For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will travel to upstate New York to take on the No. 10-ranked Syracuse for a non-conference weekend series. The Bobcats and the Orange will first face off on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon. In their last weekend of play, the Bobcats swept Dartmouth and No. 5-ranked Harvard at the TD Bank Sports Center on Jan. 8 and 9.
Scouting the Orange
No. 10-ranked Syracuse currently posts a 13-8-1 overall record with a 4-2-0 record in CHA conference play. The second-year program most recently defeated Saint Anslem, 7-2, on Jan. 8. Freshman forward Isabel Menard leads the Orange offensively, scoring 10 goals and adding 17 assists so far on the year. Senior goaltender Lucy Schoedel has seen action in 22 games for Syracuse and holds a .916 save percentage. The Orange posts a 4-2 record against ECAC Hockey teams this season.
Out the Brooms
Quinnipiac earned their second weekend sweep of the 2009-10 season on Jan. 8 and 9 when they defeated Dartmouth and No. 5-Harvard at the TD Bank Sports Center. The 1-0 victory against Harvard was the first in program history while it was the second program win against Dartmouth.
Setting the Pace
After their conference wins against Harvard and Dartmouth, Quinnipiac improved their overall record to 9-7-6 and their ECAC Hockey record to 6-3-5. The conference record is the best ever held by the Bobcats in program history, as the previous record had been set by the 2006-07 squad when they earned five ECAC wins on the year. The 2009-10 team is just two wins away from matching the best record held in the program's nine-year history, set by the 2003-04 team.
This week, freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) collected not one, but two ECAC Hockey weekly awards. The rookie was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for the third time this season, in addition to being named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week. Vigilanti earned the honors for her remarkable play between the pipes against Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend. The freshman turned aside 51 shots in 120 minutes of action on the weekend, including 31 saves against the nationally-ranked Crimson. Princeton goaltender, Cassie Seguin, is the only other player to earn two ECAC weekly awards in the same week this season.
Bobcats' captain Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) scored her fifth goal of the season against Dartmouth on Jan. 8. The senior flew up the left wing while her linemate, Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario), carried the puck from the Bobcats' defensive zone up the right side. At the last second, Duffy passed to Flor at the left post where she flipped the puck upwards into the left corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Flor currently ranks third on the team in goals (5) and ranks fifth in the team in points (8).
Freshman forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) gave the Bobcats a boost on Jan. 8 against Dartmouth, as she scored the game-winning goal with 5:02 left to play in the third period. Lyons' third goal of the season came when she collected a deflection off the goaltender's pads and lifted the puck into the upper right corner of the net for the 2-1 victory.
Junior Kelley Davies' (Chesapeake, Va.) third goal of the season was all Quinnipiac needed to put away No. 5 Harvard, 1-0, on Jan. 9. The forward collected the puck beside the Bobcats' bench and skated in on a 1-on-1 attempt on the Crimson goaltender. From the inside of the right faceoff circle, Davies fired a low shot that slipped through the goalies' pads to give Quinnipiac the lead.
Five different players dished out assists last weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard. Duffy picked up her team-leading ninth assist of the year when she found Flor against Dartmouth. Sophomores Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) and Stacey Kmill (Thunder Bay, Ontario) each recorded an assist on Lyon's game-winner against the Big Green, earning Illchuk her third of the year and Kmill's second. The following day against Harvard, sophomores Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) and Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) were each credited with an assist on Davies' goal. It was Wheeler's eighth of the year, and Dymarczyk's seventh.
After recording 51 saves on the weekend against the Crimson and the Big Green, Vigilanti moves into first place in the saves category, leading the ECAC with 501 on the year. Vigilanti also ranks third in save percentage (.942) and goals-against average (1.50).