ECAC Hockey Home Opening Weekend Against Colgate and No. 3 Cornell Up Next for No. 9/10 Women's Ice Hockey

­No. 9/10 Quinnipiac Bobcats (6-1-1, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Colgate Raiders (2-6-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey)
No. 3 Cornell Big Red (4-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday – Saturday, November 1-2,  2013 – 7:00 pm, 4:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
 

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Conference Home Opener
Continuing their best start in program history, the No. 9/10 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team return home for an ECAC Hockey weekend series against Colgate and No. 3 Cornell. The Bobcats come into this weekend riding high as the team is off to their best start ever at 6-1-1 after earning a hard fought split last weekend at No. 7 Harvard and Dartmouth. After falling to the Crimson, 4-2, the Bobcats picked up a heart-wrenching 4-2 win from Thompson Arena in which the team nursed a one-goal lead throughout the third period and managed to kill off a Big Green power play with less than three minutes left. The last time Quinnipiac hosted this series was back in February 2013 and on that Friday, Feb. 8 the Bobcats stunned Cornell, 4-1, to pick up their first home victory ever over the Big Red.

All-Time Against the Raiders
Despite owning a losing record all-time against Colgate at 7-14-3, the Bobcats are riding a five-game winning streak against the Raiders. Quinnipiac and Colgate played 13 times before the Bobcats finally picked up their first victory over the Raiders on Nov. 7, 2008. Since that game, Quinnipiac has dominated the Raiders to the tone of a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 meetings. Even though The Bobcats have not had the best success against Colgate playing at home as they have only achieved a record a 2-9-2 from Hamden in the series history.

Scouting Colgate
In Greg Fargo's first year as the Raiders' head coach, Colgate made its first trip to the postseason in two years as they earned the No. 8 seed in the 2013 ECAC Hockey Tournament. Despite barely making it into the postseason, Colgate surprised many with their play as they fell to the then-No. 2 ranked Cornell Big Red by a combined two goals in the best-of-three series from Lynah Rink. After getting outscored 18-2 over the two-game regular season slate against Cornell, Colgate gave the Big Red everything they could handle. In game one, the Raiders held a 3-1 lead early in the third period 4-3 lead with less than three minutes remaining but couldn't hold on as the Big Red scored the game-tying goal with 47 seconds remaining and the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime. The following night, Colgate scored two first period goals and held the lead until there was less than a minute remaining but it wasn't enough as the Big Red tallied two goals within the final 53 seconds, including the game-winner with one second left, to claim the 3-2 game two and series victory. After an offseason to simmer over the heartbreaking end to the 2012-13 season, Colgate enters the weekend with a 2-6 overall record and 0-2 mark in ECAC Hockey play. They had the unfortunate start to the season as they welcomed the defending NCAA Champion and No. 1 ranked Minnesota to Starr Rink for a weekend set. After falling twice to the Gophers, Colgate picked up their first win of the year at Uconn with a 1-0 victory. They split a weekend set against RIT and just recently fell to St. Lawrence and Clarkson in their conference-opening weekend by a combined score of 5-0. Picked to finish ninth in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Raiders figure to be in a battle with the likes of Princeton, Yale, Union and Rensselaer if they hope to make it back-to-back trips to the postseason. Miriam Drubel comes in as the team's leading scorer with five points (three goals, two assists) this season while defenseman Nicole Gass leads the team with three assists through eight games. They rank near to bottom of the nation in scoring offense, averaging just 1.12 goals per game but the defense has been up-to-par with a 2.75 goals allowed average this year despite giving up eight goals to Minnesota in the second game of the season.

