Kelly Babstock Reaches 200-Point Milestone in No. 9/10 Bobcats' 3-0 Victory Over Colgate; QU Earns No. 4 Seed, Will Host No. 5 St. Lawrence in ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Needing a victory to secure home ice for the ECAC Hockey playoffs, the No. 9/10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey did just that and then some with a record-breaking day for senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) in a 3-0 win over Colgate on Saturday from Starr Rink. Babstock picked up an assist in the second period to record her 200th career point to become the first women's ice hockey player in Quinnipiac history to accomplish the feat. With the victory, the Bobcats (20-5-9, 11-4-7 ECAC Hockey) earn the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 St. Lawrence in a rematch of last year's thrilling Quarterfinal series.
Babstock's milestone-clinching moment pushed her into elite company as she already is the only women's ice hockey player with 100 career points and now becomes just the third player (male or female) in Quinnipiac history to reach 200 career points, joining Chris Cerrella '01 and Todd Johnson '89 as the only Bobcats in the 200-point club.
The Bobcats' victory gives them their third 20-win season in program history while it also was the 250th in the career of head coach Rick Seeley in 14 seasons with three different teams. Quinnipiac also advances to their fifth straight appearance in the ECAC Hockey Tournament and will be hosting a Quarterfinal series for the third time ever and second straight season.
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was stout in net, making 12 saves for her seventh shutout of the season, a total that ranks as the third-highest in the entire nation. Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) continued her hot streak with her 20th goal of the season as she now has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in her last nine games.
Quinnipiac's senior captain Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) picked up the game's first goal with a quick tally just 1:39 into the first period. Freshman Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario) fed the puck up to Colin who carried plenty of speed into the Colgate defensive zone. She then cycled with Darkangelo who centered back to Colin at the near post, eventually jamming the puck past Raider goalie Ashlynne Rando. Colin's goal is the fastest tally for the Bobcats since Dec. 1, 2012 when Nicole Brown scored 1:57 in against Union. With today's victory, the Bobcats continue to close out victories as they move to 13-0-5 after scoring first and 9-0-2 when leading after the first period.
Babstock reached her milestone at the 2:33 mark of the second period as her bench, along with the attending Bobcat faithful all were aware of the significance, screaming out chants of "Babstock" and "200" following the Darkangelo goal. Freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) started the play with a lead pass up to Babstock in the neutral zone. She skated in on Rando and flicked a shot on-net that came out to Darkangelo who buried a wrister past the Colgate goalie.
Later in the second, Quinnipiac managed to break a streak of 10 straight games without a power-play with a snipe from the point by Roesler. After going 0-for-31 on the power play over the course of their scoreless streak, the Bobcats wasted no time as Roesler's goal came just seconds into the man advantage. Sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) carried the puck behind the net and fed Roesler at the point who blasted a slap shot past Rando low and to the stick side that put Quinnipiac ahead 3-0.
The Bobcats defense and Laden closed the door late with four saves and no goals allowed in the final frame to seal the deal for the Quinnipiac Bobcats as they finish their conference schedule with 27 points.
Quinnipiac will now host St. Lawrence, whom they fell to in the 2013 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in three games, next weekend starting with Game One on Friday at 7:00 pm. Game Two will be held on Saturday at 4:00 pm and Game Three (if-necessary) will be Sunday at 2:00 pm.
ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Series (best-of-three series) Friday-Sunday, Feb. 28 – March 2, 2014
No. 8 Dartmouth (9-18-1, 8-13-1 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 1 Clarkson (25-4-5, 16-2-4 ECAC Hockey)
No. 5 St. Lawrence (13-17-3, 12-7-3 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 4 Quinnipiac (20-5-9, 11-4-7 ECAC Hockey)
No. 6 Princeton (14-11-4, 10-9-3 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 3 Cornell (20-5-4, 15-4-3 ECAC Hockey)
No. 7 Yale (8-14-7, 6-9-7 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 2 Harvard (21-4-4, 16-3-3 ECAC Hockey)
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