Late push isn’t enough as Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey loses to St. Lawrence

By on February 2, 2019

Following a nail-biting 3-2 home loss to No. 5 Clarkson, the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team was taken down in a 5-4 home loss to St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon in Hamden.

The Saints (13-12-3 overall, 8-6-2 ECAC Hockey) lit up the Bobcats (9-16-3 overall, 6-9-1 ECAC Hockey) in a high-scoring affair. Defense, or lack thereof, was the issue for the Bobcats in the matchup.

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“We need to have a short memory,” Quinnipiac head coach Cass Turner said. “We are one of the best defensive teams in the country. We get ourselves in great positions with our sticks, we keep teams to the other side, we frustrate them, we force bad shots. I think we just need to get back to who we are.”

Despite finishing the game in poor fashion, the Bobcats started off strong. Junior forward Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout scored the first goal of the game and her fourth of the season off a rebound.

“I think sometimes we get satisfied scoring and waiting because we are comfortable in the low [scoring] hockey games, a lot more comfortable than a lot of teams out there,” Turner said. “We need to learn to attack through that.”

Just two minutes later, though, St. Lawrence answered with a goal of its own. Junior defenseman Amanda Butterfield found the net from just in front of the blue line. The game was tied at one with 12 minutes of game left to play in the first period.

The Saints weren’t done just yet, though. With four minutes remaining in the first period, graduate student Kayla Nielsen scored her fourth goal of the season after a poor pass from Quinnipiac in its defensive zone.

“We failed to execute, today,” Turner said. “I think we have got to own it. We weren’t as mentally prepared as we needed to be. Some of the mistakes that we made, they are so fixable. We gave them easy chances, and we can’t do that to have success in this conference.”

Quinnipiac bounced back early in the second period with a goal by sophomore forward Brooke Bonsteel. She fired a wrister past senior goaltender Grace Harrison for her second goal of the season.

The Bobcats lost control of the game soon after. A three-goal onslaught from the Saints concluded the second period at 5-2. One of the three was Nielsen’s second of the night and fifth on the season.

With one period to play, the Bobcats came out firing on all cylinders. They outshot the Saints 18-3 and put in two late goals to cut the deficit to one. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac, its offensive explosion was too little, too late as St. Lawrence came out victorious.

Quinnipiac is going to put its recent losses behind it as it heads into next weekend’s games against Yale and Brown.

“We’re going to prepare the way we always do for them,” Turner said. “We’re going to look for to do what we do well, and we’re going to look to stop the things they look to do against us.”

A tough weekend won’t change Quinnipiac’s approach for next weekend’s games. The team is back on the road as it travels eight miles to Yale on Friday, Feb 8 at 6 p.m.  

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