No. 5/6 Women's Ice Hockey Welcomes St. Lawrence and No. 8 Clarkson to High Point Solutions Arena This Weekend
No. 5/6 Quinnipiac Bobcats (10-1-3, 3-1-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
St. Lawrence Saints (5-7, 4-2 ECAC Hockey) / No. 8 Clarkson Golden Knights (10-3-2, 3-2-1 ECAC Hockey)
Friday – Saturday, November 22-23, 2013 – 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.
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Quite the Weekend Coming Up
This weekend's games for the Bobcats will mark the first time Quinnipiac will be playing as a Top 5 ranked team as a result of this week's USCHO.com weekly poll. The No. 5/6 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team entered the Top 5 in the nation for the first time in program history and will be put right to the test as they welcome a pair of ECAC Hockey powers to the High Point Solutions Arena with St. Lawrence and No. 8 Clarkson presenting a pair of formidable opponents for the Bobcats to handle. Quinnipiac has had its fair share of run-ins with both teams in recent postseasons and will be looking for some key conference points this weekend in an effort to position themselves in the playoff running.
All-Time Against the Saints
A familiar foe for the Bobcats last season, this will be the first time these two sides have met since the Saints knocked out Quinnipiac in the 2013 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series held in Hamden. This seesaw rivalry has gone into overtime three of the last four times they've played while the final score of games has been decided by two goals or less in 11 straight meetings dating all the way back to Feb. 13, 2009. St. Lawrence owns the all-time advantage with an 11-6-2 record but the Bobcats have gotten the better of the Saint in the most recent years with a 6-3-2 record in their last 11 contests.
Scouting St. Lawrence
Carmen MacDonald was the engine that made everything go for the Saints a year ago and was the backbone to the team's success against the Bobcats in the ECAC Hockey Tournament that helped carry them through into the Semifinals. The Bobcats threw 140 shots-on-goal against MacDonald through the three-game playoff series but scored only three times against the then-sophomore goalie. The dazzling Quarterfinal performance that included a pair of shutout victories and .979 save percentage helped St. Lawrence dispatch Quinnipiac in what was the only the second time the Bobcats had hosted a playoff series in their program's history. MacDonald and the Saints make their return to High Point Solutions Arena this weekend with a 5-7 overall record and 4-2 mark in the ECAC Hockey. Despite losing their best offensive player (Kelly Sabatine) and best defensive player (Amanda Boulier) from last season, the Saints have more than made up for their losses with a balanced scoring attack led by a senior-laden group including Rylee Smith (5-7-12) and Mel Desrochers (4-9-12). The Quinnipiac faithful will see a familiar face in Smith whose goal with 0.2 seconds remaining in the third period of Game Two of the Quarterfinal series helped send the game into what turned out to be a three overtime battle. Smith is a prolific scorer with the eighth-most points of any active player in the country and will certainly be the primary offensive force for Quinnipiac to deal with among the forward group. One of the unique capabilities of the St. Lawrence offense if the offensive ability of their blue liners who are first (Desrochers 13) and third (Dayle Wilkinson 9) on the team in points this season. They've combined for 22 points with six goals and 16 assists through just 12 points this season. The defensive pairing ranks first in the nation in points among a team's top two defenders as Quinnipiac will have to focus a great deal of attention on the blue line in their defensive end on Friday.
All-Time Against the Golden Knights
One of the crowning moments for Quinnipiac women's ice hockey came in the 2012 ECAC Hockey Tournament when the No. 6 seeded Bobcats went to Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. and took down the No. 3 seed Golden Knights in three games to advance to the Semifinals. The Bobcats had won just twice in 11 prior meetings from Potsdam, N.Y. but Quinnipiac was able to score the upset and move on in the postseason. Now that same success has not translated from Hamden as the Bobcats are winless in their last eight attempts (0-7-1) against Clarkson from their home arena. The Bobcats last defeated the Golden Knights at home back on Nov. 15, 2003 in their first ever meeting but since then they have gone winless playing in Hamden against Clarkson and hope to end that losing stream this Saturday afternoon.
