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Women's Hockey Knocks Off #9 Quinnipiac, 4-3
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Despite trailing 3-0 just seconds into the second period of play to #9 Quinnipiac, the Black Bears would show no quit, fighting back to tie the score just 30 seconds into the third period of play. Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Ill.) would then tally the eventual game-winner 2:17 into the third period to give the Black Bears a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Bobcats of Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats would jump out to a very early lead as Bethany Dymarzyk would tally a power play goal just 18-seconds into the first period. While skating on the power play, Nicole Kosta would work the puck to Kelly Babstock. Babstock would then send the puck to Dymarzyk who would fire a shot into the back of the net.
Quinnipiac would build its lead to 2-0 with just 11 seconds remaining in the first period on Chelsea Quillchuk's goal. Brittany Lyons and Elena Orlando were credited with assists on the Bobcats' goal.
Lyons would build the Bobcats lead to 3-0 on her second point of the contest when she notched her first goal of the season, unassisted, just 41 seconds into the second period of play.
The Black Bears, trailing 3-0 at the time, would then turn it on, scoring four unanswerd goals and shutting down the Bobcat attack the rest of the way. Kayla Kaluzny (Calgary, Alberta) would get Maine on the board with her first goal of the season. Brianne Kilgour (Hamilton, Ontario) picked up her second assist of the season as she worked the puck to Kaluzny who beat Victoria Vigilanti for Maine's first goal of the contest.
Danielle Ward (Lansing, Mich.) would cut the Bobcat lead to one when she buried her third goal of the season, 13:07 into the second period. Ward was set up by Myriam Croussette (Baie-Comeau, Quebec) who notched her third assist of the season on the goal.
Kaluzny would even the score just 30 seconds into into the third period, her second goal of the season. Chloe Tinkler (Wabush, Newfoundland) started the play for Maine as she sent a pass over to Jennifer More (Deloraine, Manitoba) who fed Kaluzny who knotted things up.
Denk would keep the attack on as she picked up her second goal of the season which proved to be the game-winner. Kilgour again setup the goal, Denk's third of the season. Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) and the Maine defense would stand tall the rest of the way, shutting down the Bobcat attack and securing the 4-3 win.
Ott picks up her first win of the season, moving to 1-0 after making 32 saves on the night. Vigilanti made 24 saves in the loss. Quinnipiac outshot the Black Bears 35-28 and went 1-for-3 on the power play while Maine was 0-for-1 with the extra skater.
Maine returns to action tomorrow when they close the season series against Quinnipiac at 1 p.m.