October 31, 2012

New York ECAC Hockey Weekend Ahead For Women's Ice Hockey; Colgate on Friday and No. 2 Cornell on Saturday

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-3-1, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey)
@ Colgate Raiders (2-6-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, November 2, 2012 – 3 p.m.
John Howard Starr Hockey Rink – Hamilton, N.Y.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-3-1, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey)
@ No. 2 Cornell Big Red (4-1-0, 2-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 3 p.m.
James Lynah Rink – Ithaca, N.Y.

This Weekend's Matchups
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will head up-state New York for their first ECAC Hockey road weekend of the season against the Colgate Raiders and No. 2 nationally-ranked Cornell Big Red. The ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll selected Colgate to finish 10th and Cornell was chosen to win the conference with nine first-place votes before the season. The twosome comes into play on opposite ends as Colgate began ECAC Hockey play with a pair of losses to Brown and Yale while No. 2 Cornell defeated the same opponents last weekend. The Bobcats will look to continue their hot streak against Colgate (winners of three in-a-row) while Cornell has been a thorn in the side of Quinnipiac as the Big Red have won the past six meetings.

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All-Time Against Colgate
The Bobcats own a 5-14-3 all-time record against the Raiders but have dominated the last six meetings with a 4-1-1 mark, and won the past three contests. In the last six games against Colgate, the Bobcats have thoroughly dominated play with an 18-7 advantage in goals scored. In the two meetings last season, Quinnipiac won the first game, 6-2, in Hamden. The Bobcats rattled off five unanswered goals after the Raiders took a 2-1 lead in the second period to close out the victory. Kelly Babstock recorded four points (two goals, two assists) including the game-winner with less than a minute left in the second period. Nicole Kosta (one goal, two assists), Breann Frykas (one goal, one assist), and Brittany Lyons (one goal, one assist) all chipped in with multi-point outings. The second matchup was again dominated by the Bobcats as Regan Boulton led the Bobcat effort with two goals in the victory, 4-1. Kosta picked up two assists and Erica Uden Johansson contributed two points (one goal, one assist). Chelsea Laden denied 21 Raider shots for the victory in goal.

Colgate Hockey History
The Crimson have long been a force within the ECAC Hockey conference, making playoff appearance eight straight seasons between 2002-10. Recently the Raiders have been held out of postseason play for the past two seasons, including their worst record in program-history in 2011-12 as the team finished, 10-21-2 (.333 winning percentage). Their most successful season came in 2008-09 when the team finished with an 19-14-3 overall record and advanced to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Round where they ultimately fell to Dartmouth in the third game of the best-of-three series. Before becoming a Division I program, Colgate played at the Division III level and experienced great success with a 61-29-8 overall mark and 41-22-7 within ECAC conference play. In 1999-2000, Colgate finished the season 21-4 (16-1 ECAC) and advanced all the way to the ECAC Championship where they fell to Middlebury, 5-1.

Scouting the Raiders
The Colgate Raiders are coming off their worst season in program-history with a 10-22-2 record (5-15-2 ECAC Hockey). It marked the second-straight season in which the Raiders missed out on postseason play after making the ECAC Hockey playoffs the previous eight seasons. First-year head coach Greg Fargo is looking to lead Colgate back into the postseason but has gotten off to a rough start at 2-6 overall and 0-2 in ECAC Hockey. After losing their first four games to start the season by a combined score of 26-1, the Raiders swept UConn in a two-game set before dropping their first ECAC Hockey games to Yale and Brown last weekend. The Raiders are led by senior forward Jenna Klynstra, who has compiled five points (one goal, four assists) through eight games thus far. Susan Allen (five starts) and Ashlynne Rando (three starts) have split time in goal for Colgate but each has had varying success with a save percentage below .883 and goals-against-average below 4.11 for the season. The Bobcats will look to exploit the Raiders special teams play as the Raiders enter the weekend with the fifth-worst power-play (8.1 percent) and penalty-kill (70.6 percent) in the nation.

All-Time Against Cornell
The arch nemesis for the Bobcats the past two seasons has undoubtedly been the Big Red as Quinnipiac has failed to win a game (0-6 record) with Cornell dominating the combined score, 29-7, in those six meetings. The Bobcats hold a 3-10-5 all-time record heading into the weekend but all three victories have come on the road in Ithaca, N.Y. In each of the past two seasons, Cornell has been the opponent to knock the Bobcats out of ECAC Hockey postseason play in the Semifinal Round. Last season the Bobcats fell, 5-1, to Cornell while in 2011, Quinnipiac nearly pulled out the victory but lost, 4-3, to the Big Red in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals. Kelly Babstock has been the one player to give the Big Red fits as she enters the weekend with five career assists in six games against Cornell. Babstock is currently riding a four-game scoring streak against the Big Red as the Bobcat's leading scorer will look to extend that mark on Saturday.

Cornell Hockey History
The Big Red have only recently surged to the top of women's college hockey. Since 1996, Cornell sports a 208-242-30 overall record but within the past three years have achieved success that places them among the elite programs in women's college hockey. Since 2009, Cornell owns a record of 82-17-7, with three NCAA Frozen Four appearances including a National Runner-up finish in 2010. The Big Red are the only team in the nation to have made three consecutive NCAA Frozen Four appearances and are primed for another stellar campaign after being chosen to win the ECAC Hockey in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. After only making it to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in every season before 2009, Cornell has since been named the ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champions in each of the past three seasons and has hosted the ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinal and Championship Round in all three years. Just last season, Cornell claimed the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year (Rebecca Johnston), Rookie of the Year (Jillian Saulnier), Best Defensive Forward (Chelsea Karpenko), Best Defensive Defenseman (Lauriane Rougeau), as well as four players being named to the All-ECAC Hockey's First Team (Rougeau, Johnston, Laura Fortino, and Brianne Jenner).

Scouting the Big Red
Cornell graduated the 2011-12 ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and First Team All-American Rebecca Johnston, who led Cornell with 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) but the team is littered with talent as nine players have playing experience with Canada's National Team (U18, U22, or Senior Team). Three Cornell skaters were named to the ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League Team in defenders Laura Fortino, Lauriane Rougeau, and forward Brianne Jenner. The roster also features a goaltender in Lauren Slebodnick who finished last season with the best winning percentage (.938) of any ECAC Hockey goalie with a 15-1 record, first in ECAC Hockey with 1.45 goals-against-average, and top-10 save percentage (.924). Cornell has been ranked second in the USCHO.com national poll since the rankings first came out on Oct. 1, right behind No. 1 Minnesota. The Big Red are coming off a weekend series sweep against ECAC Hockey competition in Brown and Yale. Their current record stands at 4-1 overall with the only loss coming at the hands of No. 3 Boston University, 5-1, on the road. Despite the two victories, Cornell struggled with Brown, 2-0, and Yale, 3-2. Both teams were chosen to finish 9th and 12th in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, respectively, as the Big Red failed to generate much offense despite completely dominating the combined shots-on-goal totals for the weekend, 79-22. Through five games the Big Red have employed a balanced scoring attack led by Jenner who has compiled seven points (two goals, five assists) to lead the team. Jillian Saulnier (two goals, four assists), Emily Fulton (three goals, two assists), Alyssa Gagliardi (one goal, three assists), and Rougeau (four assists) each come into the weekend with at least four points to lead a balanced Big Red attack.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats salvaged a split in their first weekend ECAC Hockey series of the season as they fell to No. 9 nationally-ranked Harvard, 2-0, and defeated Dartmouth, 8-3. Not much went right for the Bobcat offense on Friday against the Crimson as they managed 30 shots-on-goal but couldn't break through Laura Bellamy who notched the shutout victory in goal. Saturday's game was a completely different story as Quinnipiac tied a program-record for most goals against an ECAC Hockey opponent with an 8-3 win over Dartmouth. Babstock tied the program-record for most assists in a game (four) and notched her second five-point game of the season with a goal to give her 10 goals and 10 assists on the season. Nicole Kosta collected her first career hat trick and also added an assist for a four-point performance to beat the Big Green.

Nowhere Near Finished
The two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Kelly Babstock has broken numerous records to start the 2012-13 season. With three points in her first game against Mercyhurst she became the first player in program-history to reach 100 career points. She broke the program-record for goals in a game with four in a 6-1 victory over Maine. Finally, she tied the program-record for assists in a game with four against Dartmouth and also finished with the highest plus/minus (+5) of any Bobcat in a game in the program's history.

She Shoots…She Scores
With 10 goals and 10 assists in eight games this season, Kelly Babstock has either scored or assisted on 20 of the team's 29 goals thus far in the season. She has had a hand in 69 percent of the team's goals, which is by far the highest percentage of any player in the nation with Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland the next-closest competitor at 51 percent.

Top-of-the-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 19 goals and 35 assists in eight games to start the season. The 54 points between the five players represents 71.1% of the total points for Quinnipiac (76 points as a team).

Record-Breaking Saturday
Several Quinnipiac individual and team single-game records fell in Saturday's, 8-3, win over Dartmouth. The eight Bobcats goals tied a program-record for most goals scored against an ECAC Hockey opponent, matching their 8-1 victory over Brown on Feb. 20, 2010. Babstock's four assists tied a program-record for helpers in a game, a mark that has been accomplished twice before. She also recorded a program-record +5 plus/minus rating, the highest a player has achieved in Quinnipiac history.

Koasting Right Along
Coming into the weekend as the nation's leader in assists-per-game, Quinnipiac's Nicole Kosta was the primary goal scorer on Saturday afternoon as she tallied her first career hat trick in the 8-3 win over Dartmouth. The hat trick is the second for Quinnipiac on the season as Kelly Babstock claimed a program-record four goals against Maine on Oct. 12.

Prolific Scorer
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 sixth in points-per-game (2.50), seventh in goals-per-game (1.25), 13th in assists-per-game (1.25), and tied for seventh in power-play goals (three).

  
Points Per Game:                                          GP    G- A- P    P/GM

  1 Caroline English           Holy Cross        SR F        1    1- 3- 4    4.00

  2 Amanda Kessel              Minnesota         JR F        9   14-14-28    3.11

  3 Jillian Dempsey            Harvard           SR F        2    3- 3- 6    3.00

    Rebecca O'Quinn            Holy Cross        SR F        1    2- 1- 3    3.00

  5 Hannah Brandt              Minnesota         FR F       10   12-17-29    2.90

  6 Kelly Babstock             Quinnipiac        JR F        8   10-10-20    2.50

  7 Christine Bestland         Mercyhurst        JR F       10    6-18-24    2.40

  8 Jamie Lee Rattray          Clarkson          JR F        8    8- 9-17    2.12

  9 Lyndsey Fry                Harvard           JR F        2    3- 1- 4    2.00

    Mary Parker                Harvard           FR F        2    1- 3- 4    2.00

    Rebecca Fleming            Holy Cross        SO F        1    1- 1- 2    2.00

    Nicole Giannino            Holy Cross        SO F        1    2- 0- 2    2.00

    Francesca Panarelli        Holy Cross        SO D        1    0- 2- 2    2.00

 

Magic Touch
Sophomore forward Nicole Kosta had her program-record 11 game point scoring streak come to an end earlier this season at Syracuse but she has shown an impressive passing ability as she is currently 12th in assists-per-game among players in the nation. Kosta has assisted on 37.9% (11-of-29) of the team's 29 goals to begin the season.

Lethal Power-Play
Of the 29 Bobcat goals in the 2012-13 season, 12 (41.4%) of them have come off the power-play. Their proficiency ranks second in the nation behind Clarkson whose power-play has contributed 14 of the team's 31 goals to start the season (45.2%).

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, eight assists) and fifth among the nation's defensemen in points-per-game (1.25).

Points Per Game (Defensemen):                               GP    G- A- P    P/GM

  1 Francesca Panarelli        Holy Cross        SO D        1    0- 2- 2    2.00

  2 Erin Ambrose               Clarkson          FR D        8    2-13-15    1.88

  3 Sarah Edney                Harvard           SO D        2    1- 2- 3    1.50

    Megan Bozek                Minnesota         SR D       10    3-12-15    1.50

  5 Regan Boulton              Quinnipiac        SR D        8    2- 8-10    1.25

  6 Molly Byrne                Mercyhurst        SO D       10    5- 7-12    1.20

  7 Mira Jalosuo               Minnesota         SR D       10    3- 8-11    1.10

    Milica McMillen            Minnesota         FR D       10    5- 6-11    1.10

    Annie Svedin               Ohio State        JR D       10    3- 8-11    1.10

 10 Amanda Gallagher           Holy Cross        JR D        1    0- 1- 1    1.00

    Meaghan Sullivan           Holy Cross        SO D        1    0- 1- 1    1.00

       Kate Martini               Yale              FR D        4    1- 3- 4    1.00

She's Getting Her Lyons-Share
Fourth-year forward Brittany Lyons has capitalized on the Bobcat scoring surge to start the season as she currently is tied for second on the team with four goals and her three power-play tallies rank her tied for seventh in the nation in that category.

Clutch Gene
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 Oct. 20 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.

Three-Pronged Attack
The Bobcat offense has consistently been one of the team's strengths to open up the season. Excluding their two shutout losses to Syracuse and Harvard, Quinnipiac has scored at least three goals in every game this season and holds the eighth-highest scoring offense in the nation (3.62 goals-per-game average).

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