HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley and his staff have announced that senior forward Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) has been named the captain for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The Bobcats are coming off their fourth straight ECAC Hockey Tournament appearance in 2012-13 and finished with an impressive 20-win season for just the second time in program history.
Colin's selection as the team's captain is the first in her career as she takes over for the graduating 2012-13 captain Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba). The senior forward Colin was named captain at the team's annual banquet held in May and she earns the laurel after having served as one of the three assistant captains for the squad last season along with Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba) and Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden).
She will don the "C" after a 2012-13 season that had her scoring eight points (three goals, five assists) in 36 games while also spending a great deal of time on the main Bobcats' penalty-killing unit that finished with an 83 percent success rate. Her contributions picked up towards the end of the season where her team finished with a 5-1-2 record in February to help earn the Bobcats the No. 4 seed and host just their second playoff series in program history. Colin started the month off strong by assisting on the game-winning goal in a win over Brown and then came back the following week and assisted on another game-winner this time against then-No. 4 ranked Cornell, whom Quinnipiac hadn't beaten since Nov. 18, 2006 (14 meetings). She would also go on to net the only Bobcat goal in a 1-1 tie against St. Lawrence that earned Quinnipiac a crucial point that evidently turned into the point that gave the Bobcats home ice advantage in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.
Her late season run would be remised without including perhaps the signature moment of the 2012-13 season for Quinnipiac. After having already scored one goal earlier in the game to make it 2-0 Bobcats, the tide had shifted to St. Lawrence as the two were tied 2-2 heading into overtime of Game Two in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. The two sides played a pair of overtime periods without registering a game-winner and as the game entered the third overtime both teams were desperately trying to find that one more goal. As it was nearing the halfway point of the period, Colin made the game-defining play. After battling in her team's defensive end looking for a takeaway, Colin and the Bobcats finally forced a Saint turnover as she picked up the puck on her team's defensive blue line. She skated to center ice along the boards and looked as if she would flick it down for a line change but she picked up speed and crossed the St. Lawrence blue line. Facing off against St. Lawrence's ECAC Hockey First Team honoree defenseman Amanda Boulier one-on-one, Colin toe-dragged the puck past the unsuspecting defender and skated in on Saint goalie Carmen MacDonald. The opposing goalie had played brilliantly with 57 saves up to that point on 59 shots but Colin found a chink in the armor as the faked a forehand, put it on her backhand and slid it past the sprawled MacDonald five-hole for the game-winning third overtime playoff goal. She was mobbed by her teammates at the far-side boards as the play put the fans on their feet and earned the Bobcats a well-fought playoff victory.
Colin will come into next season with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 110 career games. She has never missed a game in her three years as a Bobcat and is the third-highest career scorer returning to the team in 2013-14. The team she will be leading is coming off an outstanding season that saw them break the program record for ECAC Hockey victories with 13, led the conference in power play percentage (20.5 percent) and finished with the least penalty minutes (5.9 per-game average) in the nation. The Bobcats will be returning 16 letterwinners with six departing seniors and would-be senior Uden Johansson spending the season training for the 2014 Winter Olympics as a member of the Swedish National Team. Among the returners is the program's most-illustrious player ever in senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) along with ECAC Hockey Third Team honoree junior forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario).
The announcement makes Colin the 10th player in program history to be selected as team captain. She follows a long line of successful leaders in previous seasons and also becomes the first forward to be named captain since Kallie Flor back in the 2009-10 season.
Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey Captain Year-By-Year History
|2013-14||Amanda Colin||Forward||Burnsville, Minn.|
|2012-13||Regan Boulton||Defense||Brandon, Manitoba|
|2011-12||Jordan Elkins||Defense||Wasilla, Alaska|
|2010-11||Jordan Elkins||Defense||Wasilla, Alaska|
|2009-10||Kallie Flor||Forward||Farmington, Minn.|
|2008-09||Trudy Reyns||Defense||Port Hope, Ontario|
|2007-08||Trudy Reyns||Defense||Port Hope, Ontario|
|2006-07||Kristin Alcorn||Defense||Orangeville, Ontario|
|2005-06||Kristin Alcorn||Defense||Orangeville, Ontario|
|2004-05||Caitlin Peters||Forward||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|2003-04||Debbie Beaudoin||Forward||Surrey, B.C.|
|2002-03||Serena Hillman||Forward||Tsawwassen, B.C.|
|Elizabeth Jankowski||Forward||Cheshire, Conn.|
|2001-02||Serena Hillman||Forward||Tsawwassen, B.C.|
|Elizabeth Jankowski||Forward||Cheshire, Conn.|
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