Women's Ice Hockey Hosts ECAC Hockey Opponents Yale And Brown This Weekend

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Friday, November 4, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-5-0) (2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Yale University Bulldogs (0-5-0) (0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) 

Saturday, November 5, 2011 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-5-0) (2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Saint Lawrence University Saints (1-1-1) (0-1-1 ECAC Hockey)

High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn. 

Home Opening ECAC Hockey Weekend
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (3-5-0) (2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) hosts its first two ECAC Hockey games of the season when Yale (0-5-0) (0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) and Brown (1-1-1) (0-1-1 ECAC Hockey) come into town on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Friday's game against Yale is set for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday's contest versus Brown 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 Yale
The Bulldogs are coming off a 9-3 loss to Providence on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Junior Danielle Moncion, sophomore Jackie Raines and sophomore Ashley Dunbar each scored for Yale, but the Friars were able to tally three goals in each period to take the commanding victory. Overall, Raines leads the squad with two goals, while freshman Stephanie Mock follows with a team-high two assists. Senior goaltender Genny Ladiges has played the majority of minutes in net and has accumulated a .859 save percentage to go along with a 5.91 goals against average. 

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Friday's contest against Yale will be the 22nd time the two sides have faced each other. Despite Yale's 13-6-2 all-time series lead, the Bobcats have won four of the last five times the teams have met. In their last meeting on February 18, 2011, Yale came away with a 1-0 shutout victory. The Bobcats outshout the Bulldogs 35-to-12, yet were unable to get one by senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris. Sophomore netminder Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 11 shots in goal for Quinnipiac. 

About Brown
The Bears are coming off a 9-0 loss to Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Big Red took over the game early, scoring two goals in the first frame, four in the second, and three in the third. Overall, the Bears are led by senior Katelyn Landry (four goals) and sophomore Emilie Dolan's (two goals, two assists) four points, while freshman Janice Yang leads the team with three assists on the season. Sophomore goaltender Aubree Moore has accumulated a 2.07 goals against average to go along with a .935 save percentage.  

All-Time Against The Bears
Saturday's contest will be the 15th time the two sides face each other, as the Bears hold a 6-5-3 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on February 19, 2011, the two sides skated to a 3-3 tie in what marked the final game of the regular season. Junior Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) figured in all three Quinnipiac goals, contributing one goal and two assists on the afternoon. Sophomore Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) netted the game-tying goal for the Bobcats with just under four minutes remaining in regulation. Vigilanti made 25 saves in net for Quinnipiac in the contest. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac played impressively in its ECAC Hockey opening weekend games against Rensselaer and Union on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. On Friday against the Engineers, Vigilanti turned in her second shutout of the season (16th career) to lead the Bobcats to a 2-0 victory. Sophomore Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) each scored the Quinnipiac in the win.

On Saturday, the Bobcats offense founds its groove, scoring a season-high five goals en route to a 5-1 win over Union. All five goals came from different skaters, as junior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba), sophomore Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.), junior Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.), Babstock and Elkins each tallied a goal. Vigilanti had another solid game in net, making 19 saves in goal. 

History Repeats Itself
Saturday's win over Union marked the 17th win over the Dutchwomen in program history. Quinnipiac has never lost to Union, as it holds a 17-0-3 all-time series lead. 

Quick Strikes
Quinnipiac scored early and often in the third period of play against Union, as Eklund and Elkins' two goals, scored at the 1:06 mark and 1:36 mark were separated by just 30 seconds. 

Heating Up
Babstock has scored a goal in four of the last five games, giving her at total of seven points (four goals, three assists) on the season. 

Good Things Happen When…
Boulton leads the team with a +6 mark on the season. In 2010-11 Dymarczyk led all Quinnipiac defenders with a +21 mark, while Babstock led the team with a +30 mark.

Looking Ahead
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac heads out on the road to play Clarkson and Saint Lawrence on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Friday's game against the Golden Knights will start at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game against the Saints is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu