HAMDEN, Conn – After netting six points in the team's opening weekend series against Mercyhurst, junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was at it again in the Bobcat's 6-1 win over Maine on Friday night at the High Point Solutions Arena. Babstock netted four goals to break Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program record for most goals scored in a game by a single player. The previous record of three had been accomplished 12 times in Bobcat history but that record fell on Babstock's stick as she also tallied an assist to give her five points for the evening. The victory is Quinnipiac's first on the season as their record improves to 1-1-1 while Maine drops their season opener and is 0-1-0 on the year.
Most Goals in Game in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history
|4||Kelly Babstock||10/12/2012 vs. Maine|
|3||Candace Boyles||1/31/2003 vs. Sacred Heart|
|3||Vicky Graham||11/9/2003 at Sacred Heart|
|3||Gillian Gallagher||11/15/2003 vs. Clarkson|
|3||Aimee Whittaker||11/6/2004 vs. Union|
|3||Vicky Graham||11/12/2005 vs. Union|
|3||Heather Hughes||10/31/2009 vs. RPI|
|3||Kristen Eklund||11/28/2009 vs. Sacred Heart|
|3||Erica Uden Johansson||10/10/2010 vs. Sacred Heart|
|3||Regan Boulton||10/15/2010 at Maine|
|3||Kelly Babstock||11/12/2010 vs. Harvard|
|3||Kelly Babstock||11/13/2010 vs. Dartmouth|
|3||Kelly Babstock||1/8/2011 at Clarkson|
Of Babstock's four goals, certainly the highlight of the night came on her record-breaking fourth capper at the 6:16 mark of the third period. After a faceoff win by Quinnipaic, Babstock fought for the puck along the boards and the puck was eventually corralled by junior forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden). She sent a pass behind to a trailing Babstock who skated to the faceoff circle, stopped on a dime, faked out the Maine defender and moved in one-on-one with the goaltender on her backhand. She roofed a backhander over Maine's goalie Meghann Treacy for the Bobcat goal.
The reigning ECAC Hockey Player of the Week has compiled 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in just three games to start the season and has had a hand in 11 of the 13 Bobcat goals to begin year. Her point total leads ECAC Hockey and her 3.67 points-per-game average ranks first among all players in the nation.
The offensive barrage began at the 7:08 mark of the first period as the Bobcats won a faceoff in the Maine defensive end. Senior defenseman Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) sent a wrist shot to an open Babstock on the far side of the net. With the Maine goalie prepared to save Vieweg's shot, Babstock had an open net for her first goal of the night. Vieweg connected with Babstock for her first assist of the season.
Quinnipiac began to take a commanding advantage on the Black Bears early and often in the second period. They amassed a 14-1 lead in shots for the period and took a commanding 4-0 lead heading into the third.
The scoring spree began after the Bobcats staved off a Maine power-play opportunity and possessed the puck in the offensive end. After a couple initial shots were blocked by the Maine defense, Vieweg found herself with an open shot on net from faceoff depth in the center of the zone. Her shot ripped past Maine's starting goalie Kylie Smith and in for a 2-0 Bobcat lead. Freshman forward Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario) recorded her first career assist and Babstock notched her fourth assist on the season.
Less than five minutes later, Quinnipiac's power-play got on the board with Babstock's second tally of the night. Transition offense had senior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) with the puck at the far faceoff circle. She found a streaking Babstock up the center of the Maine defensive zone who one-timed a shot past Smtih for the goal. The assist was Boulton's second of the season. Sophomore forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) also extended her program record scoring streak to 10 games with an assist on the play as well.
The power-play again paid dividends late in the second period as Boulton would find the back of the net for her second goal of the season. After a faceoff win in the Maine defensive zone, the puck was swung around the point to Uden Johansson. She sent a pass in the middle to Boulton who ripped a shot through the pads of Treacy and across the line for another Quinnipiac goal, their third of the period. Uden Johannson and senior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) both tallied their first assist of the season on the Boulton goal.
Once again on the power-play in the third, the Bobcats swung the puck around the outside of the zone before Boulton sent a wrist shot in from the point. The initial shot was blocked but Babstock found the puck in front of Treacy and wrapped a shot around the sprawling goalie for her fifth career hat trick.
The Black Bears generated a late goal from Audra Richards as some nice passing from Brooklyn Langlois and Brittany Dougherty around the outside resulted in a shot from the faceoff circle. Quinnipiac senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) stopped the initial shot but the rebound kicked to Richards who prevented the shutout with the Black Bear's first goal of the season.
Vigilanti claims her first win of the season (1-0-1) after making eight saves on nine Maine shots. Smith takes the loss (0-1) for Maine.
Boulton matched her career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) and Uden Johansson's three assists are a new career-high for the junior forward after registering two in a game five different times.
The Bobcats will hit the ice tomorrow to finish up the weekend series against Maine as the puck will drop at 1 p.m. at the High Point Solutions Arena.
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