Clarkson squeaks past Quinnipiac 3-2: players of the game


Patrick Flatley, Women's Ice Hockey Beat Reporter

The Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team lost a thriller to No. 5 Clarkson on home ice Friday night, 3-2 the final. The back and forward game had chances by the dozen on both ends of the ice, but in the end it came down to which team could finish its chances. Clarkson’s Loren Gabel knows a little something about that.

Loren Gabel

Without a doubt, Gabel stole the show Friday in Hamden. The senior forward continued her dominant season with all three goals in the Clarkson victory. Everyone in the building took notice when she stepped on the ice, and she did not disappoint. Gabel scored one of her goals on a breakaway to start the second period by getting Quinnipiac goaltender Abbie Ives to bite before putting a shot past the her left side. The other two goals came on almost identical 2-on-1 play after finishing off two beautiful passes from line mate Elizabeth Giguere. This is nothing new for these two, as Gabel and Giguere are one and two in the nation in scoring. Gabel now has 28 goals in 25 games for 52 points, and Giguere sits just two points behind her making this one of the most dangerous lines in the country.

Abbie Ives

The Quinnipiac goaltender has been outstanding this season and has kept this team in countless games. Friday night was no different. Even though the Bobcats lost 3-2, it easily could’ve been more. Ives stopped 22 shots, many of which came off of defensive breakdowns, to keep this game within reach for the Bobcats. Clarkson scored two of its three goals within the opening minute of the second and third periods respectively. Those opening shifts to the periods were the eventual downfall for the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac is back at it tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 2 at home against St. Lawrence at 3pm.