ALBANY, N.Y. – Another week and another two individual honors for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team as the ECAC Hockey league office made their announcement of weekly winners on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) took down the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week award while freshman forward Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) claimed the Rookie of the Week honors. This marks the third straight week a Quinnipiac player has won a weekly award as well as the third straight time a Bobcats has won Rookie of the Week. No other team in the ECAC Hockey has won Rookie of the Week three straight weeks since Harvard back in 2009 where they won it three straight weeks from Nov. 16 – Nov. 30.
Babstock's triumph marks her first Player of the Week honor this season and the ninth of her illustrious career. The Bobcats' all-time leading scorer at 164 points finished with an ECAC Hockey-leading fiv e points (three goals, two assists) this weekend in a weekend series against Maine. The senior forward upped her point total to 10 on the season as she started the weekend with a pair of assists in the Friday evening 4-0 shutout of the Black Bears. Babstock bumped up her team-leading total to six on the season.
Her big day came on Saturday as she erupted for three goals, good for her fifth career hat trick. She started the day off strong with a power-play goal early in the first period with a wicked wrister that beat the Maine goalie blocker side. Babstock added another just 16 seconds into the second period as she made the most of a two-on-one rush, depositing another goal into the back of the net. The hat trick-clinching goal came just over four minutes later as she carried the puck into the crease and beat the Black Bear goalie five-hole to finish her day. The hat trick was Babstock's first since Oct. 12, 2012 which, coincidentally, also came against Maine.
Woods continues on a torrid start to her career as she earns her second Rookie of the Week award three weeks into her young career. Coming into the weekend with one ECAC Rookie of the Week award in-hand and the Bobcats' leader in goals, Woods showcased her passing skills this weekend with four points (one goal, team-leading three assists). The four-point total this weekend for Woods was the most for any freshman in the country as she ups her points total to 9 on the season, tied with North Dakota's Lara Stalder for the most of any freshman player in the country.
Woods started the weekend off strong with a power-play goal 38 seconds into the third period on Friday, giving the Bobcats a crucial insurance goal and 2-0 lead over Maine. She would later assist on another power-play goal to give her two points on the evening. Woods followed with her first two assist game of her career on Saturday as she found Babstock with a seeing-eye pass in the first period that resulted in a goal at 4:29 and then 16 seconds into the second period she found her linemate Babstock again with another great pass that led to another Bobcat goal. Woods finished with back-to-back multi-point games to give her four for the season and it also helped extend her point streak to five games.
Both Woods and Babstock will be back in action this weekend for the No. 9 Bobcats as they travel up to No. 7 Harvard and Dartmouth for their first conference games of the season.
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