The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will travel to take on Brown and Yale in their first ECAC Hockey weekend series on the road. The Bobcats face off against the Bears Friday night at 7 p.m., and will travel to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac most recently defeated Rensselaer, 6-1, on Oct. 31 at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Brown posts a 1-3 record on the season thus far, with an 0-2 stance in the ECAC. The Bears most recently dropped a 3-1 contest at St. Lawrence on Oct. 31. Four different players have tallied the team-high of two points this season. Seniors Sasha Van Muyen, Nicole Brown, and Erin Connors, along with freshman Alena Polenska all currently tie for Brown's offensive lead. Freshman goaltender Katie Jamieson has appeared in all four games for the Bears, recording a .920 save percentage.
Yale currently holds an 0-2-1 overall record, with an 0-2 position in conference play. In their last outing, the Bulldogs lost to top-seeded Clarkson, 2-0, on Oct. 31. Junior forward Bray Ketchum currently leads the team offensively, as she has tallied a goal and an assist each for two points. Junior goaltender Jackee Snikeris has started all three games for the Bulldogs, and posts a .931 save percentage.
Freshman Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) notched the first hat trick of her career in the Bobcats 6-1 victory against Rensselaer on Oct. 31. The forward scored the second, third, and fifth goal for the Bobcats, as well as dishing out an assist on the fourth goal scored by senior Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario), for a career-high of four points in a game. The last Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player to tally a hat trick was Vicky Graham on Nov. 12, 2005, in the Bobcats 6-2 victory against Union at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Hughes' performance earned her ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors, earning the Bobcats their second weekly award from the conference this season.
The weekend sweep of Union and Rensselaer on Oct. 30 and 31 earned the Bobcats their best start since the foundation of the women's ice hockey program in 2001. Quinnipiac currently holds a 4-3-1 overall record, with a 2-0-0 stance in ECAC Hockey which ranks them second in the league.
Quinnipiac's 6-1 victory against the Engineers on Oct. 31 marked the twelfth time in the program's history that the team tallied six or more goals against its opponent. The last time the Bobcats scored six or more goals was on Feb. 3, 2007 when they defeated Brown, 7-5, at the TD Bank Sports Center.
The 2-0 weekend against Union and Rensselaer held several milestones for the team, as four different players set or matched their career high for goals, points or assists in a game. Senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) notched her career-high for goals in a game as she scored two in the 3-0 blanking of Union on Oct. 30. Sophomore defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) set a career-high in points with two as she scored a goal and added an assist in the win against Rensselaer on Oct. 31. Fellow sophomore Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) saw a career-high in assists and points as she dished out two helpers on Halloween night, while senior Duffy matched her career-high in assists as she also tallied two against the Dutchwomen on Oct. 30.
Junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) currently holds a four-game point streak for the Bobcats. The forward kicked off her streak in the weekend series with Niagara on Oct. 23 and 24 and continued her tear against Union and Rensselaer last weekend. Davies currently ranks second on the team in points (4) and goals (2).
Four different Bobcats earned firsts in the weekend against Union and Rensselaer. Sophomore defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) recorded her first assist of the 2009-10 season on the game-opening goal against Union on Oct. 30, and proceeded to notch her second assist in the following game against RPI. Sophomore forward Stacey Kmill (Thunder Bay, Ontario) scored her first goal of the year when she wrapped up the Quinnipiac scoring with the sixth and final goal against the Engineers. Freshmen Breehan Polci (London, Ontario) and Hughes each nabbed their first collegiate assists as they both dished out helpers in the win against RPI.
Heading into their ninth game of the season, 16 members of the team have already recorded at least one point in 2009-10. The Bobcats are currently outscoring their opponents 18-12 on the year, and hold a 41-29 point advantage.