No. 7/9 Women's Ice Hockey Kickstarts Homestand with Matchups Against Hockey East's Boston College and UNH

­No. 7/9 Quinnipiac Bobcats (8-1-3, 3-1-2 ECAC Hockey) @
No. 5 Boston College Eagles (9-2, 5-1 Hockey East) / New Hampshire Wildcats (6-4-2, 2-2-2 Hockey East)
Friday – Saturday, November 15-16,  2013 – 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.

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Heavyweight Showdown
After six straight ECAC Hockey contests, the No. 7/9 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team pits themselves against a pair of Hockey East powers in No. 5 Boston College and New Hampshire this weekend from High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats were dominated last season in their meetings with the Eagles (L, 3-0) and Wildcats (L, 5-2) as Quinnipiac was outscored 8-2 in their contests from last season. Entering their fifth straight week ranked in the Top 10 of both national weekly polls, the Bobcats will put their ranking to the test against a Top 5 and a New Hampshire program that they've never before beaten.

All-Time Against the Eagles
These annual rivals have met at least once every season since Quinnipiac's first varsity campaign back in 2001-02. Boston College has owned the series with a 3-15-3 all-time record including an undefeated 9-0-1 record at home. Now despite the lack of success on the road, the Bobcats have fared serviceably at home with a 3-5-2 record from Hamden including a 2-1 overtime victory in their last meeting from the High Point Solutions Arena that still remains tied for the highest ranked opponent (No. 4) Quinnipiac has ever beaten.

Scouting Boston College
A Frozen Four participant the past three seasons, the Boston College Eagles are one of the premier teams in women's college hockey. The 2012-13 squad finished the season with a 27-7-3 overall record with a 17-2-2 mark in Hockey East play. After handling crosstown rival Harvard in the NCAA Tournament First Round, they took on the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers on their home ice in the Frozen Four. Despite all the adversity, Boston College had the Gophers on the ropes and even shutout the nation's leading scorer in Amanda Kessel but it proved not enough as a Sarah Davis goal 1:39 into the overtime period advanced Minnesota to the National Championship. Fast forward to the 2013-14 season, the Eagles haven't skipped a beat from their great success a year ago as they are already off to a 9-2 start with a 5-1 record in Hockey East play. This young, up-and-coming team has had success despite the loss of junior-to-be Alex Carpenter as she joined Team USA for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics. The team's leading scorer as just a sophomore last year, Carpenter's skills have been made up for with the return of their sophomore sensation Haley Skarupa. The nation's leader in points and goals entering the weekend, Skarupa (12-9-21) is one of the premier threats across the country and is sure to be in consideration for the Patty Kazmaier Award come March 2014. The Bobcats will certainly need to find a way to limit the Eagles' talented scorer in this one as well as finding a way to put one past goalie Corinne Boyles. She posted a 27-save shutout performance against Quinnipiac in their meeting last year and is certainly off to another fantastic start (7-2, 2.03 GAA, .924 SV %) this season. Despite owning the fifth-most potent offense in the country, Boston College hasn't excelled on special teams through 11 games. The Eagles convert just 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season which is only good enough for 22nd out of 34 teams in Division I while their penalty kill is running at just 83.6 percent (20th in the nation). They do, however, feast on shorthanded goals as they are far and away the most potent offensive team while running a man down. The Eagles have scored eight shorthanded goals already this season in just 11 games.

All-Time Against the Wildcats
This one-sided rivalry represents the biggest hurdle Quinnipiac has yet to overcome in their 13-plus years of existence. The Bobcats are still winless (0-8-1) in their nine all-time meetings against New Hampshire. The two teams have played in three of the past four seasons with the Wildcats coming out on top by a combined score of 17-4, including their 5-2 loss to UNH on the road on Nov. 20, 2012. This will be the fifth all-time meeting from Hamden as Quinnipiac looks to build upon their last home meeting back on Feb. 8, 2011 which ended in a 1-1 tie, the only time the Bobcats have not lost to the Wildcats.

Scouting New Hampshire
Always a threat out of the Hockey East, New Hampshire has some several impressive wins already in this young 2013-14 season but none more impressive than their 3-1 win over then-No. 2 ranked Boston College on the road nearly one month ago. This occurred in the midst of their most successful stretch of the season from Oct. 5 through Oct. 27 where the team went undefeated (4-0-1) in five games during that span. Since that undefeated streak ended on Nov. 1, the Wildcats have scuffled a little with a 1-2-1 record in their past four games. New Hampshire comes into the weekend with a 6-4-2 record overall with a 2-2-2 Hockey East mark. The Wildcats run with a very well balanced offense as 13 different players have recorded at least one goal with 10 of them having at least two tallies on the season. Leading the way with 10 points is senior forward Nicole Gifford (6-4-10), who also has recorded three power-play goals to start the year. Quinnipiac's Top 10 ranked penalty kill will be put up to the test as the Wildcats' power play percentage of 22.4 entering the weekend is the eighth-highest in the nation. Both scoring defense and offense for UNH are ranked right in the middle at 15th and 14th, respectively. Quinnipiac will need to work hard in order to squeak by Minnesota as Vilma Vaattovaara has put up more than respectable numbers with a 5-2-2 record, 2.30 goals against average and .924 save percentage. New Hampshire does take its fair share of penalties, however, as the Bobcats will need to exploit and take advantage of the 11.0 average of penalty minutes the Wildcats incur as a team.

Last Time Out
It was another undefeated weekend series for the Bobcats as they took down Brown, 3-1, and followed with a 0-0 tie against Yale in a pair of conference showdowns. Quinnipiac is now riding a five game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) heading into this nonconference weekend at home and will also be riding in with the nation's second-best scoring defense at just one goal allowed per game. Chelsea Laden allowed no goals in over 57 minutes of action this past weekend including her 27-save shutout effort against Yale on the road. She flashed the leather multiple times to save her team and give them a chance for a comeback. Despite scoring just three goals for the weekend, Quinnipiac did outshoot their opponents by a combined total of 89-36.

That Peaceful Easy Feeling
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden and her defensive core have made it a trend to not allow any goals in a game this season as she currently leads the nation with five shutouts. The backbone of Quinnipiac's defensive success through 12 games, Laden sports a 0.85 goals against average, .957 save percentage and has allowed one goal or fewer in eight of her 11 starts this season.

Crazy Eights
The trend this season on the offensive end for Quinnipiac has been with the play of their senior forward Kelly Babstock. Wearing the jersey number eight, Babstock has been the key to the Bobcats' success as all eight games in which she has registered at least one point has resulted in a Quinnipiac victory (8-0-0). 

Thanks for Helping
Always around the center of the action, sophomore forward Nicole Connery has had a transformative season and is currently on pace to double her 19 points recorded in her freshman season. Connery (4-9-13) just wrapped up her third game with two assists this season against Brown on Friday. She now has nine helpers on the season to put her second on the team and just one assist behind Babstock's 10.

Shooting Spree
The offense for the Bobcats this season has been fast-and-furious as the team has spent a majority of 2013-14 ranked in the Top 10 scoring offenses in the nation. They have benefitted from a significant advantage in possession as Quinnipiac has yet to be outshot in any of their 12 games this season and currently leads their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 442-239.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 8-1-3 start to this season marks their best 10-game start to a season in program history. The Bobcats started with a record of 7-4-1 back in 2010-11, but after the team recorded another undefeated weekend this past week, the 2013-14 Bobcats now own the best start to a season ever in program history.

High Risers
The Bobcats' amazing start to the season has reflected in the national polls as the team just earned its highest ranking in program history at No. 7 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 46 points (USCHO) and 55 points (USA Today), respectively. They are entering their fifth straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record.

Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is ranked No. 6 in their respective poll as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the third consecutive week and first time ever. They join Minnesota, Boston College and North Dakota as the only hockey programs in the country to have both their men's and women's teams ranked in the national polls.

Finishing Games
Before Cornell scored a third period tally in their 1-1 tie, Quinnipiac had not allowed a third period goal since Oct. 12 against Maine. The Bobcats continue to dominate the third period this season, outscoring their opponents 17-2 in that final stanza. After 12 games this year, no other team in the nation has a larger margin of success in the third period. 

Clutch Gene
A pair of Bobcats, Kelly Babstock and Chelsea Laden, have completely owned the third period this season from the offensive and defensive end, respectively. Babstock is second in the nation in third period scoring this year as she has accumulated nine of her 10 assists in the final frame as well as a plus/minus rating of +7 that also ranks second in the country. Chelsea Laden, meanwhile, has allowed one goal in 240 total minutes of action in third periods this season. Her miniscule 0.27 goals against average and .984 save percentage both rank as the nation's best of goalies with at least 100 minutes played. 

