By Brian Farrell
HAMDEN – The Bobcats extended their win streak to six games on Saturday afternoon behind four third period goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Wayne State at the TD Bank Sports Center. Senior captain Kallie Flor led the way with two of those third period goals to raise her season total to ten. The win follows their 2-1 Friday afternoon win over Wayne State, their first against the Warriors in team history.
Quinnipiac is currently on an absolute hot streak with six straight wins which include a victory over #5 Harvard and a sweep over the Syracuse, who was ranked 10th at the time. With this current streak the Bobcats have made school history by receiving votes in the national polls, an impressive feat when considering top ten teams in women’s college hockey are ranked. In addition, Quinnipiac is now ranked #11 in USCHO’s Pair-Wise Rankings.
Friday night’s game saw little scoring action as QU’s Victoria Vigilanti and Wayne State’s Delayne Brian combined to give up just three goals. After a scoreless first period, the Bobcats were able to get some breathing room with two second period goals just 11 seconds apart. The first goal was scored by Junior Kelley Davies on an odd man rush when she beat Brian glove-side. Janine Duffy followed Davies’ goal with one of her own, shooting and scoring from nearly the same spot to put the Bobcats up 2-0.After the game Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley had plenty of praise for his defense.
“I thought we backchecked well, so we took away any odd man rushes,” Seeley said. “(Wayne State) has a lot of good hockey players, but they couldn’t get speed in the neutral zone, and I thought that was because of our forwards’ hard work.”
On Saturday afternoon, two periods of scoreless hockey preempted a firestorm of goals in the third. Before the combined five goal outburst the only real scoring opportunity of the game thus far was turned away by Wayne State’s Delayne Brian. Late in the second period Senior Janine Duffy took control of the puck to the left of the net. As Duffy took control, a streaking Flor took the pass out in front and put a shot on Brian that was deflected away by her left leg pad.
In the third period the action began with the Bobcats striking first. Just 16 seconds into the third, sophomore Jordan Elkins took a slap shot from the far side which was tipped out at the hash marks by freshman Breehan Polci and then put home by Flor. Flor took the tip and slipped it between the right pad of Brian and the right post.
Wayne State tied the game up at the 2:04 mark of the period Micheline Frappier took a feed from Jaclyn Stapleton and roofed it just under the crossbar to beat Vigilanti glove side.
Quinnipiac regained the lead 52 seconds later when Freshman Kristen Eklund tipped another Jordan Elkins slap shot. This goal turned out to be the game winner as the QU defense and Vigilanti shut down the Lady Warriors for the remainder of the game.
Flor added some insurance with her second goal of the game as she took a wicked slapshot from the slot and deposited it into the top right corner of the cage.
“I was in the right spot at the right time and I just needed to make sure the puck was on my stick and that I got a good shot off,” Flor said.
Janine Duffy rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal with just 57 seconds left on the clock.
Elkins, who chipped in with a career-high three assists in the game, commented on how important this run has been for the team.
“We don’t want to lose anymore, we like the feeling we get when we win,” Elkins said. “Now, hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the ECAC.”
Quinnipiac will return to their ECAC play as they travel to RPI this Friday for a 7 p.m. start and then to Union for a 3 p.m. afternoon game.