January 6, 2014

No. 10 Women's Ice Hockey Kicks Off 2014 With Home ECAC Hockey Matchup Against Princeton on Tuesday

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-2-5, 5-2-4 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Princeton Tigers (9-6-2, 6-4-1 ECAC Hockey)
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – 7:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.

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We Ready
After a month off, the No. 10 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team is eager to get back into action with a showdown against ECAC Hockey travel partner Princeton on Tuesday night from High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats return to campus after their annual winter break and are trust right into a pivotal conference battle with the Tigers who trail Quinnipiac by just one point in the ECAC Hockey standings. Both sides played earlier this season to a 1-1 tie and a win on Tuesday would give away two points and a victory in the season series which would help break a tie should it come to that in the standings.

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 nine games playing Princeton, including a current seven-game unbeaten streak. Quinnipiac had their six-game winning streak snapped earlier this season with the 1-1 tie on Nov. 26 but the team still hasn't lost to Princeton since Jan. 3, 2011. 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 four goals over the last seven games playing the Bobcats while Quinnipiac has shutout Princeton in four of those meetings. Despite the domination, five of these last seven games have been decided by two goals or less making for what shapes up to be a tightly-contested conference showdown.

Scouting Princeton
Earlier this season, 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). Since then they have cooled off after a six-game winless stretch but come into Tuesday night riding a four-game winning streak with wins against Rensselaer, Union and two against UConn. 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, St. Lawrence and Minnesota) by a score of 35-7. 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 with the one goal deficit. The Tigers' offense isn't one that dominates the opposition as they've tallied only 41 goals in 17 games, but they are extremely opportunistic with five shorthanded goals and eight power-play tallies this season. They are led by a senior-laden group starting with Denna Laing and Sally Butler who each come in with 11 points to lead the team. Laing has registered four goals with seven assists while Butler leads the team with nine assists to go along with two goals. Olivia Mucha comes in with a team-high seven goals in just 12 games but is questionable to see the ice after missing last weekend's games against UConn due to injury. Heading up the Tigers' blue line is a pair of steady senior leaders in Rose Alleva (5-4-9) and Gabie Figueroa (1-8-9) who each sit tied for third on the team in points. Cassidy Tucker (3-5-8) was the thorn in the Bobcats' side in their previous meeting as she scored the game-tying shorthanded goal late in the third period. 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 has won one ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honor already this season. The sophomore standout has turned in respectable numbers across the board with a 3.04 goals against average, .900 save percentage and held the Bobcats to just one goal on 35 shots in their previous meeting this season.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac rode into their winter break by sweeping Union and Rensselaer to extend their winning streak to four games as they last played exactly one month ago on Dec. 6-7. Their 4-2 victory over Union extended the Bobcats' undefeated record against the Dutchwomen in their all-time series to 24 games (20-0-4) while also earning their first conference win in nearly a month since taking down Brown, 3-1, on Nov. 8 (four games ago). Junior Shiann Darkangelo struck for two goals in the first period while junior Anna Borgfeldt added the game-winner in the second period. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden had to fend off a Union power play late while Babstock added an insurance goal with less than three minutes to play to seal the victory. They followed that with a win against the Engineers in what was a defensive struggle through a scoreless first before freshman Emma Woods and sophomore Nicole Brown struck for goals in the second. Darkangelo added a power-play goal in the third to add to the Quinnipiac lead while Laden made 18 saves in net to help the Bobcats lock up the win. 

Exclusive Company
Kelly Babstock played the part of distributor this past weekend for the Bobcats as she totaled four points, three of which were assists, with the third helper bringing her up to 100 career assists for the Quinnipiac senior forward. With 188 career points, just 12 away from 200, Babstock joins Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland as the only two active players in the nation who make up the 100 career assist club.

She's Got a Nose for the Net
Joining Babstock in her illustrious weekend was junior Shiann Darkangelo who also posted four points as she totaled three goals and one assist in the weekend series against Union and Rensselaer. Darkangelo transferred to Quinnipiac from Syracuse with a reputation as a goal scorer and has not disappointed as she currently leads the team and ranks fourth in the nation with 14 tallies to her name.

