Babstock Hat Trick Leads Women's Ice Hockey Over No. 10 Harvard, 4-1

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) recorded her first-career hat trick with three second period goals as the Bobcats downed No. 10 Harvard, 4-1, on Friday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. The victory improves Quinnipiac's overall record to 8-4-1 and its ECAC Hockey record to 3-3, while Harvard's overall and ECAC Hockey records each fall to 2-2-1.

With the three goals on the evening, Babstock takes over as the Division I Women's Ice Hockey scoring leader, as she now has 24 points on the season thus far. She leads Quinnipiac with 10 goals and 14 assists on the young season.

Junior forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) began the scoring for Quinnipiac at the 10:37 mark of the first period, as she recorded her first goal of the season to give the Bobcats the 1-0 lead. On the score, freshmen forwards Olivia Brackett (Coopersville, Mich.) and Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) were each credited with an assist.

Babstock notched her first goal at the 1:44 mark of the second period to extend Quinnipiac's lead to 2-0, as her eighth goal of the season came off an assist from junior defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska). The assist for Elkins was her second helper of the season.

The freshman phenom scored just over five minutes later at the 6:45 mark of the second period, when she crashed the net after a Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) shot and poked the puck by Harvard sophomore goaltender Laura Bellamy. Wheeler was credited with her fourth assist of the season while freshman defender Elena Orlando (Chico, California) picked up her second assist.

Babstock capped off the second period with her team leading 10th goal of the season at the 17:17 mark to give Quinnipiac the 4-0 lead. Left alone in front of the net, Babstock deked Bellamy to the left, which left the right side of the net wide open for an easy backhanded goal. Bellamy was not immediately pulled, but was replaced by freshman goaltender Lauren Joarnt with just ten seconds remaining in the second period.

Harvard registered its lone goal of the contest at the 3:17 mark of the third period to bring the score to 4-1. Sophomore forward Whitney Kennedy tallied her first goal of the season on the score.

Sophomore netminder Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 27 shots on the evening, while her counterparts Bellamy and Joarnt each made 19 and two saves, respectively.

Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow night, Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m., against ECAC Hockey opponent Dartmouth at the TD Bank Sports Center.