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Clarkson edges Bobcats in OT, 3-2
Clarkson tried it out, and it worked. The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals to come from behind and beat Quinnipiac in overtime, 3-2.
Brittany Mulligan scored the winner after Quinnipiac’s Victoria Vigilanti (30 saves) stopped Daris Tendler’s shot. Mulligan didn’t need to hesitate and sent the rebound past Vigilanti.
“You have to put [the loss] behind you,” Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley said. “That’s college hockey and we have a game the next day.”
Seeley’s club will need to do that, as Quinnipiac faces St. Lawrence in another home game Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Bobcats (16-9-1, 8-7-0 ECAC) took control of the game in the second period on Brittany Lyons’ seventh goal of the season. Lyons shot the puck past Clarkson goalie Erica Howe after Howe deflected Kelley Davies’ shot.
Three-and-a-half minutes after Lyons’ goal, Kelly Babstock scored her conference-leading 21st goal of the season when she sped past two defenders, deked right and sent the puck past Howe, who finished with 26 saves.
But the tables turned in the third period.
The Golden Knights (10-13-1, 7-6-1 ECAC), which only generated 16 shots in the first two periods, took 14 shots in the third period alone and took advantage of a laid-back Bobcat defense.
Danielle Skirrow scored two goals in the third, including the game-tying one with 1:33 remaining.
“We sat back defensively in our zone and we gave them chance after chance, and they pecked away,” Seeley said.
Both of Skirrow’s goals were close calls. Her first one slipped underneath Vigilanti’s legs and went behind the net, while the second one was deflected and trickled into the top corner of the goal.
“That first goal we should have had out of the zone five times and we just gave it back to them,” Seeley said. “I think we changed more than they changed.”
Seeley has been relying on his most experienced line of Lyons, Davies and Kate Wheeler lately.
“The Davies line has much improved and is the line we’re counting on right now in terms of consistent zone and consistent forecheck,” Seeley said.
Though Seeley said Quinnipiac has been relying on its veteran line of late, the freshmen line of Babstock, Erica Uden Johansson and Amanda Colin is one that generates a lot of offense.
But he acknowledged that by the overtime period, the second line was fatigued and caught off guard.
“Babstock’s line stayed on for more than two minutes; they were exhausted,” Seeley said. “They just floated off on a change when the other team had an odd-man rush when they should have been skating hard, but they had nothing left.”
The Bobcats had been 12-1-0 in games when Babstock scored, including a 3-2 overtime win Jan. 8 at Clarkson when she scored a hat trick.
But Clarkson made that 12-2.