Women's Ice Hockey Hits Ice For First Action of 2012-13 Season at Home in Exhibition Against Cambridge on Saturday
vs. Cambridge Jr. Rivulettes
Saturday Sept. 29, 2012 – 2 p.m.
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Season's First Competition
Fans will get their first glimpse at the 2012-13 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team as they host the Cambridge Jr. Rivulettes squad in an exhibition game on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Live stats, audio and video can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting the Rivulettes
Cambridge plays in the PWHL (Provincial Women's Hockey League in Ontario, Canada. It is the deepest, most competitive junior league in North America. The Rivulettes are 2-0 in league play and are coming off a 4-1 victory on September 24 over the Chinese Sr. Women's National Team. They are led by leading scorer Kaileigh Grant who has totaled two goals (both game-winners) and one assist on the young season. Some other Rivulette players to watch on Saturday include forward Emma Woods (one goal in two league games), forward Taytum Clairmont (one goal and one assist in two league games), and defenseman Alex Makaric.
ECAC Hockey Preseason Polls
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was selected to finish sixth in the 2012-13 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office on Monday, Sep. 17. The Bobcats totaled 71 points after finishing 2011-12 with a 19-16-2 overall record (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey), and made the ECAC Hockey Semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Official ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll Results
1. Cornell (9)
2. Harvard (3)
3. St. Lawrence
ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League Honors
Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior forward Kelly Babstock 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.
ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League Team
Goaltender - Erica Howe (Clarkson)
Defense - Laura Fortino (Cornell)
Defense - Lauriane Rougeau (Cornell)
Forward - Brianne Jenner (Cornell)
Forward - Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac)
Forward - Jilliam Dempsey (Harvard)
At the annual team banquet, head coach Rick Seeley formally announced the team captain for the 2012-13 season is senior defender Regan Boulton. The proven veteran is a consummate presence on the ice and her leadership extends in areas beyond the rink as her teammates have come to appreciate and respect her role on the team.
Support In Numbers
Boulton is supported by assistant captain senior Breann Frykas who is only entering her second year with the team but has a wealth of playing experience having won a National Championship with the University of Wisconsin before transferring to Quinnipiac in 2011. The two other assistant captains include juniors Amanda Colin and Erica Uden Johansson. Both enter their first year in leadership positions but each brings to the table big-game performances (Colin's overtime game-winner against No. 4 Boston College) and Olympic experience (Uden Johansson played for the Swedish National Team in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games).
After a three-year run featuring 60 wins, back-to-back ECAC Hockey Semifinal appearances, beating the highest ranked opponent in program history, and shattering numerous individual and team records, one can only imagine what there is left to accomplish. For the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey squad, that one missing link still remains the elusive ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship and a trip to their first ever NCAA Tournament. Fifth year head coach Rick Seeley has spearheaded the development of this team into a consistent national power over the past three seasons. The Bobcats enter the 2012-13 season returning their six top scorers from last season and one of the top goaltenders in the ECAC, senior Victoria Vigilanti. Leadership in the form of senior captain Regan Boulton will be vital moving forward as this young, but experienced team will look to take another step forward and continue to win games.
It Was a Season To Remember
The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 19-16-2 overall record and 12-8-2 in ECAC Hockey competition. They advanced to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals as the No. 6 seed, upsetting No. 3 Clarkson in a thrilling 2-0 victory in game three of the best-of-three series. Quinnipiac's season came to an end in the next round however as No. 1 Cornell bested the Bobcats for the second consecutive year in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals.
There were numerous highlights throughout the year as forward Kelly Babstock became the all-time Quinnipiac leader in assists, goals, and points during her sophomore season. The Bobcats recorded perhaps their biggest win in program history as they defeated No. 4 ranked Boston College, beating their highest ranked opponent ever. The win itself was even more stunning as the Bobcats trailed the Golden Eagles 1-0 with 16 seconds remaining. The faceoff came in the Boston College zone, the Bobcat's Nicole Kosta's draw went right to a streaking Babstock who scored the equalizer with just 10 seconds left on the clock. The overtime period lasted a mere 35 seconds before Quinnipiac's Amanda Colin netted the game-winner and catapulted the Bobcats to a monumental win on their home ice. The Bobcats claimed their second consecutive Nutmeg Classic Championship, besting Robert Morris in the title game, 3-2. Two players garnered All-ECAC honors in Babstock and Boulton and Seeley recorded his 200th career victory. Despite the loss the Cornell in the semifinals, the Bobcats had numerous successes during the year and are returning a core that includes some of the greatest players the program has ever seen.
She's Back For More
The program's all-time leader in assists, goals, and points, Kelly Babstock returns after another standout season in which she posted 18 goals and 22 assists for All-ECAC Second Team honors. The junior forward finished with the most points (40), goals (18), game-winning goals (4), shots (175), and plus/minus (+13) among all Bobcat skaters and with 99 career points, she is primed to reach the century mark early in the season.
Kosting Right Along
Ending last season on a seven-game scoring streak, sophomore forward Nicole Kosta needs a point in Quinnipiac's first game of the season against Mercyhurst to tie Babstock's record and another point the following game to break the all-time program record of eight games. In those final seven games, Kosta totaled 12 points (four goals, eight assists) to lead her team in some of the most pressure-packed games of the season down the stretch. She had a breakout freshman season in which she tallied eight goals and a team-high 25 assists.
Depth All Around
Senior Breann Frykas transferred to Quinnipiac last season after winning an NCAA Championship with Wisconsin in 2010-11. In her first season with the Bobcats she scored the second most goals on the team with 11 and led the team in power-play goals with six. Her production and senior leadership will be needed up front as they all look to advance to the team's first ECAC Hockey Championship game.
Junior forward Erica Uden Johansson played in only 22 games last season and still posted 10 goals and 11 assists, averaging just under one point per game for the season. Another dynamic scorer returning for her final season with Quinnipiac is Brittany Lyons. She finished the 2011-12 season with seven goals and seven assists and will look to help fill the void left by a pair of graduating seniors.
Among the group of departures along the scoring line include former assistant captain Kate Wheeler and Chelsea Illchuck. The pair combined for nine goals and nine assists last season and the Bobcats will have to fill the leadership role both players took on as four-year contributors for Quinnipiac. Other returnees among the forwards includes senior Kristen Eklund, juniors Elena Orlando and Amanda Colin and sophomores Anna Borgfeldt and Morgan Fritz-Ward. Several freshmen will also look to make an immediate impact with the team as Nicole Connery, Olivia Agostinelli, and Nicole Brown enter their first season with Quinnipiac.
It's All About the D
The group of Bobcat defenders will certainly miss the departures of former stalwarts Bethany Dymarczyk, Jordan Elkins, and Melissa Perry along the back-line. Each defender played in at least 141 games over their four-year careers and were among the most vocal leaders throughout their careers. Certainly their leadership and scoring (seven goals, 22 assists combined last season) will be missed but the Bobcats return their top-scoring defenseman in senior Regan Boulton. She had a breakout year last season, finishing with eight goals and 13 assists, and placing her in a tie for third on the team in points. The 21 points were also good for sixth among all ECAC Hockey defensemen and it helped her earn All-ECAC Third Team honors for the first time in her career. Her production also picked up as the year went on as she produced eight goals and eight assists in 22 matchups against ECAC opponents.
Total Team Effort
Boulton will need several other defenders to help step into the roles filled by the departing players from last season. Look for senior Felicia Vieweg and junior Shelby Wignall to see a significant increase in ice time this season. Both played in at least 36 games, and will have to step into a more prominent role for the Bobcats in 2012-13. Also expect a trio of incoming freshmen in Cydney Roesler, Kristen Tamberg, and Lindsey West to play major minutes for the Bobcats this season. Junior Olivia Brackett is also in line to step into a much larger role as she played in only 17 games last season.
Victoria Vigilanti has been a stalwart for the past three seasons and headlines the returning goaltenders for the 2012-13 season. Her production last season is unquestioned as she went 14-11-2, with a 2.21 goals-against-average, and .909 save percentage in 30 games (28 starts). She 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.
Pressure Packed Performance
Vigilanti 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.
Oh Wait There's Another
Vigilanti wasn't alone last season however as sophomore Chelsea Laden gave Quinnipiac a second standout goaltender. In her rookie season, Laden finished 5-5, with a 2.32 goals-against average, and .916 save percentage in 11 games (nine starts). Her save percentage finished as the tenth best among all ECAC Hockey goaltenders with at least 500 minutes. 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. The pair will certainly see the majority of the ice time and the coaching staff the capability to pick-and-choose matchups as the speedy Vigilanti and the physically imposing Laden both offer Quinnipiac advantages that coach Seeley will certainly utilize at times during the season.
Newcomers To The Squad
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team welcomes six skaters to its roster for the 2012-13 season. Freshmen Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario), Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario), Olivia Agostinelli (Framingham, Mass.), Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario), Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario), and Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario).
Nicole Brown, a forward from Oshawa, Ontario, played for the Whitby Jr. Wolves alongside freshman teammate Lindsey West and led the team in assists, games played, points, and plus/minus for the 2011-12 season. Her scoring numbers included 26 goals and 49 assists for 75 points to close out the year.
West, a defender from Ajax, Ontario, was a prominent player in Whitby's offensive attack as she led all Wolves defenders in goals (12) and points (22) in 56 games played in 2011-12. She was also the league-leading goal scorer for all defensemen in 2010-11.
Olivia Agostinelli, a forward from Framingham, Mass., was a standout player for the inaugural women's ice hockey program at Winchendon School and helped guide the team to an incredible 28-2-1 record for the 2011-12 season.
Gold Medal Winner
Nicole Connery, a forward from Newmarket, Ontario, brings with her a wealth of international experience including a gold medal at the 2012 Under-18 Women's Championship held in Czech Republic playing for Team Canada. Her team defeated the United States, 3-0, in the gold medal game and she contributed two goals and four assists over the five-game tournament. She also joins a pair of former Mississauga Jr. Chiefs players to play for Quinnipiac in Victoria Vigilanti and Nicole Kosta as well as current freshman teammate, Kristen Tamberg.
Time For Tamberg
Kristen Tamberg, a defenseman from North Toronto, Ontario, joins her Mississauga Jr. Chiefs teammate Nicole Connery on the 2012-13 Bobcat roster. She helped guide the Chiefs to multiple championships including Union College Fest, MGHL Tournament gold medalist, Provincial gold medalist, and PWHL finalist. Tamberg netted two goals and 10 assists over two seasons with the Chiefs.
Roelling Right In
Cydney Roesler, a defender from Stittsville, Ontario, competed and won a silver medal at the 2011 Women's Under-18 World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden playing for Team Canada before joining with Nicole Connery to win the gold medal at the 2012 Women's Under-18 World Championship in Prevov & Zlin, Czech Republic. She led all defensemen with three goals in five games played at the 2012 World Championship. She also played for the Ottawa Senators Intermediate AA Women's team from 2009-12. A team captain for the 2011-12 season, Roesler led the Senators defender in points each year with the team. She finished her career with 24 goals and 53 assists, totaling 77 points in 153 games played.
Let's Have a Look at the Schedule
The Bobcats 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. Quinnipiac then enters its first ECAC Hockey conference games of the season including a pair of home matchups against Harvard and Dartmouth on Oct. 26 and 27, followed by four straight road games against ECAC competition. Featured in that four-game stretch is a trip to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Cornell, who defeated the Bobcats in two straight ECAC Hockey Semifinal matchups and made it to the Frozen Four last season.
Quinnipiac travels to New Hampshire in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday Nov. 20 before attempting to win their third straight Nutmeg Classic Championship as the open play against Boston College in Storrs, Conn. on Nov. 23. ECAC Hockey play picks back up to end Nov. with a home series against Rensselaer and Union, followed by a home-and-home series against Princeton on Dec. 7 – 8.
After a month-long break, play picks back up on the road against Dartmouth and Harvard on Jan. 11 and 12. A weekend series follows against non-conference opponent Robert Morris. The Colonials stunned Mercyhurst in the College Hockey America Championship game last season after being picked last in the preseason coaches' poll, ending a string of nine consecutive CHA tournament championships for Mercyhurst. The remaining eight games are all ECAC Hockey mathups including home matchups against Brown and Yale on Feb. 1 – 2, followed by the final regular season home games against Cornell and Colgate on Feb. 8 – 9. The Bobcats close out the regular season with road matchups against defending ECAC Hockey Tournament Champion St. Lawrence and Clarkson from Feb. 15 – 16 and finally against Yale and Brown on Feb. 22 – 23.
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