The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will play in their final home weekend series of 2009 when they host Colgate and No. 7 Cornell at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats will take on the Raiders on Friday night at 7 p.m., and face off against the Big Red on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. In their last outing, Quinnipiac registered their first conference loss against Harvard on Nov. 15.
Scouting the Raiders
Colgate has accumulated a 2-8-2 overall record this year, with a 1-3-2 record in ECAC Hockey. The Raiders most recently fell to No. 3 Clarkson, 4-1, on Nov. 14. Senior forward Katie Stewart leads the team offensively, with five goals and five assists on the year. Goaltenders Lisa Plenderleith and Kimberly Sass have split time in net this season, each earning six starts between the pipes for Colgate. Junior Plenderleith posts a .897 save percentage, while sophomore Sass records a .864 percentage.
Scouting the Big Red
No. 7 ranked Cornell currently posts a 5-3-0 record overall, and holds a 5-1-0 ECAC record to rank second in the league. The Big Red were most recently defeated by St. Lawrence, 3-2, on Nov. 14. Sophomore Catherine White currently leads the team with three goals and seven assists on the year. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Mazzotta has started all eight games in goal for Cornell, posting a .918 save percentage, with a 1.76 goals-against average.
The Bobcats recorded their first-ever win against Dartmouth in the program's eight year history on Saturday, Nov. 14, when they defeated the Big Green, 2-1, at Thompson Arena. The all-time record between the two teams now stands at 1-6-2 since their first meeting in the 2005-06 season.
The Bobcats are just one ECAC victory away from matching their best conference record in the program's history. Since their invitation to join the ECAC, Quinnipiac's best record in the conference came in the 2006-07 season when they tallied a 5-16-1 record in conference play.
Blue Line Blaster
Sophomore defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) is currently on a three-game point streak for the Bobcats. Dymarczyk has tallied four goals this season, including the game-winner against Dartmouth on Nov. 14. In that game, the defender collected the puck at the center of the blue line and blasted a shot into the lower right corner for the 2-1 Bobcat lead. Dymarczyk currently ranks second on the team in points with seven (four goals, three assists.)
Vigy is Vigorous
Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded 32 saves in the Bobcats 2-1 victory against Dartmouth. After Dymarczyk put Quinnipiac up 2-1, Vigilanti stopped 12 shots by the Big Green, including a diving save to knock the puck off the post and out of play. The rookie continues to rank second in the ECAC in save percentage (.939), and goals-against average (1.57).
A Duo for Duffy
Senior Janine Duffy notched a season-high record in the game against Harvard on Nov. 14, as she tallied two goals against the Crimson. The forward opened up the scoring just under two minutes into the first period when she skated in on the Crimson goaltender and snapped the puck into the upper right corner for the goal. She tallied her second of the game in the second period on a Bobcat power play opportunity when she received a pass in the slot and rifled a shot over the stick side of the goaltender. Duffy ranks second on the team in points with seven (five goals, two assists).
Just Tap It In
Sophomore Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) scored her first goal of the season in the victory against Dartmouth on Nov. 14. The forward opened up the scoring when she skated the puck in on net, and dished off to fellow forward Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) at her left. Hughes took a shot that bounced off a Big Green defender into the air where Illchuk batted the puck into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Here to Help
Four different Bobcats picked up assists on the weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard. Hughes picked up two helpers in the win against the Big Green, boosting her tally to a team-leading eight points on the season. Fellow freshman Breehan Polci (London, Ontario) also picked up her second assist of the year in the Bobcats' victory. On the following day at Harvard, Dymarczyk dished the pass to Duffy in the first period to open up the scoring, good for her third of the season, while sophomore winger Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) picked up her team-leading sixth assist of the year on Duffy's second goal of the game.
Hughes will be seeing a familiar face out on the ice on Saturday against Cornell, her older sister Hayley. Hayley is a junior forward for the Big Red, who has tallied two goals on the year. Quinnipiac's Hughes ranks first on the Bobcats in points with eight, and ties to lead the team in goals with five.