ORONO, Maine – Coming into the weekend with one goal this season, the No. 10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey's all-time leading scorer was certainly overdue and it paid off in a big way on Saturday in the Bobcats' 5-2 victory over Maine. Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) erupted with three goals, the last of which being the 80th of her career, to finish with her fifth career hat trick. Four goals in the second period proved vital for the nationally-ranked Bobcats on Saturday from Alfond Arena. With the victory, No. 10 Quinnipiac (5-0-1) is now off to their best six-game start to a season in program history while Maine (0-3-1) remains winless on the year.
With her three goals, Babstock ups her team-leading point total to 10 (four goals, six assists) for the season. She was supported with the first goal of the season for senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) and the first career tally and point for sophomore Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario).
Supplying the assists for the Bobcats was freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario), who finished with two helpers against Maine. Woods has now produced multi-point outings in four games this season as she also extends her scoring streak to five games. Colin also added an assist to give her and Brown the first multi-point games of the season for each.
Junior Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) made eight saves in net to pick up her fifth victory of the season while freshman Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.) entered to start to third period and finished with one save in her first career action as a Bobcat.
The red-hot Bobcat power play was at it again early in the first period with a goal from Babstock at 4:29. After the Quinnipiac defense killed off Maine's power play opportunity, the Bobcats took control with a chance of their own. Woods picked up the puck along the near side boards and flicked a puck back to the faceoff dot where Babstock was waiting. The lethal scorer found an opening in the slot and ripped a wrister past Maine goalie Meghann Treacy for the opening goal.
Babstock added another just 16 seconds into the second period as her and Woods teams up on a two-on-one opportunity. The Black Bear defender took away the pass but it proved costly as the Bobcats' all-time leading goal scorer beat Treacy stick side with a bullet wrister to make it 2-0 Bobcats.
The strong forechecking efforts for the Bobcats paid dividends at 2:54 as Colin found the back of the net to put her team up three goals. Pressure from the Bobcat forwards persisted as junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) picked up a loose puck along the Maine defensive end boards. Darkangelo spotted Colin far post and hit her with a beautiful cross that the senior captain poked in past Treacy for her first goal of the season.
Babstock was off her feet and in the air once her third goal of the game came at 4:17 in the second. Woods found the perennial Bobcat goal scorer on another transition look as Babstock carried the puck in on Treacy into the crease. She spotted an opening and slide another wrist shot past the Black Bear goalie, this time blocker side to clinch her fifth career hat trick and first since Oct. 12, 2012 coincidentally also against Maine.
The fourth and final tally for Quinnipiac in the frame came off the stick of West for her first career goal. The sophomore from Ajax, Ontario received the puck at the far side point after a series of nice passing from Colin to sophomore Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario). West received the puck, back-pedaled to get an angle and ripped a slap shot top shelf, bar down past the Black Bears' Mariah Fujimagari who came in for Treacy after Babstock's third goal.
Maine put an end to Laden's scoreless streak at 189:09 with a late goal from Karissa Kirkup after a deflection in front created a wide open net to make it a 5-1 game heading into the third period.
Kirkup added another at 3:21 in third as she beat the Bobcats' freshman goalie Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.) who came in for Laden to start the third period.
Quinnipiac has now won four straight against the Black Bears as they move to 6-11-1 all-time against today's opponent.
Now six games into their 2013-14 season, the No. 10 Bobcats will now open ECAC Hockey play with tough tests at No. 9 Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend.
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