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Saturday, February 11, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-13-2) (10-7-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Clarkson University Golden Knights (19-7-5) (13-4-2 ECAC Hockey)
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats vs Golden Knights
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (15-13-2) (10-7-2 ECAC Hockey) hosts ECAC Hockey opponent Clarkson (19-7-5) (13-4-2 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. at HighPoint Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Friday Night Recap
Despite a valiant comeback effort, Quinnipiac was defeated by ECAC Hockey opponent St. Lawrence, 4-3, on Friday, Feb. 10. The Bobcats entered the third period of action down, 2-0, but rattled off three-straight goals to take a 3-2 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining in regulation. Junior forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) tallied the first two, while junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) notched the third score for Quinnipiac. Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made a game-high 34 saves in net.
Around The League
Cornell defeated Brown (12 points), 5-0, increasing its ECAC Hockey-high points mark to 34. Second place Harvard (29 points) downed Rensselaer (12 points), 4-2, while third place Clarkson (28 points) squeaked by Princeton (18 points), 2-1. Dartmouth (26 points) shutout Union (six points), 3-0, while Colgate (12 points) and Yale (three points) skated to a 1-1 tie.
Live stats, audio and video for this weekend's games can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
About St. Lawrence
Prior to last nights' action, St. Lawrence was coming off a 3-1 victory over Brown on Saturday, Feb. 4. Junior Kelly Sabatine, senior Vanessa Emond, and sophomore Rylee Smith each scored for the Saints, tallying each goal within the first three minutes of every period. Freshman goaltender Carmen MacDonald had a quiet night in net, making 15 saves.
All-Time Against The Saints
Friday's contest was the 14th time the teams face each other in their series history. Despite the Saints' now 9-4-1 series record, the Bobcats had won the last four meetings, including a 3-2 victory earlier this season on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Junior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba), sophomore Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and sophomore Megan Hagg (Ajax, Ontario) all scored first period goals for the Bobcats, while junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away 23 shots in the contest.
Prior to last night's action, Clarkson was coming off its fourth-straight victory following a 7-0 win over Yale on Saturday, Feb. 4. Junior Danielle Skirrow led the way with two goals, while sophomore Jamie Lee Rattray, senior Juana Baribeau, sophomore Shelby Nisbet, sophomore Carly Mercer, sophomore Brittany Styner each scored as well. Sophomore goalie Erica Howe turned away 16 shots in the win. Overall, Mercer (14 goals, 24 assists) leads the team with 38 points, followed by Rattray's (16 goals, 17 assists) 33 points. Howe has compiled a 1.76 goals against average and a .926 save percentage on the year.
All-Time Against The Golden Knights
Saturday's game will be the 18th time the two teams face each other in series history. In their first game earlier this season on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, the Golden Knights came away with a 3-0 shutout win over the Bobcats, handing Quinnipiac its first ECAC Hockey loss of the season.
Last Weekend's Action
The Bobcats were defeated by Top-10 Nationally ranked opponent No. 10/10 Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 4, 4-1. Quinnipiac doubled the Big Green's shot total, 44-to-22, however Dartmouth sophomore goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft turned away a career-high 43 shots to preserve the win. Dartmouth grabbed a two-goal lead early in the first period, scoring on its first two shots of the game, yet Quinnipiac allowed just one natural goal through the remainder of the game (Dartmouth's final score came on an empty-net goal at the end of the third frame). Junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) tallied Quinnipiac's goal midway through the third period of action.
Sniper From The Blue Line
Boulton, who leads all Quinnipiac defensemen with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists), currently ranks tied for seventh among all ECAC Hockey defensemen in league points, with 13 (eight goals, five assists), and is tied for 10th among all league defensemen in overall points. Boulton is now on a season-high four-game point streak, and has tallied four goals and two assists in the team's last six games. Her plus-11 on the season is currently first on the squad.
Sophomore forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) has quietly put together another solid season for the Bobcats, as she now ranks sixth on the squad with 11 points (six goals, five assists). On Friday, Feb. 3 against No. 7/8 Harvard, Colin potted the game's first goal on a rebounded shot, tallying her first goal since Jan. 6 against Dartmouth.
Kosta Keeps It Coming
Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) continued her impressive rookie season with two assists over the weekend against No. 7/8 Harvard and No. 10/10 Dartmouth. The freshman, who remains second on the team in total points with 21 (four goals, 17 assists), is now fifth among all ECAC Hockey rookies in league points with 12 (one goal, 11 assists) and is 12th among all NCAA Division I freshman skaters with a .81 points per game mark.
Quinnipiac lost a rare contest on Friday, Feb. 4 against No. 10/10 Dartmouth, falling to the Big Green despite doubling their shot total, 44-to-22. The Bobcats are an impressive 11-4-2 when it outshoots its opponents this season.
Kosta's assist on Boulton's goal in the third period against Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 4 marked the team's 100th overall assist on the season. Quinnipiac currently ranks sixth in the league among ECAC Hockey teams in both assists and goals (68).
A Look Ahead
Following this weekend's contests, Quinnipiac finishes regular season action against Rensselaer and Union on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18. Friday's game against the Engineers will be played at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest against the Dutchwomen is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
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