HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second time in her career and first since Oct. 12, 2010, Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) was honored with the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday. The Bobcats continue their impressive season as Uden Johansson is the third different Bobcat to receive Player of the Week honors this season, no other team in the league has more than two players as a weekly winner.
As the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals loom in just a few days, the Bobcats are entering the most crucial juncture of the season playing some of their best hockey of the year. The team owns a 7-1-2 record over their past 10 games and just recently capped off an undefeated road weekend series sweep of Yale and Brown, both by a score of 4-0.
Uden Johansson carried the offensive attack for Quinnipiac as her four points (two goals, two assists) in two games was the most for any player in the ECAC Hockey over the final regular season weekend series. She came into the weekend going 14 straight games without scoring at least two points and quickly put to rest that streak as she notched a multi-point game against Yale (one goal, one assist. The night began with her first shorthanded goal of her career late in the first period as she received a pass from Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and deeked out the Bulldog goalie on the breakaway to give her team a 1-0 lead. She later assisted on a power-play goal that expanded the lead to 3-0 and help the team drive off with a victory.
Saturday's contest against Brown was an almost exact mirror image as Uden Johansson scored a power-play goal, her sixth of the season. With the Bobcats recording a shutout, the Uden Johansson goal in the first ended up as her second straight game-winner and she later tallied an assist to give her another two points against Brown to close out the regular season on a high note.
Through 31 games played, Uden Johansson (11 goals, 13 assists) is just one point shy of matching her freshman year total of 25 that remains a single-season career high for the high-scoring junior forward.
The No. 4 seed Bobcats (19-10-4, 13-6-3 ECAC Hockey) will now look to regroup and focus as they welcome No. 5 seed St. Lawrence (17-12-5, 12-6-4 ECAC Hockey) to High Point Solutions Arena. The Quarterfinal series will begin Friday at 7:00 pm and then Saturday at 4:00 pm with the third game set for Sunday at 2:00 pm if necessary.
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