HAMDEN, Conn. – The No. 7 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was featured in a recent news brief on the official website of the NCAA. The Bobcats' highest ranking in program history at No. 7 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll will be put to the test this weekend with road matchups against Brown and Yale.
Now entering their fourth week being ranked in the national polls, Quinnipiac (7-1-2, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) is off to their best start to a season in program history. Now 10 games into the year, the Bobcats feature the second-best defense in the nation (1.10 goals allowed per game) as well as the seventh-best scoring offense at 3.40 goals scored per game.
Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) currently is tied with three others for the most points of any skater in the country at 17 (seven goals, 10 assists). The Bobcats also feature a pair of 10-plus point scorers along their top line in freshman Emma Woods (five goals, seven assists) and sophomore Nicole Connery (four goals, seven assists). Even with their potent top scorers producing at a high level, Quinnipiac has rounded into one of the deepest teams in the country. The Bobcats have 13 different goals scorers this season which is second behind only North Dakota for the most of any team in the country. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (7-1-2, 1.02 GAA, .950 SV %, 4 shutouts) ranks in the Top 10 among college goaltenders in all four major statistical categories this season as she has been the backbone behind one of the stingiest defensive units in the country.
Quinnipiac will travel to Brown and Yale this weekend as they will look to continue their recent uptick and rise up the ECAC Hockey standings.
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