Women's Ice Hockey To Host Nutmeg Classic Tournament This Weekend
Friday, November 26, 2010 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-6-1) (4-5-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (1-8-0)
Friday, November 26, 2010 - 7 p.m.
University Of Connecticut Huskies (5-7-1) (4-2-1 Hockey East) vs.
Yale University Bulldogs (2-6-2) (2-3-1 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 7 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Nutmeg Classic Hockey Weekend
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (9-6-1) (4-5 ECAC) will host the Nutmeg Classic Tournament this upcoming weekend on Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27. On Friday, the Bobcats are scheduled to play Sacred Heart (1-8) at 4 p.m., while Connecticut (5-7-1) (4-2-1 Hockey East) faces Yale (2-6-2) (2-3-1 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday's consolation game will be held at 4 p.m. and the championship game will begin at 7 p.m.
Follow The Bobcats
Live Stats for this weekend's games can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's ice hockey schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
About Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart is coming off a deflating 3-2 overtime loss against Nichols College on Saturday, Nov. 13. On the evening, Sacred Heart took an incredible 70 shots on net compared to Nichols' 20 shots, but a goal by Nichols' Krista-Jean Forand at the 2:31 mark into the overtime frame handed the Pioneers their eighth loss of the season. Senior forward Brittany Hartman leads Sacred Heart with four goals and one assist on the season, while junior defender Nicole Palazzo is first on the team with three assists. Freshman goaltender Alexius Schutt carries a .899 save percentage and a 4.73 goals against average for the Pioneers.
All-Time Against The Pioneers
Friday's contest will be the 10th time the two teams will face each other, with Quinnipiac holding a 9-0-0 all-time series lead. Earlier this season on October 10, the Bobcats defeated the Pioneers, 5-0. Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) recorded her first-career hat trick on the evening, while freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) picked up a goal and two assists in the outing. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 13 saves to earn her second consecutive shutout.
About University Of Connecticut
Connecticut comes to Hamden riding a season-high four-game win streak that began on Saturday, Nov. 6 against Maine. In its last contest on Saturday, Nov. 20 against Vermont, Connecticut skated to a 2-0 victory as junior defender Sami Evelyn and sophomore defender Casey Knajdek each scored a goal for the Huskies. Freshman forward Taylor Gross leads the team with five goals and three assists on the year, while sophomore forward Kelly Horan and senior forward Jennifer Chaisson are tied for second on the team with seven points. Junior netminder Alexandra Garcia has accumulated a .930 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against average on the season.
All-Time Against The Huskies
Quinnipiac and Connecticut have squared off 12 times in their history, with the Huskies owning a 10-2-0 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on November 27, 2009, Quinnipiac was defeated 1-0. Sophomore forward Monique Weber scored the game's lone goal at the 15:07 mark of the first period to give Quinnipiac a loss on the opening night of the Nutmeg Classic Tournament.
About Yale University
Yale earned its second victory of the season in a 3-2 overtime win against ECAC Hockey opponent Clarkson on Saturday, Nov. 20. Forwards Alyssa Zupon, Bray Ketchum and Aleca Hughes each scored for the Bulldogs on the evening. Ketchum leads the team with five points (two goals, three assists), while freshman forward Jackie Raines, junior defender Heather Grant and Zupon each have four points on the year. Junior goaltender Genny Ladiges has a .929 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against average thus far on the season.
All-Time Against The Bulldogs
While Yale leads the all-time series with a 12-4-2 record, Quinnipiac has won the last two meetings. In their last contest on February 19, 2010, Quinnipiac defeated Yale, 1-0, as senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) netted the game's only goal at the 8:46 mark of the third period. Vigilanti made 17 saves on the evening to record her sixth shutout of the season.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac went 1-1 over the weekend in road contests against Colgate on Friday, Nov. 19 and Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 20. On Friday, freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) scored her first-two career goals to lead Quinnipiac in a 4-0 victory. Quinnipiac jumped out to a 2-0 lead in just a 16 second time span, as junior forward Jordan Elkins' (Wasilla, Alaska) goal at the 2:25 mark of the second period was followed by Colin's first goal at the 2:41 mark. Vigilanti was solid in net, as she turned away 27 shots on the afternoon. On Saturday, Quinnipiac surrendered four first period goals in a 4-0 loss to No. 2 Cornell. With the win, Cornell improved to 6-0 in conference play and 8-1 overall.
A.C. Powers Up
With her first two career goals against Colgate, Amanda Colin became the fifth freshman to tally a score for the Bobcats this season. She is now third on the team in freshman goals scored.
Victory In Numbers
In Friday's victory over Colgate, Quinnipiac tied a season-high mark, as eight different skaters earned at least one point for the Bobcats.
Junior defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) scored her second goal of the season on Friday, Nov. 19 against Colgate, surpassing her 2009 season total of one goal. Elkins (five points) is second among defenders on the team in scoring.
Lyons Chips In
Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) tallied two assists against Colgate to give her three goals and three assists on the year, good enough for sixth on the team in total points.
No Babstock, No Problem
Quinnipiac collected its first victory of the season on an afternoon in which Babstock did not score a goal. Overall, the Bobcats are 8-1-0 when the Mississauga, Ontario native notches a score and 8-3-1 when she records a point.
Déjà Vu Performance
With two consecutive hat trick performances on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, Babstock became the first skater in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history to record two hat tricks in the same season. At the time, the six goals propelled her into the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey lead in goals scored (13) and total points (27). She remains the nation's leader in points and is now tied for fourth in goals scored.
In just 14 games played, Babstock accumulated more points this season than Quinnipiac's two highest point getters during the 2009-10 season, in which both Janine Duffy and Heather Hughes each scored 25 points in 37 games played.
History In The Making
Babstock is quickly approaching the all-time records for all three major offensive categories at Quinnipiac. She is just two goals away from tying Hayley McMeekin's 2006-07 15 goal season, and two assists away from tying Jennifer Maclean's 17 assist season set in that same 2006-07 year. McMeekin also holds Quinnipiac's all-time points record with 30, which Babstock is just three points away from tying.
Babstock remains tied with Quinnipiac women's ice hockey all-time freshman record of 14 assists, set by both Vicky Graham in 2003-04 and Heather Hughes in 2009-10.
Babstock remains atop the leader-board nationally, as her 1.69 points per game ranks her second in the country among all freshman skaters and is good for 14th in the nation. She ranks 13th in the country with .81 goals per game and 17th in the country with .88 assists per game. Babstock also leads the country with five game-winning goals. Atop ECAC HockeyBabstock's dominant numbers have her first in six statistical categories in the ECAC. She leads the ECAC in points (27), goals (13), assists (14), power-play points (three goals, six assists), game-winning goals (5), and is first among freshman scorers.
Wheeler's Positive Contributions
Junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) is quietly having a terrific season, as she is tied for second on the team in points with 13 (six goals, seven assists), and is just one point away from tying her personal record of 14 points in a season, set in 2009-10. Wheeler is also tied for third in the ECAC in assists and is second in the league with a plus/minus of plus-13.
Home Weekend In December
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Brown on Friday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. and Yale on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.