HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forwards junior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and sophomore Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) were both featured by USCHO.com following their outstanding play to start the season. The pairing has combined for 25 of the Bobcats 49 points among all players. Each finds themselves atop national statistical standings and have had a hand in 14 of the 18 Quinnipiac goals through four games.
Two years removed from her 30 goal, 29 assist freshman season where she was named ECAC Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year, Babstock has absolutely dominated the competition in the team's first four games this season. After four games she leads the nation in points-per-game (3.50) and goals-per-game (2.00) with season totals of eight goals and six assists. She began the year standing at 99 career points and quickly became the first player in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history to reach the 100-point milestone on Friday, Oct. 5 against Mercyhurst. She earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week accolades after tallying six points (three goals, three assists) in the weekend series against the Lakers. Babstock continued to etch her name further into Quinnipiac record books after recording a program-record four goals on Friday, Oct. 12 against Maine. Babstock finished with an assist to give her five points in Friday's game and followed with another three-point performance (one goal, two assists) on Saturday for her fourth straight game with at least three points to start the season.
Kosta has been every bit as prolific as her Bobcat counterpart. After finishing with a team-high 25 assists in her freshman year to go along with eight goals, Kosta picked up right where she left off displaying incredible vision on the ice with one goal and 10 assists for the season. Kosta ranks first in assists-per-game (2.50) and fourth in points-per-game (2.75) among players in the nation. After finishing the 2011-12 season on a seven-game point scoring streak, Kosta needed just one point in the first two games against Mercyhurst to best the program-record. Kosta met the requirement and some by recording three assists in the season opener and three points (one goal, two assists) the following game to best Babstock's prior program-record of eight straight games with at least one point. She has since continued the streak and currently stands at 11-straight games entering the weekend series against Syracuse.
The Bobcats will be traveling up to Syracuse this weekend as the first game begins on Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. and closes on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.
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