Women's Ice Hockey Opens ECAC Hockey Schedule On The Road Against Rensselaer And Union This Weekend

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Friday, October 28, 2011 – 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-5-0) (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers (2-4-2) (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Houston Field House – Troy, N.Y.

Saturday, October 29, 2011 – 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-5-0) (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Union College Dutchwomen (2-5-0) (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Messa Rink – Schenectady, N.Y. 

ECAC Hockey Schedule Kicks Off
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team begins its ECAC Hockey schedule on the road when it travels to face Rensselaer on Friday, Oct. 28 and Union on Saturday, Oct. 29. Both games are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. 

Live stats and audio can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

About Rensselaer
The Engineers are coming off their fourth straight defeat following a 4-2 loss to Robert Morris on Saturday, Oct. 22. Senior Laura Guillmette and sophomore Jordan Smelker each scored for Rensselaer, while freshman Brianna Piper made 16 saves in net in the loss. Overall, Rensselaer is led by senior Alisa Harrison's seven points (four goals, three assists), followed by Smelker's six points (two goals, four assists) and Guillmette's five points (two goals, three assists). In four games, Piper has accumulated a 3.08 goals against average to go along with a .874 save percentage. Freshman Kelly O'Brien has also seen action in four games, as she has a 1.77 goals against average to go along with a .915 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Engineers
Friday's contest against Rensselaer will be the 17th time the two sides face each other, as the Engineers hold a 10-5-1 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on February 11, 2011, Quinnipiac skated to a 5-1 victory. The Bobcats followed their fantastic freshman, Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), who contributed two goals and three assists in the victory. Junior Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska), freshman Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) and sophomore Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) each netted a goal as well for Quinnipiac, while sophomore Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) made 13 saves in goal. 

About Union
The Dutchwomen are coming off a disheartening 5-3 loss to Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 21. Despite scoring the game's first three goals (two by senior Emilie Arseneault and one by senior Lauren Cromartie), the Orange stormed back with five goals in the third period, including three goals within the last three minutes of the game. Overall, Union is led by freshman Bryanne Panchuk's six points (two goals, three assists). Freshman goaltender Shenae Lundberg has accumulated a 4.41 goals against average to go along with a .864 save percentage, while junior netminder Alana Marcinko has put together a 2.56 goals against average to go along with a .917 save percentage on the season. 

All-Time Against The Dutchwomen
Saturday's contest will be the 20th time the two sides face each other, as Quinnipiac leads the all-time series, 16-0-3. In their last meeting on February 12, 2011, Quinnipiac shutout Union, 4-0. Babstock was the hero once again, leading the charge with two goals scored on the afternoon. Sophomore Brittany Lyons (one goal, two assists) and fresman Lindsay Burman each scored as well for Quinnipiac, which ended its regular-season with its 20th overall victory. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti stopped all 23 shots faces on the afternoon, earning her eight shutout of the season.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac fell to No. 5/6 Boston College, 5-0, on Friday, Oct. 21. The Bobcats held the Eagles to just two goals through two periods of play, but were unable to contain Boston College in the third period of play in which the team scored its final three goals. Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti made 30 saves in goal for Quinnipiac. 

ECAC Hockey Action
Quinnipiac finished the 2010-11 season with the program's most-ever wins in ECAC Hockey (12). 

Laden Makes Her Debut
Freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) made her first collegiate start in net on Friday, Oct. 14 against Northeastern, turning away 32 shots in 46 minutes of play. The highly touted freshman was runner-up in the state of Minnesota for Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-11 and held a .926 save percentage and a .163 goals against average during her senior season. 

Fresh On The Scene
Freshman Nicole Kosta currently leads all freshmen on the team with four points on the season (one goal, three assists). 

Season's Firsts
On Saturday, Oct. 8 against Maine, freshman Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba), junior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), and senior Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) each collected their respective first assists of the season. 

Looking Ahead
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac returns home to face Yale on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., followed by a home meeting against Brown the following Saturday, Nov. 5 at  4 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu