No.8 Quinnipiac Bobcats (10-2-4, 3-2-3 ECAC Hockey) @
Princeton Tigers (5-4-1, 4-4 ECAC Hockey)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Hobey Baker Memorial Rink – Princeton, N.J.
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Tuesday Night Tussle with the Tigers
After a tough weekend home series the No. 8 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will be taking on their travel partner Princeton on Tuesday night from Hobey Baker Memorial Rink. This crucial conference showdown will be the first meeting between both sides and looms large in the ECAC Hockey standings as the Bobcats (5th) are separated by just one point from the Tigers (6th). Quinnipiac has the advantage in recent history as they come in riding a six-game winning streak against Princeton as the Tigers haven't beaten the Bobcats since Jan. 3, 2011. This weekday matchup is the first for the Bobcats all season and also marks their 20th all-time meeting against their regional rival.
All-Time Against the Tigers
After not being able to come through with a victory against the Tigers in their first 11 all-time meetings, the Bobcats have won seven of their last eight games playing Princeton, including a current six-game winning streak. Among the more notable meetings was the 2011 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series where the Bobcats swept the Tigers in the best-of-three series playing from Hobey Baker Memorial Rink. The Tigers have scored just three goals over the last six games playing the Bobcats while Quinnipiac has shutout Princeton in four of those meetings. Despite the domination, four of these last six games have been decided by two goals or less making for what shapes up to be a tightly-contested conference showdown.
Before last weekend, the Tigers were one of the hottest up-and-coming teams in the nation as they received votes in the USCHO.com poll and were riding into a weekend home series after an undefeated weekend playing New Hampshire (W, 3-1) and Boston College (T, 1-1). The Tigers have taken care of business this season with some conference victories against Brown, Dartmouth, Yale and Colgate but have been outscored by the upper echelon teams (Cornell, Clarkson, Harvard and St. Lawrence) by a score of 20-6. They did, however, put a scare in the ECAC Hockey's top-ranked team in Cornell as they fell to the Big Red, 5-4, at home. Cornell jumped out early with five first period goals but the Tigers stormed back with four of their own in the second frame to get right back in the game only to play a scoreless final stanza and leave the with one goal deficit. The Tigers' offense relies heavily on their senior defenseman Rose Alleva who currently leads the team in points (nine) and goals (five). Her shot from the blue line will certainly be a point of emphasis for the Bobcat defense on Tuesday evening as but so will the goals scoring ability of senior forward Olivia Mucha who shares the team lead for goals with Alleva with five. Saddled alongside those two top scorers are Sally Butler (1-7-8), Jaimie McDonell (3-4-7), Gabie Figueroa (0-7-7) and Cassidy Tucker (3-3-6) who all combined to make for a well-balanced unit from top to bottom for this year's Princeton squad. Five of their top six scorers this season are seniors and they've all combined to help cushion the blow from losing Corey Stearns to graduation after she finished as one of the top assist leaders in the nation with 26 helpers in 2012-13. Backing the Tigers in goal all season has been sophomore Kimberly Newell who was last week's ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week. The sophomore standout had a tough weekend against St. Lawrence and Clarkson but still comes in with a respectable 3.33 goals against average and 4-4-1 record.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats struggled to score against two of the premier goaltender in the ECAC Hockey as they tied St. Lawrence, 1-1, and fell to Clarkson, 3-0, from High Point Solutions Arena. Quinnipiac did not fall short on opportunities, however, as they put 47 shots-on-goal against the Saints but Carmen MacDonald (46 saves) was up to the task time and time again. On Saturday it was Clarkson's Erica Howe (23 saves) who did the dirty work for the Golden Knights as she put a cap on the Bobcat attack and allowed for the 3-0 win. Kelly Babstock was able to find the back of the net on Friday with her fifth power-play goal of the season, currently tied atop the nation's leaderboard.
The Bobcats' amazing start to the season has reflected in the national polls as the team just earned the No. 8 ranking in the USCHO.com and almost certainly are guaranteed a spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 57 points in the USCHO.com poll as the Bobcats are entering their seventh straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record.
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 11 games in which she has registered at least one point has not resulted in a Quinnipiac loss (10-0-1).
