January 27, 2011

No.10 Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Clarkson And St. Lawrence This Weekend

Friday, January 28, 2011 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-8-1) (8-6-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Clarkson University Golden Knights (9-13-3, 6-6-1 ECAC Hockey)

Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-8-1) (8-6-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
St. Lawrence University Saints (12-11-2, 7-6-0)

TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.

Home Sweet Home
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (16-8-1, 8-6-0 ECAC Hockey) returns to home ice for the first time in almost two months when it hosts ECAC Hockey opponents Clarkson (9-13-3, 6-6-1 ECAC Hockey) on Friday, Jan. 28 and St. Lawrence (12-11-2, 7-6-0 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday, Jan. 29. Friday night's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, while puck drops at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

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 Clarkson University
The Golden Knights are on a two game winning streak after defeating both Yale and Brown on Friday, Jan., 21 and Saturday, Jan. 22, respectively. On Friday against Yale, Clarkson pulled out a 2-1 victory in overtime on a goal from senior forward Melissa Waldie at the 3:25 mark into the extra frame. On Saturday against Brown, Clarkson opened up offensively and defeated the Bulldogs, 5-3. Waldie again led the way with two goals (12 goals, six assists on the season), while junior forward Gabrielle Kosziwka, freshman forward Jamie-Lee Rattray (team-high 10 assists), and sophomore forward Danielle Skirrow each netted one goal for the Golden Knights. Freshman goaltender Erica Howe stopped 39 total shots in the two weekend games to earn her fourth and fifth wins on the season. Howe has accumulated a 1.78 goals against average and a .927 save percentage while splitting time with senior netminder Lauren Dahm. Damn has a 2.63 goals against average and a ,918 save percentage on the season.

All-Time Against The Golden Knights
Friday's game will be the 16th time Quinnipiac faces Clarkson, with the Golden Knights leading the all-time series 3-10-2. In their last meeting earlier this month on Saturday, Jan. 8 in Potsdam, N.Y., the Bobcats came away with one of the most exciting victories of the season, defeating Clarkson 3-2 in overtime. Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) netted all three goals for the Bobcats, including the game-winning goal with just 1:45 remaining in the overtime frame. The hat trick for Babstock was her team-high third of the season, while the win for Quinnipiac was the first this season when trailing after the first period. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 30 shots on the afternoon.

About St. Lawrence University
The Saints come to Hamden riding a three-game winning streak, including a weekend sweep of Brown and Yale on Friday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 22, respectively. On Friday against Brown, the Saints won 4-2 and on Saturday against Yale they shutout the Bulldogs 2-0. Leading scorers Kelly Sabatine (13 goals, 11 assists) and Vanessa Emond (nine goals, nine assists) each netted two goals over the weekend, while the senior-freshman duo, Maxie Weisz and Caitlyn Lahonen, each played in one game. On the season, Weisz has played 16 games and accumulated a 2.32 goals against average and a .919 save percentage, while Lahonen has played in 11 games and posted a 2.29 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Saints
Saturday's game against St. Lawrence will be the 12th time the two sides play each other, with the Saints owning a 2-8-1 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, Quinnipiac netted three first period goals en route to a 3-2 victory. Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) led the charge with a goal and an assist, while freshmen forwards Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) each scored as well for the Bobcats. Vigilanti made 18 saves on the evening to earn her 13th win of the season.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac is coming off a weekend split against non-conference opponent Wayne State. On Friday, Jan. 21, the Bobcats were defeated, 2-1. Sophomore defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) scored the lone goal for Quinnipiac at the 18:41 mark of the first period. The following afternoon, on Saturday, Jan. 22., Quinnipiac skated to a 3-0 win as junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) led the way with two goals scored. Freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) netted the third goal for Quinnipiac at the 13:56 mark into the second period, just 17 seconds after Wheeler potted her second goal of the game. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made a solid 20 saves on the afternoon and earned her sixth shutout of the season.

No. 10 Ranking
No. 10 Quinnipiac retained its ranking in both the January, 24, 2011 USCHO.com Division I Women's Poll and in the January, 25, 2011 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey weekly polls. Last week, Quinnipiac earned only its second top-10 ranking in program history in each respective poll. The Bobcats are also ranked No.10 in the PairWise poll, which is traditionally an accurate predictor of what teams the NCAA Selection Committee will choose when deciding which eight teams will be chosen for the playoff brackets.

