are currently tied for fourth in ECAC Hockey and will take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (tied for fourth) on Friday and Union (tied for last) on Saturday – both on the road.
The Bobcats received their first ever vote in last week’s USCHO poll and have a chance to crack the top 10 this week.
“The fact that we’re starting to get back in the rankings is satisfying, but it’s not going to dictate what we do,” Seeley said.