Women's Ice Hockey Heads Up to Syracuse For Weekend Set Against the Orange; Friday at 4 pm and Saturday at 2 pm

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Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 – 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac Bobcats (2-1-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
vs. Syracuse Orange (2-2-0, 2-0-0 College Hockey America)
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

This Weekend's Matchup

The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will hit the road for their first visiting series of the year over the weekend as they will travel up to Syracuse. The Bobcats will look to continue their strong play against Maine as the team swept the weekend series and featured the most impressive goal-scoring performance in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history as junior forward Kelly Babstock tallied a program-record four goals on Friday.

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All-Time Against Syracuse

Quinnipiac owns a 4-2 record against the Orange including three of the past four meetings. The two sides have played a weekend series every year since Syracuse became a Division I program in 2008 except for the 2010-11 season. Quinnipiac claimed its first win of the 2008-09 season against Syracuse which would only be one of the three wins for the Bobcats for the entire season. The last time Quinnipiac played Syracuse in Tennity Ice Pavilion was the 2009-10 season wherein the Bobcats swept the weekend series with a pair of one-goal victories, 4-3 (OT) and 2-1. Just last season the Bobcats took the first game of the two-game set with a 19-save shutout from sophomore goaltender Chelsea Laden, 3-0. The Orange came back and claimed the second game, 3-2, behind a late third period goal that proved to be the different. Quinnipiac thoroughly dominated Syraucse in terms of shots, 55-23, but couldn't beat Syracuse's Kallie Billadeau who recorded 53 saves in the Syracuse victory.

Look into History of Syracuse Hockey

On March 6, 2008, it was announced that the Orange would join College Hockey America as the fifth school to join the conference for women's ice hockey. Paul Flanagan, the former St. Lawrence head coach who led the Skating Saints to five NCAA Frozen Four appearances, was appointed as the first coach for the Orange women's ice hockey program. Flanagan remains the head coach and is one of 12 college women's ice hockey coaches with at least 250 wins (seventh among active coaches). The Orange have achieved a fair amount of success since becoming a Division I program with the highlight certainly being the CHA Championship game appearance in 2010 when they played Mercyhurst. The battled the No. 1-ranked Lakers to the wire as Mercyhurst scored two goals in the last 1:30 to win the Championship, 3-1. They followed with another appearance in 2011 as they faced off against Mercyhurst once again. The Lakers again pulled out some late game heroics as the Orange came into the third period with a 3-2 advantage but ultimately lost 5-4 in the CHA Championship. The Orange were nationally ranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll during the 2009-10 season, only their second as a Division I program.

Scouting the Orange

Syracuse finished up last season with their worst record (10-22-3, 1-8-3 CHA), including a stretch where they went winless over their last six games, in program-history. Despite the lackluster regular season they nearly pulled out a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Mercyhurst in the CHA Tournament as the Lakers trailed 3-1 in the second period. They would get as close as 4-3 but ultimately the Orange fell by that score to end their season. The hope for the new season began with a promising start as the team fell to New Hampshire and Northeastern in its opening weekend but is coming off a pair of road wins over CHA-foe Penn State who they outscored 10-0 over the weekend set. For the 2012-13 season the Orange come into the weekend with a 2-2 record 2-0 in CHA competition. Junior goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater was just named CHA Goaltender of the Week after recording a 21-save shutout over Penn State to earn her first win of the 2012-13 season. She enters the weekend as the top Orange goaltender with a 3.02 goals-against-average and save percentage of .864. Syracuse employs a balanced offensive attack led by seven players with at least three points after four games. Forwards Holly Carrie-Mattimoe and Laurie Kingsbury come in tied atop the team leaderboard with six points each and are followed by a group of three skaters (Margot Scharfe, Nicole Ferrara, and Caitlin Roach) who all have four points apiece.

Syracuse's Ranking in the Nation

The Orange come in with the 5th-highest scoring offense in the nation at 3.75 goals-per-game. Their play mimics the Bobcats in that both come into play taking very few penalties, Syracuse comes in with the ninth fewest penalty minutes while Quinnipiac is averaging the fewest penalty minutes of any team in the nation at 6.5 per-game. The power-play however might be the difference maker as Syracuse has converted just three-of-21 opportunities (14.3%) while Quinnipiac has converted eight-of-24 (33.3%) which is tied for second in the nation.

Last Time Out for the Bobcats

Coming off a winless home-opening weekend against No. 9-ranked Mercyhurst, the Bobcats found some positive momentum with a pair of commanding victories over Maine last weekend. The Bobcats came away with a 6-1 victory on Friday, Oct. 12 and did so in record-breaking fashion. Kelly Babstock recorded four goals to establish a new program-record and tallied an assist to give her five points on the evening. Nicole Kosta also lit up the box score with three assists and senior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti came away with her first victory of the season with an eight-save outing. Quinnipiac followed with another impressive, 5-2, victory over Maine on Saturday. After the Black Bears scored first, grasping their only lead of the series, the Bobcats roared back with four unanswered goals as Babstock again controlled the action with three points (one goal, two assists) and Kosta extended her program-record point scoring streak to 11 games after marking another two assists on Saturday. Sophomore goaltender Chelsea Laden picked up the victory, her first of the season.

Prolific Scorer

Kelly Babstock became the first Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player in program history to record four goals in a game last weekend. She bested the previous mark of three which had been accomplished 12 times throughout the Bobcat's 11-year run in Division I.

