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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-7-1) (7-2-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Princeton University Tigers (6-7-1) (5-4-1 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, December 9, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Hobey Baker Rink – Princeton, N.J.
Saturday, December 10, 2011 – 4 p.m.
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Matchup With Tigers
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (11-7-1) (7-2-1 ECAC Hockey) faces ECAC Hockey opponent Princeton (6-7-1) (5-4-1 ECAC Hockey) on consecutive days this coming Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. Friday evening's game in Princeton, N.J. is set for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday's home contest in Hamden, Conn. 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.
The Tigers are coming off their second straight victory following a 3-0 shutout win over Brown on Saturday, Dec. 3. Freshman Brianne Mahoney, sophomore Sally Butler and junior Alex Kinney each scored for the Tigers, while senior Rachel Weber made 21 saves in goal. Overall, Butler leads the squad with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists, followed by sophomore Denna Laing's 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and sophomore Olivia Mucha's 10 points (four goals, six assists). Weber has accumulated a 2.22 goals against average to go along with a .923 save percentage in goal for the Tigers.
All-Time Against The Tigers
This weekend's games will be the 16th and 17th time the two sides have faced each other. Last season, Quinnipiac defeated Princeton three times, including twice during the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, after winning its first game against the Tigers earlier in the season on November 2, 2010. In their last meeting, the Bobcats shutout Princeton, 2-0, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 to take the second game in the best-of-three playoff series, earning the program's first-ever playoff series victory. Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) scored the Bobcats' first goal of the game early in the second period, before fellow freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) scored an empty net goal to seal the victory with just 16 seconds remaining in the third period of play. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 18 saves in net for her ninth shutout of the season.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac came back to defeat Yale in overtime, 3-2, on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Ingalls Rink. Senior forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) contributed an assist on the game tying goal with 4:58 remaining in regulation, before tipping in the game-winning tally in overtime to give the Bobcats their fifth straight victory. Sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson scored the Bobcats' first goal, while junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) scored her third goal of the season in the waning minutes of the third period of play. Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) turned away 19 shots in goal for Quinnipiac.
Saturday's win marked the first time all season that the Bobcats won a game in which it entered the third period trailing their opponent (trailed 2-1 heading into the third period of action). On two separate occasions, Quinnipiac came back to tie the score on Saturday against Yale, eventually taking its first lead of the game with the game-winning goal in overtime.
Just Keep Winning
Quinnipiac, which extended its season-best winning streak to five games with two wins over the weekend against Brown and Yale, now holds the second-longest unbeaten streak among all NCAA Division I women's ice hockey teams. Quinnipiac is currently 7-1-0 in its last eight games and 10-2-1 in its last 13 games played.
Quinnipiac is 5-2 in games decided by one goal; three of those one-goal wins have come during its current five-game winning streak.
Quinnipiac is an impressive 7-4-0 on the road (and 1-0-0 on neutral sites) this season. The Bobcats won an all-time program-best 11 road games during the 2010-11 season.
The More The Merrier
Quinnipiac is now 5-1-0 when scoring exactly three goals in a game, and is 8-2-0 when scoring three or more goals in a contest.
Can't Knock The Hustle
Senior forward Chelsea Illchuk provided the necessary spark for Quinnipiac on Saturday against Yale, tallying two points, including her first game-winning goal of her career. Illchuk kept the puck alive during a delayed penalty against Yale, leading to her assist on the team's game-tying goal with just 4:58 remaining in regulation. She then helped her own cause on the game-winning goal, as she won the faceoff in Yale's defensive zone moments before tipping in the overtime winner.
Top-10 For Vigilanti
Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti turned in her fourth shutout of the season on Friday, Dec. 2 against Brown in the team's 3-0 win. The shutout mark's Vigilanti's 18th career clean-sheet and moves her into a tie for ninth place all-time among NCAA Division I women's ice hockey goaltenders.
Babstock's game-winning goal on Friday, Dec. 2 against Brown marked her third game-winner of the season, moving her into a tied for fifth place among all NCAA Division I women's ice hockey skaters. The goal marks Babstock's 10th career game-winning goal.
Back Line Scoring
Quinnipiac senior defenders Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.), Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) and junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) combined to factor in on five of the team's six goals over the weekend against Brown and Yale. Boulton grabbed three points (one goal, two assists) on the weekend, while Dymarczyk added two points (one goal, one assists) and Perry tallied one assist.
With the win on Saturday, Nov. 26 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. 55 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 against Connecticut and Robert Morris, Kelly Babstock earned Nutmeg Classic Tournament MVP honors. She currently leads the squad with 11 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 third in points, tied for third in goals and tied for fourth in assists.
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 Saturday'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.
Quality Over Quantity
Tuesday, Nov. 22nd 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.
Final Minute Magic
Babstock's goal against No. 4 Boston College 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