No. 8 Bobcats Conclude 2013 Slate with Home Conference Games Against Union and Rensselaer This Weekend
No.8 Quinnipiac Bobcats (12-2-5, 3-2-4 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Union Dutchwomen (5-9, 2-4 ECAC Hockey)/Rensselaer Engineers (6-8-1, 3-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday-Saturday, December 6-7, 2013 – 4:00 pm/4:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.
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Fall semester exams and winter break near for the No. 8 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team but they still have unfinished business to attend to this weekend as they welcome in Union and Rensselaer to High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats are looking to overcome a four game winless draught in ECAC Hockey competition (0-1-3) as they take their 12-2-5 overall mark against the Dutchwomen (5-9, 2-4 ECAC Hockey) and Engineers (6-8-1, 3-3 ECAC Hockey). With these being two of only four conference showdowns for the upcoming weekend across the league, all attention will be square on the Bobcats as they hope to gain some spots on the four teams ahead of them in the ECAC Hockey standings.
All-Time Against the Dutchwomen
In the Bobcats' 23 all-time meetings with Union, they have never lost standing at 19-0-4 in the series history. Quinnipiac's wild run against the Dutchwomen started back on Nov. 17, 2001 with a 7-0 victory and has since taken off as the Bobcats have shutout Union nine times out of 23 chances and scored five or more goals seven times in the series. The Bobcats have been dominant at home with a 12-0-1 record compared to 7-0-3 on the road.
The Dutchwomen have surprised out of the gates this season as they come into the weekend with a 5-9 record and 2-4 mark in ECAC Hockey play. They started the season with a two game winning streak as they scored victories over UConn (W, 3-2) and Providence (W, 5-2) and followed that up with a pair of tough-luck losses to a pair of formidable Hockey East foes in Northeastern (L, 2-1) and in overtime to No. 9 Boston University (L, 3-2). Union shutout Dartmouth, 3-0, for their first conference victory since the 2011-12 season as they went 0-18-4 in conference play last season. With their 2-1 victory over Brown on Nov. 15, the Dutchwomen have scored two conference victories as they head into this weekend's games against the Bobcats and Princeton. Goal scoring has been one of the strengths for this Union squad as four players all come in with at least four goals through 14 games. Courtney Turner and Christine Valente both have identical stat lines of four goals and six assists to share the team lead in points with 10. Sharing the lead for goals for the Dutchwomen are Jessica Kaminsky and Kathryn Tomaselli who each have compiled five tallies this season. Three of Kaminsky's five goals have come off the power play while Maddy Norton has two of the team's five game-winning goals this year. Alex Tancrell-Fontaine leads Union with eight assists which ranks up towards the top of the ECAC Hockey leaderboard amongst defensemen. Starting between the pipes this season has been junior Shenae Lundberg with her 5-9 record, 3.17 GAA and .890 save percentage. The Bobcats will need to keep their eye on the Union power play as they score on 17.7 percent (11-of-62) of their opportunities which ranks 14th best in the country but the Dutchwomen's penalty kill is the nation's worst at 68.6 percent (35-of-51). Quinnipiac will certainly pose a threat to Union as they limit their penalty minutes (6.8 per game, fewest in the country) and have the 10th best power play unit in the country that converts on 18.7 percent of their opportunities.
All-Time Against the Engineers
This series history dates back to the 2003-04 season, with the two sides first starting an annual home-and-away showdown in the 2006-07 season. Rensselaer owns an 11-8-1 all-time record against the Bobcats but Quinnipiac comes into this weekend riding a five game winnings streak. They've defeated Rensselaer by a combined score of 19-5 in their past five meetings including a 4-1 win in their last game from Hamden.
Quietly the Engineers have built up a nice resume this season with a number of impressive victories and close decisions against some of the toughest teams in the country despite their 6-8-1 overall record (3-3 ECAC Hockey). Easily one of the most impressive wins all year came on Nov. 1 where they scored a 2-1 victory over No. 5 Harvard at home. To this date, the Engineers are the only team in the nation to score a victory over the Crimson. Adding to their string of impressive victories was the 3-0 shutout of Robert Morris in their season opener on the road. It represents just one of just two losses on the year for No. 10 Robert Morris as Rensselaer goalie Kelly O'Brien was the standout player with her 25-save shutout effort. Also on the list of impressive results was their 2-2 tie at home against No. 9 Boston University. The Engineers managed to poke home the game-tying goal with less than eight minutes remaining to help lift them to the decision. Overall for the season, Rensselaer has a .500 record against ranked opponents (2-2-1) and certainly pose a threat to the No. 8 Bobcats on Saturday. They come into this weekend riding a season-high three game winning streak with a weekend sweep of St. Cloud State on the road in their most-recent competition. Depth of scoring has been one of this team's strengths as 13 different Engineers have scored this season, led by Taylor Mahoney and Lauren Wash with four apiece. Three different players have at least two power-play goals, six different players have game-winning tallies, and 15 skaters have recorded at least one assist. Jordan Smelker leads Rensselaer with nine points (2-7-9) while Mahoney (4-4-8) and Heidi Huhtamaki (1-7-8) are right behind her for the team lead. O'Brien really has been the team's difference-maker as she comes in with a 1.94 GAA (12th in the country) and .921 save percentage to go along with two shutouts this season. In her five starts against ranked opponents this year, O'Brien has allowed just eight goals in those appearances as she has shown an ability to step up in the biggest games of the season.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats earned their fourth Nutmeg Classic Championship with a 3-2 victory over Yale in the title game on Saturday from High Point Solutions Arena. Kelly Babstock earned tournament MVP honors after her seven point weekend, the most ever for any player in the 10 year history of the Nutmeg Classic. Sydney Rossman was honored as the Top Goaltender for the tournament after allowing just two goals across the two game tournament. Quinnipiac earned their spot in the title game after dominating RIT, 8-0, on Friday with five point games from Babstock and Shiann Darkangelo as well as 25 saves from Rossman leading the way.
