November 2, 2009

Heather Hughes Named ECAC Hockey Rookie Of The Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman forward Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) of the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week after her four-point performance against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, Oct. 31. The forward also contributed key defensive plays in the game against Union on Oct. 30. This is the first time Hughes has been recognized by the conference.

"I'm proud of Heather and her accomplishment," said head Coach Rick Seeley. "The offensive output Saturday was fantastic, but more importantly, she continues to grow into a complete player. On Friday she had a great game with no points. She battled defensively, killed penalties for the first time in her college career, and had a goal-saving backcheck in a close game."

The Bobcats' first weekend of conference play was highlighted by Hughes' first career hat trick in the 6-1 victory against RPI on Oct. 31 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The freshman scored the second, third, and fifth goal for the Bobcats, as well as assisting on the game's fourth goal scored by senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario). Hughes currently leads the Bobcats in points (6) and goals (5).

Even though the freshman did not record a point in the Bobcats' 3-0 win against Union on Oct. 30, she contributed strong defensive efforts in her time on the ice. The rookie played quick defense in her first penalty kill appearances of the season, as well as making a heads-up back checking play to help Quinnipiac shut out the Dutchwomen.

The Bobcats return to action this weekend when they travel to Brown and Yale in continued ECAC Hockey play. The Bobcats and the Bears face off at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6, and take on the Bulldogs at 4 p.m. on Nov. 7. Quinnipiac currently ranks second in the conference with four points.