HAMDEN, Conn. – The lifelong playing dreams of former Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) and defenseman Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) have been realized as they both have signed with the Neuberg Highlanders of Austria's European Women's Hockey League (EWHL) Division I. They'll be met by a large cast of former teammates as Kate Wheeler, Chelsea Illchuk and Kelly Davies all play for Neuberg's Division II squad. They also join fellow Class of 2013 graduates Regan Boulton and Victoria Vigilanti who both recently signed with the Vienna Sabres who also play in the EWHL Division I.
"I am so happy with the decisions I have made in my career to get me to this point," Lyons said. "I had offers from Australia, Germany, and Sweden but i wanted to play with my best friend as well so I chose Austria. I cannot wait to travel with my best friend while playing the sport we both love so much. It truly is an honor to be a part of and I cannot wait to see what the future holds."
The pairing of Lyons and Vieweg have been fixtures with the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program since first joining the team back in 2009. They both lifted the program to newfound heights with 20-win seasons, multiple trips to the ECAC Hockey Tournament and some stellar individual numbers that supplant their names in the record books for quite some time.
Lyons was one of the Bobcats' primary offensive catalysts last season as she finished 2012-13 with a career-high 16 goals and 22 points. Her 16-goal season ranks as the fourth-highest single-season total in program history but they are the most for anyone other than illustrious junior forward Kelly Babstock. She scored seven power-play goals last season to lead the team and also netted three game-winners. Lyons finishes her career seventh all-time with 67 points (39 goals, 28 assists) in 142 games played and third all-time in goals scored.
Vieweg signs are finishing her career as the most-durable player ever to lace it up for Quinnipiac. The stalwart defender never missed a game in her four seasons with the Bobcats as she leaves with the most games played of any Quinnipiac player in program history with 147. She tallied 29 career points (seven goals, 22 assists) with a single-season career high four goals her senior year to go along with four assists.
The pairing could end up seeing Boulton and Vigilanti in the playoffs as both Neuberg and the Vienna Sabres compete in the EWHL Division I. This now brings the current total of former Bobcats playing professionally to seven with a program-record four coming from the last graduating senior class. Lyons and Vieweg are both scheduled to depart for Austria in August as they will use the summer months to prepare for the upcoming season.
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