One of the premier teams out of the ECAC Hockey ranks, the Clarkson women's hockey team closed out their most successful season in the program's 10-year history with a 28-10 record and trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Knights were picked to win the ECAC Hockey in the Preseason Coaches' Poll with seven first place votes but have shuffled a little out of the gates with a 3-2-1 mark in conference play. Their two blemishes were both against the two top teams currently in the standings in No. 3 Cornell (L, 6-3) and No. 6 Harvard (L, 2-0) and they failed to come away with a win against Brown (T, 1-1) despite outshooting the Bears 54-11 and 24-1 in the third period. Ranked as high as 3rd in the polls this season, the Golden Knights come in with a mark of 10-3-2 overall and still pose a great threat to any team they face with a senior-laden roster filled with talent. Among their 10 victories so far includes a program record 12-1 win over RIT in the season opener, weekend sweep of St. Lawrence (out of conference matchups) and a sweep of Providence at home last weekend. The Golden Knights have played 15 games so far, 11 of which have been played on home ice as this road trip to Princeton and Hamden will be the first road games the team has played since Oct. 26 (six games ago). This grouping of Clarkson players includes the two-time reigning ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year in Erica Howe. With 114 career games played, 69 victories, 1.69 goals against average, .930 save percentage and 20 shutouts coming into the weekend, she is one of the best goalies the conference has seen in years. Her combination of size and speed make her extremely difficult to score against while she continues her strong play into her senior season with a 1.15 goals against average, .940 save percentage, five shutouts and 10 victories already through 15 games in 2013-14. With the team's defense in capable hands, the offense flows very well across the entire lineup as 14 skaters have scored at least one goal while 17 players have registered at least one point on the year. Senior Jamie Lee Rattray leads the way with 20 points (9-11-20) this season and 135 (57-78-135) for her career. The Golden Knights' most-dynamic player has the green light and will be firing the puck on net from all sorts of angles on Saturday. The nation's leading defenseman scorer is sophomore Erin Ambrose who comes into the weekend with 16 points (7-9-16). Ambrose leads the team in power-play goals (four) and leads the nation in plus/minus (+18). Also in the Golden Knights' arsenal is a grouping that includes seniors Carly Mercer (5-11-16), Brittany Styner (4-12-16), and freshmen Cayley Mercer (2-11-13) and Genevieve Bannon (6-4-10) who all have tallied at least 10 points coming into the weekend road series.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats enjoyed one of their most successful weekends in program history with a weekend sweep of then-No. 5 ranked Boston College (W, 3-2) and New Hampshire (W, 2-1). Quinnipiac's win over the Eagles was just their third ever over a Top 5 program and fourth ever over Boston College in 22 attempts. Their victory came off the stick of junior Shiann Darkangelo who poked home the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in the third period. The Bobcats followed that monumental win up with their first win over the Wildcats in school history on Saturday. Junior Morgan Fritz-Ward supplied the heroics with a game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining as well to propel Quinnipiac to the 2-1 victory. In a game in which the Bobcat defense dominated, Quinnipiac held the Wildcats to just eight shots-on-goal including none in the third period.
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. 5 in the USCHO.com and No. 6 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 83 points (USCHO) and 95 points (USA Today), respectively. They are entering their sixth straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record and their first time playing as a Top 5 team this weekend.
Beating the Best
Quinnipiac's 3-2 victory over Boston College marked the third win ever for the Bobcats over a team ranked in the Top 5 and their fourth win ever over the Eagles in 22 attempts (4-15-3 record). Their win also marked the third straight season in which the Bobcats have taken down a Top 5 team after not having done so in their first 10 years of the program's existence.
Wild Win over the Wildcats
After nine prior attempts, the 10th meeting between the Bobcats and New Hampshire was the first that ended in a Quinnipiac victory in their all-time series history. Coming in with a winless 0-8-1 record against the Wildcats, the Bobcats defeated New Hampshire, 2-1, to score their first win ever over the Hockey East foe.
After allowing just three goals in two games last weekend, the Bobcats have allowed just 15 goals through 14 games this season and have the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.07 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team also has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.54 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.
Darkangeling in the Game-Winner
Shiann Darkangelo was all over the ice throughout the weekend as she scored or assisted on three of the team's five goals including the game-winner over No. 5 Boston College. After already scoring the Bobcats' first goal late in the second period, the junior forward deflected in the game-winning tally with 2:57 remaining. It was good enough for her fourth career multi-goal game and second in just 14 games since joining the Bobcats.
Kelly Babstock is one of only three players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.50, 7th in NCAA), goals per game (0.64, T8th in NCAA) and assists per game (0.86, 9th in NCAA). Babstock joins Cornell's Emily Fulton and Wisconsin's Brittany Ammerman as the only others who can stake that claim.