Second Half Surge
Over the past four seasons, the Bobcats have been known to pick up their play in the second half of their schedule. Since the 2009-10 season, Quinnipiac is 45-26-9 (.594 winning percentage) throughout the first half of their schedule compared to 29-17-8 (.611) in the second half. The biggest discrepancy comes at home wherein the Bobcats are 20-13-4 (.595) at home in the first half and 16-5-5 (.712) in the second half from the High Point Solutions Arena.

Nutmeg Classic Championship
The annual tradition pitting all three Connecticut schools against one another began back in 2004 and with the Bobcats' triumph this season they now tied UConn atop the list for most Nutmeg Classic Championships with four. It is also their third title in four years while Kelly Babstock was named Tournament MVP for the second time in her career.

High Risers
The Bobcats' amazing start to the season has reflected in the national polls as the team just earned the No. 10 ranking in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 23 points among the USCHO.com votes and __ in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their 11th straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record.

Brackett Busts Through
It took her 87 career games played but senior Olivia Brackett broke through with her first career goal in the 3-2 win over Yale. The goal came late in the second period with her team trying to erase an early 2-0 deficit. The longest-tenured Bobcat to never have scored received a crossing pass from Babstock and beat the Yale goalie five-hole much to the delight of the fans and teammates on-ice who mauled her at the far side boards.

Coming out of the Woodwork
Freshman Emma Woods has made the most of her move back up to the top line with four points over the last four games to snap a six-game scoreless streak that lasted for the better part of November. Despite the scoring draught, Woods still ranks third on the team with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) while ranking 7th in the country in points per game (0.81) among freshmen skaters.

How's your Weekend?
Kelly Babstock vaulted into the lead for most points among any player in the nation with her seven point outburst at the Nutmeg Classic. She went for one goal and six assists including the third career game with at least five points in Friday's 8-0 win over RIT. Babstock earned MVP honors for the second time in her career at the event while scoring the most points of any player in the 10 year history of the two-game tournament.

Double Dip
Babstock and Shiann Darkangelo each went for five points in the Bobcats' 8-0 victory over RIT to make it the first game in the history of the program in which two players totaled five points each in the same game. For Babstock it was the third time in her career registering five points in a single game while the five points for Darkangelo set a new career high.

She Ain't Shy About Scoring
Ever since Shiann Darkangelo was moved from the second to the first line she has exploded with nine goals and four assists for 13 points in nine games since the move-up. Darkangelo picked up her second career hat trick against RIT and fourth multi-goal game of the season against Union for Quinnipiac which leads the team. She also became the 11th player in the history of the program to tally a hat trick.

Lending a Hand
Kelly Babstock had quite the day passing the puck as she finished with five points and tied a single-game program record with four assists against RIT. The assist total matches her own program record set last season when she tallied four assists on Oct. 27, 2012 against Dartmouth.

Ross the Boss
Rookie goalie Sydney Rossman was in complete control against RIT as she picked up a 25-save shutout in only her second career start. After compiling only two saves in a little under 30 minutes of action prior to the contest, Rossman denied all 25 of the Tigers' shots in net to pick up her first career shutout.

Shutout City
With Sydney Rossman's shutout effort in net against RIT at the Nutmeg Classic, Quinnipiac is one of only team teams in the country to have two goaltenders notch a shutout this season. Chelsea Laden is second in the nation with five while Rossman adds her name to the list to put the Bobcats in company that they claim all to themselves. Robert Morris (Jessica Dodds, Courtney Vinet) is the only other team to hold that distinction.

Six Pack in the House
The Bobcats' six goal second period tied a program record set back on Jan. 16, 2005 for most goals scored in a single period. It marked the first time Quinnipiac had scored at least five in a single frame since their Nov. 28, 2009 matchup against Sacred Heart which still stands as the largest single-game goal output (11).

Crazy Eight
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 16 games in which she has registered at least one point has not resulted in a Quinnipiac loss (14-0-2). 

Laying Down the Law
The sensational ride for junior goalie Chelsea Laden continued in the Bobcats' last glimpse of action as she made 33 saves and allowed just three goals in 120 minutes of action. Laden has now allowed two goals or less in 17 of her 19 appearances this season. After another outstanding start in net her goals against average (1.11), save percentage (.945) and shutouts (five) all still rank in the Top 3 among the entire crop of goaltenders in the nation.

Undisputed Leader
With the Bobcats' 1-1 tie at Princeton, the Bobcats finished with their fifth draw this season, all of which have come when the team has scored/allowed one goal or fewer. No other team in the nation has accumulated more than three tied decisions as we near the halfway point of the seasons across the NCAA.

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.

Nation's Best
After recording their sixth shutout of the season against RIT, the Bobcats have allowed just 25 goals through 21 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 1.82 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.

Prestigious Scorer
Kelly Babstock is one of only seven players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.62, 4th in NCAA), Top 20 goals per game (0.57, T14th in NCAA) and Top 10 assists per game (1.05, 4th in NCAA). Babstock joins Cornell's Emily Fulton and Jessica Campbell, Minnesota's Rachael Bona and Sarah Davis, Robert Morris' Brittany Howard and Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland as the only players who can stake that claim in the country.

Defense Prevails
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 436 shots in 21 games (20.8 shots allowed per game) which ranks as the second-best in the nation to Clarkson at 19.3.

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 was outshot for the first and only time all season against Clarkson (26-23). Despite disruption in the streak, the Bobcats currently lead their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 733-436.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 14-2-5 record this season marks their best record 21 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. 7 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the 11th consecutive week and first time ever. They join Minnesota and Boston College as the only hockey programs in the country to have both their men's and women's teams ranked in the Top 10 of the national poll.

Finishing Games
Union and Rensselaer each scored a third period goal to become just the sixth and seventh 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 23-57in the final 20 minutes.

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 sits third in the nation in third period scoring this year as she has accumulated 11 of her 22 assists in the final frame as well as a plus/minus rating of +9 that also ranks third in the nation. Chelsea Laden, meanwhile, has allowed six goals in 380 total minutes of action in third periods this season.

Domination from the Dot
Quinnipiac stands as the only teams in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 5 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Senior Kelly Babstock (279-141, 66.4 %, 2nd in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (145-81, 64.2%, 5th 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 188 career points, Babstock is used to supplying the scoring for Quinnipiac as she sits atop the nation's leaderboard with 34 points (12-22-34) this year and is third in the ECAC Hockey, first on the Bobcats, with a plus/minus rating of +20.

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 21 games, Babstock has only committed six penalties for 12 minutes, while Darkangelo lasted 11 games before committing her first penalty of the season against Yale.

Scoreless Streaks
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 scoring ability of Kelly Babstock has been devastating to opponents while on the man advantage this season. Babstock is tied with 12 others for the ninth-most power play points this season (nine) and tied with seventh others for the most power-play goals (five).

Points Anyone?
The Bobcats as a team have spread the puck around magnificently through their first 21 games as 16 of their 20 skaters this season have contributed at least one point. Only Minnesota-Duluth (18 individual point scorers) and Wisconsin (17) have combined for more players with at least one point on their team through the start of the season.

For the First Time
Five of the Bobcats' non-freshman have already posted their first career goal during this season after just 21 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. Finally, Olivia Brackett added her name to the list against Yale in the Nutmeg Classic Championship with her first career tally.

On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 62-25 this season which has played a big role in the Bobcats' entire contingent of skaters, only two of which are below +0 in their +/- rating this season. 

Points Galore
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 93 of the 114 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 16-of-18

Shooting Spree
Pressuring from the opening faceoff, the Bobcats finished their 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.

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 203 (83 G, 122 A)
2 Kelly Babstock QUINNIPIAC 188 (88 G, 100 A)
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 145 (63 G, 82 A)
4 Carly Mercer CLARKSON 129 (46 G, 77 A)
5 Kelly Terry MINNESOTA 128 (47 G, 81 A)
6 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 126 (49 G, 77 A)
7 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 124 (51 G, 73 A)
8 Sarah Davis MINNESOTA 120 (42 G, 78 A)
9 Jillian Saulnier CORNELL 119 (45 G, 74 A)
10 Rylee Smith ST. LAWRENCE 116 (47 G, 69 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 (87) 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 88
2 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 83
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 63
4 Kolbee McCrea RIT 54
5 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 51


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.

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