HAMDEN, Conn. – The No. 9/10 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team littered the stat sheet with six different goal scorers in their 6-0 domination of Colgate from High Point Solutions Arena on Friday. Each member of the Bobcats' top offensive line lit the lamp once while a pair of sophomore defenders each scored their first career goal. The offensive effort combined with a solid night in net from junior goalie Chelsea Laden (20 saves) as she notched her nation-leading fourth shutout of the season. Quinnipiac continues their best start to a season in program history at 7-1-1 (2-1 ECAC Hockey) while the Raiders fall to 2-7 (0-3 ECAC Hockey).
Of the six goal scorers, it was the first in the careers of defenseman Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) and Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario). Both key cornerstone players waited 44 games before finally breaking through as each lit the lamp in the third period. Meanwhile, the top offensive line of senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) and freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) combined for nine points (three goals, six assists) against Colgate. Each tallied a multi-point game as they all moved past the 10-point threshold and now each have at least 11 points this season.
Babstock led the way with a season-high four points (one goal, three assists) as she is now tied with Robert Morris' Brittany Howard for the most points in the country (17). Babstock's four point night was good for her fifth time recording at least four points in a single game in her career. Connery was next in line with her second three point (one goal, two assists) game of the season while Woods backed up her ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month award with two points (one goal, one assist) against the Raiders.
Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) also finished with two points (one goal, one assist) and Roesler added an assist to give her two points (one goal, one assist) as well. Laden meanwhile, took control from the start as she finished with her Division I-leading fourth shutout of the season. She now sports a 1.03 goals against average which is also tops in the nation this year.
Babstock got the scoring started with her fourth power-play goal of the season at 7:31 in the first period. Woods picked up the puck along the boards and cycled with Connery who carried the puck down behind the net. After twirling past a defender, she gave off to Babstock who made a nifty move in the slot and found the back of the net past an unsuspecting Colgate goalie Brittney Brooks. Her fourth tally on the man advantage this season is tied with four others for the most in the country.
Woods followed suit with a goal at 7:01 in the second period as she knocked the puck out of mid-air and into the back of the net. Babstock flicked it from behind the net and the puck caromed in front to Woods, who was able to get some wood with her slap to beat Brooks.
Darkangelo added a goal a little over two minutes later on a bang-bang play in front of the net. After converting a nice transition piece into the Colgate defensive zone, she wristed a shot to the crease. Brooks made the save but couldn't locate the puck and it was ultimately knocked in off the pads of one of her defenders to make it a 3-0 game.
A fourth goal was added off the stick of Connery in front as Babstock swung the puck up to Roesler at the point. Her shot was deflected in front and Connery was able to locate the loose puck and beat the replacement goalie Susan Allen five-hole.
The Bobcats continued to pour it on late as Roesler struck for her first career goal in what was a wicked slap shot from the point. Connery and Woods combined for a pass before they found Roesler open near the Colgate bench in front of the blue line. She came towards the middle and wound up a shot that was blocked initially but came right back to her forehand. Roesler quickly shot on net again and Allen had no chance as there was too much traffic in front.
The sophomore defenseman was mugged on the ice by her teammates after her first career tally, much like the reaction had when Tamberg lit the lamp about five minutes later for her first career goal. Darkangelo swung the puck up to freshman Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario) who crossed to Tamberg. Her shot took an odd bounce in front as sophomore Olivia Agostinelli (Framingham, Mass.) did a great job screening Allen to help lead to the goal.
Quinnipiac will be right back at it tomorrow as they face a huge test in No. 3 Cornell. The last time these two teams met was back on Feb. 8 and the Bobcats stunned the then-No. 4 ranked Big Red, 4-1, at home. Revenge is sure to be on the minds of Cornell as the victory was the first ever for the Bobcats at home and the first time since 2006 that they had beaten the Big Red.
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