Domination from the Dot
Quinnipiac is the only team in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 10 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Senior Kelly Babstock (147-83, 63.9 %, 8th in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (125-70, 64.1 %, 6th in NCAA) are both key contributors to the Bobcats' domination this season from the faceoff circle. 

Key to Success
The pivotal player for the Bobcats this season has been their senior forward Kelly Babstock. With 172 career points, Babstock is used to supplying the scoring for Quinnipiac but she ranks third in the nation with 18 points (8-10-18) this year and she leads a group of two other Bobcats with the top plus/minus (+10) on the team amongst forwards. 

WINNERS!
Chelsea Laden (Goaltender) and Emma Woods (Rookie) both picked up an ECAC Hockey monthly award two weeks for their performance in the month of October. Laden led the nation in shutouts (3) while she continued to own a spot in the Top 10 of the nation in goals against average (1.17, 2nd NCAA), save percentage (.942, 8th NCAA) and winning percentage (.812, 7th NCAA). Woods, meanwhile, finished up one of the best months for a freshman in Quinnipiac history. She picked up two ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week awards and registered 10 points (4-6-10) after eight games to lead all freshmen skaters in the conference. 

Yeah She's Pretty Important
Sophomore defenseman Cydney Roesler holds the highest plus/minus rating of anyone on the team at +12 through 12 games this season. Roesler is just two points behind the nation's leader at +14 while she stands tied for fourth place for the highest rating among defenseman.

Penalty-Free
Two key contributors for the Bobcats coming into this season have long been plagued by penalties as Kelly Babstock and Shiann Darkangelo came into this season with 106 and 105 penalty minutes, respectively. Through 12 games, Babstock has only committed four penalties for eight minutes, while Darkangelo lasted 11 games before committing her first penalty of the season on Saturday against Yale.

Laden Owns the Night
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden didn't allow a goal this past weekend to lower her goals against average from 1.02 to 0.85 as she ranks second in the nation in that category as well as third in the country in save percentage (.957), 10th in winning percentage (.792) and first in shutouts (5).

Scoreless Streaks
Laden has been a force all season in the cage as she now has accumulated two scoreless streaks of at least 120 minutes this season. She last allowed a goal at the 12:03 mark of the third period against Cornell on Nov. 2 and upped her scoreless streak to 124:54 after her impressive weekend. The stalwart goalie still has a way to go to top her stretch from earlier this season which lasted 189:09 over the course of four games.

Power Play Points
The lethal combination of Kelly Babstock and Emma Woods have been devastating to their opponents while on the man advantage this season. Babstock is tied with three others for the most power play points this season (7) and tied with four others for the most power-play goals (4). Woods, meanwhile, sits right behind Babstock with six power play points, good enough for a tied for fifth place in the nation.

Scorers Galore
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through 12 games the team has not disappointed with 13 different goal scorers to start the season. That total of 13 different goal scorers for the Bobcats is tied for second in the nation behind only North Dakota (17 goal scorers) for the most of any team in the country.

Points Anyone?
The Bobcats as a team have spread the puck around magnificently through their first 12 games as 15 of their 19 skaters this season have contributed at least one point. Only Minnesota-Duluth (18 individual point scorers), Wisconsin (17) and Clarkson (16) have combined for more players with at least one point on their team through the start of the season.

For the First Time
Four of the Bobcats' non-freshman have already posted their first career goal during this season after just 12 games. The run started with Anna Borgfeldt as she found the back of the net against Maine after playing in 74 career games without putting up a goal. Lindsey West followed with a blast from the point that found its way past the Maine goalie for her first career tally. Finally, just this past weekend against Colgate, after 44 games it was time for sophomore defenseman Cydney Roesler and Kristen Tamberg to find the scoresheet as they both picked up a goal in the victory over the Raiders.

Top-of-the-Line Production
The Bobcats' top offensive unit of Emma Woods (six goals, seven assists), sophomore Nicole Connery (four goals, nine assists) and senior Kelly Babstock (eight goals, 10 assists) have already gelled into what could be one of the most-dominate lines in the country as they trail only Cornell's top line of Emily Fulton, Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier as well as Clarkson's Carly and Cayley Mercer and Jamie Lee Rattray and for most points among their top skaters.  

