February 28, 2013

No. 4 Seed Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey Hosts No. 5 St. Lawrence in ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Action This Weekend

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ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals (Best-of-Three Series)

No. 4 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (19-10-4, 13-6-3 ECAC Hockey)
vs No. 5 St. Lawrence Saints (17-12-5, 12-6-4 ECAC Hockey)

Game One
Friday, March 1, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn. 

Game Two
Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn. 

Game Three (If-Necessary)
Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.


We Talkin Bout Playoffs

This weekend will feature just the second home playoff series in the history of the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program. The Bobcats needed to overcome a two-point deficit against St. Lawrence over the final weekend and did just that with four points compared to just one for the Saints. With the regular season now complete, the No. 4 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats (19-10-4, 13-6-3 ECAC Hockey) will take on the No. 5 seed St. Lawrence Saints (17-12-5, 12-6-4 ECAC Hockey) from High Point Solutions Arena this weekend. This is the fourth straight postseason appearance for the Bobcats and their first home playoff series since 2010 when they fell to RPI in three games at home. Bad memories still loom from that series however, as the Bobcats dropped the final two games of the series including a 2-1 decision in five overtime periods, in what is still the second-longest game played at the college level in NCAA history.

Multimedia

The Quinnipiac Bobcat Sports Network (QBSN) will be broadcasting the games live all weekend with the live stream available at www.theqbsn.com. The games will also be televised on NEC Front Row free of charge just visit www.necfrontrow.com, click on the live schedule tab at the top of the webpage and find the Quinnipiac games listed.

ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals Schedule

As the 2012-13 regular season comes to a close, the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals begin with Cornell wrapping up their fourth straight regular season championship. Clarkson, Harvard and Quinnipiac all hold home ice advantage while St. Lawrence, Dartmouth, Rensselaer and Colgate will all try to pull off the road upsets.

ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals (Best-of-Three Series)

No. 8 Colgate (11-19-3, 6-13-3 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 1 Cornell (23-5-1, 18-3-1 ECAC Hockey)

No. 5 St. Lawrence (17-12-5, 12-6-4 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 4 Quinnipiac (19-10-4, 13-6-3 ECAC Hockey)

No. 6 Dartmouth (16-8-5, 11-7-4 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 3 Harvard (21-5-3, 17-3-2 ECAC Hockey)

No. 7 Rensselaer (10-20-4, 8-12-2 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 2 Clarkson (26-8, 18-4 ECAC Hockey)

All-Time Against the Saints

Since the team's first meeting in 2005, the Saints own the overall advantage as the Bobcats stand 5-9-2 all-time against their conference opponent. However, the Bobcats certainly have recent history on their side as all five wins have come in the last seven games played. Expect a close game though as the previous eight matchups have been decided by one goal four times including two ties and two two-goal victories. Five different skaters scored for the Bobcats earlier this season as Quinnipiac took down St. Lawrence at home, 6-4. The two teams met against on Feb. 15 with both sides skating to a 1-1 tie where Victoria Vigilanti stood tall in net once again, making 32 saves while Amanda Colin scored her first goal of the season to complete the Bobcats' scoring.

St. Lawrence Women's Hockey History

The Saints have one of the most storied women's hockey histories of any program in the country. In 2001, St. Lawrence participated in the inaugural NCAA Championship tournament. Beginning as a club team, the women's program has experienced great success since entering Division I in 1997. Currently, the team has made four Frozen Four appearances and was the first school to have both their men and women's programs in the NCAA Division I ice hockey tournament in the same year. The women's team also recorded the first win ever in the history of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. Just last season the Saints pulled off an improbable run through the ECAC Hockey playoffs as they pulled off three straight upsets to win their first ever ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship. Coming into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed, they ran through No. 4 Dartmouth, No. 2 Harvard, and No. 1 Cornell to claim the title.

Scouting the Saints

The Saints come into this weekend looking to start their title defense as the reigning ECAC Hockey Tournament champions. St. Lawrence is in an all too familiar position as they reeled off upsets in the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship game in 2012 to win the conference tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament from the No. 5 seed. They also come into this weekend's games with revenge on their mind after falling to the Bobcats, 6-4, earlier this season and forcing a 1-1 tie from Canton, NY that proved to be the crucial point either side needed to secure home ice. Kelly Sabatine spearheads the St. Lawrence offensive attack with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) while their back line is led by the tandem of Amanda Boulier (eight goals, 23 assists) and Brooke Fernandez (six goals, 19 assists) who each are number one and two, respectively, in the ECAC Hockey for goals by a defenseman. Depth of scoring certainly isn't an issue for the Saints as all but three of their regular skaters have scored at least one goal this season. The Saints also play much better from the home confines of Appleton Arena (11-6-1 mark) than they do on the road (6-6-4 record).

