No. 7 Women's Ice Hockey Looks to Continue Uptick this Weekend on the Road Against Brown and Yale

­No. 7 Quinnipiac Bobcats (7-1-2, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) @
Brown Bears (1-2-1, 0-1-1 ECAC Hockey) & 
Yale Bulldogs (0-4-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday – Saturday, November 8-9,  2013 – 7:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Meehan Auditorium – Providence, R.I. (Brown)
Ingalls Rink – New Haven, Conn. (Yale)

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Quinnipiac Game Notes

 

Keepin it Goin
The sudden emergence of the No. 7 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team has caught the attention of the national voting community as the Bobcats just earned their highest ranking in both the USCHO.com and USA Today poll in program history. Off to their best start to a season in program history at 7-1-2 and fresh off an unbeaten weekend at home, the Bobcats (7-1-2, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) hope to continue their remarkable start to the season this weekend at Brown and Yale.

All-Time Against the Bears
The Brown Bears and Bobcats have met 18 times in their series history with Quinnipiac owning a 9-6-3 record all-time against their close rival. Quinnipiac, however, has dominated the series of late as they come in riding an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) playing Brown. The Bobcats have outscored the Bears 12-0 in their past three games and have completely shut down their opponents, holding Brown to a 191:03 scoreless streak.

Scouting Brown
Picked to finish next-to-last in 11th place in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, Brown shocked the conference with a 1-1 tie playing at No. 5 Clarkson this past weekend. The deadlock gave the Bears their first draw against a nationally-ranked opponent since tying No. 10 Boston University on Jan. 10, 2010. Brown was aided by an unbelievable performance from their senior goalie Aubree Moore who stopped 53 shots en route to the 1-1 decision. After setting a career high (54 saves) against RIT the previous weekend, Moore finished just one short with her 53 saves against the Golden Knights. Despite the promising start to the season, Brown will need to pick up their offensive output as they have scored just five goals in four games this year. They trail only Colgate for the lowest scoring offense (1.25 goals per game) while their scoring defense (2.25) stands 11th in the nation. The Bears play disciplined hockey under head coach Amy Bourdeau as the Bears have committed the fewest penalty minutes (7.0 per game) of any team in the country. The good news for them is they don't commit many infractions because their penalty killing unit (71.4%) is one of the worst in the nation after four games. They've also scored just once on the power play in nine opportunities (11.1%) as they look to get their special teams units going this upcoming weekend. Ariana Rucker has scored two of the five Bears goals this season while Erin Conway has registered two assists to start the season. Rucker is the key to success for Brown as she also comes in with a +2 plus/minus rating, tied with a pair of defenseman in Kelly Micholson and Hunter Davis for the top spot on the team.

All-Time Against the Bulldogs
Head down Whitney Avenue and before you know it, you'll reach Ingalls Rink, home to the Yale Bulldogs. These two local rivals, separated by less than 10 miles, will meet for the 26th time this Saturday as the Bobcats come in with an 8-13-4 all-time record playing the Bulldogs. Despite the less-than-stellar record, Quinnipiac has gone 6-1-1 over their last eight meetings, after they went through a 14-game winless streak (0-11-3) from 2003-09 against Yale. The Bobcats shutout Yale in their Feb. 22 meeting, 4-0, from New Haven but Yale did salvage a 2-2 tie earlier in Feb. while playing at High Point Solutions Arena. Quinnipiac needed a Kelly Babstock game-tying goal with less than a minute to play to manage the draw.

