After a three-week hiatus, the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will take on Princeton University in back-to-back games on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 2. The Bobcats will host the Tigers on New Years Eve at 12 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center, and will travel to the Hobey Baker Rink on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start. Quinnipiac most recently tied St. Lawrence, 2-2, on Dec. 5.
Princeton currently posts a 7-8-1 overall record with a 5-4-1 record in ECAC Hockey action. The Tigers most recently dropped a weekend series at Syracuse on Dec. 11 and 12, losing both games by a one-goal margin. The Tigers are led offensively by sophomore forward Danielle DiCesare who has tallied seven goals and nine assists so far this season for 16 points. Goaltenders Rachel Weber and Cassie Sequin have split equal time in net this season, each appearing in nine games apiece. Sequin posts a .908 save percentage, with Weber right on her heels as she holds a .907 percentage.
All-Stars vs. U.S. Olympic Team
The TD Bank Sports Center will host an exhibition game between the ECAC All-Stars and the U.S. Women's National Team at 2 p.m. on Jan. 3. The game is a part of the U.S. National Team's Qwest Tour, a series of 10 games designed to help Team USA prepare for the 2010 Olympics that kick off on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, B.C. Senior forward Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) is the sole representative from Quinnipiac on the ECAC All-Star Squad. The Connecticut Polar Bears and the Hamden High School girl's hockey team will also take the ice on the day, with the Polar Bears taking on the New Jersey Colonials at 11 a.m., while Hamden will face off against Guilford High School at 4:30 p.m. at the TD Bank. Fans can access ticket information by visiting the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com, or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.
After scoring the Bobcats' lone goal in their 2-1 loss to No. 4 Clarkson on Dec. 4, freshman forward Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) boosted her season tally to ten goals on the year. The freshman forward set a program record with the score, becoming the only player in the team's history to score ten goals in the first half of the season. Hughes went on to tally an assist in the game against St. Lawrence on Dec. 5, giving her seven helpers thus far on the year. Hughes currently leads the team in goals (10), points (17), and ties to rank first in assists (7). She also ties to rank second in ECAC Hockey in goals.
In the Bobcats' last weekend series against No. 4 Clarkson and St. Lawrence, Duffy put up two points on the weekend. Against the Golden Knights, Duffy won a faceoff during a Quinnipiac power play-opportunity, moving the puck back to freshman defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) who blasted the puck on net where Hughes scooped up the rebound for the 1-0 lead in the second period. The assist was Duffy's team-leading seventh of the season. On the following day at St. Lawrence, Duffy gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead in the second period when she collected a loose puck off the pads off the Saints' goaltender and flicked it into the upper corner for her seventh goal of the season. The senior ranks second on the team in points (17) and goals (7).
Senior forward Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) picked up the Bobcats third goal of the weekend, as she scored the first Quinnipiac goal against St. Lawrence on Dec. 5. In similar fashion to both Duffy and Hughes' goals, Flor positioned herself just outside the crease and gathered a rebound of the goalies' pads and tapped it past to tie the game at one. The senior currently ranks fourth on the team in points, as she has tallied four goals and three assists for seven points on the year.
In addition to Hughes and Duffy, four different Bobcats dished out assists in the weekend at Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Vieweg earned her third assist of the year when her blast from the point was picked up by Hughes against the Golden Knights, while sophomores Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) and Stacey Kmill (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and freshman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) each assisted on the goals against the Saints. Kmill and Boulton each recorded their second assist of the season, while Dymarczyk recorded her sixth of the year on the weekend.
Rookie net minder Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) has become a constant on the ECAC Hockey goaltending leaderboards. The freshman has been ranked atop the league in four of the conference categories through 18 games played. After posting 48 saves on the weekend against Clarkson and St. Lawrence, Vigilanti ranks third in saves (394) and save percentage (.936). She also ranks fourth in goals-against average (1.63) and fifth in win percentage (.500).