ALBANY, N.Y. – A pair of junior teammates on the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team – Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) – were just announced as ECAC Hockey weekly award winners for their efforts this past weekend, as announced by the league office on Tuesday, March 4. Darkangelo picked up the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week while Laden was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week.
Shiann Darkangelo helped ignite the Bobcat offense all weekend with five points (three goals, two assists) in her first postseason appearance with Quinnipiac. The junior transfer from Syracuse University either scored or assisted on five of the Bobcats' seven goals for the weekend and also was the only player in the conference with two game-winning goals throughout the Quarterfinal round. Darkangelo started with a three-point night on Friday in the game one victory including her team-leading sixth multi-goal game of the season, in addition to one assist to lead the way in the Bobcats' 5-0 victory over St. Lawrence. Darkangelo followed that up with two points (one goal, one assist) including the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 pressure-packed victory over the Saints to clinch the series. The Player of the Week honor is the second of Darkangelo's career and first as a member of Quinnipiac, having won a CHA Player of the Week last season with Syracuse.
Chelsea Laden stood tall in net for the Bobcats as she allowed just one goal on 54 shots in helping lift Quinnipiac to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal sweep of St. Lawrence. This weekly honor is the third of the season for Laden and second in as many weeks. Laden was dominant in the series victory as she notched a season high 28 saves in the game one 5-0 shutout victory of the Saints. Game one marked Laden's first postseason appearance and she certainly didn't disappoint as she tallied her eighth shutout of the season and moved within just one of matching Victoria Vigilanti's single-season program record of nine. The junior goalie was dominant, posting 11 saves in each the first and third periods including a big toe save on a Rylee Smith breakaway that kept her shutout intact in the third period. Laden was even bigger in the game two victory where she made 25 saves and helped preserve a 2-1 win for the Bobcats. She was at her best down the stretch in the most pressure-packed moments as the Saints outshot the Bobcats, 12-2, in the third period of game two but could only muster one goal for their efforts. Laden's career-best shutout streak of 227:12 was snapped by a Mel Desrochers goal at 17:58 in the third but she was a key cog in the Bobcats advancing to just their third ECAC Hockey Semifinal appearance in program history.
Quinnipiac's two weekly award winners and the rest of the Bobcats will be back in action this weekend as they will take on Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals from Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. with first puck drop slated for 1 pm.
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