Quinnipiac defeats Harvard 1-0, remains unbeaten in ECAC play

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Quinnipiac defeats Harvard 1-0, remains unbeaten in ECAC play

Patrick Flatley, Women's Hockey Beat Reporter

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Photo Courtesy: Liz Flynn | Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network

The Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team (3-4-2, 3-0-0 ECAC) shut out Harvard (1-3, 1-3 ECAC) 1-0 on Friday night at the Frank Perotti, Jr. arena.

With the win, Quinnipiac continues its hot start.

The Bobcats outshot the Crimson 26-17 in a defensive battle, and they did it without household name and captain Melissa Samoskevich in the lineup.

Samoskevich is at camp for the U.S. women’s national team, as she was named to the roster for the 2018 Four Nations Cup. The team plays in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from Nov. 6-10.

The story of the game was Quinnipiac goaltender Abbie Ives. The Bobcats junior net minder tallied her third shutout in a row, recording 26 saves against the Crimson. Ives came up huge in key moments of the game to hold off a high-tempo Harvard team.

“Being patient, shifting into the puck, scanning, little things that make a big difference in the game,” she said.

Ives has now stopped all 59 shots she’s faced over her last three games.

The lone goal of the game came on a Bobcats’ powerplay in the third period. Kenzie Prater fired a shot through traffic in front, and beat Harvard goaltender Lindsay Reed.

Though the team went 1-3 on the man-advantage in the game, head coach Cass Turner was pleased with how the powerplay progressed throughout the game.

“You watch them on our first powerplay and they were all over us on their forecheck,” Turner said. “Then we go to the next one and we go on a breakaway and that’s the kind of response you want in those moments.”

After starting the year 0-22 on the power play, Quinnipiac has two goals on the man advantage in the last three games.

Quinnipiac will be without its captain again for Saturday’s game at home against Dartmouth. But even without their leader, the Bobcats will be looking to extend their undefeated start in ECAC hockey.