October 29, 2009

Women's Ice Hockey Hosts First Conference Weekend Series Against Union And RPI

Let's Get It Started
The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will play their first ECAC Hockey weekend series of the 2009-10 season when they host Union College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the TD Bank Sports Center Friday and Saturday. The Bobcats will face off against the Dutchwomen on Friday at 7 p.m., and will play the Engineers on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Scouting the Dutchwomen
Union has posted a 2-4 record so far this season, losing to the University of Connecticut, 4-1, in their last outing on Oct. 24. Sophomore forward Lauren Hoffman leads the Dutchwomen with six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in six games played. Freshman goaltender Alana Marcinko has played in five games this season, and posts a .913 save percentage with a 2.50 goals-against average.

Scouting the Engineers
RPI has earned a 2-4-2 record this season, most recently dropping two games against Syracuse on Oct. 23 and 24. Senior defender Laura Gersten leads the Engineers with six points (1 goal, 5 assists), with senior forward Whitney Naslund right on her heels with five points (3 goals, 2 assists). Junior goaltender Sonja van der Bliek has seen action in seven games this season for RPI, posting a .915 save percentage with a 2.14 goals-against average.

A Duo for Davies
Junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) notched two points in the weekend series against Niagara on Oct. 23-24 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The forward scored her first goal of the season on Oct. 23 in the Bobcats 3-2 overtime loss to the Purple Eagles. Davies streaked through the slot where senior Evelina Husar (Eskilstuna, Sweden) dished a pass from behind the left goal post. The junior blasted a one-timer into the upper left corner for the second Bobcat goal of the game. On Saturday afternoon, Davies earned her first assist of the year winning a faceoff in the Bobcat offensive zone. Set up in the left faceoff circle, Davies snapped the puck back to freshman Breann Julius (Brookings, S.D.) at the left point who crossed to Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) for the goal.

Back on the Board
Forward Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario), who generated 18 points for the Bobcats last season, notched her first point of her senior year with a goal in game one against Niagara on Oct. 23. Duffy opened up the scoring for Quinnipiac after a scoreless first period against the Purple Eagles. Positioned just outside the crease, the forward tipped in a blast from the center of the blue line over the head of the goaltender.

View From The Point
Freshman defender Vieweg recorded her first career point against Niagara on Oct. 24. The rookie tallied the lone Bobcat goal of the game at the 4:50 mark of the third period. After receiving a pass from fellow freshman, Julius, Vieweg ripped a shot from the right point that soared into the upper right corner of the net for her first collegiate goal and point.

More Firsts
Freshmen Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and Julius each notched their first career assist in the games against Niagara this past weekend. For Boulton and Julius, it was the first point of their career. Lyons' assist was her team-leading third point of the season. Boulton and Lyons each assisted on the series-opening goal by Duffy on Oct. 23, while Julius assisted fellow freshman Vieweg on the lone Bobcat goal on Oct. 24.

Staying In Line
Sophomore forward Stacey Kmill (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and fellow line mates Husar and Davies teamed up to score the second Bobcat goal against Niagara on Oct. 23. Positioned at the left corner behind the net, Kmill skipped a quick pass to Husar behind the left goal post where Husar dished to Davies in the slot for the goal. The assist was Kmill's first point of the season and the second assist of her career; it was Husar's second helper on the year.

Among the Ranks
After turning aside 38 shots in the weekend series against Niagara, freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) remains atop the ECAC Hockey leader boards. The rookie currently ranks third in the ECAC in goals-against average (1.80) and save percentage (.930). Vigilanti has appeared in all six games for the Bobcats this season, recording 333 minutes of play between the pipes.

Ticket Information
Bobcat fans can access ticket information by visiting the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com, or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905. Fans should also check www.quinnipiacbobcats.com regularly as schedules are subject to change.