Women's Ice Hockey Honors Seniors, Announces Individual Awards at Annual Year-End Banquet
HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey joined together for their annual year-end banquet at the University Club of the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday, April 13. The Bobcats' coaching staff took time to commemorate their 2013-14 season, honor the six senior class members and distinguish several individual members of the squad with awards and accolades.
Head Coach Rick Seeley presented five awards in front of a crowd that included all players, staff and friends of the program. Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was named the Most Valuable Player for the fourth consecutive season, senior captain Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) earned the Coach's Award, sophomore Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) was announced the Best Defensive Player, Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) was named the Rookie of the Year and junior Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) took home the 2nd annual Friends of Women's Hockey Fan Favorite.
Babstock's fourth consecutive MVP award comes after another stellar season, sealing her career as the best ever in the history of the program. The senior forward was named to a CCM/ACHA All-American with Second Team honors, becoming the first play in program history to ever earn All-American honors. Babstock was named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team for the third time in her career after finishing with 49 points in 37 games in her last season with the Bobcats. The only 100-point scorer in the history of Quinnipiac women's ice hockey, she became just the third player in Quinnipiac ice hockey history (male or female) to reach 200 career points. Babstock's career ended with 203 points (95 goals, 108 assists), the 2nd-most all-time at Quinnipiac.
The senior captain Colin was as integral a piece of this record-breaking 2013-14 squad as any player. Her leadership and dedication to the program was an inspiration to all and made her a very deserving honoree with the Coach's Award. She helped guide the Bobcats through 22 straight weeks ranked in the USCHO Top 10 and to their best record in program history at 22-6-9. She closed out her career with a 21-point season that had her scoring eight goals with 13 assists, both of which represented career highs. Colin didn't miss a single game throughout her four-year career, finishing with Babstock for the most games played (147) of any Bobcat in the history of the program.
One of the most dynamic first-year scorers in the history of the program, Woods earned Rookie of the Year honors after compiling the 4th-most points (25) of any freshman in the history of the program. Woods compiled 13 goals and 12 assists in 37 games in 2013-14 to stake her claim as the top freshmen on this Bobcat squad. The three-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week and Rookie of the Month for October was among the nation's highest scoring freshman all season, never falling out of the Top 15 in the country in terms of points per game. She finished with a +25 plus/minus rating, the highest of any freshman in the conference.
The final award winner of the day had Laden honored with the 2nd annual Friends of Women's Hockey Fan Favorite Award. The junior goalie and Lakeville, Minn. native played inspired hockey throughout her first season as the Bobcats' primary starting goaltender. One of the Bobcats' most recognizable faces for her commitment in community service efforts, Laden was also a star on the ice, finishing the season with a 19-6-9 record, 1.48 GAA and .928 save percentage. After playing in just 18 games before this season, Laden starred for the Bobcats who finished with a Top 5 scoring defense in the nation. She finished with the 3rd-most shutouts (7) of any netminder in the country while she was honored with three ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week awards.
In addition to the night's award winners, including Colin and Babstock, Seeley also recognized seniors Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario), Olivia Brackett (Coopersville, Minn.), Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.) and Ashley Winslow (Portland, Me.) for their hard work and dedication to the program. The 2014 seniors finished with the most victories (83) of any four-year class in program history and also graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.10.
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