October 16, 2013

No. 10 Nationally-Ranked Women's Ice Hockey Hits the Road for Weekend Series Against Maine

­Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) @
University of Maine Black Bears (0-1-1, 0-1-1 Hockey East)
Friday – Saturday, October 18-19,  2013 – 7:00 pm, 2:00 pm
Alfond Arena – Orono, Maine
 

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On the Road Again
Just two weeks removed from their 1500 mile trek to Minnesota for the St. Cloud State series, the No. 10 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will bus nearly 400 miles up to Orono, Maine to take on the Black Bears this weekend from Alford Arena. This meeting also marks the fourth straight year in which these two sides will play one another and the first trip back to Maine since the 2010-11 season for the Bobcats. The games this weekend will also mark the Bobcats' first appearance with the No. 10 national ranking as they surged into the Top-10 of each national poll earlier this week.

Multimedia (via Maine Athletics Website)
The University of Maine does provide HD video service at all home games this season through the Game Central link found on their website: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/maine.portal#

All-Time Against the Black Bears
Success has been hard to come by for the Bobcats in their all-time series history with Maine as they come in with a 4-11-1 record in their 16 meetings. Despite the less-than-impressive mark, the Bobcats did achieve two of their four all-time wins against the Black Bears last season as they took apart the Maine defense for a pair of 6-1 and 5-2 victories at home. The Bobcats are just 1-6 all-time playing from Alfond Arena so this will be a tough challenge to overcome for this year's squad.

Breaking Down the Black Bears
The Black Bears of Maine present a tough challenge despite their unimpressive 0-1-1 start to the 2013-14 campaign and 5-24-4 (2-17-3 Hockey East) record a year ago. Maine started to come together at the end of last season as they went 0-2-1 in their final three games but lost by just a combined two goals, including a 2-1 overtime loss to the then-No. 3 ranked Boston College Golden Eagles on the road in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. Since graduated Maine goalie Brittany Ott was an absolute force, compiling 72 saves against the Golden Eagles as they nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year at the end of 2012-13. The Black Bears will employ a tough, defensive-minded approach to their games this weekend as their new goaltender Meghann Treacy was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after setting a new career high with 49 saves against UNH. The Black Bears (0-for-6) have yet to score on the power play this season but their intense defensive effort has carried the penalty kill (9-for-10) which comes in as the seventh-best percentage in the nation. The Black Bears are having to adjust without the high-powered scoring presence of Brittany Dougherty who scored a team-high 32 points (13 G, 19A) last season. The next-closest scorer on the team had just 16 points so Maine is having to play out this season needing their younger roster to step into new roles. Jennifer More posted 16 points (7 G, 9 A) as a sophomore while Audra Richards posted 13 points (7 G, 6 A) as a freshman to put themselves second and third on the team in points last season. Penalties were a huge problem for this Black Bear team a year ago as they compiled 450 penalty minutes, 115 more than their opponents committed last season. They are already averaging 10 penalty minutes per game through two games so cutting down on the infractions will be a point of emphasis moving forward.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats continued their undefeated stretch to start the season as they swept Penn State, 5-1 and 4-0, at home in their first all-time meetings against the Nittany Lions to move to 3-0-1 in 2013-14. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden continued her impressive run, stopping 38-of-39 shots for the weekend to lower her nation-leading goals against average to 0.49. Her weekend was highlighted on Saturday as she posted 14 saves to record her third career shutout in a 4-0 Bobcat victory. In all, seven different Quinnipiac players scored through the weekend but the team was by junior Shiann Darkangelo who pumped in three goals to lead the team. Freshman Meghan Turner (one goal, one assist) was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week after an impressive first weekend at home.

Movin On Up
After receiving votes for the first three weeks of the season, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey cracked the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's Division I Poll as the Bobcats earned the No. 10 ranking on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. This marks the first time Quinnipiac has been ranked since Oct. 3, 2011 and the latest point in the season in which they've been ranked since Jan. 29, 2011.

Make it Two
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team made it two-for-two this season as freshman Meghan Turner was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Turner wins her first career weekly award after having herself a nice showing in the Bobcats' home-opening weekend with two points (one goal, one assist) and a tie for the team-leading plus/minus rating (+3). Turner proved herself as one of the most well-rounded skaters on the team as she was a key contributor on the Bobcats' main penalty-killing unit that denied Penn State on all four of their attempts this past weekend. This marks the second straight week in which a Bobcat player has earned the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week award to start this season as fellow classmate Emma Woods won the honor last Tuesday. This marks the fourth time overall and last time since Feb. 21-28, 2012 that the Bobcats have won the award in consecutive weeks,

Laden Owns the Night
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden denied 38-of-39 Penn State shots over the weekend to lower her goals against average to 0.49, tops in the country among all goaltenders. Laden also leads the nation in save percentage (.977) and shutouts (2) through four games this season. Her 14 save shutout effort in a 4-0 Bobcat victory on Saturday was the third of her career.

Shooting Spree
Pressuring from the opening faceoff, the Bobcats finished Saturday's game with a 59-14 advantage in shots-on-goal. The 59 shots for the game was the most for any Quinnipiac squad in a game ending in regulation since Nov. 26, 2010 (87 games) when the Bobcats trounced Sacred Heart, 9-1.

Transfer Incoming
Numerous career firsts occurred throughout the weekend against Penn State for the Bobcats starting with the first goals as a Bobcat for incoming junior transfer Shiann Darkangelo. The Syracuse University transfer tallied her first two goals for Quinnipiac on Friday, including the power-play game-winner, and then came back with another tally on the man-advantage on Saturday to give her three for the weekend. Friday's multi-goal game was the third for her career.

For the First Time
Among the multitude number of career firsts this weekend, it starts with the first multi-point game for freshman Meghan Turner to inspire her ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honor. Sophomore Cydney Roesler posted the first multi-point game of her career with two assists on Friday. A pair of freshman defenders in Taryn Baumgardt and Emma Greco each added their first career assist while goalie Chelsea extended her career-high unbeaten streak to four games.

Cyd the Kid
After being held scoreless through the first weekend of the season, sophomore defender Cydney Roesler posted the first multi-point game of her career on Friday (two assists) and added another on Saturday to give her three helpers for the season. Her three assists lead the way for all Bobcat defenders and are tied for second on the team.

Top-of-the-Line Production
The Bobcats' top offensive unit of Emma Woods (three goals, two assists), sophomore Nicole Connery (two goals, three assists) and senior Kelly Babstock (one goal, four assists) have already gelled into what could be one of the most-dominate lines in the country as they trail only Clarkson's combination of Jamie Lee Rattray, Carly and Cayley Mercer in combined points among linemates.

Can't Emmagine a Better Start
Through the first four games of her career, freshman forward Emma Woods is already tied with Clarkson's Genevieve Bannon for the ECAC Hockey lead in points (five) among first year skaters. Woods is tied for the team-lead with three goals to go along with two assists this season.

On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 12-2 this season which has played a big role in the Bobcats' entire contingent of skaters, none of which are below +0 in their +/- rating this season. The Bobcats are the only team in the nation that can stake that claim. 

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 181 (74 G, 107 A)
2 Kelly Babstock QUINNIPIAC 159 (77 G, 82 A)
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 123 (51 G, 72 A)
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 116 (48 G, 68 A)
5 Carly Mercer CLARKSON 115 (43 G, 72 A)
6 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 114 (44 G, 70 A)
7 Kelly Terry MINNESOTA 105 (37 G, 68 A)
8 Rylee Smith ST. LAWRENCE 103 (43 G, 60 A)


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 (77) of any active player in Division I.

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

Rank Player School Goals
1 Kelly Babstock QU 77
2 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 74
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 51
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 48
5 Kolbee McCrea RIT 47


Escape Artists
Saturday's thrilling come-from-behind 3-1 victory for the Bobcats marked the first time since Jan. 8, 2011 (87 games) that Quinnipiac has overcome a first period deficit. The Huskies scored a power-play goal early in the first and the Bobcats were able to score three goals in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

It Had Been Awhile
The Bobcats' 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State on Saturday moves their record to 2-18-2 all-time against WCHA opponents. The last time a Quinnipiac team beat a WCHA opponent before this past weekend was back on Nov. 30, 2001 when the Bobcats took down Minnesota State, 3-2.

Can't Get Enough
Quinnipiac sophomore forward Nicole Connery wasted no time in ringing in the new year as she went for a career high three points (one goal, two assists) in Saturday's win over St. Cloud State. She either scored or assisted on all three Bobcat goals, went for her first multi-assist game of her career and broke her previous single-game career high of two points (twice in 2012-13). 

How Bout a Shootout?
The Bobcats opened their first shoot-out since Dec. 30, 2007 (Nutmeg Classic Championship against Niagara) with a goal from senior forward Kelly Babstock. In the fourth round, freshman Emma Woods pushed home a goal that was ultimately deemed good by the officials after a lengthy review. St. Cloud State answered both Bobcat goals until the seventh round when Amanda Colin beat the Huskies' goalie Julie Friend glove side. Chelsea Laden shut the door on the Huskies' seventh round attempt and secured the 3-2 shoot-out victory. Both teams had decided pregame that, in the event of a tie, they would hold a practice shoot-out under WCHA rules. 

Laden Lays Down the Law
Quinnipiac's junior goalie Chelsea Laden was the story for the Bobcats all weekend as she finished with her second career shutout on Friday and a marvelous 27 save outing on Saturday to highlight her 1-0-1 weekend against St. Cloud State. Laden was all over the net on Friday, making several key stops, including one on a breakaway attempt in the first period. In her follow-up performance on Saturday, Laden allowed just one goal in the Bobcats' 3-1 victory. Combined through the weekend, Laden posted 46 saves on 47 shots throughout the two-game non-conference series.

WINNERS!
After just one week of the regular season, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team scored a pair of individual honors in the ECAC Hockey's weekly awards announcement. Freshman forward Emma Woods picked up the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week while junior goalie Chelsea Laden earned the Goalie of the Week award. It was the first such award in each of the Bobcats' young careers.

Instant Success
Woods earns Rookie of the Week after scoring the first two goals of her career, including the game-winner, in the final five minutes to help secure the Bobcats' first victory of the season Saturday against St. Cloud State. Woods tied former Bobcat Hayley McMeekin (Oct. 14, 2005) for the fewest games played (two) before registering their first career multi-goal game. 

Points Galore
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 81 of the 101 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 3-of-3 

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

Rank

Team (First place votes)

Points

1

CLARKSON (7)

119

2

CORNELL (5)

111

3

HARVARD

99

4

QUINNIPIAC

94

5

ST. LAWRENCE

78

6

DARTMOUTH

75

7

PRINCETON

56

8

RENSSELAER

46

9

COLGATE

43

10

YALE

36

11

BROWN

26

12

UNION

16


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