Harvard outshot the Bobcats 28-25 on the night (Gil Talbot).
HAMDEN, Conn. – Three second-period goals proved to be too much to overcome as the Harvard women's ice hockey team fell to league foe Quinnipiac, 4-1, Friday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Harvard moves to .500 on the season with a 2-2-1 conference and overall mark while the Bobcats improve to 8-4-1 overall and 3-3-0 in ECAC Hockey play.
The Crimson came out firing against Quinnipiac but Bobcat goalie Victoria Vigilanti staved off the early Harvard attack. The hosts struck first at the 10:37 mark as Chelsea Illchuk took feeds from Olivia Brackett and Amanda Colin and bested Harvard goalie Laura Bellamy for a 1-0 lead. Despite outshooting Quinnipiac 12-10 in the period, Harvard entered the first break down 1-0.
The hosts doubled their score early in the second as Kelly Babstock converted a Jordan Elkins feed just 1:44 into the frame for a 2-0 advantage. Five minutes later it was Babstock again, this time depositing the puck off assists from Kate Wheeler and Elena Orlando for a 3-0 edge at 6:45. With 2:43 remaining in the period, Babstock completed the natural hat trick, netting her third goal in succession, giving the hosts a comfortable 4-0 cushion at the end of two periods. Brackett and Wheeler each notched their second assist of the game on the play.
The Crimson defense buckled down in the third period and allowed a season-best two shots to the Bobcats in the final frame. Sophomore Whitney Kennedy got Harvard on the board early on in the third, scoring an unassisted goal just 3:17 in to push the score to 4-1. The Kennedy goal proved to be all the offense Harvard could muster and Quinnipiac skated away with the 4-1 win.
Bellamy picked up 19 saves on the night and freshman goalie Lauren Joarnt, who played the third period, stopped both shots she faced. Vigilanti turned aside 27 shots for the Bobcats.
Harvard stays in conference for its next outing as it travels to New Jersey to take on Princeton Saturday in a 4 p.m. matchup. Princeton is coming off a tough 3-2 overtime loss to Ivy foe Dartmouth Friday night at home.