Samoskevich's Game-Winner Powers No. 8 Quinnipiac Past UConn

Samoskevich's Game-Winner Powers No. 8 Quinnipiac Past UConn

HAMDEN, Conn. – Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) scored the game-winning goal just 18 seconds into the third period, leading No. 8/9 QU Women's Ice Hockey past Connecticut, 3-2, in the 2016 Nutmeg Classic consolation game on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Arena.
 
Quinnipiac improves to 11-4-3 (5-2-1 ECAC) with the victory, while Connecticut falls to 8-5-3 (3-2-1 HEA). The Bobcats have now won six-straight games vs. UConn, and are 15-9-2 all-time in the Nutmeg Classic.
 
The Bobcats recorded 45 shots in the win. Quinnipiac has recorded more than 35 shots in each of its last three games (36 shots vs. Colgate on Nov. 19, 44 shots vs. Merrimack on Nov. 25, and 45 shots vs. UConn on Nov. 26) for the first time this year.
 
The last time the program registered more than 35 shots in three-straight games was from Feb. 20-27 – all three games coming against Rensselaer.
 
Quinnipiac got on the board just 4:24 into the first period. Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) fired a wrist shot into the back of the net from just inside the blue line to make it 1-0 Bobcats – her third goal of 2016-17 season.
 
Kati Tabin (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Kenzie Lancaster (Waxhaw, North Carolina) were each credited with assists on the play. They both have three helpers this year.
 
The Bobcats would score again almost six minutes later, as Randi Marcon (Winnipeg, Manitoba) netted her third goal of the year to give Quinnipiac a two-goal cushion. Lancaster won a faceoff in the zone, sending the puck back to Marcon who immediately blasted it into the back of the net. The assist was Lancaster's second of the game, and fourth in 2016-17.
 
The Huskies would answer with just 28 seconds left in the period, as Leah Lum registered her ninth goal of the season – with assists credited to Jaime Fox and Briana Colangelo – to make it 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
 
UConn then evened things up 4:33 into the second stanza, as Lum grabbed her second goal of the game – and 10th of the year – to make it 2-2. Lum found the back of the net on a power-play, with Kayla Lee and Justine Fredette earning assists.
 
Samoskevich grabbed the game-winner 18 seconds into the third period. Senior captain Emma Woods(Burford, Ontario) played the puck up the ice to Samoskevich, who skated behind the net and fired the puck into the back of the net from the doorstep to make it 3-2 Bobcats. Woods and Tabin were each given a helper.
 
The goal is Samoskevich's ninth career game-winner. She ranks fourth all-time in the category.

Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) made 16 saves in net, grabbing her 10th win of the season.
 
Quinnipiac is back in action next weekend from Dec. 2-3, traveling to Union (6 p.m.) and Rensselaer (3 p.m.) in its last ECAC Hockey weekend prior to a 26-day break.