Lack of Separation
In what has turned out to be a sprout and dynamic back-and-forth rivalry, Quinnipiac and St. Lawrence have now gone 12 straight games playing each other to a result decided by two goals or less. The last time either side beat the other by more than two goals was back on Feb. 13, 2009. It also marks the fourth time in five games these two teams have played into the overtime periods to decide a winner.
Lading Down the Law
The sensational ride for junior goalie Chelsea Laden took a slight bump this weekend as she allowed more than two goals in a game for just the second time all season in her team's 3-0 loss to Clarkson on Saturday. Despite the setback her goals against average (1.07), save percentage (.947) and shutouts (five) all still rank in the Top 3 among the entire crop of goaltenders in the nation.
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 19 goals through 16 games this season and have the nation's fourth-ranked scoring defense at 1.19 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.60 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.
Kelly Babstock is one of only six players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 20 in points per game average (1.38, 11th in NCAA), goals per game (0.62, T9th in NCAA) and assists per game (0.75, T17th in NCAA). Babstock joins Cornell's Emily Fulton and Jessica Campbell, Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray and Erin Ambrose, Wisconsin's Brittany Ammerman and Providence's Corinne Buie as the only others who can stake that claim.
Chelsea Laden has been one of 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 322 shots in 16 games (20.1 shots allowed per game). That average is second in the nation behind only Clarkson (18.8 shots allowed per game),
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 is second in the nation with five shutouts. The backbone of Quinnipiac's defensive success through 16 games, Laden sports a 1.07 goals against average, .947 save percentage and has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of her 16 appearances this season.
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 was outshot for the first time all season against Clarkson on Saturday (26-23). Despite disruption in the streak, the Bobcats currently lead their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 568-322.
Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 10-2-4 record this season marks their best record 16 games into a season in program history. The Bobcats are well on their way to breaking their previous best single-season record (2010-11) of 22-12-3 including a 12-9-1 conference mark.
Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is ranked No. 5 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the fifth consecutive week and first time ever. They join Minnesota, Boston College and Clarkson 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.
Clarkson scored a third period goal on Saturday to become just the fourth team this season to score on the Bobcats in the final stanza. The Bobcats continue to dominate the third period this season, outscoring their opponents 19-4 in that final 20 minutes. After 16 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 tied with Vermont's Amanda Pelkey for 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 nation. Chelsea Laden, meanwhile, has allowed three goals in 320 total minutes of action in third periods this season. Her miniscule 0.60 goals against average and .967 save percentage both are tops in the country among all goaltenders.
Domination from the Dot
Quinnipiac joins Minnesota as the only teams in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 10 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Senior Kelly Babstock (204-103, 66.4 %, 3rd in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (139-79, 63.8 %, 8th 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 176 career points, Babstock is used to supplying the scoring for Quinnipiac as she sits tied for fifth in the nation with 22 points (10-12-21) this year and is tied alongside Cydney Roesler for the team-lead in plus/minus (+12) 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.
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 16 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 four goals this past weekend to raise her goals against average from 0.95 to 1.07 but she still ranks third in the nation in that category as well as tied for third in the country in save percentage (.947), 8th in winning percentage (.750) and second 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 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 five others for the seventh-most power play points this season (eight) and tied with three others for the most power-play goals (five). Woods, meanwhile, sits right behind Babstock with six power play points, good enough for a tied for 19th in the nation.
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through 16 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 16 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.
On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 43-19 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 88 of the 109 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 five assists lead the way for all Bobcat defenders and are good 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||193 (77 G, 116 A)|
|2||Kelly Babstock||QUINNIPIAC||176 (86 G, 90 A)|
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||142 (60 G, 82 A)|
|4||Kourtney Kunichika||RIT||124 (49 G, 75 A)|
|4||Carly Mercer||CLARKSON||124 (44 G, 80 A)|
|6||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||122 (50 G, 72 A)|
|7||Kelly Terry||MINNESOTA||120 (45 G, 75 A)|
|8||Rylee Smith||ST. LAWRENCE||115 (47 G, 68 A)|
|9||Jillian Saulnier||CORNELL||113 (43 G, 70 A)|
|10||Sarah Davis||MINNESOTA||111 (38 G, 73 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 (86) of any active player in Division I.
Most career goals among active Division I women's hockey players
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||60|
|4||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||50|
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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