Kelly Babstock and Victoria Vigilanti Claim Hogan Hockey/ECAC Hockey Weekly Awards
HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second time this season, Quinnipiac women's ice hockey's junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) were announced as the Hogan Hockey/ECAC Hockey Player and Goaltender of the Week, respectively. This announcement came from the league office on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and marks the second time this season Babstock and Vigilanti have took home the awards in the same week.
Babstock earns her fourth Player of the Week honor this season, the most of any player in ECAC Hockey, and the eighth of her illustrious career. The ECAC Hockey's second-leading scorer with 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) through 29 games ignited the Bobcat's offense throughout their final regular season home weekend with five points (four goals, one assist). She finished with back-to-back multi-goal games for the 17th and 18th times in her career. The junior forward began the weekend with a team-high three points (two goals, one assist) to lead her team to one of the biggest wins in program history, 4-1, over No. 4 Cornell. She pumped in two empty-net goals including one shorthanded to provide her team insurance down the stretch as well tally an assist on the first goal for the Bobcats in the first period to give Quinnipiac the early lead. She followed with a two-goal performance against Colgate on Sunday in a 4-1 win on Senior Day. She tallied her third empty-netter of the weekend as well as a power-play goal to give her team the 1-0 lead. Her first goal of the game was the 75th of her career and 150th career point. Babstock either scored or assisted on five of the team's eight goals over the weekend (62.5 percent). With 28 goals and 24 assists in 29 games this season, Babstock has either scored or assisted on 52 of the team's 91 goals throughout the season. No other player in the nation has had a hand in more of her team's goals this season than Babstock's 57.1 percent, the next-closest player is Wisconsin's Brianna Decker at 53.3 percent.
Vigilanti wins her third Goaltender of the Week this season and 15th of her career. The senior netminder spearheaded the Bobcats' stellar defensive play with a pair of victories against No. 4 Cornell and Colgate. She just tied her season-long unbeaten streak as Vigilanti hasn't lost in her past five games (4-0-1) for the Bobcats. Vigilanti played one of her best games of the season on Friday, recording 32 saves against No. 4 Cornell, limiting the nation's third-highest scoring offense coming into the weekend to just one goal. The Big Red tied their season-low for goals scored in a game while Vigilanti stood tall to help her team earn their first ever home victory against Cornell and second ever against a Top Five ranked opponent. Vigilanti came back and led an inspired defensive effort on Senior Day in a 4-1 win over Colgate. She made 21 saves in net and allowed just one goal for the second consecutive game. Her stat line for the weekend included 53 saves on 55 shots (.964 save percentage) and the two victories increased her career win total to 68, third-highest among active goalies.
The Bobcats will now look forward to this weekend's road matchups against St. Lawrence and No. 6 Clarkson. The Saints are currently tied with the Bobcats for fourth place in the ECAC Hockey point standings, the last seed to receive home ice in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. The last time the Bobcats came to Clarkson's home ice was in last year's ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals where the Bobcats pulled out an inspired series victory in three games to advance to the Semifinals.
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