November 27, 2010

Women Seek Second Nutmeg Classic Title

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (10-6-1, 4-5-0 ECAC) seeks its first Nutmeg Classic title since the 2005-06 season when it faces Yale (3-6-2, 2-3-1 ECAC) tonight at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Quinnipiac advanced to the championship game after it defeated Sacred Heart yesterday, 9-1. Freshman forward Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) record breaking six point outing (two goals, four assists) led the charge for the Bobcats, as eight different skaters scored for the team on the afternoon. Babstock surpassed Hayley McMeekin's 2006-07 season total of 30 points in a season, as well as Jennifer Maclean's team record of 17 assists set in that same 2006-07 year. Babstock is currently tied with McMeekin's single-season goal record of 15.

Junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) contributed to the cause with one goal and three assists on the afternoon, while freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) tacked on a goal and two assists.

The Bobcats face Yale after the Bulldogs defeated Connecticut yesterday, 5-2, to advance to the championship game. Senior forward Bray Ketchum scored two goals for Yale, including the empty net tally that sealed the victory for the Bulldogs. Senior defender Samantha MacLean, freshman forward Jackie Raines, and freshman forward Jenn Lawrence each registered a goal for Yale as well. For Yale, this will be the sixth time in the Nutmeg Classic's seven year history that it will advance to the championship game.

The consolation game has Sacred Heart pitted against Connecticut, as the puck is scheduled to drop at 4 p.m.