FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University women's hockey team gets closer to home this weekend as it takes on intrastate rival Quinnipiac at the TD Bank Sportscenter in Hamden Sunday afternoon at 5:00 pm. The Pioneers are 0-2-0 on the season, while the Bobcats enter the weekend 2-0-0.
About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart lost its first two games of the season at Maine two weeks ago. Freshman Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn.) made her collegiate debut with 45 saves in the losing effort. Senior captain Kate Dunlop (Fleshrton, Ont.) sat out the first series of the season due to injury, but has been cleared to play and will rejoin classmates Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, Ont.) and Brittany Hartman (Edina, Minn.) on the first line. Last season, Fontaine led the Pioneers in scoring with 22 goals and 14 assists. Hartman contributed 14 scores and 16 helpers, while Dunlop added a team-high 17 assists to go with nine goals of her own.
Scouting the Bobcats... Quinnipiac swept Niagara, 3-0 and 3-1, on the road last weekend to open the season 2-0-0. The Bobcats are in action again on Saturday night as they host Northeastern prior to Sunday's match-up with the Pioneers. Junior forward Kate Wheeler led the way in game one with a pair of goals, while freshman Kelly Babstock notched a goal and an assist in her first career game. Babstock and classmate Erica Uden Johansson each posted two assists and a goal. Sophomore netminder Victoria Vigilanti combined to make 44 saves in the two-win effort.
Last Season vs. QU... The last time these two teams met the Bobcats were victorious 11-1 in the consolation round of the Nutmeg Classic, hosted by Yale, on November 28, 20009. In their previous contest at Quinnipiac on October 3 the Pioneers fell 4-1. Late in the second period Dunlop, assisted by Hartman, cut the Bobcat lead in half with a power play goal, scored on former SHU goalie Amanda Nagel. Quinnipiac answered with a goal from Brittany Lyons, less than two minutes into the final frame. The Bobcats iced the victory with an empty netter in the final five seconds.
Up Next... Following Sunday's match-up the Pioneers return to action on Friday October 15 at 7:00 pm against Union. SHU visits the Duchwomen after dropping a weekend series in Schenectady, N.Y. last season. Junior forward Tara Kent (Glenview, Ill.), from classmate Jamie Mey (Middletown, R.I.), scored her first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss in game two.