HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's
ice hockey freshman forward Kelly
Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) eclipsed the program
single-season points (30) and assists (17) records, with a program
single-game record six points, as the Bobcats beat Sacred Heart,
9-1, in Friday's Nutmeg Classic opening round at the TD Bank Sports
Center. Babstock's two goals and four assists helped Quinnipiac
improve to 10-6-1 on the year, while Sacred Heart fell to 1-9. The
Bobcats will face Yale, which defeated Connecticut, 5-2, in
tomorrow night's championship game.
In her six point affair, Babstock jumps up to fifth in points per game (1.94) in NCAA Division I Women's National Statistics (first among freshman), while she is now ninth in both goals per game (.88)and assists per game (1.06). The Mississauga, Ontario native leads the country with 33 points and is second in both goals (15) and assists (18).
Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) netted the first goal for Quinnipiac just over two minutes into the period at the 2:08 mark to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Lyons found the puck at her feet after sophomore defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) took a slap shot from just inside the blue line that freshman goaltender Alexius Schutt was unable to handle.
Quinnipiac's second goal came on a power play opportunity at the 14:25 mark of the first period, as junior defender Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) scored her first goal of the season on the play. She was assisted by junior defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) and freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) on the score.
The Bobcats increased their lead to 3-0 at the 16:50 mark of the first period, as junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) buried her second goal of the season on Quinnipiac's second power play opportunity of the afternoon. Overall, Quinnipiac was successful on both of its power play opportunities, while the Bobcats held Sacred Heart scoreless on its sole power play. Babstock and junior defender Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) were each awarded with an assist on the tally.
Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sunsvall, Sweden) tallied the Bobcat's first goal of the second period goals just 53 second into the frame. Her seventh goal of the season was assisted by Babstock and Wheeler. On the afternoon, this second line for Quinnipiac contributed a total of four goals and nine assists as a group.
Quinnipiac continued the pressure up front, as Elkins' third goal of the season at the 5:55 mark of the second period extended Quinnipiac's lead to 5-0. On the play, Babstock collected her second helper of the afternoon.
Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) registered her first goal of the season for the Bobcats at the 8:58 mark of the second, as the lead for Quinnipiac increased to 6-0. Junior forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) and freshman forward Lindsay Burman (Stanchfiled, Minn.) each earned her third assist of the season on the goal.
Sacred heart scored its only goal of the contest just over a minute later at the 9:59 mark of the second period to bring the score to 6-1, as freshman forward Sara Hanna registered her second goal of the season and junior defender Nicole Palazzo was credited with her fourth assist of the year.
Babstock netted her first of two third period goals at the 5:47 mark into the frame. Freshman defender Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) and Wheeler assisted Babstock on her team-leading 14th goal of the season.
Wheeler scored at the 12:18 mark of the third period to become the eighth different goal scorer of the afternoon for the Bobcats as the lead stretched to 8-1. Babstock and Uden Johansson assisted the junior forward on the tally.
Babstock capped off Quinnipiac's night of
scoring with her second goal of the afternoon and 15th
goal of the season. She was assisted by Uden Johansson, who is now
third on the team with nine assists on the year.
Junior goaltender Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) made her first appearance of the season, turning aside five shots through the first two periods, and was then replaced by junior netminder Micheala Spiessl (Champion, Mich.) who made one save in the third period. Freshman goaltender Alexius Schutt stopped 57 shots for Sacred Heart on the afternoon.
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow night at 7 p.m. when it faces Yale in the championship game of the Nutmeg Classic Tournament.