Odd goal from Cole gives Quinnipiac first conference win of season

Odd goal from Cole gives Quinnipiac first conference win of season
By Sam Friedman
February 1, 2008

HAMDEN — An unusual goal scored by Elyse Cole with exactly 30 seconds remaining in the third period against Union (0-13-2 ECAC) gave the Lady Bobcats (1-11-3 ECAC) hockey team its first conference win and fourth overall.

After teammate Jessica Buttaro shot a puck into a group of players from both teams, Cole’s stick hit the puck in front of the Dutchwomen’s goal, and it dribbled through several players before finding its way past Union goalie Lundy Day for Cole’s team leading 13th goal of the season.

“We definitely came in knowing that this game was a must win,” Cole said. “We knew we had to get those types of goals.”

Coach Michael Barrett was much more pleased overall with his team’s effort tonight than for most of the regular season, although he was certainly dissatisfied with his team’s effort for part of the game.

“We didn’t play with as much intensity in the second period as we did in the third,” Barrett said. We went out flat, but we rebounded with a nice third period. It’s not fair for me to lower the bar (of play) with talented players like the ones we have.”

After a scoreless first period, it appeared as if this would be a rematch of the 0-0 tie in Schenectady, N.Y., on December 8.

Quinnipiac had 11 shots on goal on Lundy, but most of them were in the final five minutes of the first period, while Union had just three shots on goal in the first. But Union scored the first goal of the game just over a minute into the second, on an odd man rush by senior Courtney Chais from Perri Maduri and Gabriela Wintner. The Bobcats answered a little over ten minutes later with Elyse Cole’s first goal of the game, a power play goal from right outside the crease. Cole skated in front of Day and took a wrist shot pass from defenseman Trudy Reyns and Kallie Flor.

In the third period, Quinnipiac opened up with some great scoring chances from Antoinette Maldonado and Breana Burton, who took two slap shots each from the faceoff circle, but were unable to convert any of the shots into goals. It appeared as if the game was headed for overtime until Cole’s second goal of the game slid past Day and gave the Bobcats their first victory since a pair of victories over Robert Morris home January 3-4. The win ended a seven game losing streak.

Saturday afternoon Quinnipiac takes on RPI, who is ranked 9th in the conference with 4 wins, and is 5-1 all time versus Quinnipiac. Game time is 4 PM.

NOTES: QU is now 11-0-2 all time vs. Union, with 6 shouts in that span. … Elyse Cole had 10 of Quinnipiac’s 35 shots, most for any player in the game. Four players from both teams tied for second with 4 each. … For Union, the assist was Maduri’s first career point.

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