Quinnipiac Skates Past RPI

Quinnipiac Skates Past RPI

HAMDEN, Conn. - No. 10/10 kicked off the final weekend of the 2016-17 season by topping Rensselaer, 5-0, on Friday night at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden. Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut), Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, New York). 

Senior goaltender Sydney Rossman recorded her 25th career shutout in the victory, moving into a three-way tie for the program's career record of clean sheets set by Chelsea Laden ('15) and Victoria Vigilanti ('13). She made 15 total saves on the night, and is now giving up just .936 goals-per-game to go along with a 1.15 goals-against average for her career with the Bobcats.

Meghan Turner (Bedford, New Hampshire), Kenzie Lancaster (Waxhaw, North Carolina) and Randi Marcon (Winnipeg, Manitoba) all scored in the win.
 
Quinnipiac improves to 19-8-6 (12-6-3 ECAC) so far this season, while Rensselaer falls to 10-21-2 (7-13-1 ECAC). The Bobcats are 7-0-1 in their last eight contests vs. RPI.
 
The Bobcats grabbed the game's first goal just 3:37 into the first period. Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) fired a slap shot toward net that was saved by RPI goaltender Lovisa Selander. Danielle Marmer (Dorset, Vermont) picked up the loose puck in front of the net and poked it off Selander's pad, then Samoskevich burried the rebound for her 10th goal of the season to make it 1-0 Quinnipiac. Baumgardt now has 10 assists on the season, while Marmer has eight.
 
Quinnipiac then got on the board again with eight minutes left in the first period. Baumgardt fired a one-timer toward net off a feed from senior captain Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario), and Cianfarano collect the rebound on the right side of the ice and blasted a wrist shot into the net for her 13th goal of the year to give the Bobcats a two-goal advantage. Baumgardt's second helper of the night gives her 11 on the year, and Woods now has 10.
 
Turner grabbed her 10th goal of the year midway through the 2nd frame, making it 3-0 Bobcats. Cianfarano won the faceoff and played the puck back to Woods, who fired a shot at net that was blocked by an RPI defender. Kate MacKenzie (Winnipeg, Manitoba) then blasted an attempt at the goal, and Turner poked in the rebound. Cianfarano now has 14 helpers, and Woods has 10 this season.
 
Lancaster was next to get in on the scoring action, sniping one short-side for her 10th of the year to make it 4-0. Kenzie Prater (Hudson, Wisconsin) and Samoskevich were each credited with an assist on the goal. Prater's assist is her eighth of the season, and Samoskevich's helper is her 15th (team-high).
 
Marcon grabbed her 7th goal of the season 2:20 into the third, with assists from Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) and Lancaster. Coutu-Godbout fired a shot toward net on a 2-on-1, then Marcon came streaking up the ice to put it in to make it 5-0. Coutu-Godbout now has four helpers for the year, and Lancaster has seven. 

Quinnipiac recorded 57 shots in total to RPI's 15, and the Bobcats won 25 of 39 faceoffs.

The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 18, hosting Union at 3 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac will honor its seven seniors during Saturday's regular season finale vs. Union. Meghan TurnerTaryn BaumgardtDanielle MarmerEmma WoodsEmma GrecoMika Nervick and Sydney Rossman and team trainer Lauren Herrick.