No. 8/9 Women's Ice Hockey Ready for First ECAC Hockey Roadtrip This Weekend at No. 7 Harvard and Dartmouth

­No. 8/9 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) @
No. 7 Harvard Crimson (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)/
Dartmouth Big Green (0-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday – Saturday, October 25-26,  2013 – 7:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Bright Hockey Center – Cambridge, Mass. (Harvard)
Thompson Arena – Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth)

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Quinnipiac Game Notes

 

First Big Test
Off to their best start in program history, the No. 8/9 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will get their first big test of the season with a road ECAC Hockey weekend series at No. 7 Harvard and Dartmouth. The Bobcats have not fared well in their all-time series against either squad on the road including last year where the team went winless, falling to Dartmouth 5-2 and Harvard 4-0, in their weekend road series last season. Quinnipiac, however, comes into this weekend with all sorts of momentum as the team owns a record of 5-0-1 and just achieved their highest ranking (No. 8 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll) in program history.

All-Time Against the Crimson
Harvard and the Bright Hockey Center have been two devastating combinations for the Bobcats to overcome in recent years as they enter the weekend with a 2-13-1 all-time record against Harvard with a winless 0-8 mark playing on the road. The Bobcats didn't register a goal in two meetings last season as they were shutout 2-0 at home and 4-0 on the road in 2012-13 with each Harvard goalie, Laura Bellamy and Emerance Maschmeyer, each tallying a shutout victory. The last Quinnipiac win over Harvard came back on Nov. 12, 2010 as the Bobcats will look to better that and their 0-8 lifetime record playing at the Bright Hockey Center.

Getting to Know Harvard
A fair amount of change has transpired for Harvard during the offseason, but the faces that return will be key in the search for continued success. The Crimson enter the weekend ranked No. 7 in the country without even having played a game yet. They opened with a 5-2 exhibition win over McGill at home last weekend but their regular season officially starts with Quinnipiac on Saturday. Though there are missing pieces, the Crimson is maintained at the top by Maura Crowell as she has assumed the Interim Head Coach position. With a vacant assistant coach spot open, former Harvard standout goalie Laura Bellamy joined Crowell and second-year assistant coach Hayley Moore on the bench for some welcomed familiarity. On the ice, the Crimson returns 11 skaters, most notably junior captain Marissa Gedman, who ventures back from a season-ending injury suffered prior to last season. Gedman will lead the charge for the 11 upperclassmen and seven newcomers in the Olympic year. The Crimson had to say goodbye to leading scorer from a year ago in Jillian Dempsey but do return a pair of key talents to the 2013-14 roster. Harvard's junior blueliner Sarah Edney returns for another year and already was deemed Preseason All-ECAC Hockey. Edney tallied 21 points (3 goals, 18 assists) last season and will be one of the go-to players on a young Harvard squad. Also returning is a ultra-talented goalie in sophomore Emerance Maschmeyer who figures to see the majoirty of minutes in net after starting 20 games her freshman season. She finished with a 12-6-2 record, earned ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Honors and was the team's main backstop by the end of the year. Even after seeing three of its top five point earners depart, expectations remain high for the Crimson as forwards Samantha Reber (5-19-24) and Mary Parker (12-12-24) both return to the ice. Junior Hillary Crowe and sophomore Miye D'Oench also will play important roles on the Crimson attack as returners. Crowe was instrumental last season with her 19 points (8-11-19), as was D'Oench, who tallied 13 points (10-3-13) in her collegiate debut for Harvard.

All-Time Against the Big Green
Dartmouth has shared a similar success against the Bobcats as they come into the weekend with a 4-10-2 against the Big Green in their all-time series history. Quinnipiac holds an identical 2-5-1 all-time record playing Dartmouth at home and on the road. It will be hard to take anything away from last season's games at the Bobcats dominated Dartmouth at home, winning 8-3, but couldn't get much going in a 5-2 loss at Thompson Arena. The last road victory for Quinnipiac over Dartmouth came on Feb. 4, 2011 as the Bobcats look to deny the Big Green in their start to conference play.

The Big Green Breakdown
Heading into the weekend series with Dartmouth, the Bobcats will need to look for this dangerous team even after they opened with a disappointing 7-2 loss to No. 2 Boston College on Sunday to open their season. Last season, the Big Green lost just once in their final 11 home contests and have an experienced head coach in Mark Hudak, whom has led Dartmouth to six NCAA Tournament appearances in his 11 seasons manning the helm. Dartmouth is still in search of their first win over a ranked opponent in two years as the Bobcats will face the Big Green for the first time as a ranked opponent. Laura Stacey returns after an impressive freshman season in which she tallied 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) and represents the highest-scoring returner on the team. Showing how much youth fills this year's team, Stacey's 23 career points also represent the most in the career of any player returning to the roster. Senior captain Lindsay Holdcroft returns after a solid junior year in which she finished with a 2.11 goals against average, .914 save percentage and record of 15-9-5.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats continued their undefeated stretch to start the season as they swept Maine, 4-0 and 5-2, on the road from Alfond Arena. Quinnipiac's junior goalie Chelsea Laden recorded her third shutout of the season on Friday and followed up with just one goal allowed through two periods of Saturday's victory over the Black Bears. Kelly Babstock (3-2-5) and Emma Woods (1-3-4) continued to fill up the stat sheet as they earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Babstock was the star on Saturday as she tallied three goals for her fifth career hat trick.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 5-0-1 start to this season marks their best six-game start to a season in program history. The Bobcats started with a record of 5-1 back in 2010-11, but after the team swept Maine this past weekend, the record books opened as this is the latest in any season in program history that the Bobcats have remained undefeated.

Movin On Up
The Bobcats made a little history in the polls this week as they earned a No. 9 ranking in the USCHO.com poll, tied for the highest ever as the team was last ranked ninth back on Oct. 3, 2011. They did accumulate 31 points this week which is the most points ever for the Bobcats in a single week's voting. Later in the week, Quinnipiac did one better as they earned the No. 8 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll which is the highest ranking number ever in Quinnipiac women's hockey history.

Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is also ranked No. 9 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked for the first time ever. They join Minnesota, Boston College and North Dakota as the only hockey programs in the country to have both their men's and women's teams ranked in the national polls.

Three-for-Three
Another week and another two individual honors for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team as Kelly Babstock took down her ninth career ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honor while Emma Woods won her second Rookie of the Week award in three weeks to start the season. Babstock finished with five points (three goals, two assists) this weekend including her fifth career hat trick in Saturday's 5-2 win over Maine. The point total was the most for any ECAC Hockey player this past weekend. Woods continues on a torrid start to her career as she finished with four points (one goal, three assists) which also represented the most for any freshman skater in the country this past weekend. No other team in ECAC Hockey history has won three straight Rookie of the Week honors since Harvard back in 2009 where they won it three straight weeks from Nov. 16 – Nov. 30.

Laden Owns the Night
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden denied 28-of-29 Maine shots over the weekend to up her goals against average all of 0.03 to 0.52, tops in the country among all goaltenders. Laden also leads the nation for the second straight week in save percentage (.974) and shutouts (3) through six games this season. Her 20-save shutout effort in a 4-0 Bobcat victory on Friday was the fourth of her career.

For the First Time
This past weekend marked a host of career first for several Bobcat skaters starting with freshman Taryn Baumgardt who scored her first career goal on Friday in the third period against Maine. Later in that same period, junior Anna Borgfeldt waited 74 career games but the wait paid off with her first career goal. Finally, in Saturday's 5-2 win over Maine, sophomore defenseman Lindsey West blasted her first career goal (also first career point) in the second period to make it three Bobcats with their first career tallies.

Scorers Galore
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through six games the team has not disappointed with 13 different goal scorers to start the season. That total of 13 different goal scorers for the Bobcats is tied with only North Dakota for the most of any team in the country.

Points Anyone?
The Bobcats as a team have spread the puck around magnificently through their first six games as 15 of their 18 skaters this season have contributed at least one point. Only Minnesota-Duluth (18 individual point scorers) and Clarkson (16) have combined for more players with at least one point on their team through the start of the season.

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 moved past Clarkson's combination of Jamie Lee Rattray, Carly and Cayley Mercer for the most points of any offensive line in the country.

Can't Emmagine a Better Start
Through the first six games of her career, freshman forward Emma Woods is already tied with Minnesota-Duluth's freshman defenseman Lara Stalder for the most points of any freshman skater in the country with nine (four goals, five assists). She is also tied with Stalder for the top spot in points per game (1.50) for any rookie skater in the nation who has played at least six games.

Owning the Man-Advantage
After failing to tally a power-play goal in their first weekend series at St. Cloud State, the Bobcats have reeled off an impressive seven tallies on the man-advantage in their past four games. Quinnipiac has been buzzing, entering the weekend with a 35 percent success rate on the power play in the four game stretch. 

Finishing Games
Before Maine scored a third period tally in Saturday's 5-2 Bobcat win, Quinnipiac had not allowed a third period goal all season to their opponents. The Bobcats held an 11-goal scoring streak in the third period of games until Maine put one through on Saturday but the team still holds an 11-1 advantage over their opponents this season. 

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: 5-of-5

Shooting Spree
Pressuring from the opening faceoff, the Bobcats finished last Saturday's game against Penn State 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.

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 last Friday (two assists) and added another last Saturday to give her three helpers for the season. Her three assists lead the way for all Bobcat defenders and are tied for fourth on the team.

On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 21-4 this season which has played a big role in the Bobcats' entire contingent of skaters, only one 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 182 (74 G, 108 A)
2 Kelly Babstock QUINNIPIAC 164 (80 G, 84 A)
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 123 (51 G, 72 A)
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 118 (49 G, 69 A)
5 Carly Mercer CLARKSON 115 (43 G, 72 A)
5 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 115 (45 G, 70 A)
7 Kelly Terry MINNESOTA 108 (38 G, 70 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 (80) 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 80
2 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 74
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 51
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 49
5 Kolbee McCrea RIT 47


Escape Artists
Quinnipiac's thrilling come-from-behind 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State on Oct. 6 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 moved 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 fourth career shutout on Friday and continues to play stellar hockey in the net. Laden bumps her career-high unbeaten streak up to six games now as she is tied with Minnesota's Amanda Leveille and Cornell's Lauren Slebodnick as the only two unbeaten goalies in all of Division I women's hockey.

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. 

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. 

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