No. 6 Women's Ice Hockey Faces No. 1 Cornell In ECAC Hockey Semifinals, Friday, March 2

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Friday, March 2, 2012 – 3:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (19-15-2) (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Cornell University Big Red (28-3-0) (20-2-0 ECAC Hockey) 

Lynah Rink – Ithaca, N.Y.

ECAC Hockey Semifinals Matchup
The No.6-seeded Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (19-15-2) (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey) returns to its second-consecutive ECAC Hockey Semifinals appearance when it travels to face No. 1-seeded Cornell (28-3-0) (20-2-0 ECAC Hockey) on Friday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. 

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Live stats, audio and video for Friday's game can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

About Cornell
Cornell is coming off a two-game sweep of No. 8-seeded Brown in the Quarterfinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament. The Big Red, which is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak overall, defeated the Bears 4-2 and 6-0 on consecutive evenings. In Saturday's series clinching game, junior Laura Fortino led the scoring with two goals, while senior Chelsea Karpenko, freshman Jillian Saulnier, sophomore Brianne Jenner and junior Erin Barley-Maloney each tallied a score as well. Senior Amanda Mazzotta turned away 13 shots in goal for the Big Red. On the season, Cornell is led by senior Rebecca Johnston's 51 points (25 goals, 26 assists), while Jenner leads the team with 33 assists. Mazzotta has accumulated a 1.56 goals against average to go along with a .928 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Big Red
The two teams have met 17 times in their series history, as Cornell holds a 9-3-5 all-time record against Quinnipiac. The Big Red defeated the Bobcats in both meetings this season, taking home respective 7-1 and 4-1 victories. Their last meeting in the playoffs occurred during last year's Semifinals, as Cornell narrowly defeated Quinnipiac, 4-3. After two periods of play, the Bobcats found themselves down, 3-1, yet two goals in the final 20 minutes of action by sophomore Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and junior Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) nearly brought Quinnipiac a come-from-behind victory over the No. 1 seed. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away a game-high 27 shots during the game. 

Semifinals Game 2 - No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 5 St. Lawrence
The second game of the semifinals pits No. 2-seeded Harvard against No. 5-seeded St. Lawrence, set for a 7 p.m. start on Friday evening. Harvard is coming off a two-games-to-none series sweep of No. 7-seeded Princeton, while St. Lawrence is coming off a two-games-to-none series sweep of No. 4-seeded Dartmouth. The Bobcats have played both teams 14 times apiece in their all-time series history. 

Quarterfinals Game 3 Recap
Quinnipiac entered Game 3 of the best-of-three playoff series brimming with confidence and proceeded to shut down No. 3-seeded Clarkson on its home ice, 2-0, winning its second-consecutive ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals Playoff Series. Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made a game-high 23 saves in goal, earning her seventh shutout of the season and 21st of her career. Freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) tallied the game-winning goal in the second period of play, while junior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) added a second score under four minutes later. 

ECAC Hockey Rookie and Goalie of the Week
For their efforts over the weekend, Kosta and Vigilanti were named ECAC Hockey Rookie and Goalie of the Week, respectively. Kosta tallied a team-high five points in the three games, including two goals and one assist during the team's 4-1 Game 1 victory. She then added an assist during the team's 2-1 loss the following afternoon, before netting the game-winner on Sunday. Vigilanti allowed only three goals all weekend and made her second-career post-season shutout in Sunday's deciding Game 3. 

Recap Of Games 1 And 2
The Bobcats came ready to play on Friday evening, catching the Golden Knights off-guard with three goals within the first seven minutes of the game. Kosta led the charge with two goals and an assist, while sophomore forwards Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) each potted one goal apiece. Uden Johansson (two assists) and Babstock (one assist) each provided the opportunity for Kosta on the game-winning goal, while junior defender Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) and Dymarczyk were each credited with an assist on the game's first goal. Vigilanti played a solid game net, making a game-high 25 saves, keeping the Golden Knights off the board through the first 54 minutes of action. 

Clarkson staved off elimination with a 2-1 win over Quinnipiac the following day on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Golden Knights notched the first goal of the game at the 11:55 mark into the first period, as junior forward Danielle Skirrow tallied her 17th goal of the season. Clarkson then added its second goal of the game 3:33 minutes into the second stanza on an unassisted score from sophomore forward Jamie Lee Rattray. Quinnipiac tightened the score to 2-1 on Johansson's second goal of the playoffs at the 7:33 mark into the third period. Vigilanti made a game-high 21 saves in net for the Bobcats.

Big Game Goalie
Vigilanti once again took ownership of her net when it counted, making her second-career playoff shutout during the team's series clinching victory. The junior led Quinnipiac to the Semifinals last season, as her 18-save performance in Game 2 against Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 26, gave the Bobcats the 2-0 shutout win. In nine career playoff games, Vigilanti holds a 1.11 goals against average and a .955 save percentage. Vigilanti's seven shutouts on the season currently has her ranked tied for second among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey goalies. 

Young Star Shines
Kosta currently ranks eighth among all Division I Women's Ice Hockey Rookie skaters with .97 points per game. The team-leader in assists (24) also third among all ECAC Hockey Rookies with 18 points in league play and is tied for fifth overall with 16 league assists.  

Lyons Strikes Again
A year and a day removed from her amazing game-winning goal against Princeton in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, Lyons once again added a crucial score for Quinnipiac in Sunday's 2-0 victory. Lyons' third-career playoff score at the 14:58 mark into the second period extended Quinnipiac's lead to 2-0 at the time. Lyons currently ranks sixth on the squad with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). 

Man Down Steps Up
Quinnipiac held Clarkson, the league's second-best power-play unit (21.4% success rate), scoreless on all 10 of its power-play opportunities over the weekend. The Bobcats stayed out of the penalty box on Friday, before forcing Clarkson to go 0-for-4 on Saturday and 0-for-6 in Sunday's contest. 

Breakout Weekend
Uden Johansson had one of the best weekends of her season, tallying four points on two goals and two assists. She buried one score and added assists on the game-winning and last goal of the contest during Friday's 4-1 victory. She then scored the lone goal for Quinnipiac in Game 2, firing off a dart into the net for the power-play score. 

Playoff All-Time Leaders
Dymarczyk, Kosta, Lyons, and Uden Johansson are currently tied for first in program-history with three post-season goals. Babstock leads all skaters with six career playoff points (one goal, five assists). 

Three In A Row
For just the fifth time all season, Quinnipiac scored three goals in the first period of play when it tallied three scores in Game 1. Of Quinnipiac's 91 goals on the season, 25 have come in the first period, 31 in the second, and 33 in the third. 

Early Tallies
Quinnipiac improved to 15-6-1 in game in which it scores the first goal of the contest. The Bobcats make it difficult for the opposition to comeback as the game progresses, holding a 12-4-1 record when leading after one period and a 17-3-1 record when entering the third stanza with the lead. 

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu