PRINCETON, New Jersey - No. 8 QU Women's Ice Hockey fell to No. 10 Princeton on Sunday afternoon at Hobey Baker Rink by the final score of 2-1, eliminating the Bobcats from the ECAC Hockey Tournament.
Quinnipiac falls to 21-10-6 on the 2016-17 season with the loss, while Princeton moves to 20-9-3 with the win. The Tigers advance to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals, which will be hosted at Clarkson - the tournament's No. 1 Seed.
Senior goaltender Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) made 26 saves in the loss, giving her 122 total stops over the three-game series vs. the Tigers. Rossman finishes her career with the most shutouts in program history (26), the highest save percentage (.938) and the lowest goals-allowed average mark (.116).
Meghan Turner (Bedford, New Hampshire) scored the Bobcats' lone goal, with assists from Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) and Kenzie Prater (Hudson, Wisconsin).
Princeton scored the game's first goal with 4:54 left in the first period. Senior Kelsey Koelzer skated into the offensive zone on a power-play chance and fired a wrist shot at net. Rossman made a pad save, but Koelzer followed her own shot and tipped the puck out in front of the net to Molly Contini, who chipped the one-timer into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Tigers. With the assist, Koelzergrabbed her 100th career point.
Princeton scored again just 2:04 later, as Sylvie Wallin registered her third goal of the season to make it 2-0. Wallin grabbed the puck along the boards and dumped it over to Contini, who then played it back to Wallin on the right side of the net. She blasted a slap shot into the back of the net to give the Tigers a two-goal lead.
Quinnipiac battled in the second stanza, outshooting the Tigers 11-3. Rossman stood strong in net, making it a two-goal advantage for Princeton heading into the third period of play.
The Bobcats finally broke through with just 13 seconds left in the third period. Senior captain Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) won a faceoff and played it back to Prater, who passed it over to Samoskevich. The sophomore then fired a cross-ice pass to Meghan Turner (Bedford, New Hampshire), who one-timed the puck into the back of the net to make it 2-1. The goal is Turner's 30th career score in her four years with Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac recorded 29 shots to Princeton's 28 overall, while the Bobcats won 27 of 51 faceoffs.
Senior defensemen Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) set the program record for games played in the loss, participating in her 150th career contest as a member of the program. Woods and Turner each played in their 149th career game, tying Nicole Brown and Kristen Tamberg for second place on the all-time list.
The Bobcats end the 2016-17 season with 21 total wins. Over the past eight seasons, Quinnipiac is just one of three Division I women's ice hockey programs to have won 19 games each season, joining Wisconsin and Minnesota. The 2016-17 Bobcats also set a program record for longest road winning streak (6 games) from Nov. 28 to Dec. 3, 2016.
The program's current senior class won 103 total games over four years in Hamden. They helped the Bobcats reach the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15, and were a member of the 2015-16 team that won the program's first ECAC Hockey Championship.
Quinnipiac now awaits the results from all of the Division I conference tournaments. The only way QU can get into the NCAA Tournament is through an at-large bid, decided by the PairWise Rankings.