Women's Ice Hockey Visits Clarkson And St. Lawrence This Weekend

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Upstate New York ECAC Hockey Weekend
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (4-5-1) (3-0-1 ECAC Hockey) makes its way through upstate New York when it travels to face Clarkson (5-3-4) (1-2-1 ECAC Hockey) and St. Lawrence (4-3-3) (1-2-1 ECAC Hockey) in this weekend's games. Friday's contest against Clarkson is set for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday's game against St. Lawrence is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. 

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 Clarkson
The Golden Knights are coming off a 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday, Nov. 5. Junior Danielle Skirrow and sophomore Vanessa Plante each scored for Clarkson, while sophomore goaltender Erica Howe turned away 13 shots in the contest. Overall, sophomore Jamie Lee Rattray leads the team with five goals and 11 assists, followed by sophomore Carly Mercer's 12 points (six goals, six assists) and Skirrow's nine points (five goals, four assists). Howe has accumulated a .911 save percentage to go along with a 2.11 goals against average on the year.

All-Time Against The Golden Knights
Friday's contest against Clarkson will be the 17th time the two sides face each other. In their last meeting on January, 28, 2010, the Golden Knights came away with a 3-2 overtime victory. Sophomore forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) each scored in the second period of play, but two goals by Danielle Skirrow in the third frame knotted the score at two apiece, sending the teams into overtime. Junior Brittany Mulligan netted the game-winning goal for Clarkson in the last minute of overtime to give the Golden Knights the victory. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 30 saves in net for Quinnipiac. 

About St. Lawrence
The Saints are coming off a 2-2 tie against Union on Saturday, Nov. 5. St. Lawrence received a first period goal from junior Kelly Sabatine, before freshman Amanda Boulier netted the game-tying goal with just under three minutes remaining in the third period of play. Sophomore goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen made 21 saves in net for the Saints. Overall, St. Lawrence is led by senior Karell Emard's 10 points (three goals, seven assists), followed by sophomore Rylee Smith and Sabatine's nine points apiece (four goals, five assists). Lahonen has collected a .923 save percentage and a 1.74 goals against average, while freshman Carmen MacDonald has accumulated a .899 save percentage and a 3.09 goals against average in four games played. 

All-Time Against The Saints
Saturday's contest will be the 13th time the two sides face each other. Despite St. Lawrence's 8-3-1 all-time record against the Bobcats, Quinnipiac has gone 3-0-1, including winning the last three-straight games, in the team's previous four meetings. The team's last met on January 29, 2010, in which Quinnipiac skated to a 4-2 victory. Junior Melissa Perry (Champion, Mich.) and freshman Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) each netted second period goals, while sophomore Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and junior Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) each scored in the third period to pull away for the victory. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 21 saves in goal for the Bobcats. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac skated to a 2-2 tie against Brown on Saturday, Nov. 5. Bobcats' sophomore Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) and Babstock each scored for Quinnipiac, leading Quinnipiac to a 1-0-1 weekend record. Vigilanti made 11 total saves in goal. 

Extra Time
The previous three meetings between Quinnipiac and Clarkson have all been overtime contests. In the team's first overtime contest during the 2010-11 season, Babstock scored all three Quinnipiac goals, including the game-winner with 1:35 remaining in overtime to give the Bobcats the thrilling 3-2 victory. 

On A Roll
Babstock recorded a goal and an assist over the weekend to give her a team-high nine points (five goals, four assists) on the year.  She has now recorded at least one point in seven of the team's last eight games. With another strong start to the season, Babstock has catapulted towards the top of every offensive category in the program's history, as she now currently ranks sixth in career assists (33), fourth in goals (35), and third in points (68).   

Rookie Success
Freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) earned two more assists over the weekend to increase her team-high total to six helpers on the season. Overall, Kosta's seven points ranks second overall on the squad, while her six assists has her ranked eighth among all ECAC Hockey forwards. 

Third Time's A Charm
In a 3-0 victory on Friday, Nov. 4 against Yale, senior Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) potted a goal for the third consecutive game. This marked the first time in her career that she has scored a goal in three straight contests, as her three tallies puts her two behind her career-high of five goals in a season, a mark she set during the 2010-11 season. 

Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) earned her third overall shutout of the season in Friday's 3-0 win over Yale. The junior has accumulated one ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors this season, announced on October 4th,  and has posted a 2.25 goals against average to go along with a .905 save percentage. 

Quick Strike
Boulton's goal just 44 seconds into the second period of play on Friday, Nov. 4 against Yale marked the fastest goal to begin a period by the Bobcats this season. Prior to Boulton's tally, junior Kristen Eklund (Barrington, R.I.) held the season's fastest goal to begin a period, when she netted her score just 1:06 into the second period on Saturday, Oct. 28 against Union. 

Looking Ahead
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac returns home to face Colgate and Cornell on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19. Friday's game against Colgate is set for a 7 p.m. start, while Staurday's game against Cornell will begin at 4 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu