No. 8 Quinnipiac's conference showdown vs. Princeton ends in 1-1 tie
PRINCETON, N.J. -- A first period goal from junior Shiann Darkangelo combined with 24 saves from junior goalie Chelsea Laden helped lift No. 8 Quinnipiac to a 1-1 tie against Princeton. The Bobcats' second 65-minute duel in three games proved taxing on the skaters but Quinnipiac picked up a crucial point in the conference standings as they keep hold of the fifth spot in the ECAC Hockey. Quinnipiac's record moves to 10-2-5 (3-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the Tigers jump to 5-4-2 (4-4-1 ECAC Hockey).
Darkangelo scored the lone goal on the evening for the Bobcats at 14:26 in the first period. Assists on the play went to senior Kelly Babstock and sophomore Lindsey West who each registered their 13th and second helper of the season, respectively. The combo of Darkangelo and Babstock continue to be essential to the Bobcats' success as the team remains undefeated (10-0-2) in every game in which one of them records a point.
The Bobcats jumped out to the early lead on a transition piece where West grabbed the puck along the boards as she was about to head off the ice on a line change. West flung the puck up to Babstock in front of the blue line who gave off to Darkangelo in the slot who fired in a shot on the Tigers' goalie Kimberly Newell. The rising slap shot hit a piece of Newell's shoulder and caromed across the goal line for the game's first tally.
After nearly 40 minutes of a stalemate between both sides, the Tigers committed a five minute boarding penalty and Quinnipiac had a prime opportunity to add some insurance but it was Princeton who turned the tables. Two Bobcat defenders went for a puck alongside the near side boards but Princeton's Cassidy Tucker beat them both with her stick. Tucker flicked the puck out to center ice where Cristin Shanahan was waiting for a breakaway. She used her speed to outskate the Quinnipiac defenders chasing and beat Laden stick side for the equalizer.