Wheels Keep on Turnin'
Junior forward Kate Wheeler continued to improve on her career high numbers over the weekend. With two goals scored in a 3-0 victory over Wayne State on Saturday, Jan. 22, Wheeler took sole possession of second on the team in both goals (10) and total points (22). She also ranks tied for second on the team in assists with 12. In ECAC Hockey action, the junior forward ranks second with a +26 and is tied for seventh in total points.

Blue Line Offense
Sophomore defender Regan Boulton netted her eighth goal of the season on Friday, Jan. 21 in a 2-1 loss the Wayne State. Boulton leads all Quinnipiac defenders in goals and her 14 points trails only junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) for the team lead in points by a defender.

Another Clean Sheet
With her sixth shutout of the season against Wayne State on Saturday, Jan. 22, sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti tied her career-high for most shutouts in a season. Vigilanti holds a 1.74 goals against average and a .929 save percentage, which ranks her third and fourth, respectively, among ECAC Hockey goaltenders. She ranks second in league play in both saves (553) and win percentage (.646).

Road Friendly
With the win on Saturday, Quinnipiac surpassed the program record for most road wins in a season with eight. The record was set last season when the team held a 7-5-4 road record during the 2009-10 campaign.

Colin Chips In
Freshman forward Amanda Colin netted her fourth goal of the season on Saturday, Jan. 22 against Wayne State. She ranks third among freshman on the team in goals scored and eighth overall in points with eight.

Power Play Success
Quinnipiac holds a 19.6 power play conversion percentage, which ranks third in ECAC Hockey action and eighth in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey.

Scoring Defense
The Bobcats have one of the best scoring defenses in the country, limiting its opponents to just 1.74 goals per game. This mark ranks fourth-best in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey.

Hat Trick Hero
Kelly Babstock tallied her third hat trick of the season on Saturday, Jan. 8 against Clarkson in a 3-2 overtime victory. Babstock tied the game, 2-2, with just 5:55 remaining in the game and then notched the game-winner with just 1:35 remaining in overtime to seal the victory. This was also the 12th time this season in which Babstock has registered a multiple point effort.

Comeback Kids
Saturday's overtime victory over Clarkson marked the first time this season Quinnipiac has won a game in which it found itself behind after the first period of play. The Bobcats are now 1-5-1 in such games, as opposed to a perfect 11-0-0 in games which it led after the first 20 minutes.

Sports Illustrated Takes Note
Babstock was featured in the January 17, 2011 edition of Sports Illustrated in its "Faces in the Crowd" section. The selection was only the second time in Quinnipiac's history that a student-athlete was honored with such an accolade.

Top Of The Class
Babstock has 20 goals and 21 assists on the season, as she continues to lead all ECAC Hockey scorers in goals, assists and points. She also ranks second among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey freshman in goals, first in assists and is tied for first in points. She is second in the country with seven game-winning goals.

Recipe For Success
When Babstock scores, the possibility of a Bobcats victory improves dramatically. Quinnipiac is 12-1-0 in games that she lights the lamp.

Hitting Their Stride
Quinnipiac has won seven of its last nine games and 11 of its last 16. Of the final eight ECAC Hockey games remaining, four of those will be played on its home ice.

Personal Best
With a goal and an assist of Friday, Jan. 7 against St. Lawrence, sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) has now scored six goals and four assists on the season, surpassing her previous career-high nine point total.

Remember When...
The weekend sweep of St. Lawrence and Clarkson was the first road weekend sweep since the opening two games of the season on October 1 and 2 against Niagara.

Torching The Net
Quinnipiac's first line, consisting of freshman Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), junior Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) and Babstock, have collectively accounted for 84 points on the season thus far. Wheeler and Babstock rank second and third among ECAC Hockey Skaters with a +26 and +25 mark, respectively.

Awarding Excellence
Aside from the Sports Illustrated feature, Babstock has been recognized on seven separate occasions for her remarkable play during the season. Most recently, she was named Quinnipiac's Female Athlete Of The Month for the month of December, leading the team to two victories in the only two games played during the month. This was the second consecutive time Babstock has been named Female Athlete Of The Month. She received the same accolade for the month of November after she accumulated 10 goals and five assists in nine games played. She is a four-time ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Rookie of the Week award winner, as well as a one-time Player of the Week recipient.

On The Road
Quinnipiac travels to play ECAC Hockey opponents Dartmouth and Harvard on Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5. Friday's game against Dartmouth is set to start at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game against Harvard is set for a 4 p.m. start.