Women's Ice Hockey Primed For Weekend Home Series Against Maine, Friday at 5 PM and Saturday at 1 PM
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-1-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
vs. Maine Black Bears (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
This Weekend's Matchup
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team welcomes the Hockey East's Maine Black Bears for a weekend series beginning with Friday's game at 5 p.m. at the High Point Solutions Arena. Quinnipiac's Bobcat Madness begins at the conclusion of Friday's contest across the hall at the TD Bank Sports Center in Lender Court. The Bobcats finish up the series with another home game on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Live stats, audio and video can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The live broadcast will be covered by the Quinnipiac Bobcat Sports Network audio feed at http://www.QuinnipiacBobcats.TV/radio/quinnipiac.m3uoth games this weekend.
All-Time Against the Black Bears
Friday's matchup will be the 15th all-time meeting as Maine holds an 11-2-1 overall record against the Bobcats in their prior meetings. The last win for Quinnipiac was in 2010 when the Bobcats traveled up to Orono, Maine and left victorious on Oct. 15, 2010 with a 4-2 win. The only time the Bobcats defeated the Black Bears on home ice occurred on Nov. 16, 2002 with a 2-0 shutout victory. The team played a pair of thrillers last season as the Black Bears staved off a 3-0 deficit in the second period with four unanswered goals to win the first game of the weekend series in Hamden, 4-3. The following day the Bobcats again built a three-goal lead at 4-1 in the second period, but would ultimately allow four straight goals and end up losing in overtime, 5-4. The heartbreaking losses were a part of the Bobcat's 1-5 start to the 2011-12 season.
Scouting the Black Bears
Maine is led under the guidance of third-year head coach Maria Lewis who helped guide the Black Bears to their first postseason appearance since 2006 last season when they reached the Hockey East Quarterfinals. Their 17 wins in 2011-12 also matched their highest win total in program history as the 2005-06 team went 17-9-6 and advanced to the Hockey East Semifinals. They defeated several high-quality opponents last season including one of the greatest wins in program history as they topped No. 4-ranked Boston College on the road with a 5-2 victory on Oct. 30, 2011 and played them tough in two later home games, losing by one goal in each game. The 2012-13 squad is playing in its first game of the season this weekend against the Bobcats as it is coming off a 4-0 exhibition win at home against Dalhousie. Four different Maine players scored, Brianne Kilgour registered two assists, and goaltenders Meghann Treacy and Kylie Smith combined on the shutout. Senior forward Brittany Dougherty is the team's top-returning scorer from last season as she led the team with 16 goals and 17 assists (33 points). Junior forward Missy Denk returns after scoring nine goals and five assists last season including the game-winning goal against Quinnipiac on Oct. 7, 2011. Leading the Black Bears in net is senior goalie Brittany Ott who appeared in 34 games last season (27 starts), recorded a school record 69 saves against Mercyhurst on Oct. 9, 2011, owns the best career save percentage (.920) of any goaltender in program history, finished last season 10-15-4 with a 2.34 goals-against-average and .921 save percentage.
Maine's Ranking in the Nation
The Bobcats will look to take advantage of the Black Bear's seventh most penalty minutes in the nation from last season. Maine averaged 12.32 penalty minutes while their power play (12.14%, 28th) and penalty kill (81.5%, 27th) also ranked near the bottom of the nation. The Black Bears however are a serious threat to score on the penalty kill as they recorded eight shorthanded goals last season (tied for 5th in the nation) including three from returning forward Brittany Dougherty.
Last Time Out for the Bobcats
Quinnipiac welcomed No. 9-ranked Mercyhurst last weekend for the home and season openers to the 2012-13 season. The Bobcats pulled out a thrilling 4-4 draw on Friday, Oct. 5 as junior forward Kelly Babstock became the program's first player to record 100 career points. She tallied an assist at the 7:28 mark of the second period to reach the milestone and she later went on to record her 49th and 50th career goals including the equalizer with just 41 seconds remaining. In the second game of the weekend series, the Lakers built a 4-1 lead late in the third period and the Bobcats nearly rallied against behind the late-game heroics of their top offensive line. Babstock and senior defender Regan Boulton scored to close the gap to 4-3 and the Bobcats had a power-play opportunity with less than a minute remaining but couldn't find the equalizer. Sophomore forward Nicole Kosta also put her name into the record books as she marked a goal in the first period to extend her point-scoring streak to nine games, breaking Babstock's program record of eight set in the 2010-11 season. Quinnipiac finished the weekend 0-1-1 as it enters its second non-conference matchup to begin the new season.