Chelsea Laden has been the nation's best statistical goalie all season but she has been aided by a tremendous all-around defensive effort that has limited their opponents to just 267 shots in 14 games (19.1 shots allowed per game). That average is second in the nation behind only Clarkson (18.9 shots allowed per game) who the Bobcats will play on Saturday.
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 14 games, Laden sports a 0.95 goals against average, .951 save percentage and has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of her 14 appearances this season.
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 10 games in which she has registered at least one point has resulted in a Quinnipiac victory (10-0-0).
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 14 games this season and currently leads their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 498-271.
Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 10-1-3 start to this season marks their best 14-game start to a season in program history. The Bobcats started with a record of 8-5-1 back in 2010-11, but the team recorded another undefeated weekend this past week and the 2013-14 Bobcats now own the best start to a season ever in program history.
Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is ranked No. 4 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the fourth consecutive week and first time ever. They join Minnesota as the only hockey programs in the country to have both their men's and women's teams ranked in the Top 5 of the national poll.
Before Boston College scored a third period tally in their 3-2 win, Quinnipiac had not allowed a third period goal since Nov. 2 against Cornell. The Bobcats continue to dominate the third period this season, outscoring their opponents 19-3 in that final stanza. After 14 games this year, no other team in the nation has a larger margin of success in the third period.
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 10 of her 12 assists in the final frame as well as a plus/minus rating of +8 that also ranks second in the country. Chelsea Laden, meanwhile, has allowed two goals in 280 total minutes of action in third periods this season. Her miniscule 0.46 goals against average and .973 save percentage both rank as among the Top 3 of the nation's best of goalies.
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 (174-93, 65.2 %, 5th in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (133-76, 63.6 %, 9th 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 175 career points, Babstock is used to supplying the scoring for Quinnipiac but she ranks third in the nation with 21 points (9-12-21) this year and she is tied with Cydney Roesler for the team-lead in plus/minus (+13) rating.
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 +13 through 14 games this season. Roesler is five points behind the nation's leader at +18 while she stands tied for fifth place for the highest rating among defenseman.
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 14 games, Babstock has only committed four penalties for eight minutes, while Darkangelo lasted 11 games before committing her first penalty of the season against Yale.
Laden Owns the Night
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden allowed three goals this past weekend to raise her goals against average from 0.85 to 0.95 as she ranks first in the nation in that category as well as third in the country in save percentage (.951), 6th in winning percentage (.821) and tied for first in shutouts (five).
Laden has been a force all season in the cage as she now has accumulated two scoreless streaks of at least 130 minutes this season. She recently had a streak broken of 130:29 in the first period against Boston College as she lasted from that goal until the penalty shot allowed at the 12:03 mark of the third period against Cornell on Nov. 2. The stalwart goalie also reeled off a 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 eight others for the second-most power play points this season (seven) and tied with seven others for the most power-play goals (four). Woods, meanwhile, sits right behind Babstock with six power play points, good enough for a tied for 11th in the nation.
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through 14 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 sixth in the nation as everyone trails the leader North Dakota (17 goal scorers) for the most of any team in the country.
The Bobcats as a team have spread the puck around magnificently through their first 14 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.
The Bobcats' top offensive unit of Emma Woods (six goals, seven assists), sophomore Nicole Connery (four goals, nine assists) and senior Kelly Babstock (nine goals, 12 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 14 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 sixth in the country in points per game average (0.93) among all rookies skaters.
On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 42-15 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.
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 87 of the 108 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.
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.
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)
|1||Christine Bestland||MERCYHURST||191 (77 G, 114 A)|
|2||Kelly Babstock||QUINNIPIAC||175 (85 G, 90 A)|
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||135 (57 G, 78 A)|
|4||Kourtney Kunichika||RIT||121 (49 G, 72 A)|
|4||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||121 (49 G, 72 A)|
|4||Carly Mercer||CLARKSON||121 (44 G, 77 A)|
|7||Kelly Terry||MINNESOTA||119 (44 G, 75 A)|
|8||Jillian Saulnier||CORNELL||113 (43 G, 70 A)|
|9||Rylee Smith||ST. LAWRENCE||112 (46 G, 66 A)|
|10||Sarah Davis||MINNESOTA||109 (38 G, 71 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
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||57|
|4||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||49|
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.
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.
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