Women's Ice Hockey Hosts New Hampshire Tuesday At 7 PM
Tuesday, February 8,
2011 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (18-10-1) (10-8-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
University of New Hampshire Wildcats (13-14-0) (6-11-0 Hockey East)
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (18-10-1, 10-8-0 ECAC Hockey) hosts non-conference opponent New Hampshire (13-14-0, 6-11-0 Hockey East) on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Live Stats for Tuesday's game can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's ice hockey schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
About The University
of New Hampshire
New Hampshire comes into Hamden after a weekend split against Hockey East opponent No. 3 Boston University on Thursday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 5. The Wildcats were victorious on Thursday night, winning 4-2 against the No.3-ranked team in the country. Four different skaters scored for the Wildcats, while senior goaltender Kayley Herman play a terrific game between the pipes, turning away 52 shots. The Wildcats were defeated 3-1 on Saturday evening, as freshman forward Nicole Gifford netted New Hampshire's lone goal. Freshman forward Arielle O'Neill leads the team with 17 total points (10 goals, seven assists), while sophomore forward Kristina Lavoie is tied with fellow sophomore forward Kristine Horn as the team leaders with nine assists. Having played in 18 of the team's 22 games, junior goaltender Lindsey Minton carries a 1.84 goals against average and a .926 save percentage thus far on the year. Herman has played in nine games and compiled a 2.69 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
All-Time Against The
Tuesday's game will be the eighth time the two sides will face each other with New Hampshire owning a 7-0-0 all-time record against the Bobcats. In their last meeting on October 4, 2009, the Wildcats defeated the Bobcats 4-0. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away a then career high 33 saves in the contest.
Quinnipiac earned a weekend split against ECAC Hockey opponents Dartmouth and Harvard on Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5. On Friday against Dartmouth, freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) led the charge with two goals scored, as the Bobcats defeated the Big Green 4-0. Vigilanti turned away 35 shots in the contest, earning her seventh shutout of the season. On Saturday afternoon against Harvard, the Bobcats were defeated 3-2. Babstock and freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) each scored for Quinnipiac in the second period, however the Crimson roared back scoring three goals in the final frame to earn the victory. Vigilanti had another busy outing, turning away a season-high 41 shots on the afternoon.
Vigilanti's seventh shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory against Dartmouth on Friday, Feb.4 marks a new career-high for shutouts in a season. The sophomore netminder currently ranks third among ECAC Hockey goaltenders with a 1.77 goals against average and is fourth with a .932 save percentage.
With three goals and one assist over the weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard, freshman forward Kelly Babstock now has 25 goals and 22 assists on the season for a total of 47 points. The freshman netted the first and third goals of the contest on Friday, Feb. 4 against Dartmouth, earning her league-high eighth game-winning goal of the season. The eight game-winning tallies are also second best in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey. Babstock once again regained the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey freshman lead in goals, assists and points, as she holds an incredible 1.62 points per game average on the year.
Freshman forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) collected a goal and an assist over the weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard. The freshman now has five goals and five assists on the season becoming just the eighth skater on the team to have double digit points.
Sophomore defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) netted her first goal of the season on Friday, Feb. 4 against Dartmouth. The sophomore now has nine points on the season (one goal, eight assists), while the goal was her third career tally.
Junior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) netted an empty-net goal for the Bobcats in its 4-0 victory over Dartmouth, giving her 12 goals on the season. Wheeler (12 goals, 13 assists) has scored at least one point in five of the last seven games for the Bobcats.
Defense Digs In
Quinnipiac's penalty kill unit held both Dartmouth (0 for 4) and Harvard (0 for 3) scoreless on its power play chances over the weekend. On the season, the Bobcats have killed 91 of 101 incurred penalties for an 89.1 penalty kill percentage.
The Bobcats have taken exactly 900 shots on goal this season, the most among all ECAC Hockey teams. This bodes well for Quinnipiac, as it is an impressive 14-2-0 when it outshoots its opponents in a game.
Final Regular Season
Quinnipiac hosts its final home games of the season on Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12. Friday's game against Rensselaer is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday's game against Union will begin at 4 p.m.