January 11, 2012

Women's Ice Hockey Visits No. 3/3 Cornell And Colgate In ECAC Hockey Weekend Matchups

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Friday, January 13, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-8-2) (9-3-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 3/3 Cornell University Big Red (13-2-0) (9-1-0 ECAC Hockey)
Lynah Rink – Ithaca, N.Y. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-8-2) (9-3-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Colgate University Raiders (8-12-1) (3-6-1 ECAC Hockey)
Starr Rink – Hamilton, N.Y. 

ECAC Hockey Road Tests
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (13-8-2) (9-3-2 ECAC Hockey) heads to upstate New York to face ECAC Hockey opponents No. 3/3 Cornell (13-2-0) (9-1-0 ECAC Hockey) and Colgate (8-12-1) (3-6-1 ECAC Hockey) this coming Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14. Friday's contest against the Big Red will start at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game against the Raiders will begin at 4 p.m. 

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

About Cornell
Cornell is coming off its third-straight victory with a 3-0 shutout victory over Colgate on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Senior Rebecca Johnston scored two goals, while Lauriane Rougeau netted the Big Red's third goal. Prior to Tuesday's game, Cornell earned a weekend sweep over Union and Rensselaer on Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7. The Big Red skated to a 9-1 victory over Union before shutting out Rensselaer, 3-0, the following afternoon. Junior Laura Fortino added a goal and an assist in Saturday's victory, while senior Kendice Ogilvie and sophomore Brianne Jenner tallied the other two scores. Sophomore Lauren Slebodnick turned away 15 shots in goal for her sixth victory of the season.

Overall, Jenner leads the squad with 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists), followed by freshman Jillian Saulnier (14 goals, 11 assists) and Johnston's (eight goals, 17 assists) 25 points. Senior Amanda Mazzotta has split time with Slebodnick and accumulated a 2.23 goals against average to go along with a .895 save percentage. Slebodnick has a 1.30 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Big Red
Friday's game will be the 17th time two sides face each other, as Cornell holds a 8-3-5 all-time series lead. Cornell defeated Quinnipiac, 7-1, in the team's first meeting of the season on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Cornell's steady attack led to three goals in both the first and second periods, while sophomore forward Megan Hagg (Ajax, Ontario) netted the Bobcats goal in the third period of play. 

About Colgate
Colgate is coming off a 3-0 loss to Cornell on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Prior to Tuesday's game, the Raiders earned a 2-1 overtime win against Union on Saturday, Jan. 7. Taylor Volpe netted the game-winner on a power-play opportunity with 1:50 remaining in the extra frame, while Brittany Phillips scored the Raiders' first goal of the game in the third period of play. Overall, Phillips leads the squad with 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists), followed by freshman Melissa Kueber (10 goals, five assists) and Jocelyn Simpson's (six goals, nine assists) 15 points on the year. Senior goaltender Kimberly Sass has a .913 save percentage to go along with a 2.44 goals against average. 

All-Time Against The Raiders
Saturday's contest will be the 22nd time the two sides matchup against each other. The Bobcats have taken control of the recent history, winning three of the previous four games and are 4-2-1 in the teams' last seven meetings. In their most recent game earlier this season on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, Quinnipiac skated to a 6-2 victory over Colgate. With two goals and two assists in the game, sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) became the program's all-time points leader, collecting 75 career points in just 50 games played. Juniors Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and freshman Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) all added a goal in victory, while junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 25 saves in net. 

Last Time Out
The Bobcats skated to a 3-3 tie against nationally ranked No. 8/10 Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 7. Sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), senior forward Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) and sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) each scored for Quinnipiac, while junior netminder Victoria Vigilanti made 26 saves in goal. 

Clean Play
Quinnipiac remains the least penalized team among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey programs, as they have been sentenced to the penalty box 78 times for a mere 6.8 penalty minutes a game. 

Three's Company
Saturday's 3-3 tie against No. 8/10 Harvard marked the eighth time this season Quinnipiac has scored exactly three goals in a game. The Bobcats are now 6-1-1 this season when it scores exactly three goals in a game. 

Near The Top
Mississauga native Kelly Babstock currently ranks tied for second in ECAC Hockey points with 16, while ranking tied for second in goals (eight) and tied for fourth in assists (eight). Babstock leads all skaters with three game-winning goals in league play and is one of four women to score a short-handed goal in league play.

Back With The Bobcats
Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) returns to the Quinnipiac lineup this weekend after spending last week in Germany with Canada's Under-22/Development Team which competed for the 2012 Meco Cup. Kosta, the team's second leading scorer with 16 points (three goals, 13 assists), currently ranks tied for sixth among ECAC Hockey skaters in league assists (seven) and is tied for fifth among all freshman skaters with eight points in ECAC Hockey contests (one goal, seven assists). 

ECAC Hockey Offensive Hierarchy
Quinnipiac, which holds a 2.39 goals per game average overall, has scored the second-most goals in league play (37), behind Cornell's league high 58 goal total. The Bobcats also rank in second behind Cornell in assists, with 54 in league play. 

What A Month
For her efforts during the month of December, which included three shutouts in three starts, Victoria Vigilanti was named ECAC Hockey/Fischer-Hockey Player and Goaltender of the Month. The junior netminder was also honored as Quinnipiac University Female Athlete of the Month, marking the third time in her career she has earned the honor. 

Perfect December
Quinnipiac finished the month of December with an unblemished 4-0 record, allowing only two goals (both against Yale), while earning three shutout victories. The Bobcats are one of the hottest teams in the country, as they have a 12-2-1 record in their last 15 games played.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu