HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) have both been named to the 2012-13 New England Division I Women's Ice Hockey All-Star Team, as announced by the committee on Tuesday, April 2. The recipients, consisting of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders, were chosen by administrators and media members.
Babstock earns her third consecutive New England All-Star honor after finishing the season with the second-most points, 55 (28 goals, 27 assists), of any Bobcat in program history. Her season-total finished just four points shy of matching the program record 59 (30 goals, 29 assists) she set her freshman year. She joins five other forwards including Boston College sophomore Alex Carpenter and freshman Haley Skarupa, Harvard senior Jillian Dempsey, Northeastern sophomore Kendall Coyne and Boston University junior Marie-Philip Poulin to make the 2012-13 All-Star Team.
Four-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, Babstock earned her third career All-ECAC honor including her second appearance on the First Team this season. Babstock's ability to come through in the clutch saved the Bobcats on multiple occasions as her five combined game-winning and game-tying goals tied for first in the conference alongside Clarkson's Jaime Lee Rattray and St. Lawrence forward Kelly Sabatine. Babstock also took home four ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors which is the most for any player in the conference this season.
She finished the regular season with a +34 plus/minus rating through 33 games which was the second-best in the ECAC Hockey behind fellow New England All-Star Jillian Dempsey. Babstock's value to the team also showed in the points category as she either scored or assisted on 55 of her team's 102 goals this season. She had a hand in an astonishing 53.9 percent of the team's goals, which is the second-highest percentage of any player in the nation with North Dakota's Jocelyne Lamoureux first at 56.3 percent.
Her numbers were near the top of the nation's statistical leaderboard all season. She finished the year 12th in points per game (1.53), 8th in goals-per-game (0.78) and 20th in assists-per-game (0.75). She is one of only six players to hold a spot in the nation's top-10 points per game, top-10 goals per game, and top 20 assists per game.
With her 55-point output this season, Babstock finishes her junior campaign with 154 career points (76 goals, 78 assists) which is the fourth-most among active juniors. Her 76 career goals also is the second-most goals of any Division I player with the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Minnesota's Amanda Kessel holding the top spot at 97 tallies.
The senior captain and All-ECAC Second Team nominee, Regan Boulton established herself as one of the premier defenders in the nation this season. Also included among the four defensemen All-Stars were Boston College senior Blake Bolden and Emily Pfalzer as well as Boston University junior Shannon Doyle.
Boulton finished the year with a career-high 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 36 games played this season. She stood seventh nationally among defensemen in points per-game (0.83) and third behind Clarkson's Erin Ambrose and St. Lawrence's Amanda Boulier among ECAC Hockey defenders at the end of the season.
She played her best hockey down the stretch as no other Bobcat scored more than Boulton in the final 12 games of the season. She posted 10 points over those games, 11 of which were against ECAC Hockey competition. Her 16 assists in ECAC Hockey play placed her in a tie with Ambrose for the second-most among defensemen.
Her leadership along the back line cannot be understated as she committed the fewest penalty minutes (four) of any ECAC Hockey defender who played all 22 conference games. She also owned a +7 plus/minus rating for the season and blocked 31 shots throughout the team's 36 games.
Boulton finished the Feb. 10 game against Colgate with two assists to become Quinnipiac's second-leading scorer in program history and all-time leading defenseman. She passed Vicky Graham '05 and now stands alone in second place behind Babstock with 77 career points (24 goals, 53 assists) as a Bobcat.
Both players helped spearhead the nation's sixth-best power play unit which finished the regular season at 23.6 percent (30-for-127). The Bobcats' 20.5 percent clip in ECAC Hockey games this season also placed them first in the conference on the extra-man advantage. They also helped lead the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team to their most single-season conference victories (13) in program history and a 20-12-4 overall record.
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