One game win streak snapped in 4-0 loss

One game win streak snapped in 4-0 loss
By Sam Friedman
February 3, 2008

HAMDEN — After celebrating a 2-1 victory over Union Friday night, the Lady Bobcats lost by 4 goals for the second time this week, dropping a 4-0 decision to the Engineers of RPI on Saturday.

The Bobcats gave up three power play goals, two of them in the first period. Melanie Guillemette scored on RPI’s first power play with 8:40 remaining. She redirected a pass from Kelly Barbera past Jamie Miller to make it 1-0 RPI. Another power play goal was scored seven minutes later, when Jamie-Lynn Stewart, taking a pass from Whitney Naslund and Brooke Thompson, beat Miller on the left glove side to give RPI a 2-0 lead headed into the first intermission.

After Breana Burton took a penalty near the end of the first period for cross-checking, the Engineers converted only twenty two seconds into the second, a goal by Nicole McDOnald from Laura Gersten and Allison Wright. That was RPI’s third goal on only seven shots. An empty net goal was added by Allysen Weidner near the end of the third, and Melanie Guillemette and Kelly Barbera both earned their second points of the game on the assist.

“Both goalies were very good today,” coach Michael Barrett said. “We outshot them (RPI), but we still lost. Sonja was solid today.”

“We need to do the little things right, make the right plays. We’re not a finesse team.”

However, Trudy Reyns, who had 9 shots on goal, thought that Engineers goalie Sonja van der Bliek had more than just a solid game.

“Give her credit for her play, but she definitely had luck on her side,” Reyns said. “A lot of pucks just missed the net.”

Van der Bliek stopped all 30 shots she faced, compared to Miller, who stopped only 13 of 16 shots faced. It was van der Bliek’s 9th win of the season, moving the Engineers to 13 points on the year.

Quinnipiac plays two road games next weekend, at Brown on Friday and then against Yale Saturday afternoon. The team has two home games left, Friday the 15th vs. Dartmouth at 7 PM, and then Saturday the 16th against currently undefeated Harvard at 4 PM.

NOTES: Trudy Reynes led the Bobcats with 9 shots, most for any player on either team. It was the second straight game that a Bobcat player led both teams in shots and took 30% of the team’s shots on goal. … The loss ends a 3 game losing streak for RPI, where they were shut out twice.


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