Can't Emmagine a Better Start
Through the first 12 games of her career, freshman forward Emma Woods is second behind only Robert Morris' freshman forward Brittany Howard for the most points of any freshman skater in the country with 13 (6-7-13). She also ranks fifth in the country in points per game average (1.08) among all rookies skaters.

On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 37-12 this season which has played a big role in the Bobcats' entire contingent of skaters, only one of which are below +0 in their +/- rating this season. The Bobcats are the only team in the nation that can stake that claim. 

Points Galore
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 85 of the 106 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 8-of-10

Shooting Spree
Pressuring from the opening faceoff, the Bobcats finished last Saturday's game against Penn State with a 59-14 advantage in shots-on-goal. The 59 shots for the game was the most for any Quinnipiac squad in a game ending in regulation since Nov. 26, 2010 (87 games) when the Bobcats trounced Sacred Heart, 9-1.

Cyd the Kid
After being held scoreless through the first weekend of the season, sophomore defender Cydney Roesler posted the second multi-point game of her career earlier this season against Colgate as she now leads the team's defenseman in scoring with five points (one goal, four assists). Her four assists lead the way for all Bobcat defenders and are tied for fourth on the team.

Right Behind
Kelly Babstock comes into the 2013-14 with 154 points which stands second among active Division I players. With all the graduations from last season, in addition to this being an Olympic season help Babstock vault up the rankings and move into second place among active players.

Most career points among active Division I women's hockey players (at least 100 points)

Rank Player School Points
1 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 187 (75 G, 112 A)
2 Kelly Babstock QUINNIPIAC 172 (84 G, 88 A)
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 133 (56 G, 77 A)
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 121 (49 G, 72 A)
5 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 120 (49 G, 71 A)
6 Carly Mercer CLARKSON 119 (44 G, 75 A)
7 Kelly Terry MINNESOTA 117 (43 G, 74 A)
8 Rylee Smith ST. LAWRENCE 112 (46 G, 66 A)
9 Jillian Saulnier CORNELL 109 (41 G, 68 A)
10 Sarah Davis MINNESOTA 105 (37 G, 68 A)


Active Career Leader
Babstock enters her senior season behind only Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland as the active career leader in points among all Division I players but has the most career goals (84) of any active player in Division I.

Most career goals among active Division I women's hockey players

Rank Player School Goals
1 Kelly Babstock QU 84
2 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 75
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 56
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 49
4 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 49


Escape Artists
Quinnipiac's thrilling come-from-behind 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State on Oct. 6 marked the first time since Jan. 8, 2011 (87 games) that Quinnipiac has overcome a first period deficit. The Huskies scored a power-play goal early in the first and the Bobcats were able to score three goals in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

Instant Success
Woods earns Rookie of the Week after scoring the first two goals of her career, including the game-winner, in the final five minutes to help secure the Bobcats' first victory of the season Saturday against St. Cloud State. Woods tied former Bobcat Hayley McMeekin (Oct. 14, 2005) for the fewest games played (two) before registering their first career multi-goal game. 

Prolonged Success
The 2012-13 season was yet another successful campaign as the Bobcats finished 20-12-4 overall and 13-6-3 in ECAC Hockey competition. The 13 wins in conference action was the most in the history of the program and the 20 total wins gives the team 80 victories over a four-year span, a claim only 10 other teams in Division I can hold. 

Third Times a Charm
For the third consecutive season, Quinnipiac women's ice hockey senior forward Kelly Babstock was honored with a ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League selection. An ECAC Hockey First-Team honoree at the end of the 2012-13 season, Babstock returns looking to lead her team back to the postseason for the fifth straight season. She is joined by three Clarkson skaters, including goalie Erica Howe, defenseman Erin Ambrose and forward Jamie Lee-Rattray, as well as Harvard defenseman Sarah Edney and Cornell forward Jillian Saulnier. 

ECAC Hockey Coaches' Poll
As chosen by the league's coaches, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was selected to finish fourth in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats totaled 94 points after finishing the 2012-13 with a 20-12-4 overall record (13-6-3 ECAC Hockey) and advanced to the ECAC Hockey Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

2013-14 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

Team (First place votes)

Points

1

CLARKSON (7)

119

2

CORNELL (5)

111

3

HARVARD

99

4

QUINNIPIAC

94

5

ST. LAWRENCE

78

6

DARTMOUTH

75

7

PRINCETON

56

8

RENSSELAER

46

9

COLGATE

43

10

YALE

36

11

BROWN

26

12

UNION

16


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