January 21, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Wayne State This Weekend

Weekend with the Warriors
The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will play host to Wayne State this weekend for a non-conference weekend series at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats will take on the Warriors at 3 p.m. on Friday, and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, playing in the opening game of two Quinnipiac hockey doubleheaders. In their last weekend of play, the Bobcats swept the No. 10-ranked Syracuse on Jan. 15 and 16.

Scouting the Warriors
Wayne State enters the weekend series with an 8-9-3 overall record with a 4-4 record in College Hockey America play. The Warriors most recently swept conference opponent, Robert Morris, in a two-game series last weekend in Detroit. Senior forward Katrina Protopapas currently leads Wayne State's offense as she has tallied 11 goals and three assists on the year. Protopapas also leads the nation in power play goals, scoring nine this season. Goaltenders Delayne Brian and Lindsey Park have split time in net this season for the Warriors, with Brian posting a .921 save percentage, and Park holding a .903 percentage.

Orange Crush
The Bobcats compiled their second consecutive weekend sweep as they defeated the No. 10-ranked Syracuse Orange last weekend in upstate New York. Quinnipiac came away with a 4-3 overtime victory in the game on Jan. 15, and a 2-1 win on Jan. 16. The two victories earned the Bobcats three consecutive wins against nationally ranked teams as they defeated No. 3-ranked Harvard on Jan. 9 at the TD Bank Sports Center. ECAC Hockey opponent, Clarkson, is the only other team to compile three successive wins against ranked teams this season, as they defeated No. 3 New Hampshire, No. 9 Boston University, and No. 7 St. Lawrence in late October.

Day at the Polls
For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team has received votes in the weekly USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey polls. The polls recognize the top ten women's ice hockey programs in the nation, as well as teams on the verge of the ranking. The Bobcats received one vote in each poll.

Awesome Overtime
The women's hockey team experienced another program first in the weekend series at Syracuse, an overtime victory against a ranked team. The Bobcats defeated the Orange 4-3 in overtime, scoring 2:24 into the five-minute period. The program's record books hold just two other overtime wins in its nine-year history, one against Robert Morris in the 2005-06 season, and the other coming against Minnesota State University-Mankato in the inaugural season.

Kallie the Contributor
Senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) had her hand in five of the Bobcats' six scoring plays last weekend at Syracuse, tallying three goals and two assists. The captain scored the game winning goals in both games, including the overtime goal in Friday's game. Flor's weekend performance matched two of her career high records in goals scored in a game (2) and points accumulated in a game (3).

In Her 20's
During the weekend at Syracuse, senior forward Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) surpassed her career-high for points in a season as she picked up four points against the Orange. The four points boosted her season tally to 21, which bests her season record that was set during the 2008-09 season when she put up 17 points on the year. Duffy now leads the team in points and in assists (12).

Can't Just Have One
When freshman Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) scores goals...she doesn't just score one. The forward has scored five goals this season, and all were scored in just two games. Eklund kicked off her scoring binge on Nov. 28 when she tallied a hat trick and added an assist in the 11-1 victory against Sacred Heart. Last Friday against Syracuse, she scored two goals, including the goal to send the game into overtime, and assisted on the game-winner by Flor. Eklund currently ranks sixth on the team in points with seven.

Get On Your Boots
Freshman defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) definitely knows how to get a play going early in the period to spark the Bobcats' offense. In Friday's game against Syracuse, Boulton wrapped a pass around the back boards to Flor at the opposite side for the 2-1 lead just 28 seconds into the third period. The following afternoon, the rookie found Duffy outside the crease just 16 seconds into the game where the senior back-handed the puck into the left corner for the early 1-0 lead.

Victorious Vigy
Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded her ninth and tenth win of the season last weekend in Syracuse as she played all 125 minutes in net for Quinnipiac. Vigilanti turned aside 41 shots last weekend against the Orange, boosting her season save total to 542 which leads ECAC Hockey. The freshman continues to rank second in the conference in goals-against average (1.39) and save percentage (.939). Her numbers have also garnered national recognition as she ranks fifth nationally in goals against, and seventh in save percentage.