All-Time Against the Big Red
Always one of the most vaunted powers in ECAC Hockey as the title winner in three of the past four seasons, Cornell has long been a thorn in the Bobcats' side as Quinnipiac is only 4-11-5 in their all-time series history. The Big Red have dispatched the Bobcats in two of their four all-time postseason appearances and reeled of a 14-game unbeaten streak (10-0-4) playing Quinnipiac until their last meeting on Feb. 8. Playing the then-No. 4 ranked Big Red, the Bobcats stunned Cornell with a 4-1 victory, their first ever at home over the Big Red. It also tied a program record for the highest ranked opponent the Bobcats have ever defeated as the huge victory catapulted a late-season run that earned Quinnipiac the No. 4 seed in the 2013 ECAC Hockey Tournament. The Bobcats are 1-5-3 all-time playing at home in the series history and will look to carry the thrilling result from last season into their matchup on Saturday.

The Big Red Breakdown
Winners of three of the past four ECAC Hockey Tournaments, the Big Red machine turns out consistent top-level talent that has landed them as a fixture in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Doug Derraugh has spearheaded the team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2010-13) as well as three Frozen Four trips (2010-12) and four consecutive ECAC Hockey regular season titles (2010-13). Cornell is coming off a 27-6-1 season in 2012-13 that included a trip to the NCAA Tournament but the No. 2 seeded Big Red were upset in the first round at home against the No. 7 seed Mercyhurst, 4-3 in overtime. Jillian Saulnier pumped in a game-tying goal with 56 seconds remaining but the Lakers' Jenna Dingeldein ended Cornell's season with an overtime goal 4:49 into the extra period at Lynah Rink in front of a packed crowd of 2327. The end to 2012-13 marked new beginnings for the Big Red as they vacate the loss of cornerstone defenders Lauriane Rougeau and Laura Fortino as well as the departure of superstar senior forward Brianne Jenner to Team Canada in lieu of the Olympic year. Picked to finish second in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, Cornell has proved something to the voters as they've swept through their first two weekend series of the year by a combined score of 21-9 over the likes of Northeastern (twice), Preseason ECAC Hockey favorite Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Their offensive unit has been led by the play of reigning ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Emily Fulton who comes in with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) through just four games. She is coming off an impressive nine-point weekend (one goal, eight assists) in two big-time matchups against ECAC Hockey powers Clarkson and St. Lawrence. In support of Fulton, the Big Red's top offensive unit is one of the most lethal in the nation as Jessica Campbell (3-7-10) and Jillian Saulnier (4-2-6) combined for one of the highest-scoring attacks in the country. In addition, the Big Red also feature some powerful, high-scoring blue liners with Hayleigh Cudmore (3-3-6) and Alyssa Gagliardi (2-3-5) who help provide the backbone of the No. 3 ranked Big Red. Finally, in net for Cornell is one of the ECAC Hockey's top goaltenders in senior Lauren Slebodnick. Already a one-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week winner this season, Slebodnick is averaging a 2.26 goals against average to go along with a .920 save percentage through four games this year.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats held the Crimson scoreless for the first and third periods but four goals in less than a 10 minute span in the second proved too much to overcome as Quinnipiac fell to No. 7 ranked Harvard, 4-2. Morgan Fritz-Ward (1 G, 1 A) had a hand in both the Bobcats' goals as they managed to break a 173:51 scoreless streak against the Crimson. Their persistence paid off in the second game of the weekend series, defeating Dartmouth, 4-2, from Thompson Arena. Kelly Babstock (2 G, 1 A) lifted the team in the scoring column while Fritz-Ward knocked home the game-winner late in the second period. The defensive unit and junior goalie Chelsea Laden managed to hold off the Big Green late as they killed off a Dartmouth power play opportunity with less than three minutes remaining.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 6-1-1 start to this season marks their best eight-game start to a season in program history. The Bobcats started with a record of 5-2-1 back in 2010-11, but after the team split with Harvard and Dartmouth this past weekend, 2013-14 Bobcats now own the best start to a season ever in program history.

Holding Steady
The Bobcats made a little history in the polls this week as they earned a No. 9 ranking in the USCHO.com pol for the second consecutive week. They did accumulate 28 points this week which is the second-most points ever for the Bobcats in a single week's voting, falling just short of the 31 accumulated the week before. Later in the week, Quinnipiac was voted No. 10 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, their third straight week holding a spot in the Top 10 which is now a program record.

Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is also ranked No. 7 in their respective poll as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously 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.

Finishing Games
Before Maine scored a third period tally in last Saturday's 5-2 Bobcat win, Quinnipiac had not allowed a third period goal all season to their opponents. The Bobcats added to their third period domination this, outscoring the Crimson and Big Green, 2-0, this past weekend. After eight games this year, the Bobcats are outscoring their opponents 13-1 in the third period this season. 

Clutch Gene
A pair of Bobcats, Kelly Babstock and Chelsea Laden, have completely owned the third period this season from the offensive and defensive end, respectively. Babstock leads the nation in third period scoring this year as she has accumulated all seven of her assists in the final frame as well as a nation-leading plus/minus rating (+7) while Chelsea Laden has now allowed a goal yet in 139 total minutes of action in third periods this season. Laden is a perfect 41-for-41 in saves through eight games. 

Domination from the Dot
Quinnipiac is the only team in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 10 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Junior Shiann Darkangelo (87-43, 66.9 %, 6th in NCAA) and senior Kelly Babstock (103-54, 65.6 %, 9th in NCAA) are both key contributors to the Bobcats' domination this season from the faceoff circle. 

Yeah She's Pretty Important
Sophomore defenseman Cydney Roesler holds the highest plus/minus rating of anyone on the team at +9 through eight games this season. Roesler is just two points behind the nation's leader at +11 while she is tied with three others for the second-highest rating among defenseman as they trail North Dakota's Gracen Hirschy by just one point.

Penalty-Free
Two key contributors for the Bobcats coming into this season have long been plagued by penalties as Kelly Babstock and Shiann Darkangelo came into this season with 106 and 105 penalty minutes, respectively. Through eight games, Babstock has only committed two penalties for four minutes, her second-lowest eight-game stretch of her career while Darkangelo has gone eight games this season without committing a penalty.

Laden Owns the Night
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden allowed six goals this past weekend to up her goals against average from 0.52 to 1.17 but she still ranks second in the nation in that category as well as eighth in the country in save percentage (.942), seventh in winning percentage (.812) and tied for first in shutouts (3).

Scorers Galore
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through eight 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 second in the nation behind only North Dakota (14 goal scorers) 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 eight 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.

For the First Time
The Maine 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.

Top-of-the-Line Production
The Bobcats' top offensive unit of Emma Woods (four goals, six assists), sophomore Nicole Connery (three goals, five assists) and senior Kelly Babstock (six goals, seven assists) have already gelled into what could be one of the most-dominate lines in the country as they trail only Cornell's top line of Emily Fulton, Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier for most points among their top skaters.  

Can't Emmagine a Better Start
Through the first eight games of her career, freshman forward Emma Woods is already tied with Minnesota-Duluth's freshman defenseman Lara Stalder for the third- most points of any freshman skater in the country with 10 (4 G, 6 A). She is also tied with Stalder for the third ranking spot in points per game (1.25) for any rookie skater in the nation.

On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 27-10 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. 

Points Galore
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 83 of the 103 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 6-of-7

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.

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.

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 186 (76 G, 111 A)
2 Kelly Babstock QUINNIPIAC 167 (82 G, 85 A)
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 126 (53 G, 73 A)
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 119 (49 G, 70 A)
4 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 119 (49 G, 71 A)
6 Carly Mercer CLARKSON 118 (43 G, 75 A)
7 Kelly Terry MINNESOTA 109 (39 G, 70 A)
8 Rylee Smith ST. LAWRENCE 106 (44 G, 62 A)
9 Jillian Saulnier CORNELL 101 (36 G, 65 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 (82) 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 82
2 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 76
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 53
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 49
5 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 49


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. 

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.

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