February 3, 2011

Women's Ice Hockey Travels To Dartmouth And No.10 Harvard This Weekend

Friday, February 4, 2011 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-9-1) (9-7-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Dartmouth College Big Green (14-8-0, 10-6-0 ECAC Hockey)
Thompson Arena - Hanover, N.H.

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-9-1) (9-7-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 10 Harvard University Crimson (12-7-2, 11-3-2)
Bright Hockey Center - Cambridge, Mass.

Competitive ECAC Hockey Matchups
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (17-9-1, 9-7-0 ECAC Hockey) travels to face ECAC Hockey opponents Dartmouth (14-8-0, 10-6-0 ECAC Hockey) on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. and No. 10 Harvard (12-7-2, 11-3-2 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday, Feb. 5 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 Dartmouth College
Dartmouth, in the midst of a season-high five-game winning streak, is coming off two victories on January 28 and 29 against Yale and Brown. On Friday against Yale, Dartmouth pulled out a 2-1 win and on Saturday against Brown, the Big Green skated to a convincing 6-0 victory. Sophomore forward and leading scorer Camille Dumais (11 goals, 14 assists) netted three goals and one assist against Brown, while senior forward Amanda Trunzo (13 goals, 11 assists) tallied two goals and two assists against the Bears. Freshman goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft collected both wins over the weekend to give her a 10-5-0 record on the season. She has compiled a 2.18 goals against average and a .894 save percentage on the season.

All-Time Against The Big Green
Friday's game will be the 12th time the two teams will face each other, with Dartmouth leading the all-time series with a 3-6-2 record. In their last meeting earlier this season on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, Dartmouth defeated Quinnipiac in overtime, 4-3, on a goal from sophomore forward Sasha Nanji just over a minute into the overtime frame. Freshman forward Kelly Babstock's (Mississauga, Ontario) second hat trick of the season (and second in as many nights) was not enough to lift the Bobcats to victory. On the evening, freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 22 saves.

About Harvard University
Through the help of a season-high six-game winning streak, the Crimson have taken control of second place in ECAC Hockey. Last weekend on January 28 and 29, Harvard defeated both Brown and Yale on consecutive nights. On Friday against Brown, Harvard shutout the Bears, 4-0, and on Saturday against Yale, they defeated the Bulldogs, 5-3. Senior forward Liza Ryabkina (nine goals, eight assists) led the Crimson over the weekend, netting two goals and two assists, while sophomore forward Jillian Dempsey (six goals, eight assists) contributed to the cause with one goal and three assists in the two victories. Sophomore goaltender Laura Bellamy has an 11-6-1 record on the season, with a 2.15 goals against average and a .894 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Crimson
Saturday's game will be the 12th time the two sides face each other. While Harvard owns the all-time series lead with a 2-9-0 record, the Bobcats have won the last two contests including a 4-1 victory earlier this season on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) netted her first career hat trick as the Bobcats knocked off No. 10 Harvard. Junior forward Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) scored the game's first goal for Quinnipiac, helping the Bobcats to their eighth win of the season. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 27 saves on the evening.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac is coming off a weekend split against ECAC Hockey opponents Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29. On Friday against Clarkson, Quinnipiac was defeated in overtime, 3-2. Despite entering the third period with a 2-0 lead, Quinnipiac surrendered two third period goals to sophomore forward Danielle Skirrow to send the game into overtime and set up the Golden Knights' eventual game-winner. Quinnipiac responded with a 4-2 victory on Saturday against St. Lawrence, as four different Bobcats scored in the contest. Junior defender Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) and freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) each scored in the second period, while sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) each tallied a score in the third frame. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) stopped 21 shots on the evening to earn her league-leading 16th victory of the season.

A Couple Shorties
Babstock (22 goals, 21 assists) netted a pair of shorthanded goals on consecutive nights against Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29. The freshman is now only the second skater in program history to record two shorthanded goals in one season. Overall, the goals were the second and third shorthanded goals of the season for the Bobcats

Lyons Feasting On Opposition
Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons tallied two goals and an assist over the weekend against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Lyons, who netted the game-winning goal against St. Lawrence, now has eight goals and five assists on the season. She is tied for fourth on the team in goals and is sixth on the team in total points (13).

Elkins Is An Animal
Junior defender Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) earned two assists on Saturday, Jan. 29 against St. Lawrence, the most assists she has tallied in a game this season. Elkins (four goals, seven assists) now has three multi-point affairs on the year.

Senior Leadership
Senior forward Kelley Davies (Chesapeake, Va.) netted three assists over the weekend to give her five on the season. She has recorded at least one assist in three straight games.

Wheeler In The Mix
Junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) netted a goal and an assist over the weekend to give her 11 goals and 13 assists on the season. Wheeler has recorded at least one point in four of the last five games and has three goals and two assists in that same span of games.

Four For Me And None For You
When Quinnipiac scores four or more goals, as it did against the Saints of St. Lawrence, it is a perfect 9-0-0 on the season.

Responding Well To Adversity
Quinnipiac did well to bounce back after a tough overtime loss to Clarkson and defeat St. Lawrence. The Bobcats are an impressive 7-1-1 in games following a loss.

Unstoppable Force
Babstock, who has 22 goals and 21 assists on the season, continues to roll offensively, as she leads all ECAC Hockey scorers in goals, assists and points. She also ranks tied for first among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey freshman in goals, assists and points. Babstock is second in the country with seven game-winning goals.

Comin' Home
Quinnipiac returns home to the TD Bank Sports Center on Tuesday, Feb. 8 when it faces non-conference opponent New Hampshire at 7 p.m.