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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Guelph Griffins (0-0-0, 0-0-0 CIS)
Saturday, September 28,  2013 – 4:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.

Start of Something New
The booming sound of the scoreboard buzzer pierced the walls of the High Point Solutions Arena countless times last season but it was the final horn on Sunday, March 3 that brought the Bobcats to their knees. As the clock struck 00:00, the pain and disappointment came through with one look at the score. With that final boom of the horn meant was more than just a loss, but an end to six of greatest careers the Quinnipiac program has ever seen. This specific group of players brought an attitude, displayed great character and led the team to their most-successful four years in Quinnipiac history. The 2-0 loss at home to St. Lawrence in game three of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series brought an end to another breakthrough season in which the Bobcats continued to tear down program and individual records. Despite a discouraging end, hope reigns supreme as the team will be returning several major contributors and welcome eight new faces who will certainly play a role in the team's continued rise to the top.

The Quinnipiac Bobcat Sports Network (QBSN) will be broadcasting the games live all weekend with the live stream available at http://www.youtube.com/user/quinnipiacathletics through the Quinnipiac Athletics website. 

All-Time Against the Griffins
This is the first all-time meeting between Guelph and Quinnipiac. 

Guelph Women's Hockey History
After an incredible 14-game win-streak to round out the regular season, the women's hockey team finished with a remarkable 21-3-2 record to claim the number two seed heading into the postseason. They carried their dominant play into the quarterfinals where they swept the UOIT Ridgebacks with 4-0 and 3-2 victories. However, they stalled out in the semi-finals against the Queen's Gaels and lost both games 4-2 and 3-1. Despite a disappointing end to a fairy-tale season, the Gryphons boasted three out of the four major award winners in the OUA this year. Amanda Parkins (Kitchener, Ont.) stole the limelight in her rookie year by scoring a league high 19 goals to add to her 43 points on the season. Her impressive play earned her recognition as this year's OUA Player of the Year as well as a spot as an OUA First Team All-Star and member of the OUA All-Rookie Team. Parkins was also the only rookie voted a CIS First-Team All- Canadian. Her fellow rookie linemate, Christine Grant (Mississauga, Ont.) finished fourth in OUA scoring with 32 points (14 goals) to be named this year's OUA Rookie of the Year as well as recognition as an OUA Second Team All-Star. Her success carried her onto the national stage where she was the first Gryphon ever to be recognized as the CIS Rookie of the Year. Jessica Pinkerton (Oshawa, Ont.) joined Grant as a Second Team All-Star with 11 goals and 37 points. Behind all of their success was Head Coach, Rachel Flanagan. In her fifth year behind the Gryphon bench, Flanagan was voted this year's Coach of the Year.

Last Time Out
They advanced to the ECAC Hockey Tournament for the fourth consecutive season as the No. 4 seed, thus hosting a postseason series for just the second time ever. Quinnipiac's season however, came to an end after falling to No. 5 St. Lawrence in three games of the best-of-three Quarterfinal series.

Prolonged Success
The 2012-13 season was yet another successful campaign as the Bobcats finished 20-12-4 overall and 13-6-3 in ECAC Hockey competition. The 13 wins in conference action was the most in the history of the program and the 20 total wins gives the team 80 victories over a four-year span, a claim only 10 other teams in Division I can hold.

Preseason Polls
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team received recognition in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com Preseason Polls this week. The Bobcats picked up two points in the USA Today Poll and four in the USCHO.com Division I Women's Poll. This marks the fourth straight season in which the Bobcats have received points in both women's hockey Preseason Polls. 

Third Times a Charm
For the third consecutive season, Quinnipiac women's ice hockey senior forward Kelly Babstock was honored with a ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League selection. An ECAC Hockey First-Team honoree at the end of the 2012-13 season, Babstock returns looking to lead her team back to the postseason for the fifth straight season. She is joined by three Clarkson skaters, including goalie Erica Howe, defenseman Erin Ambrose and forward Jamie Lee-Rattray, as well as Harvard defenseman Sarah Edney and Cornell forward Jillian Saulnier.

ECAC Hockey Coaches' Poll
As chosen by the league's coaches, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was selected to finish fourth in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats totaled 94 points after finishing the 2012-13 with a 20-12-4 overall record (13-6-3 ECAC Hockey) and advanced to the ECAC Hockey Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

2013-14 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll


Team (First place votes)







































International Stardom
Quinnipiac women's ice hockey's junior forward Nicole Kosta wrapped up her time with Team Canada as she finished with two assists in the three-game Red-White series. Kosta was selected to join the 27 players already chosen for the Canadian National Women's Team in preparation for the intrasquad Red-White series from Aug. 21-24. Kosta was one of 13 players chosen out of 40 who attended Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp earlier this month. The selected players joined the 27 who are currently centralized with Canada's National Women's Team. As a part of the National Team's training for the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the Red-White exhibition series splits the players into teams for an exciting three-game set.