The Bulldog Breakdown
After starting the year with a pair of impressive, hard fought results the Bulldogs have faltered in their start to the ECAC Hockey season with a pair of disappointing losses last weekend. Yale started the season off with a near upset of both Boston College and Boston University, two nationally-ranked opponents, on the road. Yale held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period and tied the score at 3-3 before a shorthanded goal from the Golden Eagles sealed a 4-3 victory for B.C. The following day, the Bulldogs battled the Terries from Boston, Mass. and nearly took them down too. Yale and Boston Univ. were tied 1-1 before an unassisted goal from Sarah Lefort ended up as the game-winner for the Terries in a 2-1 victory. Despite the two losses, Yale proved they can compete in a tough conference but didn't get off on the right foot in ECAC Hockey play with a 4-1 loss to St. Lawrence followed by a 7-0 defeat at Clarkson. The Bulldogs were outscored 11-1 through the weekend but both results were against two of the upper-echelon teams in the ECAC Hockey. Yale is led by their junior goalie Jamie Leonoff who comes in with a career goals against average of 3.70 and .908 save percentage. Four players from Yale have registered two points (Jamie Haddad, Hanna Astrom, Kate Martini and Phoebe Staenz) at they lead the team in scoring.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats returned home for their ECAC Hockey home opener and put forth a sensational effort by dominating Colgate, 6-0, and following up with a 1-1 tie against No. 3 Cornell. Six different Bobcats scored in the throttling of the Raiders with Kelly Babstock (1 G, 3 A), Nicole Connery (1 G, 2 A), Emma Woods (1 G, 1 A), Shiann Darkangelo (1 G, 1 A) and Cydney Roesler (1 G, 1 A) all recording multi-point games. Roesler and Kristen Tamberg both registered their first career goals while Chelsea Laden posted her NCAA-leading fourth shutout of the season to highlight the victory. Saturday featured the first shorthanded goal of the season and first in the Darkangelo's career in the second period to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead but the Big Red responded with a shorthanded opportunity of their own. Emily Fulton was rewarded a penalty shot after she was tripped on the breakaway attempt with eight minutes remaining. The Big Red's leading scorer converted the penalty shot which proved to be the equalizer for the 1-1 draw.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 7-1-2 start to this season marks their best 10-game start to a season in program history. The Bobcats started with a record of 6-3-1 back in 2010-11, but after the team recorded another undefeated weekend this past week, the 2013-14 Bobcats now own the best start to a season ever in program history.

High Risers
The Bobcats' amazing start to the season has reflected in the national polls as the team just earned its highest ranking in program history at No. 7 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 55 points (USCHO) and 71 points (USA Today), respectively, both well above the previous program records for each poll. They are entering their fourth straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record.

Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is ranked No. 5 in their respective poll as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the third consecutive week and 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.

Timely Shorty
Junior Shiann Darkangelo picked a great time to register her first career shorthanded goal as it came midway through the second period to supply all of Quinnipiac's goal scoring in their 1-1 tie against No. 3 Cornell on Saturday. The goal represented the 28th of her career, also good for her 50th career point, but first ever goal of the shorthanded variety. 

Finishing Games
Before Cornell scored a third period tally in last Saturday's 1-1 tie, Quinnipiac had not allowed a third period goal since Oct. 12 against Maine. The Bobcats continue to dominate the third period this season, outscoring their opponents 16-2 in that final stanza. After 10 games this year, no other team in the nation has a larger margin of success in the third period. 

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 is second in the nation in third period scoring this year as she has accumulated nine of her 10 assists in the final frame as well as a nation-leading plus/minus rating (+7) while Chelsea Laden has allowed one goal in 179 total minutes of action in third periods this season. Her miniscule 0.34 goals against average and .982 save percentage both rank as the nation's best of goalies with at least 100 minutes played. 

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. Senior Kelly Babstock (125-69, 64.4 %, 7th in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (106-59, 64.2 %, 9th in NCAA) are both key contributors to the Bobcats' domination this season from the faceoff circle. 

