HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was honored with a ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League selection, as announced by the league on Friday, Sep. 15. A Second-Team All-ECAC Hockey honoree at the end of the 2011-12 season, Babstock earns her second-consecutive Preseason All-League designation. She is joined by three Cornell skaters, including defenders Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau, and forward Brianne Jenner, as well as Harvard forward Jillian Dempsey and Clarkson goaltender Erica Howe.
Babstock entered her sophomore year coming off an historic freshman campaign that saw her shatter Quinnipiac's record books with the most goals (30), assists (28) and points (58) in a season for a single player and also set the single-game record for points (six). She returned with another banner year that saw her become the program's all-time career leader in goals, assists, and points. On Nov. 18, 2011 against Colgate, Babstock tallied four points (two goals, two assists) to help her become the program's all-time leader in points, surpassing Vicki Graham's career total of 73. She went on to become the all-time assists leader against Robert Morris in the Nutmeg Classic Championship Game on Nov. 26, 2011 as her two assists pushed her past Caitlin Peters' 39 career assists. She broke her final record on February 17, 2012 as her two goals against Union made her the program's all-time leading goal scorer, vaulting her past Elyse Cole's 43 career tallies.
The junior forward finished the season with the most points (40), goals (18), game-winning goals (four), shots (175), and plus/minus (+13) among all Bobcat skaters. For her career, Babstock currently stands at 99 career points, with 48 goals and 51 assists. She finished in the top ten in points, goals, power-play points, and game-winning goals last season in conference action. Her season totals landed her tied for 33rd in points among skaters in the nation as well as tied for 8th among ECAC skaters. She was a two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week winner, increasing her career total to four. Babstock also finished the season with her second-consecutive New England Division I Women's Ice Hockey All-Star Team selection.
The Bobcats face tough tests to open the non-conference schedule. After an exhibition against the Cambridge Jr. team on Saturday Sep. 29 at 2 p.m. the reigning College Hockey America runner-ups and NCAA Quarterfinalist Mercyhurst (23-8-3 in 2011-12) will make a trip up to Hamden, Conn. for the Bobcat's season opener on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
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