HAMDEN, Conn. – The Bobcats women's ice hockey team received votes in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll, released earlier this week. With two votes in the USCHO.com poll and one vote in USA Today/USA Hockey, Quinnipiac enters the 2012-13 season ranked No. 14 in the nation in both preseason ranking.
|Week 1: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll|
Quinnipiac is coming off another banner year in which they finished 19-16-2 overall (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey) and a second consecutive upset series victory in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. With 19 wins last season, Quinnipiac joins an elite crowd of only seven teams to have won at least 60 games in the past three seasons. The list includes consistent national powers Wisconsin, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Cornell, Mercyhurst, and Boston University, all of which enter the 2012-13 ranked in the top-10 in each national poll.
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|Others receiving votes: Harvard 28, Clarkson 6, Providence 3, Quinnipiac 2, Robert Morris 1.|
On Monday, Sept. 17, ECAC Hockey released its 2012-13 Preseason Coaches' Poll where the Bobcats were selected to finish sixth. Junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was also honored with her second straight ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League selection. Babstock registered 18 goals and 22 assists last season to back up her incredible freshman season where she posted program records in goals (30), assists (29), and points (59) to receive the ECAC Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year distinction. She also became the program's all-time leader in career goals (48), assists (51), and points (99) all at different times throughout last season.
Sophomore forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) finished with eight goals and a team-high 25 assists in her debut season with the Bobcats. Her 33 points finished just seven behind Babstock and she enters the new season on a seven-game scoring streak after her a successful run (four goals, eight assists) in those seven games to end last season. She needs a point in each of the team's first two games against Mercyhurst to break the all-time record of eight set by Babstock in the 2010-11 season.
Senior assistant captain forward Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) returns for another year after scoring the second most goals on the team with 11 and leading the team with six power-play goals. Junior assistant captain forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) played in only 22 games last season and still totaled 10 goals and 11 assists, averaging just less than one point per game.
Senior captain defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) spearheads the Bobcat's defensive unit as she is coming off a breakout season where her 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) placed her tied for third on the team. The 21 points were also good enough for sixth among ECAC Hockey defensemen and helped her earn All-ECAC Hockey Third Team honors for the first time in her career.
The Bobcats feature a pair of goaltenders in senior Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) and sophomore Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) who each stood out at times last season. Vigilanti was named ECAC Hockey/Fischer Hockey Player and Goaltender of the Month in December after posting three shutouts and 63 saves in three victories throughout the month. She also was a linchpin behind the Bobcat's upset series victory over Clarkson as she compiled a 2-1 record, 1.01 goals-against average, .958 save percentage, and one shutout in the three-game series. Vigilanti's 23-save shutout in game three of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals clinched the series and pushed her career shutout total to 23, including the second of her playoff career. Laden was the team's winning goaltender in the upset 2-1 overtime victory over No. 4 Boston College as she posted a season-high 33 saves (.971 save percentage). The win began a streak of four consecutive wins for Laden including her first career shutout in a 3-0 victory over Syracuse.
Quinnipiac will host its annual Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Media Night on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the TD Bank Sports Center's University Club. Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley and men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold will preview this year's teams while also taking questions from media and fans. The event is open the public, with an admission of $25 which features a buffet dinner and 2012-13 media guides.
The Bobcats will hit the ice for the first time in the 2012-13 season on Saturday, Sept. 29 as they face off against Cambridge in an exhibition matchup at the High Point Solutions Arena at 2 p.m. Quinnipiac then moves on to face a couple tough tests to open the non-conference schedule. 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 and Saturday Oct. 6. The following weekend Quinnipiac plays another weekend series against the University of Maine and then takes to the road to face-off against Syracuse from Oct. 19 – Oct. 20.
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