January 6, 2011

Women's Ice Hockey Visits St. Lawrence And Clarkson This Weekend

Friday, January 7, 2011 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-7-1) (6-6-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
St. Lawrence University Saints (9-8-2) (4-3-0 ECAC Hockey)
Appleton Arena - Canton, N.Y.

Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-7-1) (6-6-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Clarkson University Golden Knights (6-10-3) (3-3-1 ECAC Hockey)
Cheel Arena - Potsdam, N.Y.

Bobcats Head North
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (13-7-1) (6-6-0 ECAC Hockey) travels to northern New York this weekend, as it prepares to face ECAC Hockey foes St. Lawrence (9-8-2) (4-3-0 ECAC Hockey) on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. and Clarkson (6-10-3) (3-3-1 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m.

Follow The Bobcats
Live Stats for this weekend's games can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's ice hockey schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

About St. Lawrence University
St. Lawrence last played on Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 in a weekend series against No. 3 Mercyhurst, in which both teams traded victories. On Friday night, St. Lawrence stunned Mercyhurst with a 6-2 upset victory. Junior forward Vanessa Emond led the charge with two goals and one assist, while freshman defender Mel Desrochers, senior defender Lauren Brozowski, sophomore forward Kayla Sullivan and sophomore defender Brooke Fernandez each tallied one goal on the evening. Freshman forward Rylee Smith leads the Saints with 17 points on the season (six goals, 11 assists) followed by sophomore forward Kelly Sabatine's 15 points (eight goals, seven assists). Senior Maxie Weisz and freshman Caitlyn Lahonen have split goaltending duties this season, with Weisz seeing action in 12 games and Lahonen playing in eight games. Weisz has a .913 save percentage and a 2.44 goals against average, while Lahonen has a .911 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average.

All-Time Against The Saints
Friday's contest will be the 11th time the two sides will face each other, as the Saints hold a 1-8-1 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, Quinnipiac defeated St. Lawrence, 2-1, in its first-ever victory over the Saints. Sophomore defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) and freshman defender Felicia Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) each scored in the third period for the Bobcats to lead the team to victory. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 18 saves on the evening, helping the Bobcats to their 16th win of the season.

About Clarkson University
Quinnipiac faces Clarkson after the Golden Knights finished the 2010 calendar year with two tough loses against Colgate on Friday, Dec. 3 and Cornell on Saturday, Dec. 4. On Friday against Colgate, the Golden Knights lost, 5-2, and on Saturday against Cornell they were defeated, 3-0. Senior forward Melissa Waldie, who leads the team with eight goals and four assists, registered both goals on Friday evening against Colgate. Junior forward Juana Baribeau is second on the team in total points (10) with four goals and six assists thus far on the year. Freshman forward Jamie-Lee Rattray leads the Golden Knights with eight assists and ranks third on the team with nine points. Senior Lauren Dahm and freshman Erica Howe have split time between the pipes, as Dahm has played in 12 games and Howe in 10. Dahm has a .918 save percentage and a 2.56 goals against average, while Howe has a .930 save percentage and a 1.69 goals against average.

All-Time Against The Golden Knights
Saturday's game against Clarkson will be the 15th time the two sides face each other, as the Golden Knights own a 2-10-2 all-time series lead over the Bobcats. In their last meeting on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, Quinnipiac tied No. 4 Clarkson, 1-1. Freshman forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) scored the lone goal for Quinnipiac, while freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made a then season-high 37 saves against the fourth-ranked team in the nation.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was defeated, 3-0, against Princeton earlier in the week on Monday, Jan. 3 at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton captured two quick goals in the span of 37 seconds to jump out to an early 2-0 lead mid-way through the first period and extended its lead to 3-0 in the second frame. The Bobcats held the Tigers to just 19 total shots on the afternoon. Despite the loss, Quinnipiac retains sole possession of second place in ECAC Hockey standings with 12 points.

May History Repeat Itself
Quinnipiac has responded well this season after a loss, touting a 4-1-1 mark following a defeat.

Shoot To Score
Quinnipiac leads all ECAC Hockey teams with 644 shots on the season. When the Bobcats outshoot its opponents they are 10-1-0.

Strike Early And Often
The Bobcats are an astounding 12-2-0 when scoring the first goal of a contest, and an even better 9-0-0 when leading after the first period of play.

Power Play Success
Quinnipiac's 22.1 power play conversion percentage is good for second among ECAC Hockey teams and is tied for fifth overall in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey. The Bobcats have scored 21 goals on its power play opportunities, already one more than it scored in its chances during all last season.

Tenacious D
Quinnipiac has given up 38 goals for an impressive 1.81 goals against average, which is seventh-best in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey.

Can't Stop Babstock
Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) continues to dazzle the opposition with her offensive talents, as she has registered 17 goals and 19 assists on the season thus far. She ranks first in goals, assists and points among ECAC Hockey skaters and is tied for second in the league with a plus-20 mark. The freshman is tied for fourth among NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey skaters in points and is tied for first in the country with six game-winning goals.

Awarding Excellence
The freshman phenom has been recognized on seven separate occasions for her remarkable play during the season. Most recently, she was named Quinnipiac's Female Athlete Of The Month for the month of December, leading the team to two victories in the only two games played during the month. This was the second consecutive time Babstock has been named Female Athlete Of The Month. She received the same accolade for the month of November after she accumulated 10 goals and five assists in nine games played. She is a four-time ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Rookie of the Week award winner, as well as a one-time Player of the Week recipient.

Protecting The Net
Vigilanti is fourth among ECAC Hockey netminders with a 1.79 goals against average. She ranks first in the league with 466 saves and is second with 12 wins on the year.

Dymarczk Puts Up Healthy Numbers
Junior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) continues to be a scoring threat from the blue line for the Bobcats this season, as she has collected three goals and 11 assists on the year. Dymarczyk is third among ECAC Hockey defenders in total points (14) and ranks her fourth overall on the team.

Boulton's Best
Sophomore defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) is sixth in scoring (seven goals, four assists) among ECAC Hockey defenders. Her seven goals leads all Quinnipiac defenders and her 11 points overall are fifth-best on the team.

How Swede It Is
Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) is tied for sixth in ECAC Hockey in goals (eight), tied for fourth in assists (11) and is tied for fifth in points (19). Her 1.00 points per game ranks her eighth among NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey freshman skaters.

Goals Galore
The Bobcats have scored 63 goals thus far on the season for a 3.00 goals per game average. Quinnipiac leads ECAC Hockey in goals scored and is second in goals per game, trailing only Cornell, which holds a 4.36 goals per game average.

Line 'Em Up
Quinnipiac's potent first line, consisting of Babstock, Wheeler and Uden Johansson, is one of the best in the country. Together, the threesome has accumulated 31 goals and 41 assists, while posting an astounding plus-51 mark. Wheeler and Babstock rank first and second among ECAC Hockey Skaters with a plus-21 and plus-20 mark, respectively.

On Home Ice
Quinnipiac returns home to host New Hampshire in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.