No. 8 Robert Morris 5, No. 10 Quinnipiac 1
Hamden, Conn. – Jan. 18, 2014 – The Robert Morris University women's hockey team broke out an eraser on the program record book this afternoon, as it exploded for four goals in the second period en route to a 5-1 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
No. 8 Robert Morris (19-3-2, 8-1-1 CHA) extended its nation-leading unbeaten streak to 13 games and tied a school record for wins in a season, originally set by the 2011-12 CHA Championship team. The victory also gave head coach Paul Colontino the 53rd of his career, moving him into first place for career wins in program history.
The first period was another evenly-played scoreless affair with RMU edging No. 10 Quinnipiac (16-4-6, 7-3-4 ECAC) in shots, 7-6. Both the Colonials and Bobcats went 0-2 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.
Quinnipiac had a power play carry over into the second period after junior forward Katie Fergus (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) was booked for tripping with three seconds left in the first. However, 20 seconds into the middle frame, senior defenseman Kylie St. Louis (Windsor, Ontario / Southwest Wildcats) stole the puck and found junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) skating up the ice. Vint dangled the puck from right to left and caught Bobcat goaltender Chelsea Laden off-balance, then back-handed it into the net for her 12thgoal of the season and a historic one for her career.
With that goal, Vint became just the third player in program history to eclipse the 100-point barrier, joining senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) as current RMU players that hit the mark this season. The tally also gave the junior forward the 50thgoal of her career, making her the third player to reach that milestone as well.
After one of the Colonials' most prolific goal scorers set a milestone, it was time for a rookie to get on the board. With senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University) in the box for holding, Quinnipiac wasted its power play opportunity with a penalty of its own. The face-off in the RMU offensive zone went to senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock (Virden, Manitoba / Westman Wildcats) and eventually found its way to freshman forward Rikki Meilleur (St. Adolphe, Manitoba / Shaftesbury Titans), who then buried the puck for the first goal of her career.
Richards returned to the ice to give the Colonials a power play, and they would capitalize on the man advantage. RMU turned up the pressure in front of the net, leading the way for Vint to score her second goal of the game and a team-leading 13th of the season.
Less than two minutes later, the Colonials earned another power play. For the second-straight game, senior defenseman Anneline Lauziere (St. Thomas, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) lit the lamp as she one-timed a pass from the slot to give RMU a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Bobcats spoiled freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds' (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) bid at her fifth shutout when Shelby Wingall scored 1:34 into the third period. However, Imbrogno pushed the Colonial lead back to four goals with less than five minutes remaining as she deked the new Quinnipiac goaltender Sydney Rossman and pushed the puck five-hole.
Dodds stayed unbeaten in her career (16-0-2) by stopping 26 of 27 shots and helping RMU kill off all eight penalties it faced.
The Colonials stayed undefeated on the road this season (7-0-2) and on Saturdays (10-0-0).
Vint now sits two goals away from tying the program's career record of 53, set by Brianna Delaney (2008-12). Her linemate Imbrogno will become the fourth player in RMU history to topple the 50-goal mark with two more.
Freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) notched an assist and moved into a tie for fourth in single-season points (32) and a tie for second in single-season assists (20). Howard needs just two helpers to tie Vint's record of 22, set in the 2011-12 season.
Robert Morris continues its road trip next weekend against in-state rival Mercyhurst. The two-game series against the CHA's top two teams beginsnext Friday at 7:00 p.m. from Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications