Women's Ice Hockey Begins Final Home Series of Regular Season; No. 4 Cornell on Friday, Senior Day Saturday Against Colgate

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-9-3, 9-5-2 ECAC Hockey)
@ Colgate Raiders (9-16-3, 4-10-3 ECAC Hockey)
Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 2 p.m. (Time Change)
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.

Senior Sendoff

The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey (15-9-3, 9-5-2 ECAC Hockey) team finishes up its home slate for the 2012-13 regular season this weekend facing No. 4 nationally-ranked Cornell (19-4, 14-2 ECAC) and Colgate (8-16-3, 3-10-3 ECAC). This will be the final regular season home game in the careers of a standout senior class including Breann Frykas, Felica Vieweg, Kristen Eklund, Brittany Lyons, Regan Boulton and Victoria Vigilanti. These transcendent players all brought with them an added dimension the program had never seen before and helped guide the Bobcats to the four most successful seasons in program history. Senior Day festivities will take place before the Colgate game on Saturday at 4:00 pm and before that at Noon the Bobcats welcome numerous alumni for the annual Alumni Game. Some of the participants include Bethany Dymarczyk, Kallie Flor, Janine Duffy, Trudy Reyns, and Vicky Graham.

On the Airwaves

The Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) will broadcast all three games at the arena this weekend including the Alumni Game on Saturday. Tune into the link below for in-game coverage and post-game analysis. The two Quinnipiac games will also be streamed live through NEC Front Row with the appropriate links available on the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics.

All-Time Against Cornell
The arch nemesis for the Bobcats the past two seasons has undoubtedly been the Big Red as Quinnipiac has failed to win a game (0-7 record) with Cornell dominating the combined score, 33-10, in those seven meetings. The Bobcats hold a 3-11-5 all-time record heading into the weekend but all three victories have come on the road in Ithaca, N.Y. In each of the past two seasons, Cornell has been the opponent to knock the Bobcats out of ECAC Hockey postseason play in the Semifinal Round. Last season the Bobcats fell, 5-1, to Cornell while in 2011, Quinnipiac nearly pulled out the victory but lost, 4-3, to the Big Red in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals. Kelly Babstock has been the one player to give the Big Red fits as she enters the weekend with eight career assists in six games against Cornell. Babstock is currently riding a five-game scoring streak against the Big Red as the Bobcat's leading scorer will look to extend that mark on Friday. 

Cornell Hockey History

The Big Red have only recently surged to the top of women's college hockey. Since 1996, Cornell sports a 208-242-30 overall record but within the past three years have achieved success that places them among the elite programs in women's college hockey. Since 2009, Cornell owns a record of 82-17-7, with three NCAA Frozen Four appearances including a National Runner-up finish in 2010. The Big Red are the only team in the nation to have made three consecutive NCAA Frozen Four appearances and are primed for another stellar campaign after being chosen to win the ECAC Hockey in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. After only making it to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in every season before 2009, Cornell has since been named the ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champions in each of the past three seasons and has hosted the ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinal and Championship Round in all three years. Just last season, Cornell claimed the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year (Rebecca Johnston), Rookie of the Year (Jillian Saulnier), Best Defensive Forward (Chelsea Karpenko), Best Defensive Defenseman (Lauriane Rougeau), as well as four players being named to the All-ECAC Hockey's First Team (Rougeau, Johnston, Laura Fortino, and Brianne Jenner).

Scouting the Big Red

The Bobcats will have to deal with undoubtedly the hottest player in the ECAC Hockey over the past month in Brianne Jenner. The junior forward is currently riding an 11-game scoring streak and leads the conference in scoring with 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists). Jenner has won two of the past three ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors. She has scored less than two points in just one of the 11 games during her scoring streak and her play has certainly translated into wins as Cornell comes into the weekend with the second-longest winning streak at eight games in-a-row. As if Jenner wasn't enough, the Bobcats must find a way to contain sophomore forward Jillian Saulnier who leads the ECAC Hockey in assists (29) and is fifth in points (38). The Big Red also possess three standout defenders in Preseason All-ECAC Hockey honorees Lauriane Rougeau (two goals, 15 assists) and Laura Fontino (three goals, 12 assists). The third component that Quinnipiac must overcome is junior goalie Lauren Slebodnick who comes in with the sixth-lowest goals-against average (1.50), ninth-highest save percentage (.927), and fifth-highest winning percentage (.800) in the country. One area that the Bobcats will have to exploit is the Big Red's aggressiveness. They come into the weekend averaging 11.3 penalty minutes each game which is the third-most in the country. The Bobcats' power play will need to be active and productive in order to take advantage of the opportunities they will likely receive.

All-Time Against Colgate

The Bobcats own a 6-14-3 all-time record against the Raiders but have dominated the last six meetings with a 5-1-1 mark, and won the past four contests. In the last seven games against Colgate, the Bobcats have thoroughly dominated play with a 20-8 advantage in goals scored. Earlier this season the Bobcats traveled up to Hamilton, N.Y. where they defeated the Raiders, 2-1. Kelly Babstock found the game-winner with Brittany Lyons adding a power-play goal in the first period to highlight the Quinnipiac scoring. Victoria Vigilanti played well in net as she made 13 saves and allowed just one goal.

Colgate Hockey History

The Crimson have long been a force within the ECAC Hockey conference, making playoff appearance eight straight seasons between 2002-10. Recently the Raiders have been held out of postseason play for the past two seasons, including their worst record in program-history in 2011-12 as the team finished, 10-21-2 (.333 winning percentage). Their most successful season came in 2008-09 when the team finished with an 19-14-3 overall record and advanced to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Round where they ultimately fell to Dartmouth in the third game of the best-of-three series. Before becoming a Division I program, Colgate played at the Division III level and experienced great success with a 61-29-8 overall mark and 41-22-7 within ECAC conference play. In 1999-2000, Colgate finished the season 21-4 (16-1 ECAC) and advanced all the way to the ECAC Championship where they fell to Middlebury, 5-1. 

Scouting the Raiders

Despite Colgate's record, the Raiders have proven they have the capability of taking down teams in the upper echelon of the ECAC Hockey. Earlier this season, Colgate took down then No. 2 nationally-ranked Clarkson on the road, 2-1. The loss was the Green Knight's first conference defeat of the season and it also ended Clarkson's five game winning streak with one of those wins coming against No. 3 Cornell the night before. Freshman goalie Ashlynne Rando had herself a stellar night in net with 36 saves while Melissa Kueber found the back of the net for the game-winner with less than eight minutes remaining. Despite a 8-16-3 record, Colgate comes in with a 3-3-1 mark in their past seven games and will rely on their defense to try and take down the Bobcats. Rando has garnered most of the starts in net with a .898 save percentage and 3.13 goals-against average. Their leading scorer is Brittany Phillips (nine goals, seven assists) and Jenna Klynstra (five goals, 11 assists) who each come into the weekend with 16 points. One undeniable weapon the Raiders possess is Miriam Drubel who comes in with three shorthanded goals, tied for the second-most in the country among all players.

Last Time Out

The Bobcats came away with three points last weekend as they beat Brown and tied Yale at High Point Solutions Arena. Friday's game against Yale was dominated by Quinnipiac as Kelly Babstock and Nicole Connery each scored twice and Victoria Vigilanti made 12 saves in net for her 23rd career shutout. Saturday's affair was up in the air for a majority of the three periods before the Bobcats scored two late including one goal from Babstock with 29.5 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime where the two sides played to a 2-2 draw. This was the second time this season the Bobcats have scored with less than one minute on the clock to tie the score as the first game of the year featured a Babstock goal with 39 seconds remaining to give the Bobcats a 4-4 tie against Mercyhurst 

Breann Frykas Career Highlights

The senior forward joined the team back in 2011, coming off a National Championship while playing for the University of Wisconsin. She has played an integral role in the team's success since transferring to the Bobcats with the second-most goals scored last season (11) including six on the power play to lead the team. This season has been marred due to injury but the senior assistant captain persevered to make it back on the ice at full strength.

