Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Syracuse Saturday, Jan. 28 At 4 PM

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Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-9-2) (10-4-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Syracuse University Orange (8-16-3) (0-3-3 College Hockey America)

High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn. 

Bobcats Versus Orange
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (15-9-2) (10-4-2 ECAC Hockey) looks for the weekend sweep this afternoon, Saturday, Jan. 28, when it hosts Syracuse (8-16-3) (0-3-3 CHA) at 4 p.m. at the HighPoint Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.


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

Friday Night Recap
The Bobcats skated to a 3-0 shutout victory last night over the Orange, as sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) was the offensive spark on the evening, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) including the game-winning first goal of the contest. Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) notched her fourth goal of the season, while senior assistant captain Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) potted a goal for the fourth time in the last five games. Freshman netminder Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) turned away all 19 shots faced en route to her first career shutout for the Bobcats.

Around The League
Cornell continued its winning ways with a 6-4 victory over St. Lawrence (18 points), increasing its ECAC Hockey first-place point total to 28. Third place Harvard (21 points) closed the gap on Quinnipiac (22 points), defeating Yale (2 points) in convincing fashion, 8-0. Dartmouth and Clarkson remain tied for fourth place in league standings with 20 points, following respective victories against Brown (12 points) and Colgate (7 points). Rensselaer reached double-digit points (10) with a 3-1 win over Union (6 points). Princeton (16 points) remained idle and currently sits in seventh place in league standings.

About Syracuse
Prior to last night's loss against Quinnipiac, Syracuse was coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Niagara on Saturday, Jan. 21. Freshman Kaillie Goodnough netted the Orange's only goal of the contest, as sophomore Kallie Billadeau gave a solid effort in net, turning away 28 shots. Overall, Syracuse is led by sophomore Margot Scharfe's 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists), followed by junior Holly Carrie-Mattimoe's 16 points (10 goals, six assists). Freshman Shiann Darkangelo shares the team lead in assists (10) with Scharfe. Billadeau has accumulated a 3.20 goals against average, as well as a .894 save percentage in net. Jenesica Drinkwater has also seen time between the pipes, accumulating a .896 save percentage to go along with a 3.10 goals agains average.

All-Time Against The Orange
Saturday's game will be the sixth time the two sides have faced each other, as Quinnipiac owns the all-time series lead, 4-1. Aside from Friday night's 3-0 shutout victory, in their last meeting on January, 16, 2010, the Bobcats defeated the Orange, 2-1. Janine Duffy netted one goal and assisted on the second score, as the Bobcats earned the weekend sweep against the Orange for the first time in series history. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 24 saves in net for Quinnipiac. 

Last Weekend's Action
Quinnipiac came away with a convincing 4-1 victory over Colgate on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Bobcats struck early and often, tallying three goals in the first period of play. Junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) notched her first multi-goal outing of the season, while sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and freshman forward Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) also scored for the Bobcats. Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) stopped 32 shots in goal for Quinnipiac. 

First Time
In just her fourth game of the season, Fritz-Ward found the back of the net for her first-career goal on Saturday, Jan. 14 against Colgate. Following a saved shot, the freshman dove and swiped her stick towards the puck, connecting for the miraculous goal. 

Freshman Force
Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden turned in another fantastic game in goal for Quinnipiac, matching her career-high with 32 saves on Saturday, Jan. 14 against Colgate. Laden, who has now started in five games, holds a 1.85 goals against average, .938 save percentage, and a 3-1 overall personal record. 

Quick Strike
Senior assistant captain Kate Wheeler's (Oakville, Ontario) goal just 21 seconds into the game on Friday, Jan. 13 against No. 3/3 Cornell gave Quinnipiac the early 1-0 lead. This marked the fastest goal to start a period for Quinnipiac since Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) netted a goal 35 seconds into overtime during the team's 2-1 victory against No. 4 Boston College on November, 22, 2011. Despite the loss, Quinnipiac held Cornell to just 21 shots, at the time, its lowest shot total of the season. 

On Fire
With the two goals against Colgate on Saturday, Jan. 14, Regan Boulton propelled herself into third place among the squad in total points (12). Her plus-14 currently ranks first on the team and fifth overall among ECAC Hockey defenders (12th overall in the league among all skaters). 

Start of Something Good
Babstock matched her season-high point streak (three games) with an assist in both weekend games against No. 3/3 Cornell and Colgate. She now ranks fifth among all ECAC Hockey skaters with 28 points, tied for fourth in goals (12), and tied for sixth in assists (16). Babstock is tied for fourth with three game-winning goals in league play. 

UJ All The Way
Erica Uden Johansson has strung together a handful of successful games since returning from injury, adding at least one point in four of the team's last five games. With 32 career points (15 goals, 17 assists), Uden Johansson ranks behind only Babstock among all sophomore skaters on the squad in career goals, assists and points. 

Bounce Back Bobcats
Following a loss this season, Quinnipiac has responded well, compiling a 5-3-1 record. 

Home Cooking
Five of the Bobcats' final seven regular season games will be played at home at High Point Solutions Arena. Quinnipiac is 5-4-2 on home ice, and is an impressive 9-5-0 on the road.

A Look Ahead
Following this weekend's contest, Quinnipiac travels to face ECAC Hockey opponents Harvard and Dartmouth on Friday, Feb 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4. Friday's game against Harvard will begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game against Dartmouth is set for a 4 p.m. start

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu