PRINCETON, New Jersey – No. 8/8 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey fell to Princeton, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Hober Baker Rink. Freshman Kate MacKenzie (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and senior captain Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) both scored in the loss.
The Bobcats fall to 14-5-3 (7-3-1 ECAC), snapping the program's nine-game undefeated streak. Princeton moves to 10-6-2 (6-4-1 ECAC) with the victory.
Quinnipiac got on the board just 5:40 into the first period on a power play opportunity. Alicia Barry(Hanson, Massachusetts) fired a shot toward goal, Kenzie Prater (Hudson, Wisconsin) poked the puck just to her left and Mackenzie blasted it into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Bobcats. The goal came just 14 seconds into the power play.
The goal is Mackenzie's third of the season. Prater and Barry both picked up their fifth helper of 2016-17 on the play.
Princeton would answer, however, capitalizing on a 5-on-3 chance to tie the game 1-1. Bullock grabbed her seventh goal of the season with 10:56 left in the period, firing a wrist shot into the back of the net from the slot to even things up. Kelsey Koelzer fed the puck to Bullock, earning an assist on the score.
The Tigers then took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, as Bullock registered her second power-play goal of the afternoon at 9:44. Koelzer and Claire Thompson recorded a helper on the goal.
Bullock netted her third goal of the night 13:44 into the second period, redirecting a shot from Molly Strabley to complete the hat trick and give Princeton a 3-1 advantage. Karlie Lund also earned an assist on the play.
Woods cut Quinnipiac's deficit to just one goal with under a minute left in the third period. With an extra skater on the ice, she managed to tip loose puck past Princeton goalie Steph Neatby to make it 3-2 with 49 seconds left. Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) and Prater each earned an assist.
Woods now has nine goals on the year, while Samoskevich has 10 assists. Prater's second helper of the game gave her six for the season.
Bobcats' goaltender Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) made 25 saves, while Neatby made 29 saves for the Tigers.
Quinnipiac suffers its first loss in over two years after scoring the game's first goal. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the Bobcats are now 35-1-4 when scoring first.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend, hosting Harvard (Jan. 6, 2017 – 6 p.m.) and Dartmouth (Jan. 7, 2017 – 4 p.m.) at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden.