Kelly Babstock Named to All-ECAC Hockey First Team
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POTSDAM, N.Y. – For the third time in her illustrious career, senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was named to All-ECAC Hockey First Team, as announced by the league at the Semifinal banquet hosted by Clarkson University. Babstock earns her fourth All-ECAC Hockey honor and is a First Team selection for the third time. She leads the team and ranks eighth in the country with 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) in 36 games in 2013-14, became the first Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player to reach the 200 career point club and helped guide the Bobcats to an ECAC Hockey Semifinal appearance for just the third time in program history.
Undoubtedly the most prolific scorer in Quinnipiac's women's ice hockey history, Babstock had another banner year in 2013-14 as she became the first player in program history to reach 200 career points. Needing one point against Colgate this past weekend, Babstock was the lead assist on a goal from Shiann Darkangelo which gave her 106 career assists to go along with 94 goals for 200 points in her illustrious career. This two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week and finished her season doing what she's done her entire career, coming up with six combined game-winning and game-tying goals for the Bobcats which also was the most of any player in the ECAC Hockey. She also has come through when her team needed it the most down the stretch of the season as she scored in all the Bobcats' key results in ties against Harvard, at Clarkson and a win over Cornell. Babstock finished with an assist against Harvard, the lead assist on the game-tying goal at Clarkson and two points (one goal, one assist) in one of the biggest victories in program history at Cornell.
Her scoring has picked up down the stretch with points in seven of the last eight games of the regular season (three goals, six assists). She ranks as the fifth-highest scorer in the league with 26 points, tied for fourth in goals with 12 and tied for sixth with 14 assists. Her +18 plus/minus is tied for the fourth-best in the conference and tied for first among players not from Clarkson. Babstock dominated from the faceoff dot, as she's done her entire career, with a 62.4 percent winning percentage which ranks as the third-highest among the ECAC Hockey contingent. She also finished with a career-low 20 penalty minutes this season in ECAC Hockey play which is also tied for the second-fewest among the league's top-five scorers.
Evidencing her true value to the Bobcats, Quinnipiac is undefeated this season (19-0-5) in all 24 games in which Babstock has recorded at least one point. She is among a group of just seven players, including just two from the ECAC Hockey, that rank in the Top 10 in PPG, Top 20 GPG, Top 10 APG averages in the country. Babstock has either scored or assisted on 50.5 percent of the Bobcats' goals this season (46-of-91), a percentage that ranks first in the NCAA. She also ranks as the second-most valuable scorer in conference play as she has scored or assisted on 50 percent (26-of-52) of the team's goals which puts her in second place behind Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray. In all 13 of her multi-point games this season, the Bobcats have ended up with the victory at 13-0 this season.
Quinnipiac and Babstock will look to continue their best season in program history on Saturday as they take on the No. 1 seed Clarkson Golden Knights at 1:00 pm on Cheel Arena.
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