Red-White Series Wrapup
For the series, Kosta finished in a tie with Haley Irwin for the most assists on Red with two and also finished in a tie for third place for the most points of any Red player. Despite losing the series, Kosta and the Red squad outscored White 8-7 in the three-game set.

Record-Setting Season

Despite the disparaging loss to end the season, the 2012-13 season will be remembered for the incredible wins, moments and records broken throughout the year. Kelly Babstock started the year in style, becoming the first player in program history to amass 100 career points and just a week later set a program record for most goals scored in a game with four

More Records
Babstock continued her record-setting ways with four assists, matching the single-game record, in an 8-3 win over Dartmouth. Nicole Kosta stretched her point scoring streak to 11 games early in the season, passing her linemate Babstock for the all-time mark. Head coach Rick Seeley earned his 225th career game on Feb. 1 as his team took down Brown, 5-0. 

Breakthrough Moment
Perhaps the greatest team victory for the year came on Feb. 8 as the entire team smothered the winning goalie Victoria Vigilanti at the far side boards when the horn sounded on the Bobcats' 4-1 win over No. 4 ranked Cornell. The victory was the first for Quinnipiac over Cornell since 2006 (14 meetings), first ever over the Big Red at home and tied for the highest-ranked opponent the Bobcats have ever defeated. 

She's in a League of Her Own
At the pace Babstock is currently on, it will be quite some time before anyone is to ever come close to approaching her career numbers. The senior forward stands alone as the only 100 point scorer in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history and finished her junior year with 154 career points. Her stat line for 2012-13 included 28 goals and 27 assists for 55 points which led to a nomination for the Patty Kazmaier Award and an ECAC Hockey First Team distinction. 

Active Career Leader
Babstock enters her senior season behind only Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland as the active career leader in points among all Division I players but has the most career goals (76) of any returning player in Division I. 

Most career goals among active Division I women's hockey players

Rank Player                        School              Goals
1 Kelly Babstock QU 76
2 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 70
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 48
4 Lindsay Fry HARVARD 44
5 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 44


Partner in Crime
Nicole Kosta went toe-for-toe with Babstock at times throughout the season as she finished with 11 goals and a team-leading 28 assists for 39 points. Kosta's ability to find open teammates has always been her calling card as she enters her junior season with 72 career points (19 goals, 53 assists), good for third on the all-time scoring list. Her inspired play in 2012-13 earned her an ECAC Hockey Third Team award as well as being named a finalist for the Best Defensive Forward award.

Duty Calls
The dynamic duo will miss Erica Uden Johansson in 2013-14 as she will delay her senior year after earning a spot on the Swedish National Team who are in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Uden Johansson's 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) from last season will look to be replaced by a combination of up-and-coming sophomores as well as an incoming junior transfer.                                    

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. 

Seeing Double
Nicole Connery and Nicole Brown made some noise in their first seasons with Quinnipiac as the pair of sophomore forwards will look to make a name for themselves amongst the talent-laden roster. Both appeared in all 36 games of their rookie campaigns and continued to see more ice time as the season went on.

Freshman Leader
Nicole Connery led all Bobcat freshman with 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists) and saw considerable time on the ice for the Bobcats' special team units. 

Brownie Points
Nicole Brown meanwhile registered 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) and posted a remarkable streak as the team went 13-0-1 in the 14 games she posted at least one point.

Transfer Incoming
Another dynamic athlete to add to the mix is incoming junior transfer Shiann Darkangelo who comes to the Bobcats after playing two years at Syracuse University. Darkangelo compiled 42 points (23 goals, 19 assists) in 70 career games and led the Orange in goals (16) last season. Darkangelo compiled one hat trick in each of her first two seasons of college hockey and immediately vaults up to second on the team, behind only Babstock, in career hat tricks.

Captain Colin
The remaining group of returning forwards includes the senior captain Amanda Colin, who was named the 10th captain in the history of the program at the annual banquet in May. She tallied eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 2012-13 and continued to display toughness and determination as she continued her streak of 110 consecutive games played

Finally Healthy
Health and improved play earned junior Morgan Fritz-Ward considerable playing time last year and she took advance with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 33 games. Fritz-Ward played in only 16 games her freshman year due to injury and came back to breakout with a much-improved sophomore season.