WINNERS!
Chelsea Laden (Goaltender) and Emma Woods (Rookie) both picked up an ECAC Hockey monthly award this past week for their performance in the month of October. Laden led the nation in shutouts (3) while she continued to own a spot in the Top 10 of the nation in goals against average (1.17, 2nd NCAA), save percentage (.942, 8th NCAA) and winning percentage (.812, 7th NCAA). Woods, meanwhile, finished up one of the best months for a freshman in Quinnipiac history. She picked up two ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week awards and registered 10 points (4-6-10) after eight games to lead all freshmen skaters in the conference. 

Key to Success
The pivotal player for the Bobcats this season has been their senior forward Kelly Babstock. With 171 career points, Babstock is used to supplying the scoring for Quinnipiac but she leads the nation with 17 points (7-10-17) this year and her team has a perfect 7-0 record when she registers at least one point in a game this season. 

Yeah She's Pretty Important
Sophomore defenseman Cydney Roesler holds the highest plus/minus rating of anyone on the team at +11 through 10 games this season. Roesler is just three points behind the nation's leader at +14 while she stands alone in fourth place for the highest rating among defenseman.

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 10 games, Babstock has only committed three penalties for six minutes, her second-lowest 10-game stretch of her career while Darkangelo has gone 10 games this season without committing a penalty.

Laden Owns the Night
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden allowed just one goal this past weekend to lower her goals against average from 1.17 to 1.02 as she still ranks second in the nation in that category as well as fifth in the country in save percentage (.950), seventh in winning percentage (.800) and tied for first in shutouts (4).

Power Play Points
The lethal combination of Kelly Babstock and Emma Woods have been devastating to their opponents while on the man advantage this season. Babstock is tied with two others for the most power play points this season (7) and tied with four others for the most power-play goals (4). Woods, meanwhile, sits right behind Babstock with six power play goings, good enough for fourth place in the nation.

Scorers Galore
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through 10 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 (17 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 10 games as 15 of their 18 skaters this season have contributed at least one point. Only Minnesota-Duluth (18 individual point scorers), Wisconsin (17) 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
Four of the Bobcats' non-freshman have already posted their first career goal during this season after just 10 games. The run started with Anna Borgfeldt as she found the back of the net against Maine after playing in 74 career games without putting up a goal. Lindsey West followed with a blast from the point that found its way past the Maine goalie for her first career tally. Finally, just this past weekend against Colgate, after 44 games it was time for sophomore defenseman Cydney Roesler and Kristen Tamberg to find the scoresheet as they both picked up a goal in the victory over the Raiders.

Top-of-the-Line Production
The Bobcats' top offensive unit of Emma Woods (five goals, seven assists), sophomore Nicole Connery (four goals, seven assists) and senior Kelly Babstock (seven goals, 10 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 as well as Clarkson's Carly and Cayley Mercer and Jamie Lee Rattray and for most points among their top skaters.  

Can't Emmagine a Better Start
Through the first 10 games of her career, freshman forward Emma Woods is second behind only Robert Morris' freshman forward Brittany Howard for the most points of any freshman skater in the country with 12 (5 G, 7 A). She also ranks fourth in the country in points per game average (1.20) among all rookies skaters.

On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 34-11 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 84 of the 105 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 7-of-9

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 second multi-point game of her career last Friday (1-1-2) as she now leads the team's defenseman in scoring with five points (one goal, four assists). Her four 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 171 (83 G, 88 A)
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 131 (55 G, 76 A)
4 Michelle Karvinen NORTH DAKOTA 120 (49 G, 71 A)
5 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 119 (49 G, 70 A)
5 Carly Mercer CLARKSON 119 (44 G, 75 A)
7 Kelly Terry MINNESOTA 116 (42 G, 74 A)
8 Rylee Smith ST. LAWRENCE 110 (45 G, 65 A)
9 Jillian Saulnier CORNELL 103 (37 G, 66 A)
10 Sarah Davis MINNESOTA 100 (34 G, 66 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 (83) 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 83
2 Christine Bestland MERCYHURST 76
3 Jamie Lee Rattray CLARKSON 55
4 Kourtney Kunichika RIT 49
4 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.

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