The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team will head north this weekend to take on Cornell and Colgate in their final regular-season road series of 2009-10. The Bobcats will play the Big Red first on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. start at Colgate on Saturday. Quinnipiac most recently defeated Union, 3-1, on Jan. 30.
Scouting the Big
Cornell currently posts a 10-8-5 overall record and holds a 9-2-5 record in ECAC Hockey, good for 23 points and second place in the league. The Big Red most recently lost to the number one team in the conference, Clarkson, by a one-goal margin on Jan. 30. The last time the Bobcats took on Cornell the teams tied, 3-3, on Nov. 21. Sophomore forward Catherine White leads the Big Red offensively, as she has tallied seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points on the year. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Mazzotta has played in 22 games this season for Cornell, and posts a .912 save percentage.
Colgate holds an 8-16-4 overall record this season with a 4-8-4 mark in the ECAC, placing them in ninth with 12 points in conference play. In their last outing, the Raiders defeated St. Lawrence, 2-1, on Jan. 30. Earlier this season, Quinnipiac tied Colgate, 1-1, at the TD Bank Sports Center. Senior forward Katie Stewart leads the Raiders and the ECAC with 17 goals, in addition to tallying 12 assists for a total of 29 points on the year. Goaltenders Kim Sass and Lisa Plenderleith have split time in net this season, with Plenderleith holding a .884 save percentage, and Sass posting a .858.
For the third straight week, the Bobcats earned votes in the USCHO.com national poll recognizing the top women's ice hockey programs in the country, and the team has the numbers to back it up. Quinnipiac currently ranks third nationally for scoring defense, as they have allowed just 43 goals in 28 games played. The Bobcats also record strong statistics during penalty kill situations, and have the least amount of penalty minutes per game than any other program in the country. Quinnipiac currently ranks sixth nationally in the penalty kill with an 89.4 percentage.
Firsts of 2010
Forwards Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) and Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) each scored their first goal of 2010 last weekend in the 3-1 victory against Union. Wheeler tallied her third of the year just eight seconds after the first Bobcat goal was scored on a power play during the second period. Hughes chimed in with the Quinnipiac's third goal late in the second, good for her 11th tally of the season. Wheeler's goal was her first since Nov. 28, while it was Hughes' first since Dec. 4.
Athlete of the
After leading the Bobcats to a record month in January, senior captain Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) was named Quinnipiac's Female Athlete of the Month. The forward led the team in points and goals through January, as she tallied six goals and three assists for nine points during the month. She also led the team in +/- with a +8 total on the ice. In the weekend sweep of No. 10-ranked Syracuse, Flor scored back-to-back game-winning goals, including the first overtime game-winner since Nov. 29, 2006. She also matched her career-high mark for goals in a game twice in January, scoring two goals against Syracuse on Jan. 15 and Wayne State on Jan. 23.
Davies is a Dandy
Junior Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) scored her third goal of the New Year last Saturday against Union, jump starting the Bobcats' offense in the second period of that game. The forward broke the ice on a power-play opportunity when she collected a rebound in the left faceoff circle and ripped a shot into the opposite side of the net. Davies currently ranks fifth on the team in goals (5) and sixth on the team in points (9).
Lucky # 13
Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) recorded her 13th win of the season against Union last weekend. For the second consecutive week, the rookie allowed just two goals in two games played, boosting her goals-against average and save percentage. Vigilanti continues her reign atop the ECAC and national leader boards in both categories, as she ranks second in the ECAC and fifth in the nation with her 1.46 goals-against and .940 save percentage.