After her record-breaking weekend, Babstock was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Tuesday. It is the fifth Player of the Week honor of her storied career as the program's all-time leader in points, goals and assists became the first player in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history to reach the career 100-point milestone.
Full Streak Ahead
Nicole Kosta enters play on Friday already holding the program's point-scoring streak record of nine games. She finished last weekend with five points (one goals, four assists), placing her in a tie for second among ECAC Hockey players and tied for 15th in the nation. Her per-game average of two assists puts her in a tie for first among all players in the country.
Kelly Babstock's six-point weekend (three goals, three assists) puts her in select company as she finds herself ranked third in the country in points-per-game (three) behind only Minnesota's Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel. The stellar weekend had Babstock factoring in all but one Bobcat goal (six points on seven team goals) as she finished with the 26th and 27th multi-point games and 16th and 17th three-point games of her career.
Senior defender Felica Vieweg registered the first Quinnipiac goal of the season on the team's season opener on Friday, Oct. 5 against Mercyhurst. The goal came on a Bobcat power-play as she rifled a shot from the point and through the legs of the Laker goaltender for her fourth career goal and first for the Bobcats.
Felica's goal in the first period on Friday came off a pass from sophomore Anna Borgfeldt. Playing in her 35th career game with the Bobcats, Borgfeldt registered her first career point with an assist on Vieweg's power-play goal.
Serious Fire Power
The combination of Babstock and Kosta (5.5 points per-game combined average) enter the weekend the second-most prolific scoring duo in the nation behind Minnesota's dynamic pairing of Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel (7 points per-game average).
The Bobcats skated to a 7-0 win in an exhibition matchup against Cambridge on Saturday, Sep. 29 at the High Point Solutions Arena. Six skaters found the back of the net including two goals from junior forward Erica Uden Johansson. Senior Brittany Lyons, junior Kelly Babstock, sophomore Nicole Kosta, and freshmen Nicole Brown and Nicole Connery all scored for Quinnipiac. The top line of Uden Johansson, Babstock and Kosta accounted for four of the seven goals on the afternoon. Senior Victoria Vigilanti and sophomore Chelsea Laden split time in net, each compiling three saves against the Rivulettes.
ECAC Hockey Preseason Polls
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was selected to finish sixth in the 2012-13 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office on Monday, Sep. 17. The Bobcats totaled 71 points after finishing 2011-12 with a 19-16-2 overall record (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey), and made the ECAC Hockey Semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Official ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll Results
1. Cornell (9)
2. Harvard (3)
3. St. Lawrence
ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League Honors
Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior forward Kelly Babstock was honored with a ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League selection, as announced by the league on Friday, Sep. 15. A Second-Team All-ECAC Hockey honoree at the end of the 2011-12 season, Babstock earns her second-consecutive Preseason All-League designation. She is joined by three Cornell skaters, including defenders Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau, and forward Brianne Jenner, as well as Harvard forward Jillian Dempsey and Clarkson goaltender Erica Howe.
ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League Team
Goaltender - Erica Howe (Clarkson)
Defense - Laura Fortino (Cornell)
Defense - Lauriane Rougeau (Cornell)
Forward - Brianne Jenner (Cornell)
Forward - Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac)
Forward - Jilliam Dempsey (Harvard)
At the annual team banquet, head coach Rick Seeley formally announced the team captain for the 2012-13 season is senior defender Regan Boulton. The proven veteran is a consummate presence on the ice and her leadership extends in areas beyond the rink as her teammates have come to appreciate and respect her role on the team.
Support in Numbers
Boulton is supported by assistant captain senior Breann Frykas who is only entering her second year with the team but has a wealth of playing experience having won a National Championship with the University of Wisconsin before transferring to Quinnipiac in 2011. The two other assistant captains include juniors Amanda Colin and Erica Uden Johansson. Both enter their first year in leadership positions but each brings to the table big-game performances (Colin's overtime game-winner against No. 4 Boston College) and Olympic experience (Uden Johansson played for the Swedish National Team in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games).
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