The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will head to Rensselaer and Union this weekend in their first ECAC Hockey match-ups since Jan. 8 and 9. The Bobcats will take on the Engineers first on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the contest with the Dutchwomen on Saturday at 4 p.m. In its last outing, Quinnipiac completed a weekend sweep of Wayne State University at the TD Bank Sports Center on Jan. 22 and 23.
Scouting the Engineers
Rensselaer currently posts a 10-10-5 overall record with a 7-4-3 record (17 points) in ECAC Hockey, tying for fourth place in the conference with Quinnipiac and Princeton. Senior forward Whitney Naslund and Allison Wright lead the team offensively, as they each have tallied 19 points on the year. Junior goaltender Sonja van der Bliek has seen most time in net for Rensselaer this season, playing in 23 games where she has posted a .918 save percentage.
Scouting the Dutchwomen
Union has recorded a 5-20-1 overall record on the year with a 1-12-1 record (3 points) in conference action. The Dutchwomen are led by sophomore forward Lauren Hoffman who has tallied eight points thus far this season. Freshman goaltender Alana Marcinko has seen action in 20 games this season, posting a .915 save percentage.
The Bobcats are currently on a six-game winning streak as they have collected consecutive victories in their last three weekend series. The streak shatters the previous consecutive win record as the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team has never won more than two consecutive games in its eight-year history. Only five other women's programs in the country have won six or more successive games this season (Mercyhurst, Clarkson, Connecticut, Providence and Minnesota).
Votes Are In
For the second consecutive week, Bobcats received votes in the USCHO.com Division I Women's Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey polls, recognizing the top women's ice hockey programs in the country. Quinnipiac received three votes in the USCHO.com poll and one vote in the USA Today poll, as well as being ranked 11th in the PairWise Rankings.
Quick on the Draw
It has been proven that the Bobcat offense feeds off the momentum of a goal scored. On four different occasions this season, Quinnipiac's offense has scored back-to-back goals in 30 seconds or less. The last time this rapid succession occurred was last Friday against Wayne State at the TD Bank Sports Center. Junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) and senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) scored the Bobcats' two goals just 11 seconds apart in the second period. The quickest time between two goals scored this season was recorded during the Nutmeg Classic Consolation game on Nov. 28. Senior Evelina Husar (Eskilstuna, Sweden) and freshman Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) scored back-to-back goals just seven seconds apart in the 11-1 victory against Sacred Heart.
For You & Two For Me
Seniors Duffy and Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) each picked up two goals last weekend in the sweep of non-conference opponent, Wayne State. Duffy scored the game-winner in Friday's 2-1 victory against the Warriors, as well as adding an empty-net goal with 53 seconds remaining in the third period in Saturday's 4-1 win. Flor scored two in Saturday's game, scoring the game-opener just 16 seconds into the third period, in addition to scoring the third Bobcat goal. Duffy currently leads the team in all offensive categories with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. Flor is right on her heels with 10 goals and five assists for 15 points.
In addition to Flor and Duffy's four collective goals last week, two more Bobcats added tallies in the weekend sweep of Wayne State. Junior Davies and freshman Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) each picked up a goal on the weekend. Davies scored her fourth of the year when she opened up the Quinnipiac scoring in Friday's game against the Warriors, while Eklund added the game-winner, her sixth of the season, in Saturday's match-up.
Sophomore defenseman Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) had her hand in four of the Bobcats' six goals scored last weekend. After dishing out an assist on Duffy's game-winner on Friday, Elkins recorded a career-high of three assists in Saturday's victory. The three points were also a career high for points in a game for Elkins.
Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) has recorded 12 wins in goal for Quinnipiac this season, and played all 365 minutes of the past six wins between the pipes. The rookie netminder currently posts a .600 winning percentage, ranking third in ECAC Hockey in that category. Vigilanti also continues to rank second in the conference in save percentage (.939) and in goals-against average (1.50).