Big Weekend Series at Home For Women's Ice Hockey as Bobcats Open ECAC Hockey Play Against No. 9 Harvard and Dartmouth
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-2-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
vs. No. 9 Harvard Crimson (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, October 26, 2012 – 7 p.m.
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-2-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
vs. Dartmouth Big Green (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 4 p.m.
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.
This Weekend's matchups
In walks the No. 9 nationally-ranked Harvard Crimson and Dartmouth Big Green as the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team looks to defend it's home ice in the first ECAC Hockey showdowns of the season. The ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll selected Harvard to finish second and Dartmouth right behind in fourth before the start of the 2012-13 season. This will also be the first action the Crimson and Big Green will see as both teams enter without having played a regular season game. The Bobcats will look to avenge their 0-3-1 combined mark against the two teams last season and score their first conference victories of the year.
Live stats, audio and video can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The live broadcast will be covered by the Quinnipiac Bobcat Sports Network audio feed at http://www.QuinnipiacBobcats.TV/radio/quinnipiac.m3uoth this weekend. There will also be a free live video feed available during the game through NEC Front Row at the following link: http://www.necfrontrow.com/schools.php?title=QU.
All-Time Against Harvard
The Bobcats own a 2-11-1 all-time record against the Crimson but have claimed their two victories within the past five matchups (2-2-1 record). Their first victory over Harvard came on Jan. 9, 2010 when they scored a 1-0 victory with a 31-save shutout in net from Victoria Vigilanti at the High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats followed up with a 4-1 victory the following year on Nov. 12, 2010. Kelly Babstock tallied a hat trick in the three-goal victory and Vigilanti made 27 saves to preserve the win. Both victories came at home while the Bobcats are 0-7 all-time playing in Cambridge, Mass.
Harvard Hockey History
The Crimson have long been a force in the sport of women's ice hockey. Their last losing season occurred in 1997-98 when they finished the year with a 14-16 record. The following year Harvard went 33-1, including 30 consecutive victories to close the season. The final game of that 30-game winning streak was a 6-5 overtime victory over New Hampshire in the AWCHA National Championship Game. It was a season full of firsts as the team would win the Beanpot and Ivy League title in addition to their first ECAC Hockey regular season and tournament championships. This would also be the first AWCHA National Championship in the reign of head coach Katey Stone. Now in her 19th season, Stone became the women's college hockey all-time wins leader on Feb. 26, 2010, surpassing former Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson. Stone's overall record of 378-164-32 stands alone in women's college hockey history.
Scouting the Crimson
The No. 9 nationally-ranked Harvard Crimson are coming off another impressive campaign where they advanced to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals with a 22-9-1 record (17-4-1 ECAC Hockey). Incredibly, the Crimson return 98.6% of their scoring from last season. Their only graduating senior from last year's team is Alisa Baumgartner who recorded two goals and two assists on the season. Of the 296 points last year's roster compiled, 292 of them return for a team that finished second in ECAC Hockey with a 17-4-1 record in conference play. Preseason ECAC Hockey All-League selection senior forward Jillian Dempsey headlines the returning scorers as she led the team in goals (27), assists (21), and points (48). Her 10 power-play goals and three shorthanded goals were tops in the league and she ranked in the top-five in all major offensive statistical categories in the ECAC Hockey. Senior netminder Laura Bellamy returns after starting all 32 games last season for Harvard. She contributed a .919 save percentage, 1.86 goals-against-average, and an overall record of 22-9-1. Junior Marissa Gedman spearheads the defense coming off an eight goal, 19 assist season (27 points) in 2011-12. The Crimson feature a depth of scoring unseen in most top teams as they had 10 players cumulate at least 20 points last season.
All-Time Against Dartmouth
The Bobcats hold a 3-9-2 overall record against Dartmouth since they first started playing a season series in 2005-06 but Quinnipiac holds a 3-3 record in the last six meetings. Quinnipiac is looking to avenge a pair of losses to the Big Green last season including a 3-2 loss at home and 4-1 loss on the road in 2011-12. The Bobcats had numerous scoring chances as they controlled the shots-on-goal, 71-51, in the two games combined last season. The last victory against the Big Green came on Feb. 4, 2011 with a 4-0 win in Hanover, N.H. Kelly Babstock recorded a pair of goals and Victoria Vigilanti notched a 35-save shutout to preserve the victory. The last home win for the Bobcats at home against Dartmouth was on Jan. 8, 2010 with a 2-1 victory. Brittany Lyons recorded the game-winner with five minutes to play.
Dartmouth Hockey History
The Big Green has a long and storied history in women's hockey as they have appeared in the "Frozen Four," the semifinals of the NCAA hockey tournament, three times. Overall, the Big Green have appeared in the NCAA tournament six times with their last visit occurring in 2011 but fell to Cornell, 7-1, in the regional opener. Head coach Mark Hudak has been with the team since 2003 and has accumulated a 180-89-22 record with the Big Green. The team has won the ECAC Hockey tournament in 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2009 and has appeared in the tournament all eight years Hudak has been at the helm.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth returns their leading scorer from last season in senior forward Camille Dumais (16 goals, 22 assists). She led the team in both offensive categories and has already eclipsed 100 career points (44 goals, 57 assists) entering her final season with Dartmouth. The Big Green however make their living on the defensive end featuring junior goalkeeper Lindsay Holdcroft and senior defenseman Sasha Nanji. Holdcroft finished in the top-five among ECAC Hockey goaltenders in goals-against-average (1.90) and save percentage (.926). Nanji finished with a commanding lead among ECAC Hockey defensemen in goals last season with 12. The next-closest competitor had nine while Nanji also contributed 12 assists for 24 points from the blue line.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats salvaged a split in their first weekend road series of the year when they took on Syracuse at the Tennity Ice Pavilion. Quinnipiac won a thrilling 3-2 game that featured a game-winning power-play goal from junior Erica Uden Johansson, her second power-play goal of the night, with just 6.8 seconds showing on the clock in the overtime period. The victory extended the Bobcat's undefeated streak to three games and moved their record to 3-1-1 on the year. Saturday's contest was dominated by the Orange as they shutout the Bobcats, 4-0, behind a 29-save effort from Syracuse goalie Kallie Billadeau. The loss marked the first time since Nov. 11, 2011, a span of 31 games, that the women's ice hockey team has been shutout.
Top Line Production
The Bobcat's top offensive and defensive lines have completely dominated the Quinnipiac scoring to start the season. The production of top-forwards Kelly Babstock, Nicole Kosta, and Erica Uden Johansson and top-defenders Regan Boulton and Cydney Roesler have combined for 15 goals and 26 assists in six games to start the season. The 41 points between the five players represents 71.9% of the total points for Quinnipiac (57 points as a team).
Quinnipiac's junior forward and two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Kelly Babstock has been found near the top of the nation's statistical leaderboard all season. She currently ranks third in points-per-game (2.50), tied for first in goals-per-game (1.50), and tied for fourth in power-play goals (three). Babstock has either scored or assisted on 15 of the Bobcat's 21 goals to start the year.
1 Amanda Kessel Minnesota JR F 8 12-13-25 3.12
2 Hannah Brandt Minnesota FR F 8 11-13-24 3.00
3 Kelly Babstock Quinnipiac JR F 6 9- 6-15 2.50
4 Christine Bestland Mercyhurst JR F 8 6-13-19 2.38
5 Jamie Lee Rattray Clarkson JR F 6 8- 5-13 2.17
6 Kelly Cooke Princeton SR F 2 2- 2- 4 2.00
Corey Stearns Princeton SR F 2 1- 3- 4 2.00
Sally Butler Princeton JR F 2 2- 2- 4 2.00
Brianna Leahy Princeton SO F 2 1- 3- 4 2.00
10 Marie-Philip Poulin Boston University JR F 6 3- 8-11 1.83
Nicole Kosta Quinnipiac SO F 6 1-10-11 1.83
Sophomore forward Nicole Kosta had her program-record 11 game point scoring streak come to an end over the weekend at Syracuse but she has shown an impressive passing ability as she is currently tied for first in assists-per-game among players in the nation. Kosta has assisted on 47.6% (10-of-21) of the team's 21 goals to begin the season.
1 Carly Mercer Clarkson JR F 6 10 1.67
Nicole Kosta Quinnipiac SO F 6 10 1.67
3 Christine Bestland Mercyhurst JR F 8 13 1.62
Amanda Kessel Minnesota JR F 8 13 1.62
Hannah Brandt Minnesota FR F 8 13 1.62
6 Corey Stearns Princeton SR F 2 3 1.50
Brianna Leahy Princeton SO F 2 3 1.50
8 Marie-Philip Poulin Boston University JR F 6 8 1.33
Erin Ambrose Clarkson FR D 6 8 1.33
10 Megan Bozek Minnesota SR D 8 10 1.25
Of the 21 Bobcat goals in the 2012-13 season, 10 (47.6%) of them have come off the power-play. Their proficiency ranks second in the nation behind Clarkson whose power-play has contributed 10 of the team's 19 goals to start the season (52.6%).
Junior forward Erica Uden Johansson notched a pair of power-play goals in the Bobcat's 3-2 overtime win over Syracuse on Friday, Oct. 19. It was her second career multi-goal game and first since compiling a hat trick on Oct. 10, 2010 against Sacred Heart. It was also the first time since Kelly Babstock's two against Union on Feb. 17, 2011 that a Quinnipiac player recorded at least two power-play goals in a game.
Senior Saves the Day
Victoria Vigilanti had her best game between the pipes all season on Friday night against Syracuse. The senior denied multiple scoring Orange scoring opportunities including all five Syracuse power-plays on her way to 36 saves, her most in a game since compiling 41 against Harvard on Feb. 5, 2011.
Snipe Shot From the Point
Senior defenseman Regan Boulton has put together another solid season in her fourth year with the Bobcats. She currently ranks third on the team in points (two goals, six assists) and fourth among the nation's defensemen in points-per-game (1.33).
1 Erin Ambrose Clarkson FR D 6 1- 8- 9 1.50
Megan Bozek Minnesota SR D 8 2-10-12 1.50
3 Molly Byrne Mercyhurst SO D 8 4- 7-11 1.38
4 Regan Boulton Quinnipiac SR D 6 2- 6- 8 1.33
5 Mira Jalosuo Minnesota SR D 8 3- 7-10 1.25
6 Alyssa Gagliardi Cornell JR D 2 0- 2- 2 1.00
Hayleigh Cudmore Cornell JR D 2 0- 2- 2 1.00
Milica McMillen Minnesota FR D 8 3- 5- 8 1.00
Annie Svedin Ohio State JR D 8 2- 6- 8 1.00
Caitlin Roach Syracuse JR D 6 1- 5- 6 1.00
The Bobcat offense has consistently been one of the team's strengths to open up the season. Excluding Saturday's 4-0 loss to Syracuse, Quinnipiac has scored at least three goals in every game this season and holds the fifth-highest scoring offense in the nation (3.50 goals-per-game average).
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