Babstock Wins Back-to-Back ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Honors
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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was announced the as the back-to-back winner of the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Babstock becomes the first player since Harvard's Sarah Vaillancourt on Feb. 16, 2009 to win the award in consecutive weeks as she absolutely dominated play to begin the year.
Coming into the weekend off a pair of three-point outings against Mercyhurst that had her atop the ECAC Hockey points leaderboard, the junior forward proved the first weekend was no fluke as she tallied another eight points in the weekend series against Maine to give her eight goals and six assists (14 points) on the season. She began the weekend by establishing a new program-record for goals in a game by scoring four on Friday against the Black Bears. The previous record had been accomplished 12 separate times before Babstock's four on Friday. She also compiled an assist to give her five points on Friday and she followed with another three points (one goal, two assists) on Saturday. It was her third three-point outing of the season as she has scored at least three points in every game this season.
Quinnipiac's women's ice hockey's program leader in points, goals and assists has garnered national attention with her torrid start. After four games Babstock finds herself second in the nation in goals (eight), first in goals-per-game (2.00), first in points-per-game (3.50), tied for first in power-play goals (three) and tied for fifth in assists-per-game (1.50). Babstock and fellow teammate sophomore forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) have been a key contributors in the Bobcat's #3 ranking in the nation for scoring offense (4.50 goals-per-game) as Kosta (one goal, 10 assists) currently stands fourth in the nation in points-per-game (2.75), tied for first in assists (10) and first in assists-per-game (2.50). They have combined to record a point in 14 of the team's 18 goals to start the season.
National Points-Per-Game Leaders (Top 10)
Player GP G-A-P P/GM
1 Kelly Babstock Quinnipiac JR F 4 8- 6-14 3.50
2 Amanda Kessel Minnesota JR F 6 8-10-18 3.00
Hannah Brandt Minnesota FR F 6 9- 9-18 3.00
4 Nicole Kosta Quinnipiac SO F 4 1-10-11 2.75
5 Christine Bestland Mercyhurst JR F 6 6-10-16 2.67
6 Emily Janiga Mercyhurst FR F 6 6- 7-13 2.17
7 Emily Field Boston College SO F 1 1- 1- 2 2.00
Jamie Lee Rattray Clarkson JR F 4 4- 4- 8 2.00
9 Paige Semenza Ohio State SR F 6 7- 4-11 1.83
Brianna Decker Wisconsin SR F 6 6- 5-11 1.83
The 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year is ahead of her record-breaking pace established two seasons ago when she posted a program-record 30 goals, 28 assists (58 points). After four games in 2010-11 Babstock compiled four goals and six assists (10 points), a total she has improved upon with eight goals and six assists (14 points) this season.
Babstock and the Bobcats will head up to Syracuse for a weekend set with the first game set for Fri. at 4 p.m. and the second game is Sat. at 4 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavilion.
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