Women’s hockey drops three in a row

By on February 4, 2009

For the women’s hockey team, seven is not exactly their lucky number. For the seventh game, the team went without a win, most recently falling to Yale 2-1.

The Bobcats came out firing at the start of the first period. They attacked Yale goalie Genny Ladiges with a barrage of shots, none of which made their way into the back of the net. It was not until 11 minutes into the period when the Bobcats’ Chelsea Illchuk shot the puck past Ladiges for the Bobcats first goal of the night. Illchuk was assisted by Danielle Alexieff on the goal. The first period ended with Quinnipiac in the lead, 1-0.

Quinnipiac battled with the Bulldogs, but failed to capitalize upon committing four penalties in the second period. On the Bulldogs ‘ third power-play of the period, Helen Rasor slapped the puck past Bobcat goalie Nanna Holm-Glaas to tie the score at one apiece. Both teams failed to record many shots in the period, with each recording only five SOG.

It appeared as if the game would head to overtime as the clock dwindled down in the third period. But with three second remaining in the game, Yale found the nylon for the victory.
Friday night was not any better for the Bobcats. The Bobcats struggled from the onset, resulting in a 3-0 loss to the Brown Bears.

Four minutes into the first period, Bobcat goalie Tia Wishart blocked a shot during the Bears power play. Brown’s Nicole Brown got the rebound and put it into the goal, giving Brown an early 1-0 lead. As the period continued, Quinnipiac and Brown began playing sloppily, struggling to distribute the puck around the ice. When the Bears started moving the puck well once again, the Bobcats defense bounced back, denying Brown another opportunity to score. The first period ended with Brown in the lead, 1-0.

As the second period wore on, the Bobcats continued to struggle moving the puck down the ice. With Brown continuing to drive towards the goal, the defense of the Bobcats continued to hold their ground. The Bobcats were able to apply some pressure near the end of the period, but nothing was good enough to make it into the goal. The second period ended, 1-0 in favor of Brown.

Early in the third period, Brown tacked another goal onto their lead, bringing it to 2-0. The Bears caught Wishart off-guard and Andrea Hunter slapped the puck past Wishart’s stick-side for the goal. With five minutes left in the third period, Nicole Brown scored her second power play goal of the night. The buzzer sounded and the final score read Brown 3, Quinnipiac 0.
Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley attributed the loss to a lack of preparation.

“We have to get fired up for every game.This year there’s been some teams we don’t take that seriously and that cost us, and it cost us today” he said. “The coaches have to take responsibility. For some reason, we didn’t have our team ready again. We’ll come out and get back to drawing board against Yale.”
The No. 11 Princeton Tigers defeated the Bobcats, 2-1, when they came to the TD Banknorth Sports Center on Jan. 27. The teams skated to a scoreless tie in the first period, then Princeton put up two in the second and the Bobcats could only add one to their total, tallying the score at 2-1 in favor of the Tigers.

Seven minutes into the second period, Princeton scored a controversial goal when Princeton’s Christine Foster pushed Wishart into the goal upon scoring. After further review, the referees declared it a goal, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Midway through the period, Princeton diverted Wishart’s attention and Charissa Stadnyk snuck the puck past her for a goal, the team’s second of the night. After those two quick goals, Quinnipiac started getting physical, showing their frustration with the Tigers. Princeton responded with their share of penalties as well. The retaliation didn’t help, as Quinnipiac continued to struggle getting shots-on-goal in the period.

“I think we let down a little bit in the second.I thought those goals deflated us a bit, it took us until the third period to get back going,” Seeley said.

With four minutes left in the third period, Bobcat Elyse Cole caught Young off-guard and snuck the puck past her glove side, bringing the score to 2-1. As time winded down, the Bobcats gave every effort that they could to try and tie up the game. However, nothing worked and when the buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read Princeton 2, Quinnipiac 1.

“We want to get the puck into the net but were too worried about setting the perfect shot and we end up not getting a shot at all,” Seeley said.

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