Last Time Out

Locked in a battle for home ice entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Bobcats needed two victories over Yale and Brown to give them the best chance of securing the home ice advantage. Not only did Quinnipiac take care of business over the weekend, they dominated the competition with a pair of 4-0 shutout victories on the road to secure the most conference wins in program history (13). The weekend began at Yale where Quinnipiac registered an eye-popping 52-12 advantage in shots-on-goal including 22-1 in the second period alone. Victoria Vigilanti earned the shutout while Erica Uden Johansson carried the load on the offensive end with two points (one goal, one assist) and Kelly Babstock also chipped in a pair of assists in the victory. The plot thickened as St. Lawrence tied Harvard, 2-2, to leave just a one point gap separating the two teams. Quinnipiac followed up with a trip to Brown where the Bobcats dismantled the Bears, 4-0, from Meeham Auditorium. Vigilanti posted her second straight shutout, fourth of the season and 25th of her career. Uden Johansson followed with back-to-back two point (one goal, one assist) nights while three other Bobcats scored in the victory. Now St. Lawrence still controlled its own destiny with a win entering the day but Dartmouth ended up with a 7-2 victory over the Saints to secure the No. 4 seed for the Bobcats.

QU Postseason History

The Bobcats own a 5-5 all-time record in 10 playoff games in program history and have never played the Saints in postseason play. Quinnipiac has made the postseason four straight seasons and has made two consecutive trips to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals. The last time the Bobcats hosted a home playoff series was back in 2010 when they hosted Rensselaer. The Engineers ended up victories in three games highlighted by a 2-1 win over the Bobcats in five overtime periods. Quinnipiac enters the weekend having never won a home playoff series in program history.

Playing the Percentages

Game One will go a long way in helping determine the winner of this series. Since Quinnipiac first joined the ECAC Hockey in 2005-06, the winner of Game One in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Round has gone on to win the series 89.3 percent of the time (25-of-28).

ECAC Hockey Playoff Notes

In the history of the ECAC Hockey Tournament, the No. 8 seed has defeated the No. 1 seed just once (1995 – No. 8 St. Lawrence defeats No. 1 Brown,  2-1) and the No. 7 seed has also defeated the No. 2 seed just once before (1998 – No. 7 Princeton defeats No. 2 Northeastern, 3-2). St. Lawrence winning the Tournament last season as the No. 5 seed is the highest seed to ever win the Championship. Cornell has advanced to three straight ECAC Hockey Championships (winning two of three).

Lucky13

With the 4-0 victory over Brown on Saturday, Quinnipiac secured their 13th ECAC Hockey conference win of the season which sets a new single-season program record. The Bobcats also finished with 29 points throughout the ECAC Hockey conference slate which matches their 2009-10 season total for the most in program history.

PB and UJ

After scoring no more than one point in a game since Nov. 24, 2012 (14 games), junior forward Erica Uden Johansson went off over the weekend with four points in two games to earn her second career ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honor. She finished with back-to-back game-winning goals to bring her season total to four which matches Kelly Babstock for the most on the team. Uden Johansson also netted her first career shorthanded goal on Friday against Yale and then followed on Saturday with her sixth power play goal of the season, good for second-best on the team.

3 > 2

Throughout the 2012-13 season, no team had more ECAC Hockey Player of the Week winners than Quinnipiac. Kelly Babstock (four), Nicole Kosta (one) and Erica Uden Johansson (one) all combined for six weekly honors throughout the season. In addition, the Bobcats have more players who've won the award this season (three) than any other team in the ECAC Hockey.

Rounding Into Form

No one has played better for the Bobcats over the past month than senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti. Combined with a strong defensive effort in front of her, the senior has allowed just five goals over her past nine appearances. She has posted 197 saves for a significant .975 save percentage while her goals-against average is a miniscule 0.57 over the past 529 minutes. For the season, Vigilanti owns a 17-8-3 record, 1.84 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and four shutouts in 28 games played.

Perfect 36-for-36

The 36-for-36 was the save percentage of Quinnipiac goalie Victoria Vigilanti in two games over the weekend. She notched back-to-back shutouts of Yale and Brown to help her team secure four much-needed points in the fight for home ice. The shutout streak is her highest of the season and most since she recorded three straight from Dec. 2 through Dec. 10 last season.

Breaking Through

Junior Amanda Colin scored her first goal of the season in the first period against St. Lawrence to help ensure the 1-1 result at Canton. Her power-play goal marked the first time the junior forward had scored since Feb. 17, 2012, breaking a streak of 36 consecutive games without a goal.

There's a First For Everything

The Bobcats took down No. 4 Cornell on Friday, Feb. 8, 4-1, for their first win ever over the Big Red at home. Quinnipiac was also winless (0-10-4) against Cornell in their previous 14 meetings until the Bobcats finally scored the elusive victory on Friday.

Upset Alert

The No. 4 Cornell Big Red matches the highest-ranked opponent Quinnipiac has ever beaten. The Bobcats also took down then-No. 4 ranked Boston College, 2-1, in overtime on Nov. 22, 2011. It was the first win in regulation over at Top-5 program in school history.

Senior Sendoff

The six Bobcat seniors certainly had their moments on Senior Day, Feb. 10 at the High Point Solutions Arena. Following the pregame ceremonies, four of the five senior skaters finished with at least one points while Vigilanti made 21 saves in net to land her the victory. Regan Boulton (two assists), Felica Vieweg (one goal), Kristen Eklund (one assist) and Brittany Lyons (one assist) all got in on the scoring action in their final regular season home game.

I'm Liking the Variety

Kelly Babstock scored three empty-net goals against Colgate and Cornell including one shorthanded against No. 4 Big Red as well as a power-play goal. Babstock now has 28 total goals on the season including four on the power play, three shorthanded, four game-winners and four game-tying goals.

Picking It Up

In the past nine games for the Bobcats, only the ECAC Hockey's second-leading scorer Kelly Babstock has scored more points than senior teammate Regan Boulton. Highlighted by back-to-back games with two assists against Cornell and Colgate (seven for the season), Boulton has tallied 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over the past nine games.

Moving On Up

Boulton's play of late has sent her surging up the national leaderboard in terms of points per game among defenseman. Her 30 points through 33 games (0.91 points per game average) puts her third among all ECAC Hockey defenders and sixth in the nation among all defensemen behind the likes of North Dakota's Monique Lamoureux, Minnesota's Megan Bozek, Clarkson's Erin Ambrose, Mercyhurst's Molly Byrne and St. Lawrence's Amanda Boulier.

Space For Rent

The Bobcats finished their weekend road series with only eight penalty minutes as they continue to rank as the least-penalized team in the nation, a spot they've held for a majority of the season. Quinnipiac averages just 6.1 penalty minutes per-game while their next-closest competitor (Union) averages 6.8 minutes per-game.

Player of the Year??

With three more assists over the weekend, junior forward Kelly Babstock has accumulated 55 points (28 goals, 27 assists) on the season, good for a tie for first in the ECAC Hockey standings with Cornell's Brianne Jenner. She already bested her point total from last season and is just four points shy of matching her program record 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) achieved during her freshman year. 

Helping Hand

The team-leader in assists, sophomore forward Nicole Kosta, has remained in the top-three in the ECAC Hockey in helpers as her season total currently stands at 28. Kosta enters the weekend having already broken her freshman year assist total while she already has established a new career high in goals (11) after totaling eight in 2011-12. 

Blue Line Power

Senior defenseman Regan Boulton has had herself a standout year, posting 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) this season. She already has established a single-season career high in assists and broke her previous single season career high in points (21) established last season where she was named to the All-ECAC Third Team.

And the Winner is...Boulton

Regan Boulton comes into the weekend with 77 career points which stands second all-time in the Quinnipiac record books while fellow teammate Nicole Kosta is not far behind with 72 career points. Kosta is just two points away from jumping into the top-three scorers in program history.

Points – Career
1.            154         Kelly Babstock (76 goals, 78 assists)
2.            77           Regan Boulton (24 goals, 53 assists)
3.            73           Vicky Graham '05 (36 goals, 37 assists)
4.            72           Elyse Cole '09 (43 goals, 29 assists)
5.            72           Nicole Kosta (19 goals, 53 assists)

Ms. Reliable

Senior defenseman Felica Vieweg has been one of the most durable players the program has ever seen. She has played in every collegiate game since becoming a Bobcat in 2009, giving her 144 consecutive games played. Vieweg already is in the top-five in Quinnipiac history and is a mere two games away from eclipsing Chelsea Illchuk and Bethany Dymarczyk for the most in program history. 

Extra Attacker Goals

One of the biggest strengths for the Bobcats this season has been their 23.6 percent clip (30-for-127) on the power play, good for sixth-best in the nation. Of the 100 Quinnipiac goals this season, 30 (30 percent) of them have come off the power play. The Bobcats' 20.5 percent clip in ECAC Hockey games this season also places them first in the conference standings on the man advantage.

On the Plus Side

Quinnipiac's Kelly Babstock and Nicole Kosta both have been instrumental in the team's success thus far in the season, evidenced by their +34 and +31 plus/minus rating through 33 games, respectively. They hold the second and fifth spots in the ECAC Hockey standings as Babstock sits behind Harvard's Jillian Dempsey for first place while Kosta is tied for fifth with Harvard's Michelle Picard.

Kosting Right Along

Nicole Kosta continues her breakout season as her season total stands at 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists) that ranks fifth in the ECAC Hockey. She continues to lead the team with 28 assists on the year. Kosta already bested her numbers from last year as she finished the 2011-12 season with 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) through 34 games.

She Shoots…She Scores…Again

With 28 goals and 27 assists in 33 games this season, Kelly Babstock has either scored or assisted on 55 of the team's 100 goals thus far in the season. She has had a hand in an astonishing 55 percent of the team's goals, which is the second-highest percentage of any player in the nation with North Dakota's Jocelyne Lamoureux in the lead at 56.3 percent.

Points Galore

Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 78 of the 97 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-28 (current season)

Top-of-the-Line Production

The Bobcat's top offensive and defensive lines have completely dominated the Quinnipiac scoring throughout the season. The production of top forwards Kelly Babstock, Nicole Kosta, and Erica Uden Johansson along with top defenders Regan Boulton and Cydney Roesler have combined for 56 goals and 101 assists in 33 games throughout the season. The 157 points between the five players represents 61.8 percent of the total points for Quinnipiac (254 as a team).

Dynamite Ability

Kelly Babstock has been found near the top of the nation's statistical leaderboard all season. She currently ranks 10th in points per game (1.67), 6th in goals-per-game (0.85), 17th in assists-per-game (0.82), tied for 16th in game-winning goals (four), and tied for 3rd in shorthanded goals (three). She is one of only six players to own a spot in the nation's top-10 points per game, top-10 goals per game, and top 20 assists per game.

Everything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Teammates Kelly Babstock and Nicole Kosta have combined to be one the most impressive tandems in the country thus far. Both rank in the top-22 in points-per-game in the nation, each have contributed at least 39 points, with Babstock's 55 (28 goals, 27 assists) and Kosta's 39 (11 goals, 28 assists) leading the way for the Bobcats. They rank as the fifth-highest scoring duo in the country.

Percent Difference

The combination of Kelly Babstock and Nicole Kosta ranks as the top scoring tandem in the nation when considering their team's total production. Of the team's 254 combined points for the Bobcats this season, Babstock and Kosta have accumulated 94 of those 254 for 37.0 percent. That percentage ranks as the second-highest of any pairing in the nation behind the Lamoureux twins at North Dakota.

Magic Touch

Nicole Kosta had her program-record 11 game point scoring streak come to an end earlier this season but she and Kelly Babstock have shown impressive passing ability as they rank both in the top-20 nationally in assists-per-game. The two have combined to have a hand on 63-of-100 goals for the team on the season. Kosta has assisted on 28.0 percent (28-of-100) while Babstock has assisted on 27.0 percent (27-of-100) of the team's 100 goals this season. Kosta's percentage places her 10th in the nation's leaderboard in that category while Babstock sits right behind in 11th place.

Right Behind


Kelly Babstock comes into the weekend with 154 points which stands eighth among active Division I players. Babstock's point total is the fourth-most among active juniors and her 76 goals is the second-most behind Minnesota's Amanda Kessel who has posted 91 goals in her three years with the Golden Gophers.

Active Leaders in Points
1.            275         Jocelyne Lamoureux          Sr.           North Dakota
2.            258         Monique Lamoureux          Sr.           North Dakota
3.            239         Brianna Decker                   Sr.           Wisconsin
4.            223         Amanda Kessel                   Jr.            Minnesota
5.            166         Christine Bestland             Jr.            Mercyhurst
6.            166         Isabel Menard                    Sr.            Boston University
7.            163         Brianne Jenner                    Jr.           Cornell
8.            154         Kelly Babstock                  Jr.           Quinnipiac
9.            145         Jillian Dempsey                   Sr.           Harvard
10.          141         Kelly Sabatine                     Sr.           St. Lawrence

The Wins Keep on Coming

Victoria Vigilanti already eclipsed the career win total of every Quinnipiac goalie, male or female, in program history. Now she is looking to further her claim as one of the greatest goalies in ECAC Hockey history as she currently ranks third among active goalies throughout Division I in wins (70).

 Active Goalie Leaders in Wins

  1. 107         Noora Raty                     Sr.           Minnesota
  2. 81           Alex Rigsby                     Sr.           Wisconsin
  3. 70          Victoria Vigilanti            Sr.          Quinnipiac
  4. 60           Laura Bellamy                 Sr.           Harvard
  5. 59           Kerrin Sperry                   Jr.            Boston University
  6. 57           Erica Howe                      Jr.            Clarkson
  7. 49           Corinne Boyles                Sr.           Boston College
  8. 47           Lindsay Holdcroft            Jr.            Dartmouth
  9. 47           Lauren Slebodnick          Jr.            Cornell
  10. 40           Laura Chamberlain         Jr.            RIT
 

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