Career Totals: 125 games played, 44 points, 24 goals, 20 assists

Felica Vieweg Career Highlights

A true model of consistency, today will be this senior defenseman's 139th consecutive game played. She is on pace to eclipse the program record for most games played in a Quinnipiac uniform and has helped man one of the premier defensive teams in the ECAC the past four seasons. With three goals this season, she is the second-highest scoring defenseman on the team. For her career, she has six goals and 20 assists to her name.

Career Totals: 138 games played, 26 points, six goals, 20 assists

Kristen Eklund Career Highlights

The senior forward certainly is a fan favorite and one of the vocal leaders for the Bobcats. Her intensity is unquestioned and her combination of energy, speed and effort help distinguish her contributions the past four seasons. The senior has played in 132 career games with eight goals and nine assists to her credit. One of the biggest games of her career came back in 2009 where she became one of only eight players in program history to record a hat trick.

Career Totals: 131 games played, 17 points, eight goals, nine assists

Brittany Lyons Career Highlights

This senior forward will leave Quinnipiac with her name etched in the record books for quite some time. She currently sits third all-time in goals scored with 37 and tied for seventh in points with 64 through 134 career games. Her seven power-play goals this season more than doubled her career total entering her senior year. After 28 games this season, her 14 goals are good for second-most on the team and her 19 points place her as the fourth-highest scorer.

Career Totals: 133 games played, 64 points, 37 goals, 27 assists 

Regan Boulton Career Highlights

No other defenseman in Quinnipiac history has had an impact quite like this next senior. Her 71 career points puts her in fourth place in the record books and her 48 career assists is third-most all-time in Quinnipiac history. Her point total is nearly 20 more than any other blue liner the Bobcats have ever seen. Last season, she garnered a Third Team All-ECAC following career highs in points and assists. This season, the senior captain has raised her game considerably being the sixth-highest scoring defenseman in the country with five goals and a career-best 19 assists through 28 games.

Career Totals: 129 games played, 71 points, 23 goals, 48 assists

Victoria Vigilanti Career Highlights

Our last senior will leave with one of the most illustrious careers in Quinnipiac history. She owns the most saves, highest save percentage, least goals-against average, most shutouts, and most wins of any goaltender in program history. She has rewritten the record books after a string of impressive seasons has left her with 2768 career saves, .928 save percentage, 1.75 goals-against average, 23 shutouts and 65 career wins. She was the first Bobcat to win ECAC Rookie and Goalie of the Year in 2010 when she led the nation in goals-against average and save percentage. She followed up with a Third Team All-ECAC honor in her sophomore year and currently has the third-most victories among active goaltenders in the country.

Career Totals: 125 games played, 2768 saves, .928 save percentage, 1.75 goals-against average, 66-40-15 record, 23 shutouts

Coming Through in the Clutch

Kelly Babstock has been instrumental in the team's success this season and she continued to add to her legacy over the weekend with four points (three goals, one assists) on back-to-back multi-point outings. Her ability to come through in the clutch however is what puts her in a class among the top scorers in the country. Saturday's game-tying goal with 29.5 seconds remaining gives her all three game-tying goals this season for the Bobcats to go along with a team-high four game-winning goals.

No Goals Allowed

Victoria Vigilanti played over 100 minutes in net over the weekend without surrendering a single goal against Brown and Yale. She began with a 12-save shutout to lead the Bobcats to a 5-0 victory over Brown and then was subbed in the second period against Yale to help keep her team in it where they eventually salvaged a tie.

Picking It Up

In the past nine games for the Bobcats, only the ECAC Hockey's second-leading scorer Kelly Babstock has scored more points than freshman teammate Nicole Connery. Highlighted by her second career multi-goal game this season on Friday against Brown, Connery has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) over the past nine games which is a tie for second on the team alongside Regan Boulton and Nicole Kosta. Friday's game-winner was her second in as many nights and fifth multi-point game this season.

Vigilanti Victorious
The Bobcats' senior goalie has put together her most impressive string of games recently as she has gone unbeaten in her past three appearances (2-0-1) with 44 saves, .978 save percentage, one shutout, and just one goal allowed in the string of over 160 minutes.

Space For Rent

The Bobcats finished their game on Friday without committing a single penalty against Brown. This is the first time the Bobcats accomplished this feat since Feb. 24, 2012 when they defeated Clarkson, 2-0, in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals without spending any time in the penalty box.

Babs Strikes Again

With another four points (three goals, one assist) over the weekend, junior forward Kelly Babstock moves her  total to 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) on the season, good for second place in the ECAC Hockey standings behind Cornell's Brianne Jenner. She already bested her point total from last season and is just 12 points shy of matching her program record 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) achieved during her freshman year. 

Helping Hand

The team-leader in assists, sophomore forward Nicole Kosta, has remained in the top-three in the ECAC Hockey in helpers as her season total currently stands at 26. Kosta enters the weekend having already broken her freshman year assist total while she already has established a new career high in goals (10) after totaling eight in 2011-12. 

Blue Line Power

Senior defenseman Regan Boulton has had herself a standout year, posting 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) this season. She already has established a single-season career high in assists and just broke her previous single season career high in points (21) established last season where she was named to the All-ECAC Third Team.

Moving On Up

Boulton's play of late has sent her surging up the national leaderboard in terms of points per game among defenseman. Her 24 points through 27 games (0.89 points per game average) puts her third among all ECAC Hockey defenders and sixth in the nation among all defensemen behind the likes of North Dakota's Monique Lamoureux and Minnesota's Megan Bozek.

Whose It Gonna Be?
Regan Boulton enters the weekend with 71 career points (23 goals, 48 assists) which currently sits fourth all-time in the Quinnipiac record books but fellow teammate Nicole Kosta is not far behind with 69 career points (18 goals, 51 assists). They both sit fourth and fifth, respectively, on the career points list in Quinnipiac history. Boulton enters the weekend just three points away from passing Vicky Graham '08 for second place all-time while Kosta sits five points away from the milestone.

Points – Career
1.            146         Kelly Babstock (72 goals, 74 assists)
2.            73           Vicky Graham '08 (36 goals, 37 assists)
3.            72           Elyse Cole '09 (43 goals, 29 assists)
4.            71           Regan Boulton (23 goals, 48 assists)
5.            69           Nicole Kosta (18 goals, 51 assists)

Ms. Reliable

Senior defenseman Felica Vieweg has been one of the most durable players the program has ever seen. She has played in every collegiate game since becoming a Bobcat in 2009, giving her 138 consecutive games played. Vieweg already is in the top-five in Quinnipiac history and is a mere seven games away from matching Chelsea Illchuk and Bethany Dymarczyk for the most in program history with 145. 

Penalty-Free

With only 164 penalty minutes through 27 games this season, the Bobcats come into the weekend as the least penalized team in the nation. They currently average 6.1 penalty minutes per game while the next-closest competitor (Bemidji State) averages 6.7 minutes per game.

Extra Attacker Goals

One of the biggest strengths for the Bobcats this season has been their 22.9 percent clip on the power play, good for seventh-best in the nation. Of the 83 Quinnipiac goals this season, 25 (30.1 percent) of them have come off the power play.

On the Plus Side

Quinnipiac's Kelly Babstock and Nicole Kosta both have been instrumental in the team's success thus far in the season, evidenced by their +28 and +27 plus/minus rating through 27 games, respectively. They hold the fourth and sixth spots in the ECAC Hockey standings as they sit behind the Harvard duo of Jillian Dempsey and Kelly Armstrong as well as Cornell's Brianne Jenner.

Kosting Right Along

Nicole Kosta continues her breakout season as her season total stands at 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists) that ranks tied for sixth in the ECAC Hockey. She continues to lead the team with 26 assists on the year. Kosta already bested her numbers from last year as she finished the 2011-12 season with 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) through 34 games.

She Shoots…She Scores…Again

With 24 goals and 23 assists in 27 games this season, Kelly Babstock has either scored or assisted on 47 of the team's 83 goals thus far in the season. She has had a hand in an astonishing 56.6 percent of the team's goals, which is the highest percentage of any player in the nation with Wisconsin's Brianna Decker the next-closest competitor at 53.5 percent.

Points Galore

Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 74 of the 92 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 21-of-23 (current season)

Top-of-the-Line Production

The Bobcat's top offensive and defensive lines have completely dominated the Quinnipiac scoring throughout the season. The production of top forwards Kelly Babstock, Nicole Kosta, and Nicole Brown along with top defenders Regan Boulton and Cydney Roesler have combined for 44 goals and 81 assists in 27 games throughout the season. The 125 points between the five players represents 59.2 percent of the total points for Quinnipiac (211 as a team).

Dynamite Ability

Kelly Babstock has been found near the top of the nation's statistical leaderboard all season. She currently ranks 9th in points per game (1.74), 7th in goals-per-game (0.89), 19th in assists-per-game (0.85), tied for 11th in game-winning goals (four), and tied for 5th in shorthanded goals (two). She is one of only six players to own a spot in the nation's top-10 points per game, top-10 goals per game, and top 20 assists per game.

Everything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Teammates Kelly Babstock and Nicole Kosta have combined for one of the most impressive tandems in the country thus far. Both rank in the top-20 in points-per-game in the nation, each have contributed at least 36 points, with Babstock's 47 (24 goals, 23 assists) and Kosta's 36 (10 goals, 26 assists) leading the way for the Bobcats. They rank as the fifth-highest scoring duo in the country.

Percent Difference

The combination of Kelly Babstock and Nicole Kosta ranks as the top scoring tandem in the nation when considering their team's total production. Of the team's 211 combined points for the Bobcats this season, Babstock and Kosta have accumulated 83 of those 211 for 39.3 percent. That percentage ranks as the highest of any pairing in the nation.

Magic Touch

Nicole Kosta had her program-record 11 game point scoring streak come to an end earlier this season at Syracuse but she and Kelly Babstock have shown impressive passing ability as they rank both in the top-20 nationally in assists-per-game. The two have combined to have a hand on 53-of-83 goals for the team on the season. Kosta has assisted on 31.3 percent (26-of-83) while Babstock has assisted on 27.7 percent (23-of-83) of the team's 76 goals this season. Kosta's percentage places her sixth in the nation's leaderboard in that category while Babstock sits right behind in eighth place.

Right Behind
Kelly Babstock comes into the weekend with 146 points which stands eighth among active Division I players. Babstock's point total is the fourth-most among active juniors and her 72 goals is the second-most behind Minnesota's Amanda Kessel who has posted 85 goals in her three years with the Golden Gophers.

 Active Leaders in Points

  1. 259         Jocelyne Lamoureux         Sr.           North Dakota
  2. 245         Monique Lamoureux         Sr.           North Dakota
  3. 227         Brianna Decker                  Sr.           Wisconsin
  4. 213         Amanda Kessel                  Jr.            Minnesota
  5. 160         Isabel Menard                   Sr.           Boston University
  6. 158         Christine Bestland            Jr.            Mercyhurst
  7. 158         Brianne Jenner                  Jr.            Cornell
  8. 146         Kelly Babstock                Jr.           Quinnipiac
  9. 143         Jillian Dempsey                  Sr.           Harvard
  10. 135         Kelly Sabatine                   Sr.           St. Lawrence

The Wins Keep on Coming

Victoria Vigilanti already eclipsed the career win total of every Quinnipiac goalie, male or female, in program history. Now she is looking to further her claim as one of the greatest goalies in ECAC Hockey history as she currently ranks third among active goalies throughout Division I in wins (66).

 Active Goalie Leaders in Wins

  1. 102         Noora Raty                    Sr.           Minnesota
  2. 75           Alex Rigsby                   Sr.           Wisconsin
  3. 66          Victoria Vigilanti          Sr.          Quinnipiac
  4. 58           Laura Bellamy               Sr.           Harvard
  5. 55           Kerrin Sperry                 Jr.            Boston University
  6. 52           Erica Howe                    Jr.            Clarkson
  7. 46           Corinne Boyles              Sr.           Boston College
  8. 43           Lindsay Holdcroft           Jr.            Dartmouth
  9. 43           Lauren Slebodnick         Jr.            Cornell
  10. 38           Laura Chamberlain        Jr.            RIT

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu