HAMDEN, Conn. – After recording the best statistical month of any player in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history, junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was announced the ECAC Hockey/Hogan Hockey Player of the Month for October. Babstock and the Bobcats (4-3-1, 1-1 ECAC Hockey) will look to ride the hot streak this weekend as they travel up to New York and take on ECAC Hockey's Colgate and Cornell.
Babstock wins her second career Player of the Month honor after previously taking one home for her performance in Nov. 2011. She finished Oct. as the ECAC Hockey's leading scorer with 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in eight games played. Her performance for Oct. bests her own previous program-record for scoring in a month. During her breakout freshman campaign where she was named ECAC Hockey's Player and Rookie of the Year, Babstock recorded five goals and 13 assists (18 points) in nine games played in Oct. 2010. With her five-point performance in the team's 8-3 win over Dartmouth on Saturday, Babstock rewrote the record books with 20 points in just eight games this season.
The two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week this season, Babstock has been a lynchpin in the Bobcat's success to start the 2012-13 season. She leads the conference in points, goals, fourth in assists, and tied with sophomore teammate Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) for first in plus/minus (+12). The prolific scorer is sixth in the nation in points-per-game (2.50) and seventh in goals-per-game (1.25). Babstock has either scored or assisted on 20 of the team's 29 goals for the season (69 percent), which is far and away the highest percentage of any player in the nation with Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland next-closest at 51 percent.
Coming into the 2012-13 season with 99 career points, the six-time career ECAC Hockey Player of the Week became the first player in program-history to reach the 100-point milestone in the season opener against Mercyhurst on Oct. 5. Just a week later she became the first Quinnipiac player to score four goals in a game as the Bobcats went on to beat Maine, 6-1. With another three points in the following game, Babstock began the year with four straight games of at least three points, leaving her as the nation's leader in points-per-game after the first two weeks of the season. She wasn't finished as the junior forward tied the program-record for assists in a game with four and also compiled a program-record plus/minus rating (+5) for a single player against Dartmouth on Oct. 27 in an 8-3 win. She also recorded a goal to give her the second five-point outing of the month and helped the team tie the program-record for most goals scored against an ECAC Hockey opponent.
Quinnipiac will take on the Colgate Raiders on Friday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. The Bobcats will then hit the road for a quick turnaround against No. 2 nationally-ranked Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.
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