Women's Ice Hockey Takes On Colgate And No.2/3 Cornell This Weekend; Skate With The Bobcats Following Saturday's Game

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Friday, November 18, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-6-1) (4-1-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Colgate University Raiders (4-7-1) (1-3-1 ECAC Hockey) 

Saturday, November 19, 2011 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-6-1) (4-1-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 2/3 Cornell University Big Red (5-1-0) (4-1-0 ECAC Hockey) 

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

Home ECAC Hockey Weekend
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (5-6-1) (4-1-1 ECAC Hockey) returns home to face ECAC Hockey opponents Colgate (4-7-1) (1-3-1) and No.2/3 Cornell (5-1-0) (4-1-0) on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19. Friday's contest against Colgate is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday's game against Cornell will begin at 4 p.m. 

Skate With The Bobcats
Following Saturday's game against Cornell, Quinnipiac welcomes fans onto the ice for a chance to skate with members of the women's ice hockey team. Fans must bring their own skates in order to participate.

Camper Weekend
This weekend at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center is camper weekend. Any camper who brings their t-Shirt will receive four free tickets to either Friday or Saturday's game. 

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 Colgate
The Raiders are coming off their fourth straight loss following a 2-0 defeat against Dartmouth on Saturday, Nov. 12. On the season overall, junior Brittany Phillips leads the team with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists), followed by freshman Melissa Kueber's 10 points (seven goals, three assists). Sophomore defender Shannon Doyle leads all Colgate defenders with seven points (one goal, six assists), while senior Kimberly Sass has accumulated a 2.14 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in net.

All-Time Against The Raiders
Friday's contest against Colgate will be the 21st time the two sides face each other. While Colgate leads the all-time series with a 14-3-3 mark, the Bobcats have gone 2-1-1 in the team's four most recent contests. In their last meeting on November 19, 2010, Quinnipiac skated to a 4-0 shutout victory led by freshman Amanda Colin's (Burnsville, Minn.) first two career goals. Junior Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) and sophomore Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) each scored for the Bobcats, while sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 27 shots in the shutout. 

About Cornell
The Big Red are coming off a 5-3 win over Harvard on Saturday, Nov. 12. Freshman Jillian Saulnier netted two goals, while senior Chelsea Karpenko, senior Catherine White and freshman Emily Foulton each scored as well. Junior goaltender Lauren Slebodnick turned away 18 shots in the victory. Overall, Cornell is led by Saulnier's 18 points (12 goals, six assists), followed by sophomore Brianne Jenner (four goals, nine assists) and senior Rebecca Johnston's (three goals, 10 assists) 13 points. In goal, Slebodnick has accumulated a 1.51 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. Senior Amanda Mazzotta has seen action in four contests in net, boasting a 2.28 goals against average and a .859 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Big Red
Saturday's contest will be the 16th time the two sides face each other, as Cornell holds a 7-3-5 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on March 3, 2011, the Big Red defeated the Bobcats, 4-3, in the Semifinals of the ECAC Hockey Tournament. Quinnipiac received goals from freshman Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), sophomore Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and junior Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) in a losing effort against the eventual ECAC Hockey Champions. Vigilanti made 27 saves in goal for Quinnipiac.

Last Time Out
Led by sophomore Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) one goal and two assists, Quinnipiac defeated St. Lawrence, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in Canton, N.Y. Junior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) and sophomore Megan Hagg (Ajax, Ontario) each scored Quinnipiac's first and third goals of the contest, as all three scores came in the first 20 minutes of action. Vigilanti made 17 saves in net for the Bobcats. 

Making the most out of her opportunity with a spot on Quinnipiac's first-line on Saturday, Nov. 12 against St. Lawrence, Megan Hagg's first-career goal also doubled as the game-winning score for the team. Hagg found a hole in the Saints defense and received a pass from Babstock, where she then wristed in the goal. 

Strong Start
Through six games in ECAC Hockey action, the Bobcats have scored the second most goals (15), trailing only Cornell's 33 goals in league play. Quinnipiac currently leads all ECAC Hockey teams with nine points in league play. 

Rule Abiders
The Bobcats hold the lowest penalty minutes per game (6.7) among all Division I Women's Ice Hockey programs. 

Protect The Net
Quinnipiac is currently tied for second among ECAC Hockey teams with a 1.33 goals against average in league play. The Bobcats especially clamp down defensively during man-down opportunities, as its penalty kill unit has an even 90.0 percent (18-for20) success rate. 

Looking Ahead
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when it hosts Boston College at 7 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu