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No.7/8 Quinnipiac Bobcats (11-2-5, 3-2-4 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Yale Bulldogs (3-7-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, November 30, 2013 – 4:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.
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The No. 7/8 nationally-ranked Bobcats earned their way to the 2013 Nutmeg Classic Championship after an 8-0 victory over RIT in their First Round showdown on Friday helped seal their fate into a title matchup against Yale on Saturday at 4 pm. Quinnipiac made their way here with a domination of the Tigers, the likes of which haven't been achieve by the program for quite some time. Both the offensive and defensive units had significant days all across the board as they now move on to try and claim their fourth Nutmeg Classic Championship (third in four years).
All-Time Against the Bulldogs
These two local and storied rivals have met 26 times in their series history, the most for any opponent in Quinnipiac's history. The Bobcats own a less-than-stellar overall mark playing the Bulldogs at 8-13-5 but they do own a 6-1-2 record in their last nine meetings including a 0-0 tie earlier this season from Ingalls Rink. This will also be the sixth time both sides have met at the Nutmeg Classic where Yale has gotten the best of the Bobcats with a 3-1-1 record in their previous five meetings.
Don't let her numbers fool you, the Bobcats need to find a way to put the puck past Yale goalie Jamie Leonoff if they are to have a chance against the Bulldogs. Despite only 3.41 GAA, .916 save percentage and 3-7-1 record, the Bulldogs' junior goalie played an impressive game on Nov. 9 against the Bobcats with 44 saves to preserve a 0-0 tie from New Haven. Quinnipiac had their fair share of opportunities in the first go-round but Leonoff was the difference and will be the key player to focus on as the two sides vie for the Nutmeg Championship. Yale comes into Saturday's game with a 3-7-1 overall record including their dramatic 5-4 win over the UConn Huskies in the First Round Game on Friday. Yale came back from a pair of one goal deficits and then sealed the win with a game-winning power-play goal from Taylor Marchin with 39 seconds remaining. Marchin starred in the last moments while Phoebe Staenz continued her strong freshmen campaign with two points (one goal, one assists) against the Huskies. She now ranks in the Top 30 among all players in the nation in points per game (1.00) while she sits 14th in the country in assists per game (0.78). Staenz also ranks fourth among all freshmen in points per game and is certainly a force to be reckoned with on the offensive end for the Bulldogs. Two other forwards in Janelle Ferrara (3-6-9) and Krista Yip-Chuck (4-2-6) are coming off multi-point efforts in Yale's Nutmeg Classic opener. Yale is certainly a team that isn't centered around one superior offensive player as eight different Bulldogs have scored at least two goals this season with Yip-Chuck leading the way with four. A particular area of weakness this season for the Bulldogs has been their specials teams play combined with their tendency to commit penalties. They come into Saturday averaging 11 penalty minutes per game (10th highest in the country) while their penalty kill has struggled all season at 78.8 percent. Finally, they are tied for the sixth-fewest power-play goals (six) scored all season as they run at a 13.6 percent clip on the man advantage.
Last Time Out
After scoring just 11 goals in their previous eight games, the Bobcats exploded with eight goals in their shutout victory over RIT in the Nutmeg Classic First Round from Hamden. Five different players scored for the Bobcats who were led by the line tandem of Shiann Darkangelo (three goals, two assists) and Kelly Babstock (one goal, four assists) who each tallied five points on the afternoon. It marked the first time Quinnipiac has had two players finish with five points in the same game in program history while Babstock's four assist tied a single-game program record accomplished by her just last season.
Nutmeg Classic History
The annual tradition pitting all three Connecticut schools against one another began back in 2004 with UConn taking the Championship over Yale. Since that first meeting the game the tournament transformed into a four team competition in 2007 and now features a rotating regional team paired against the Nutmeg State competition (UConn, Yale and Quinnipiac). RIT joins the fray this year in the 10th annual Nutmeg Classic as they will play the Huskies in the Consolation Game on Saturday.
The Connecticut Huskies have won the most Nutmeg Classic titles of any team with four while Quinnipiac is second with three and Yale is tied with Boston College at one Championship. The Bulldogs, however, have advanced to more Championship Game appearances (eight) than any other team. Each team will vie for their fourth and second title, respectively.
Year-by-Year Nutmeg Classic Champions
2012: Boston College
The Bobcats' amazing start to the season has reflected in the national polls as the team just earned the No. 8 ranking in the USCHO.com and the No. 7 spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 57 points among the USCHO.com votes and 67 in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their seventh straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record.
She Ain't Shy About Scoring
Ever since Shiann Darkangelo was moved from the second to the first line she has exploded with six goals and three assists for nine points in six games since the move-up. Darkangelo picked up her second career hat trick on Friday against RIT and third multi-goal game of the season for Quinnipiac that leads the team.
Lending a Hand
Kelly Babstock had quite the day passing the puck on Saturday as she finished with five points and tied a single-game program record with four assists against RIT. The assist total matches her own program record set last year when she tallied four assists on Oct. 27 against Dartmouth.
Ross the Boss
Rookie goalie Sydney Rossman was in complete control in Friday's game against RIT as she picked up a 25-save shutout in only her second career start. After compiling only two saves in a little under 30 minutes of action prior to Friday's contest, Rossman denied all 25 of the Tigers' shots in net to pick up her first career shutout.
With Sydney Rossman's shutout effort in net against RIT at the Nutmeg Classic, Quinnipiac becomes the only team in the country to have two goaltenders notch a shutout this season. Chelsea Laden is second in the nation with five while Rossman adds her name to the list to put the Bobcats in company that they claim all to themselves.
Six Pack in the House
The Bobcats' six goal second period tied a program record set back on Jan. 16, 2005 for most goals scored in a single period. It marked the first time Quinnipiac had scored at least five in a single frame since their Nov. 28, 2009 matchup against Sacred Heart which still stands as the largest single-game goal output (11).
The trend this season on the offensive end for Quinnipiac has been with the play of their senior forward Kelly Babstock. Wearing the jersey number eight, Babstock has been the key to the Bobcats' success as all 13 games in which she has registered at least one point has not resulted in a Quinnipiac loss (11-0-2).
Lading Down the Law
The sensational ride for junior goalie Chelsea Laden continued on Tuesday against the Tigers as she posted 27 saves and allowed just one goal in 65 minutes of action. Laden has now allowed two goals or less in 15 of her 17 appearances this season. After another outstanding start in net her goals against average (1.06), save percentage (.948) and shutouts (five) all still rank in the Top 3 among the entire crop of goaltenders in the nation.
With Tuesday's result at Princeton, the Bobcats finished with their fifth tie this season, all of which have come when the team has scored/allowed one goal or fewer. No other team in the nation has accumulated more than three tied decisions as we near the halfway point of the seasons across the NCAA.
Beating the Best
Quinnipiac's 3-2 victory over Boston College marked the third win ever for the Bobcats over a team ranked in the Top 5 and their fourth win ever over the Eagles in 22 attempts (4-15-3 record). Their win also marked the third straight season in which the Bobcats have taken down a Top 5 team after not having done so in their first 10 years of the program's existence.
Wild Win over the Wildcats
After nine prior attempts, the 10th meeting between the Bobcats and New Hampshire was the first that ended in a Quinnipiac victory in their all-time series history. Coming in with a winless 0-8-1 record against the Wildcats, the Bobcats defeated New Hampshire, 2-1, to score their first win ever over the Hockey East foe.
After recording their sixth shutout of the season on Friday, the Bobcats have allowed just 20 goals through 18 games this season and have the nation's third-ranked scoring defense at 1.11 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.69 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.
Kelly Babstock is one of only three players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.56, 5th in NCAA), goals per game (0.61, T10th in NCAA) and assists per game (0.94, 4th in NCAA). Babstock joins Cornell's Emily Fulton and Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray as the only players who can stake that claim in the country.
Chelsea Laden has been one of the nation's best statistical goalie all season but she has been aided by a tremendous all-around defensive effort that has limited their opponents to just 374 shots in 18 games (20.8 shots allowed per game). That average is second in the nation behind only Clarkson (18.8 shots allowed per game),
That Peaceful Easy Feeling
Junior goalie Chelsea Laden and her defensive core have made it a trend to not allow any goals in a game this season as she currently is second in the nation with five shutouts. The backbone of Quinnipiac's defensive success through 17 games, Laden sports a 1.06 goals against average, .948 save percentage and has allowed two goals or fewer in 15 of her 17 appearances this season.
The offense for the Bobcats this season has been fast-and-furious as the team has spent a majority of 2013-14 ranked in the Top 10 scoring offenses in the nation. They have benefitted from a significant advantage in possession as Quinnipiac was outshot for the first time all season against Clarkson on Saturday (26-23). Despite disruption in the streak, the Bobcats currently lead their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 632-374.
Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 11-2-5 record this season marks their best record 18 games into a season in program history. The Bobcats are well on their way to breaking their previous best single-season record (2010-11) of 22-12-3 including a 12-9-1 conference mark.
Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is ranked No. 5 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the fifth consecutive week and first time ever. They join Minnesota, Boston College and Clarkson as the only hockey programs in the country to have both their men's and women's teams ranked in the Top 10 of the national poll.
Princeton scored a third period goal on Tuesday to become just the fifth team this season to score on the Bobcats in the final stanza. The Bobcats continue to dominate the third period this season, outscoring their opponents 20-5 in that final 20 minutes. After 18 games this year, no other team in the nation has a larger margin of success in the third period.
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 tied with Vermont's Amanda Pelkey for second in the nation in third period scoring this year as she has accumulated 11 of her 17 assists in the final frame as well as a plus/minus rating of +8 that also ranks second in the nation. Chelsea Laden, meanwhile, has allowed four goals in 340 total minutes of action in third periods this season. Her miniscule 0.67 goals against average and .962 save percentage both are second in the country among all goaltenders.
Domination from the Dot
Quinnipiac joins Minnesota as the only teams in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 10 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Senior Kelly Babstock (225-121, 65.0 %, 5th in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (140-79, 63.9 %, 7th in NCAA) are both key contributors to the Bobcats' domination this season from the faceoff circle.
Key to Success
The pivotal player for the Bobcats this season has been their senior forward Kelly Babstock. With 182 career points, Babstock is used to supplying the scoring for Quinnipiac as she sits atop the nation's leaderboard with 27 points (11-17-28) this year and is fifth in the ECAC Hockey, first on the Bobcats, with a plus/minus rating of +16.
Chelsea Laden (Goaltender) and Emma Woods (Rookie) both picked up an ECAC Hockey monthly award two weeks 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.
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 18 games, Babstock has only committed four penalties for eight minutes, while Darkangelo lasted 11 games before committing her first penalty of the season against Yale.
Laden has been a force all season in the cage as she now has accumulated two scoreless streaks of at least 130 minutes this season. She recently had a streak broken of 130:29 in the first period against Boston College as she lasted from that goal until the penalty shot allowed at the 12:03 mark of the third period against Cornell on Nov. 2. The stalwart goalie also reeled off a stretch earlier this season which lasted 189:09 over the course of four games.
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 five others for the seventh-most power play points this season (eight) and tied with three others for the most power-play goals (five). Woods, meanwhile, sits right behind Babstock with six power play points, good enough for a tied for 19th in the nation.
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through 18 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 for sixth in the nation as everyone trails the leader North Dakota (17 goal scorers) for the most of any team in the country.
The Bobcats as a team have spread the puck around magnificently through their first 18 games as 15 of their 19 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 12 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.
On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 52-20 this season which has played a big role in the Bobcats' entire contingent of skaters, only two of which are below +0 in their +/- rating this season.
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 90 of the 111 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.
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 earlier this season against Colgate as she now leads the team's defenseman in scoring with seven points (one goal, six assists). Her five assists lead the way for all Bobcat defenders and are good for fourth on the team.
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)
|1||Christine Bestland||MERCYHURST||195 (77 G, 118 A)|
|2||Kelly Babstock||QUINNIPIAC||182 (87 G, 95 A)|
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||142 (60 G, 82 A)|
|4||Kourtney Kunichika||RIT||124 (49 G, 75 A)|
|4||Carly Mercer||CLARKSON||124 (44 G, 80 A)|
|6||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||122 (50 G, 72 A)|
|7||Kelly Terry||MINNESOTA||120 (45 G, 75 A)|
|8||Rylee Smith||ST. LAWRENCE||115 (47 G, 68 A)|
|9||Jillian Saulnier||CORNELL||113 (43 G, 70 A)|
|10||Sarah Davis||MINNESOTA||111 (38 G, 73 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 (86) of any active player in Division I.
Most career goals among active Division I women's hockey players
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||60|
|5||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||49|
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.
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.
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