November 18, 2011

Kelly Babstock Becomes Program's All-Time Points Leader As Women's Ice Hockey Downs Colgate, 6-2

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) became the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team's all-time points leader in impressive fashion on Friday evening against Colgate, garnering a game-high four points (two goals, two assists), as well as netting the game-winning tally in the team's 6-2 victory. In what marks her 50th career game played, the reigning 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year has now earned 75 points in her career (38 goals, 37 assists), passing Quinnipiac's previous all-time points leader, Vicki Graham, who finished her career in 2007 with 73 career points. The win improves Quinnipiac's overall record to 6-6-1 (5-1-1 ECAC Hockey), while the loss drops Colgate's overall record to 4-8-1 (1-4-1 ECAC Hockey).

Babstock has turned it on as of late, accumulating seven points in the last two games, giving her a team-high 16 points on eight goals and eight assists. The sophomore has now rocketed up the leader-board amongst ECAC Hockey skaters as well, ranking third in the league in points and tied for second in goals scored.

Following a relatively quite first period, the floodgates opened up in the second period as the game's first five goals were scored in the final nine minutes of the stanza. Babstock began the trend with a goal at the 11:19 mark into the second period. Babstock buried a shot in front, while sophomore Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) and freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) each earned an assist on the score.

Colgate responded with two quick goals, separated just 24 seconds apart, as sophomore Jocelyn Simpson and freshman Miriam Drubel notched their third and fifth respective goals of the season.

Quinnipiac trailed for only 41 seconds before re-tying the score at two-apiece, as junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) buried her second goal of the season at the 15:49 mark, coming off assists from senior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.) and Babstock. The Mississauga native could not be stopped from figuring in her third straight goal (and record-breaking 74th career point) for Quinnipiac, as her goal at the 19:11 mark into the second stanza gave the Bobcats the 3-2 lead heading into the third period.

Quinnipiac continued to ride its wave of momentum into the third period, and increased its lead to 4-2 under a minute into the action. Junior forward Brittany Lyons corralled a pass from fellow junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) and slapped in her third goal of the season, past Colgate senior goaltender Kimberly Sass. Senior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) was also credited with an assist on the goal.

Kosta and Babstock connected for the third time in the contest at the 9:02 mark into the third and final frame, this time switching roles, as Kosta netted her second goal of the year on the power-play score, while Babstock earned her eighth assist. Frykas added the Bobcats' sixth goal of the game on a counter attack at the 17:30 mark into the period, firing in a backhanded shot over the shoulder of Sass to make the score, 6-2. Lyons and Frykas skated in on a two-on-one advantage, where Lyons fed Frykas in stride for the one-timer backhand.

Quinnipiac led Colgate in the shot department, outshooting the Raiders 39-to-27 in the game. Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 25 shots for Quinnipiac, while Sass made 33 saves for Colgate.

The Raiders were whistled for six penalties in the game, while Quinnipiac was called for four infractions. The Bobcats were 2-for-4 on its extra skater opportunities, while Colgate was 1-for-3.

The Bobcats return to the ice tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Nov. 19, when they host No. 2/3 Cornell at 4 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu