Friday, November 25, 2011 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-7-1) (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
University of Connecticut Huskies (2-11-2) (2-5-0 Hockey East)
Friday, November 25, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Yale Bulldogs (1-10-0) (1-5-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Robert Morris Colonials (9-1-1) (0-0-0 College Hockey America)
Saturday, November 26, 2011 – 4 p.m.
Consolation Game (TBD)
Saturday, November 26, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Championship Game (TBD)
Freitas Ice Forum – Storrs, Conn.
Nutmeg Classic Weekend
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (7-7-1) (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) begins its quest to repeat as Nutmeg Classic Champions when travels to face Connecticut (2-11-2) (2-5-0 Hockey East) in the first round of the annual tournament on Friday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. Following Quinnipiac's game, Yale (1-10-0) (1-5-0 ECAC Hockey) takes on Robert Morris (9-1-1) (0-0-0 College Hockey America) at 7 p.m. The tournament's consolation game will take place the following Saturday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., followed by the championship game at 7 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.
Bobcats' Nutmeg Classic History
After winning its first tournament title during the 2006-07 season, Quinnipiac won the Nutmeg Classic last season when it hosted the annual tournament on Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27. Quinnipiac advanced to the championship game when it defeated Sacred Heart, 9-1, on Friday, before downing Yale on Saturday, 2-1. Junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) netted Quinnipiac's first goal with just six seconds remaining in the first period, while sophomore Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal at the 11:56 mark into the second period of play.
The Huskies are coming off a 3-0 victory over Vermont, halting their season-high six-game losing streak. Sophomore Jenna Welch, freshman Kayla Campero and sophomore Maggie Walsh each scored for Connecticut, while junior goaltender Nicole Paniccia made 28 saves in net. Overall, the Huskies are led by senior Sami Evelyn's eight points (two goals, six assists), followed by freshman Emily Snodgrass' seven points (four goals, three assists). Paniccia and senior netminder Alexandra Garcia have split time in net this season, with each seeing action in eight games. Paniccia holds a 2.22 goals against average and a .931 save percentage, while Garcia has a 3.14 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
All-Time Against The Huskies
Friday's contest will be the 13th time the two sides face each other. In the team's last meeting on November, 27, 2009, Connecticut came away with a 1-0 shutout victory. The Huskies Monique Weber netted the game-winner just under four minutes into the first period of play, as each team went scoreless through the remainder of the contest. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 18 saves in goal for the Bobcats.
All-Time Against Yale
If Quinnipiac and Yale were to square off on Saturday, it would be 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.
All-Time Against Robert Morris
If the Bobcats and the Colonials were to face each other, it would be the sixth time the two sides match up. Quinnipiac is a perfect 5-0 in the all-time series, with the team's last meeting coming on January 4, 2008, in which the Bobcats skated to a 3-1 victory. Quinnipiac scored a goal in each period, receiving goals from sophomores Kallie Flor, Janine Duffy and Erika Bolognino.
Last Time Out
In one of the most exciting games of the season, Quinnipiac defeated No. 4 Boston College in overtime, 2-1, on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden, Conn. After nearly 58 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Eagles netted the game's first goal with 2:09 remaining in the third period to take a 1-0 lead. The Eagles were whistled for a high sticking penalty with two minutes remaining, which resulted in Quinnipiac pulling its freshman goalie Chelsea Laden with 38 seconds to go to gain a 6-on-4 advantage. Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) then worked a perfectly executed one-two passing game following a faceoff with 16 seconds to go, which resulted in Babstock netting the game-tying tally at the 19:50 mark into the third period.
Sophomore forward Amanda Colin wasted no time in securing Quinnipiac's comeback, scoring the game-winning goal just 35 seconds into the extra frame to give the Bobcats the 2-1 win and its first-ever victory over a Top-5 Nationally ranked opponent. Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) earned her first career victory in net, turning away 33 of 34 shots on the evening.
Quality Over Quantity
Tuesday's win over 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.
The Bobcat's won their first overtime game of the season on Tuesday against 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.
Junior Breann Frykas and senior Melissa Perry, both of whom were credited with an assist on the game-winning score against Boston College, have put together terrific starts for the Bobcats this season. Perry leads all Quinnipiac defenders with five points on the season (five assists), while Frykas is currently ranked fifth on the team in overall points, with six (three goals, three assists).
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.
Freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) added to her team-high total of 10 assists on the season with her most important helper of the year coming on the game-tying tally against Boston College on Tuesday. Kosta has registered at least one point in eight of the team's 15 games played.
Babstock and Kosta are currently fourth and tied for eighth, respectively, among all ECAC Hockey skaters in league points per game. Babstock has a 1.50 average, while Kosta holds a 0.88 mark.
Two Is Better Than One
Babstock's two goals against Colgate marked the first time this season in which a Quinnipiac skater scored multiple goals in a game. The last time a Bobcats skater netted two or more goals came on February 2, 2011, when Babstock scored two goals against Union.
Junior Brittany Lyons' (Canton, Mass.) goal just 52 seconds into the third period of play on Friday against Colgate marked the fasted goal scored for the Bobcats since Regan Boulton's goal 44 seconds into the second period of play on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.
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