Most Goals in Game in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history

   

4

Kelly Babstock

10/12/2012 vs. Maine

3

Candace Boyles

1/31/2003 vs. Sacred Heart

3

Vicky Graham

11/9/2003 at Sacred Heart

3

Gillian Gallagher

11/15/2003 vs. Clarkson

3

Aimee Whittaker

11/6/2004 vs. Union

3

Vicky Graham

11/12/2005 vs. Union

3

Heather Hughes

10/31/2009 vs. RPI

3

Kristen Eklund

11/28/2009 vs. Sacred Heart

3

Erica Uden Johansson

10/10/2010 vs. Sacred Heart

3

Regan Boulton

10/15/2010 at Maine

3

Kelly Babstock

11/12/2010 vs. Harvard

3

Kelly Babstock

11/13/2010 vs. Dartmouth

3

Kelly Babstock

1/8/2011 at Clarkson

Nation's Best

With another eight points over the weekend, Babstock comes into Syracuse with eight goals and six assists (14 points) after just four games. This is ahead of her 2010-11 freshman year pace where she set Quinnipiac program-records in goals (30), assists (28), and points (58). She also comes in as the nation's leader in points-per-game (3.50), goals-per-game (2.00), power-play goals (three), and is tied for fifth in assists-per-game (1.50).

Points-per-game leaders in the nation (Top 10)

  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

Back-to-Back POW

After selected as ECAC Hockey's Player of the Week in the first week of the season, Babstock won her second consecutive Player of the Week honor and became the first player since Harvard's Sarah Vaillancourt on Feb. 16, 2009 to win the award in consecutive weeks.

Dishing It Out

Babstock isn't the only Bobcat to find herself atop the national leadership as Nicole Kosta currently ranks fourth in the nation in points-per-game (2.75) and leads the country in assists-per-game (2.50). The sophomore forward also comes in with a program-record 11-game point scoring streak intact after recording one goal and 10 assists in four games this season.

Assists-per-game in the nation (Top 10)

1 Nicole Kosta               Quinnipiac        SO F        4      10       2.50
  2 Marie-Philip Poulin        Boston University JR F        4       7       1.75
  3 Christine Bestland         Mercyhurst        JR F        6      10       1.67
    Amanda Kessel              Minnesota         JR F        6      10       1.67
  5 Hannah Brandt              Minnesota         FR F        6       9       1.50
    Kelly Babstock             Quinnipiac        JR F        4       6       1.50
  7 Megan Bozek                Minnesota         SR D        6       8       1.33
  8 Jill Cardella              Boston University SR F        4       5       1.25
    Carly Mercer               Clarkson          JR F        4       5       1.25
 10 Emily Janiga               Mercyhurst        FR F        6       7       1.17
    Rachael Bona               Minnesota         SO F        6       7       1.17

Serious Firepower

The Bobcat's offensive top-line combination of Babstock, Kosta, Erica Uden Johansson and defensive top-line Regan Boulton and Cydney Roesler have carried the team's offense through the first four games. The five players have combined for 12 goals and 24 assists (36 points) while the rest of the Bobcat players have compiled six goals and seven assists (13 points). The significant output represents 73.5% of the team's total point production through four games as Babstock alone has either scored or assisted on 14 of the team's 18 goals to start the season.

Dynamic Duo

The scoring combination of Kelly Babstock and Nicole Kosta is the highest-scoring duo in the nation after Quinnipiac's first four games. They have compiled nine goals and 16 assists (25 points) through four games for a 6.25 points-per-game average. The pairing is ahead of a couple heavyweights in Minnesota's Amanda Kessel (eight goals, 10 assists) and Hannah Brandt (nine goals, nine assists) who average 6 points-per-game and Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland (six goals, 10 assists) and Emily Janiga (six goals, seven assists) who average 4.83 points-per-game, with both teams having played six games.

Defensive Wiz

The pairing of Babstock and Kosta has been incredible but senior defender Regan Boulton has also been a key cog in the Bobcats lineup. She is tied for second in the nation among defensemen with 1.50 points-per-game average after tallying two goals and four assists in the team's first four contests.

Points-per-game among defensemen (Top 10)

1 Megan Bozek                Minnesota         SR D        6    2- 8-10    1.67
  2 Molly Byrne                Mercyhurst        SO D        6    3- 6- 9    1.50
    Regan Boulton              Quinnipiac        SR D        4    2- 4- 6    1.50
  4 Annie Svedin               Ohio State        JR D        6    2- 6- 8    1.33
  5 Vaila Higson               Mercyhurst        SO D        6    1- 6- 7    1.17
    Milica McMillen            Minnesota         FR D        6    2- 5- 7    1.17
  7 Kathryn Miller             Boston University SR D        4    0- 4- 4    1.00
    Erin Ambrose               Clarkson          FR D        4    1- 3- 4    1.00
    Mira Jalosuo               Minnesota         SR D        6    2- 4- 6    1.00
    Rebecca Morse              Providence        JR D        4    1- 3- 4    1.00
    Caitlin Roach              Syracuse          JR D        4    1- 3- 4    1.00

Freshmen Sensations

A trio of Bobcats record their first career points over the weekend series against the Black Bears as forward Nicole Connery recorded her first goal, forward Nicole Brown notched her first assists (one in each game), and defenseman Kristen Tamberg also contributed with her first career assist.

Penalty-Free

The Bobcats rank as the least penalized team in the nation after four games. The team has committed only 13 penalties in four games, accumulating just 26 penalty minutes to start the season. They rank as the least penalized team with an average of 6.5 penalty minutes each game.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu