October 14, 2011

Women's Ice Hockey Travels To Face Northeastern On Saturday, Oct. 15 At 2 PM

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Saturday, October 15, 2011 – 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-3-0) (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Northeastern University Huskies (2-0-0) (0-0-0 Hockey East) 

Matthews Arena – Boston, Mass.

Bobcats Face Huskies
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team travels to face Hockey East opponent Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. 

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About Northeastern
The Huskies are coming off a 5-0 win over Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 8. Junior Casey Pickett scored two goals in the game, while junior Brittany Esposito, senior Stephanie Gavronsky, sophomore Katie MacSorely each netted one goal for Northeastern. Florence Schelling made 10 saves in net for her first shutout of the season. Overall, the Huskies are led by freshman Kendall Coyne (four points), while Schelling has accumulated a .957 save percentage to go along with a 1.00 goals against average.

All-Time Against The Huskies
Saturday's contest will be the 15th time the two sides face each other, as Northeastern holds a 7-5-2 all-time series lead. Quinnipiac has won five of the last six meetings between the schools, including a 4-0 shutout victory in their last matchup on October 9, 2010. The Bobcats were led by freshman Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) goal and an assist, and received goals from freshman Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), junior Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) and junior Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario). Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 27 shots to record her second shutout of the season. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac fell to Maine last weekend in its two-game series on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8. On Friday evening, the Black Bears clawed back from a 3-0 deficit to score four-straight goals and take the 4-3 win. Quinnipiac was led offensively by junior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) who contributed a goal and an assist in the game. Seniors Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) and Chelsea Illchuk (Brandon, Manitoba) each tallied first-period goals for the Bobcats, while sophomores Elena Orlando (Chico, Calif.), Babstock, and freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) all earned an assist in the contest. 

The Bobcats fell in overtime, 5-4, the following Saturday afternoon, as a late goal from Maine with just 30 seconds remaining in the third period tied the score at four apiece, sending the teams into the extra frame. Babstock and Lyons each contributed a goal and two assists in the game, while Kosta, Wheeler, junior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba), and senior Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) each earned an assist.

Lyons' Fast Start
The Canton, Mass native is off to her best start of her career, as she compiled five points (two goals, three assists) over the weekend against Maine. Lyons, who during the 2010-11 season accumulated 21 points on 12 goals and nine assists, did not earn her fifth point of the season until November 19th when she tallied two assists in a 4-0 win over Colgate. 

Mississauga Duo
Babstock and Kosta each made solid contributions offensively over the weekend, as the two combined for two goals and five assists in the two games played. The Mississauga natives currently rank second and third on the team in total points, as Babstock leads with four points (one goal three assists) compared to Kosta's three (one goal, two assists). 

Looking Ahead
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac will travel to face Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. The following weekend on Friday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., Quinnipiac visits Boston College. The Bobcats finish the month of October on the road against Rensselaer on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. contest against Union on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu