January 7, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Dartmouth And No. 5 Harvard This Weekend

Ringing in the New Year
The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will play host to ECAC-opponents Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend in their first home games of 2010. The Bobcats will be hosting a Quinnipiac hockey doubleheader on Friday, and a basketball and hockey quadruple-header on Saturday with the women's hockey team hosting Dartmouth on Friday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. and taking on Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. In their last outing, the Bobcats lost to Princeton, 1-0, on Jan. 2.

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth has compiled a 6-6-2 record so far on the season, with a 4-4-1 stint in ECAC Hockey action. The Big Green most recently tied the University of Connecticut, 3-3, on Jan. 3. Dartmouth is led offensively by senior forward Sarah Parsons, who has tallied nine goals and eight assists on the year. Senior goaltender Mariel Lacina has seen action in 11 games this season and posts a .901 save percentage. In Quinnipiac and Dartmouth's meeting earlier this season, the Bobcats defeated the Big Green, 2-1, for the first time in program history.

Scouting the Crimson
No. 5 Harvard currently holds an 8-3-2 overall record, with a 6-3-0 mark in conference play. The weekend series at Princeton and Quinnipiac will be the Crimson's first games of 2010, as they most recently defeated Connecticut, 2-1, on Dec. 8. Harvard is led offensively by junior forward, Kate Buesser, who has compiled six goals and nine assists on the year. Senior goaltender Christina Kessler has appeared in 13 games this year and holds a league-high .950 save percentage.

On the Air
Thursday's game can be heard live on the WQAQ.com webstream. Jamie Palatini will provide play-by-play, while Corey Hersch will add color analysis. The game can also be seen live on the Bobcat Channel's live video feed as well as live stats provided by
www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. All can be accessed by clicking appropriate links above.

Saves the Day
After recording 56 saves in the two-game series with Princeton, freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) boosted her season save total to 450. That tally ranks Vigilanti second in ECAC Hockey, just four saves behind Brown goaltender, Katie Jamieson. The rookie goaltender also ranks second in save percentage in the ECAC, as she posts a .938 percentage.

Two-fer
Senior forward Janine Duffy (Toronto, Ontario) picked up two points in the Bobcats 2-2 tie with Princeton on Dec. 31. Duffy opened the scoring on the day, scoring her eighth goal of the year on a dish from sophomore wing Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario). Less than two minutes later, the senior contributed an assist on a Quinnipiac power play as freshman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) scored her first goal of the year for the Bobcats. Duffy currently ties to rank first on the team in assists (8), and ranks second in goals (8) and points (16).

Lightning Bolt
In the Bobcats 2-2 tie with Princeton on Dec. 31, Boulton scored her first collegiate goal on a Quinnipiac power play in the second period. The freshman defenseman collected the puck just above the left faceoff circle and fired it over the glove of the Princeton goaltender for the goal. The tally was Boulton's third point of the year.

Lending a Hand
In addition to Duffy, two more Bobcats picked up assists in the 2-2 tie with Princeton. Wheeler collected the lone assist on Duffy's game-opening goal in the second, good for her seventh helper of the year. On Boulton's goal, freshman forward Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario) recorded her eighth assist of the year, boosting her point tally to a team-leading 18 on the year. Hughes continues to rank second in ECAC Hockey in goals with ten.

On Their Best Behavior
Quinnipiac currently ranks in the bottom half of ECAC Hockey in penalty minutes. The Bobcats have the eighth-lowest PIM total out of twelve teams in the conference. Through twenty games played, Quinnipiac players have seen a total of 155 minutes in the penalty box.