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Friday, October 7, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2011 – 1 p.m.
No. 9 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-1-0) (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
University of Maine Black Bears (2-0-0) (0-0-0 Hockey East)
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine No.9-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team hosts Maine in its home-opening weekend series this Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8. Friday's game is slated to begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest will begin at 1 p.m.
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The Black Bears are coming off two consecutive wins to begin the season on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 when they defeated Sacred Heart on consecutive nights. On Friday, Maine defeated the Pioneers, 6-0, as sophomore Missy Denk (two goals) and senior Myriam Croussette (one goal, two assists) led the offensive attack for the Black Bears. Senior goaltender Candice Currier and junior goaltender Brittany Ott each made seven saves in net for Maine.
On Saturday, the Black Bears defeated Sacred Heart, 8-1, as senior Dawn Sullivan, freshman Jennifer More, and Croussette each scored two goals apiece. Junior goaltenders Kylie Smith and Brittany Ott combined to make nine saves in net in the win.
All-Time Against The Black Bears
Friday's contest will be the 13th time the two sides face each other, as Maine holds a 2-9-1 all-time series lead. Last season, the two teams split a weekend series played on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. On Friday, Quinnipiac was led by sophomore Regan Boulton's (Brandon Manitoba) three-goal performance, as the Bobcats skated to a 4-2 win. Freshman Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) added Quinnipiac's final goal of the game, helping the Bobcats to its fifth consecutive victory to begin the 2010-11 season. All four of Quinnipiac's goals in the game were scored on the power play. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 12 saves in net for Quinnipiac.
On the following Saturday, Maine defeated Quinnipiac by the same score, 4-2, handing the Bobcats their first loss of the season. Sophomore Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) each scored for Quinnipiac in the loss, while Vigilanti made 16 saves in net.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac opened its 2011-12 season on the road against No.8-ranked Mercyhurst on Friday, Sept 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, splitting the weekend series. On Friday, Mercyhurst shutout Quinnipiac, 4-0, but the Bobcats responded well on Saturday, shutting out the Lakers, 1-0. Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti made 54 saves over the weekend, including 24 saves in the 1-0 shutout victory. The win marked the program's first-ever win over Mercyhurst, an NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Quarterfinalist and Frozen Four host in 2011.
ECAC Hockey Goaltender Of The Week
Following her 15th career shutout on Saturday, Oct. 1 against No.8-ranked Mercyhurst, Vigilanti was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday, Oct. 4. This marks the 10th career Goaltender of the Week honors for the Mississauga native, as she was awarded such honors on five separate occasions during the 2010-11 season.
Sophomore forward Elena Orlando (Chico, Calif.) was the hero for the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon, netting the game-winning goal in the second period of Quinnipiac's 1-0 victory over Mercyhurst. Orlando finished the 2010-11 season with two goals and six assists, as her eight points were fourth best on the team among freshman skaters. On the goal, sophomore Emily MacKinnon (Kirkland, Quebec) and senior Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) were each credited with an assist.
USCHO.com And ECAC Hockey Preseason Polls
For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team was ranked in the preseason USCHO.com Preseason Poll, garnering the ninth spot, as announced by the college hockey website on Monday, Sept. 19. In the 2011-12 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, the team was selected to finish third, as announced by the league on Thursday, Sept. 15. The Bobcats collected 93 points in the ECAC Hockey Poll and one first-place vote after posting a 22-12-3 overall record (12-9-1 ECAC Hockey) last season, en route to the team's first-ever appearance in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals.
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac will travel to face Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. The following weekend on Friday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., Quinnipiac visits Boston College. The Bobcats finish the month of October on the road against Rensselaer on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. contest against Union on Saturday, Oct. 29.