Women's Ice Hockey Visits No. 7/8 Harvard And No. 10/10 Dartmouth In Key ECAC Hockey Games This Weekend

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Friday, February 3, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-10-2) (10-4-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 7/8 Harvard University Crimson (14-7-1) (11-4-1)
Bright Hockey Center – Cambridge, Mass. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-10-2) (10-4-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Dartmouth College Big Green (14-6-2) (10-4-2 ECAC Hockey)
Thompson Arena – Hanover, N.H. 

Tough Road Tests
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (15-10-2) (10-4-2 ECAC Hockey) returns to ECAC Hockey action this upcoming weekend when it travels to face nationally ranked No. 7/8 Harvard (14-7-1) (11-4-1 ECAC Hockey) and No. 10/10 Dartmouth (14-6-2) (10-4-2 ECAC Hockey). The Bobcats take on the Crimson on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Bright Hockey Center, before facing off against the Big Green the following afternoon, Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Thompson Arena. 

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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 Harvard
Harvard is coming off a 5-2 loss to No. 4/4 Boston College on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Freshman Sarah Edney and junior Jillian Dempsey netted two third period goals for the Crimson, while junior Laura Bellamy made 33 saves in net. Overall, Dempsey leads the squad with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists), followed by sophomore Lyndsey Fry's 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) and sophomore Marissa Gedman's 18 points (five goals, 13 assists). Bellamy has a 1.91 goals against average to go along with a .918 save percentage on the season. 

All-Time Against The Crimson
Friday's contest will be the 14th time the two sides face each other in series history. In their last meeting earlier this season on Saturday, Jan. 7, the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie at HighPoint Solutions Arena in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac received goals from sophomore forwards Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), as well as senior assistant captain Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario). Despite being outshot in the first two periods, Quinnipiac dominated the shot chart in the third and overtime frames, outshooting Harvard 12-to-4 and 6-to-2, respectively. Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 26 shots in goal for the Bobcats. 

About Dartmouth
Dartmouth is coming off a 6-0 win over Yale on Saturday, Jan. 28, winning its sixth game in its last seven outings. Senior Kelly Foley and junior Sasha Nanji led the charge for the Big Green, as each scored two goals and an assist in the game, while seniors Moira Scanlon and Reagan Fischer each added a tally in victory. Sophomore Lindsay Holdcroft made 27 saves in goal for her 11th win of the season. Overall, Dartmouth is led by junior Camille Dumais' 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists), followed by Foley's 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) and Fischer's 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists). Holdcroft has had a fine season in net, accumulating a 1.86 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Big Green
Saturday's game will be the 13th time the two sides face each other. Earlier this season on Friday, Jan. 6, Dartmouth came away with a 3-2 victory. All three of the Big Green's goals came within the first two minutes of a period, as two were scored in the first period (:37 and 1:04 marks) and one in the third frame (1:57 mark). Wheeler and sophomore Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) each netted goals for Quinnipiac, which lost for the first time in nearly two months of action. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac split a weekend series with Syracuse on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. The Bobcats shutout the Orange, 3-0, on Friday evening, as freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) earned her first career clean sheet with a 19 save effort. Sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) was the offensive spark on the evening, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) including the game-winning first goal of the contest. Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) notched her fourth goal of the season, while senior assistant captain Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) potted a goal for the fourth time in her last five games. 

Confidence Builder
Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden, who has now made starts in two of the last three games for the Bobcats, saw 101:38 total minutes of action (of a possible 120:00) over the weekend. After making her first career shutout over the weekend against Syracuse on Friday, Jan. 27, Laden made another 17 saves the following day, allowing only one goal in just over two periods of ice time. On the season, Laden has a 1.67 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. 

Strong Finish
With the three points over the weekend Uden Johansson finished the month of January with a team-high seven points (three goals, four assists). In her twelve games since returning from injury, Uden Johansson has accumulated nearly one point a game (.83) with an even five goals and five assists, ranking her tied for sixth on the squad. 

Top-15
Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) added a key insurance goal in Friday's 3-0 victory, notching her fourth goal of the season at the 5:14 mark into the third period of play. Kosta currently ranks tied for fifth among all freshmen ECAC Hockey skaters in league points, with 10 (one goal, nine assists). Kosta also ranks near the top of all NCAA Division I freshmen skaters, as her .79 overall points per game ranks her 14th overall. 

Final 20
Despite holding a slim 1-0 lead heading into the third period of play on Friday, Jan. 27 against Syracuse, the Bobcats added two early goals to once again hold on for the win. Quinnipiac is an impressive 13-2-1 when it enters the third period with the lead. 

Peppering The Net
The Bobcats fired off a season-high 55 shots during the team's 3-2 loss to Syracuse on Saturday, Jan. 28. Quinnipiac has hit the 50 shot mark just one other time this season, coming on Saturday, Nov. 5 in a 2-2 tie against Brown. 

Ranked Foes
This weekend will mark the first weekend of the season in which Quinnipiac plays two different nationally ranked opponents on back-to-back days. Quinnipiac has seen its fare share of ranked opponents this season, as it has compiled a 2-5-1 overall record. The Bobcats earned its first-ever victory over a top-5 team earlier this season when it defeated No. 4/4 Boston College, 2-1, on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Quinnipiac's other victory against a ranked opponent this season came against No. 8/8 Mercyhurst in just the team's second game on Saturday, Oct. 1 when it won, 1-0. 

Out Of Conference
Saturday's loss to Syracuse ended Quinnipiac's impressive four-game non-conference winning streak. The streak, which began with a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 4/4 Boston College, also included the Bobcats' two victories in the Nutmeg Classic Tournament against Connecticut and Robert Morris. Overall, Quinnipiac is 5-6 in non-conference games on the season.

A Look Ahead
Following this weekend's contest, Quinnipiac returns home for the remainder of the regular season, as it hosts ECAC Hockey opponents St. Lawrence on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac finishes regular season action against Rensselaer and Union on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu