Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Rensselaer On Senior Day Saturday At 4 PM

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Rensselaer Game Program

Saturday, February 18, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-14-2) (11-8-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers (9-20-4) (6-13-2 ECAC Hockey)

High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn. 

Bobcats Host Engineers
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (16-14-2) (11-8-2 ECAC Hockey) wraps up its regular season schedule when it hosts ECAC Hockey opponent Rensselaer (9-20-4) (6-13-2 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. Prior to the contest, Quinnipiac will honors its six seniors with an on-ice Senior Day ceremony.

Senior Day Saturday
Prior to the game on Saturday, Quinnipiac will honor its six seniors who will be participating in the final home games of their respective careers. Captain Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska), assistant captain Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.), assistant captain Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario), defender Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.), forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) and goaltender Micheala Spiessl (Champion, Mich.) represent this year's senior class. 

Live stats, audio and video for this weekend's games can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Friday Night Recap
Quinnipiac ended its five-game losing streak with an emphatic 6-2 win over Union on Friday, Feb. 17. Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) led the charge with two goals and an assist, while fellow Mississauga native, freshman forward Nicole Kosta added a goal and two assists in the game. Union grabbed a surprising early 1-0 lead, but Quinnipiac would storm back with five unanswered goals of its own. Senior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario), sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and sophomore forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) each added a goal during Quinnipiac's offensive outburst, while freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) and senior Michaela Spiessl (Champion, Mich.) split time in net for Quinnipiac, making 11 and six saves, respectively. 

About Rensselaer
Rensselaer is coming off a 2-1 loss to Princeton on Friday, Feb. 17. Freshman Taylor Mahoney netted the first goal of the game for the Engineers, yet the Tigers bounced back with two straight goals for the win. Prior to last night's loss, the Engineers are coming off a 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 11. After falling behind, 2-0, in the first period, Rensselaer potted four-straight goals to storm back to victory. Junior Taylor Horton had a game-high three points (one goal, two assists), while freshman Brianna Piper turned away 22 shots for the Engineers. Overall, Rensselaer is led by sophomore Jordan Smelker's 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists), followed by freshman Eleeza Cox's 22 points (13 goals, nine assists). Piper and fellow freshman Kelly O'Brien have split time in net this season, as Piper holds a 2.92 goals against average and a .879 save percentage. O'Brien has a 2.69 goals against average and a .895 save percentage on the year. 

All-Time Against The Engineers
Saturday's game will be the 18th time the two teams square off in series history. While Rensselaer holds a 10-6-1 series lead, Quinnipiac has won the last two meetings including a 2-0 shutout victory over the Engineers earlier this season on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock tallied the game-winner in the first period of play on an unassisted score, while captain Jordan Elkins added an insurance goal early in the third period of action for Quinnipiac. Vigilanti picked up her second shutout of the season, making 21 saves in goal. 

Let The Records Fall
With the two goals on Friday evening against Union, Kelly Babstock became the program's all-time lead in career goals score, with 44. This marks the third career-record she has broken this season, as she previously broke the school's all-time points mark on Friday, Nov. 18 against Colgate before becoming the program's all-time assist leader four games later on Saturday, Nov. 26 against Robert Morris. Babstock currently has 92 career points on 44 goals and 48 assists. 

Unchartered Territory
Babstock has now broken all possible offensive program records in just 68 career games with Quinnipiac. Last season, she broke the single season goals, assists and points marks (all within the team's first 19 games played), as well as tallying a program-best six points in a game against Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. 

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 will be recognized with an on-ice presentation, as the winner will be announced following the season's conclusion. 

Grab Momentum Early
The Bobcats are 12-6-1 when they tally the first goal of the game. 

Headed To North Country For ECAC Hockey Playoffs
The Bobcats have secured the No. 6 seed in the ECAC Hockey postseason tournament, and will play the No. 3 seed in a best-of-three format next weekend. Depending on today's outcomes, the Bobcats will travel to face either St. Lawrence or Clarkson, with the first game schedule for Friday, Feb. 24.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu