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Friday, February 24, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 25, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2012 – 4 p.m. (If Necessary)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-14-2) (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Clarkson University Golden Knights (21-8-5) (15-5-2)
Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y.
ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals Matchup
The No.6-seeded Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (17-14-2) (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey) travels to face No. 3-seeded Clarkson (21-8-5) (15-5-2 ECAC Hockey) in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Playoffs this upcoming weekend. The best-of-three playoff series, set to be played at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y., begins on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., followed by an afternoon contest on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. If the teams were to split the first two games, game three would be played on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.
Live stats, audio and video for this weekend's games can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Clarkson is coming off a 1-0 shutout victory over Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 18 to finish the regular season strong, as the squad has won seven out of its final eight games. Senior Gabrielle Kosziwka netted the lone goal of the game for the Golden Knights, while sophomore Erica Howe turned away 19 shots for her seventh shutout of the season. Overall, the Golden Knights are led by sophomore Carly Mercer's 40 points (14 goal, 40 assists), followed by sophomore Jamie Lee Rattray's 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists). Howe has accumulated a 1.72 goals against average as well as a .928 save percentage on the season.
All-Time Against The Golden Knights
The two teams have met 18 times in their history, dating back to their first meeting on November 15, 2003 in which Quinnipiac took home a 5-3 win. Clarkson has defeated Quinnipiac in both contests this season, including its most recent 3-2 victory on Saturday, Feb. 11. Despite falling behind 3-0 early in the second period, Quinnipiac mounted a comeback, scoring two straight goals to cut the deficit to 3-2, but was unable to find the equalizer before the end of regulation. Sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and senior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) each netted goals for Quinnipiac, while freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) turned away 28 shots in net.
Last Weekend's Action
Quinnipiac experienced its best offensive outburst of the season, netting 11 total goals over the weekend against Union and Rensselaer. On Friday, Feb. 18 against Union, sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) led the team to a 6-2 win, scoring two goals and an assist in the game. With her second goal of the contest, Babstock surpassed Elyse Cole '08 as the program's all-time goal scoring leader, as she (at the time) had 44 goals in her career. Sophomore Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.), freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) and Wheeler each score for Quinnipiac as well.
Babstock and the Bobcats continued their offensive assault the following day, Saturday, Feb. 18 against Rensselaer, downing the Engineers, 5-1, to finish their regular season schedule. Babstock once again was the key factor in the win, netting her first hat trick of the season (fourth of her career), while junior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) and senior Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) each added a score.
Back on Track
Quinnipiac regained momentum at the right time, winning its final two games of the regular season before heading in ECAC Hockey playoff action. Quinnipiac's two-game sweep marked its first back-to-back wins at HighPoint Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center since Feb. 11 &12, 2011, when it coincidentally defeated both Rensselaer and Union.
ECAC Hockey Weekly Awards
Following two season-best performances by both Babstock (five goals, one assist) and Kosta (one goal, four assists), each were awarded with ECAC Hockey Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively. Overall, Babstock (36 points) and Kosta (27 points) rank first on the team in points, while Babstock's 17 goals and Kosta's 22 assists are both team-highs. Babstock currently ranks tied for seventh among ECAC Hockey skaters with 26 league points (13 goals, 13 assists), whereas Kosta's 16 league assists has her tied for fourth among all ECAC Hockey skaters. Kosta's .90 points per game ranks her second among all ECAC Hockey freshman skaters, and is currently ninth overall among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Freshman skaters.
Hat Trick Hero
Babstock's hat trick on Saturday, Feb. 18 against Rensselaer marked Quinnipiac's first three goal performance of the season. She was also Quinnipiac's last hat trick recipient, which occurred during last season's 3-2 overtime win against Clarkson on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2011.
Saturday marked the first time a Quinnipiac skater has scored two goals or more since junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) netted two goals earlier this season against Colgate on Jan. 14, 2012. The 11 goals also surpassed Quinnipiac's most goals in a weekend during the 2011-12 season, as the weekend of November 18-19, 2011 (against Colgate and Cornell) held its previous high goal total, with seven combined tallies in the weekend.
Following Union's surprising first goal of the game on Friday, Feb. 17, Quinnipiac responded by scoring five straight goals to take command of the contest. This marked the first time Quinnipiac overcame a one-goal deficit since its thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Yale earlier this season on Dec. 3, 2011.
Red Hot Power-Play
Quinnipiac's power-play unit had its best weekend of the year, going 7-for-14 over the two-game stretch. The Bobcats' 4-for-8 showing on Friday, Feb. 17 against Union marked the first time all season in which Quinnipiac has scored four power-play goals. The last four goal performance by its man-up unit occurred on October, 15, 2010 against Maine during the team's 4-2 win. Quinnipiac now holds a 17.1 power-play percentage on the season.
Blue Line Beauty
With just 32 seconds remaining in Saturday's game against Rensselaer, senior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) netted an empty netter from her own defensive blue line, giving the game its final score of 6-2. Dymarczyk (who has 16 career goals), is now tied for second on the squad among defenders with nine points on the season.
A Fryk Of Nature
With a goal and two assists over the weekend, junior forward Breann Frykas is now on personal season-high four game point streak, collecting three goals and three assists during the run. She ranks third on the team with 20 points (11 goals, nine assists).
Boulton Powers On
Boulton continued to display her offensive prowess over the weekend, collecting an assist in each game against Union and Rensselaer. Boulton is currently riding a season-high seven game point streak and has nine points (four goals, five assist) in the team's last nine games. She leads all Quinnipiac defensemen with 19 points and currently ranks third among ECAC Hockey defensemen with eight goals (tied for eighth in overall points).
Mandi Schwartz Student Athlete of the Year Nominee
Senior captain Jordan Elkins represents Quinnipiac as this year's nominee for the 2011-12 Mandi Schwartz Student Athlete of the Year. The yearly award is presented by ECAC Hockey to those athletes who excel both on and off the ice. Prior to Friday's game against Union, Elkins was recognized with an on-ice presentation. The winner will be announced following the season's conclusion.
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