Women's Ice Hockey Visits Brown And Yale This Weekend

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Friday, December 2, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-7-1) (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Brown University Bears (3-3-5) (1-2-3 ECAC Hockey)
Meehan Auditorium – Providence, R.I. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-7-1) (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Yale University Bulldogs (1-12-0) (1-5-0 ECAC Hockey)
Ingalls Rink – New Haven, Conn. 

ECAC Hockey Road Action
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (9-7-1) (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) returns to ECAC Hockey action when it travels to face Brown (3-3-5) (1-2-3 ECAC Hockey) and Yale (1-12-0) (1-5-0 ECAC Hockey) this Friday, Dec, 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. On Friday against Brown, game-time is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest against Yale will begin 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. 

About Brown
The Bears are coming off a 3-1 loss to No. 4 Boston College on Sunday, Nov. 27. Junior Alena Polenska netted the team's only goal, while junior goaltender Katie Jamieson made 34 saves in defeat. Overall, senior Katelyn Landry leads the team with nine points (six goals, three assists), while junior Laurie Jolin has six points on three goals, three assists. Jamieson has accumulated a 2.07 goals against average to go along with a .943 save percentage, while sophomore Aubree Moore has a 1.97 goals against average and a .943 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Bears
Friday's contest will be the 16th time the two sides face each other, as Brown holds a slim all-time series lead with a 6-5-4 mark. In their last meeting earlier this season on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Sophomore forwards Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) each scored for Quinnipiac, while junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 11 saves in goal. 

About Yale
The Bulldogs are coming off their fifth straight loss following a 3-1 defeat against Connecticut in the consolation game of the Nutmeg Classic Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 26. Senior forward Aleca Hughes scored the only goal for Yale on the afternoon, while freshman Jamie Leonoff turned away 28 shots in goal. Overall, Yale is led by freshman Stephanie Mock's seven points (two goals, five assists), followed by sophomore Jackie Raines (five goals, one assist) and Hughes' (two goals, four assists) six points. Leonoff has accumulated a 6.24 goals against average to go along with a .879 save percentage, while senior Genny Ladiges has a 4.73 goals against average and a .884 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Saturday's contest will by the 24th time the two sides face each other. The Bobcats have dominated in recent years, going 5-1 in the team's previous six games dating back to the 2009 season. In their last meeting earlier this season on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, Quinnipiac skated to a 3-0 shutout victory. Senior defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) netted a goal for her third straight game and junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti turned in her third shutout of the season, as the Bobcats improved to a perfect 3-0-0 in ECAC Hockey action. Junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and sophomore forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) each scored insurance goals for Quinnipiac in the second period of play. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac defeated Robert Morris, 3-2, on Saturday, Nov. 26 to take home its second consecutive (third overall) Nutmeg Classic Championship. Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock led the charge with one goal and two assists in the game, while freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) also contributed two assists. Junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) netted the game-winning goal at the 13:58 mark into the third period of play, while sophomore forward Megan Hagg (Ajax, Ontario) scored her third goal of the season at the 11:25 mark into the second period of play. Vigilanti made 11 saves in goal for the Bobcats. 

Seeley's 200th
With the win on Saturday against Robert Morris, head coach Rick Seeley earned his 200th career head coaching victory.  Seeley currently ranks 13th in wins among all active women's ice hockey coaches, and is 20th on the list of all-time winningest women's ice hockey coaches. 53 of Seeley's wins have come with Quinnipiac, including a single-season program-high 22 of which came last year. 

With one goal and three assists over the weekend, Kelly Babstock earned Nutmeg Classic Tournament MVP honors. She currently leads the squad with 10 goals and is tied for the team lead (with Kosta) with 12 assists. Babstock is also atop the leader board among all ECAC Hockey skaters, ranking second in points, tied for second in goals and tied for fourth in assists. 

Quinnipiac Recognition
For her outstanding efforts in the month of November, Babstock was named Quinnipiac University Female Athlete of the Month. She garnered a team-high 15 points during the month, on six goals and nine assists. This marks the fourth Athlete of the Month honors for Babstock, who earned such recognition last season in November, December and February. 

Another Record In The Books
With two assists in Satruday's game against Robert Morris, Babstock became the all-time program leader in career assists, giving her 41 helpers overall. Earlier this season, Babstock became the all-time program leader in career points, when she collected a team-high four points on Friday, Nov. 18 against Colgate. 

ECAC Hockey Rookie Of The Week
Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week following her first-career victory on Tuesday, Nov. 22 against No. 4 Boston College. Laden kept the Eagles scoreless through nearly 58 minutes of action and made a key save in overtime leading up to the Bobcats game-winning score during the 2-1 overtime victory. 

Kosta Keeps Its Coming
Freshman forward Nicole Kosta kept up her impressive rookie campaign with a goal and two assists over the weekend in the Nutmeg Classic Tournament. She currently sits in second on the team in points (15) and tied for first in assists. Her .88 point per game ranks her 12th among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Rookie Skaters. 

What A Month
The Bobcats finished the month of November on a three-game winning streak, improving their record to 6-2-1 record during the month overall. Quinnipiac is 5-1 in its last six games, and 8-2-1 in its last 11 games. 

Power Play Success
The Bobcats scored two of its three goals on the power-play on Saturday against Robert Morris, marking the third straight game in which the team netted a power-play goal. Quinnipiac has now scored six extra skater goals in its last five games. 

Quality Over Quantity
Tuesday's win over No. 4 Boston College marked the first time all season in which the Bobcats defeated an opponent when they were outshot. Boston College held a 34-to-18 shot advantage overall. 

OT Winner
The Bobcat's won their first overtime game of the season on Tuesday against No. 4 Boston College. The team's last overtime victory came on January 8, 2011, when the Bobcats defeated the Golden Knights, 4-3, on Babstock's third goal of the evening. 

Final Minute Magic
Babstock's goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation was the latest goal scored for the Bobcats in a single period this season. The last time a Quinnipiac skater tied the score in the final minute of regulation came on November 21, 2009, when Janine Duffy tied the score, 3-3, with 21 seconds lefts to play against Cornell.

New All-Time Points Leader
Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) became the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team's all-time points leader with four points (two goals, two assists) in the team's 6-2 win on Friday, Nov. 18 against Colgate. Babstock's game-winning goal in the second period of play doubled as her 74th career point, passing Quinnipiac's previous all-time points leader, Vicki Graham, who finished her career in 2007 with 73 career points. Babstock, who surpassed Graham in just her 50th career game played, leads the team with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) on the season.

Contact: Ross Bennett; rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu