Hamden, Conn. – For the first time in the 2010-11 season, the Bears were unable to find the back of the net. Brown (2-7-2, 1-4-2) was outscored at Quinnipiac (12-6-1, 5-5) 4-0. Quinnipiac goalie Victoria Viglilanti turned away all of the Bears 17 shots while four different Bobcats tallied a goal.
The Quinnipiac offense came out strong in the first period, registering five shots on goal in the first two-plus minutes. The fifth found its way through the defense and into the back of the net as Bethany Dymarczyk picked up her third goal of the year.
The Bears were the first team to pick up a player advantage as an interference call gave Brown four opportunities on the Bobcat net. The diminutive Quinnipiac goalie (Viglianti, 5'2") stood up however, keeping the Bears off the scoreboard.
The Bobcats added to their lead just over four minutes into the second period. Reigning ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week Kelly Babstock registered her 16th goal of the season. She now leads the ECAC in goals scored by six.
It's fitting that the referees took to the ice in the second period to Darth Vader's music from the Empire Strikes Back, as Quinnipiac had multiple chances on penalty calls and added its lead on Brown's second short handed situation.
A tough tripping call on freshman Kelly Kittredge (Mahwah, N.J.) at 10:35 in the second appeared to prime the Quinnipiac offensive attack, but sophomore netminder Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) and the Bear defense was able to fight back the Bobcat momentum and kept QU from further extending its lead.
The second Quinnipiac power play of the period proved to be to much as just 19 second into the penalty senior Kelley Davies was able to put one away for a 3-0 Bobcat lead.
It was much of the same to start the third as the Bears found themselves shorthanded twice in the first five minutes of the period.
With just 47 seconds left, Chelsea Illchuk pushed Quinnipiacs lead to four as she was able to fire off a slapshot for her second goal of the year.
Sophomore forward Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) led the Bears with four shots on goal while Jamieson made 37 saves.
Brown plays its final game of 2010 tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. when the Bears travel to Princeton, NJ, to take on Princeton.