Departing Cornerstones
The back line will certainly miss the longtime standouts Regan Boulton and Felica Vieweg as both signed professional contracts this summer after finishing stellar four-year careers with the Bobcats. Boulton, the senior captain a year ago, finished with a career high 30 points and leaves Quinnipiac as the second-highest scoring player in the history of the program. Vieweg was as durable as ever, appearing in all 147 possible games for the Bobcats which represents a record for the most career games played.

Filling the Holes
The loss of such cornerstones will be difficult but made easier with the returns of senior Shelby Wignall and sophomores Cydney Roesler and Kristen Tamberg.

Wiggling Her Way Into the Spotlight
A converted forward, Shelby Wignall blossomed into a consistent, steady presence along the blue line last season. She finished with five points and a +6 plus/minus rating, the fourth-highest among Bobcat defenders. Wignall's leadership is also unquestioned as she was named the team's assistant captain for the 2013-14 season.

Roesler's Rundown
In just her first season with the team, Cydney Roesler started alongside Boulton in all 36 games and owned the best plus/minus rating among all defenders on the team at +11. Her heady play resulted in just three penalties in 22 ECAC Hockey games last season and she also finished with nine assists, the second highest total among the blue-liners

Tamberg's Timeline

Much like her fellow classmate, Kristen Tamberg stepped right in and earned significant minutes in her first season. She posted great all-around numbers with five assist, +8 plus/minus rating and just 10 penalty minutes scattered across the 36-game season.

Saying Goodbye to a Legend
Victoria Vigilanti's departure to graduation closes the doors on the greatest career for a goaltender in the history of the program. An All-ECAC Hockey performer three out of her four years, Vigilanti goes down with the most wins (71), saves (3257), games played (133), goals against average (1.68), save percentage (.931) and shutouts (25) of any goalie in Quinnipiac history.

Laden Lying in the Wings
Vigilanti's departure however creates an opening for the up-and-coming junior Chelsea Laden. A sought-after recruit two years ago, Laden has had to wait her turn behind Vigilanti the past two seasons and looks to make the most of her chance this year. She has accumulated seven career wins in 15 starts to go along with a 2.58 goals against average and .905 save percentage. Laden has one career shutout to her name as she recorded 19 saves against Syracuse in her freshman year and also was the team's winning goalie in a 2-1 overtime victory over then-No. 4 ranked Boston College earlier that season.

Rossman Riding the Wave
The loss of Vigilanti also creates an opportunity for incoming freshman Sydney Rossman, another highly-touted recruit whose notoriety spread across the country in her senior season at Minnetonka High School. She was named the 2013 Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year, presented to the top Minnesota senior goalie in girls' high school hockey. Also a three-time USA Hockey National Development Camp Selection, Rossman earned an invite to the United States National Women's U-18 Team Selection Camp in Aug. 2012 as one of only three goalies.

Space For Rent
The Bobcats finished the 2012-13 season as the least-penalized team in the nation (5.9 penalty minutes per game average) for the fourth consecutive season. Head Coach Rick Seeley and his staff have successfully instilled a disciplined mindset in his teams since first taking the job in 2008.

Extra Attacker Goals
One of the biggest strengths for the Bobcats last season was their 22.4 percent clip (30-for-134) on the power play, good for sixth-best in the nation. Of the 103 Quinnipiac goals last season, 30 (29 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 +32 and +31 plus/minus rating through 36 games, respectively. They held 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.

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 103 goals thus far in the season. She had a hand in an astonishing 54 percent of the team's goals, which was the second-highest percentage of any player in the nation with North Dakota's Jocelyne Lamoureux finishing as the leader 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 98 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29

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 260 combined points for the Bobcats this season, Babstock and Kosta have accumulated 94 of those 260 for 35.0 percent. That percentage ranks as the second-highest of any pairing in the nation behind the Lamoureux twins at North Dakota.

Right Behind
Kelly Babstock comes into the 2013-14 with 154 points which stands second among active Division I players. With all the graduations from last season, in addition to this being an Olympic season help Babstock vault up the rankings and move into second place among active players.

Most career points among active Division I women's hockey players (at least 100 points)

Rank Player School Points
1 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 172 (70 G, 102 A)
2 Kelly Babstock QUINNIPIAC 154 (76 G, 78 A)
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 115 (48 G, 67 A)
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 112 (44 G, 68 A)
5 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 108 (42 G, 66 A)
6 Carly Mercer CLARKSON 105 (39 G, 66 A)
7 Kelly Terry MINNESOTA 101 (35 G, 66 A)
8 Rylee Smith ST. LAWRENCE 100 (41 G, 59 A)

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