Nutmeg Classic Championship
The annual tradition pitting all three Connecticut schools against one another began back in 2004 and with the Bobcats' triumph this weekend they now tied UConn atop the list for most Nutmeg Classic Championships with four. It is also their third title in four years while Kelly Babstock was named Tournament MVP for the second time in her career.
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 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 35 points among the USCHO.com votes and 52 in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their eighth straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record.
Brackett Busts Through
It took her 87 career games played but senior Olivia Brackett broke through on Saturday with her first career goal in the 3-2 win over Yale. The goal came late in the second period with her team trying to erase an early 2-0 deficit. The longest-tenured Bobcat to never have scored picked a crossing pass from Babstock and beat the Yale goalie five-hole much to the delight of the fans and teammates on-ice who mauled her at the far side boards.
Coming out of the Woodwork
Freshman Emma Woods made the most of her move back up to the top line with two points over the weekend to snap a six-game scoreless streak that lasted for the better part of November. Despite the scoring draught, Woods still ranks second on the team with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) while ranking 8th in the country in points per game (0.79) among freshmen skaters.
How's your Weekend?
Kelly Babstock vaulted into the lead for most points among any player in the nation with her seven point outburst this past weekend at the Nutmeg Classic. She went for one goal and six assists including the third career game with at least five points in Friday's 8-0 win over RIT. Babstock earned MVP honors for the second time in her career at the event while scoring the most points of any player in the 10 year history of the two game tournament.
Babstock and Shiann Darkangelo each went for five points in the Bobcats' 8-0 victory over RIT on Friday to make it the first game in the history of the program in which two players totaled five points each in the same game. For Babstock it was the third time in her career registering five points in a single game while the five points for Darkangelo set a new career high.
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 seven 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. She also became the 11th player in the history of the program to tally a hat trick.
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 14 games in which she has registered at least one point has not resulted in a Quinnipiac loss (12-0-2).
Laying 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 22 goals through 19 games this season and have the nation's fourth-ranked scoring defense at 1.16 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.65 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.
Kelly Babstock is one of only six players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.58, 4th in NCAA), Top 20 goals per game (0.58, T14th in NCAA) and Top 10 assists per game (1.00, 4th in NCAA). Babstock joins Cornell's Emily Fulton and Jessica Campbell, Minnesota's Hannah Brandt, Robert Morris' Brittany Howard 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 400 shots in 19 games (21.1 shots allowed per game) which ranks as the fifth-best in the nation.
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 668-400.
Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 12-2-5 record this season marks their best record 19 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 sixth 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 21-5 in that final 20 minutes. After 19 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 19 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 (245-131, 65.2 %, 5th in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (144-79, 64.6 %, 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 184 career points, Babstock is used to supplying the scoring for Quinnipiac as she sits atop the nation's leaderboard with 30 points (11-19-30) this year and is fifth in the ECAC Hockey, first on the Bobcats, with a plus/minus rating of +17.
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 (nine) and tied with three others for the most power-play goals (five). Woods, meanwhile, sits right behind Babstock with seven power play points, good enough for a tie for 18th in the nation.
One of the calling cards for the Bobcats all season has been their depth of scoring and through 19 games the team has not disappointed with 14 different goal scorers to start the season. That total of 14 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 19 games as 16 of their 20 skaters this season have contributed at least one point. Only Minnesota-Duluth (18 individual point scorers) and Wisconsin (17) have combined for more players with at least one point on their team through the start of the season.
For the First Time
Five of the Bobcats' non-freshman have already posted their first career goal during this season after just 19 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. Finally, Olivia Brackett added her name to the list against Yale in the Nutmeg Classic Championship with her first career tally.
On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 55-22 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.
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 91 of the 112 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.
Pressuring from the opening faceoff, the Bobcats finished their 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.
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||184 (87 G, 97 A)|
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||142 (60 G, 82 A)|
|4||Kelly Terry||MINNESOTA||125 (47 G, 78 A)|
|5||Kourtney Kunichika||RIT||124 (49 G, 75 A)|
|5||Carly Mercer||CLARKSON||124 (44 G, 80 A)|
|7||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||122 (50 G, 72 A)|
|8||Rylee Smith||ST. LAWRENCE||115 (47 G, 68 A)|
|8||Jillian Saulnier||CORNELL||115 (44 G, 71 A)|
|8||Sarah Davis||MINNESOTA||115 (40 G, 75 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 (87) 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||50|
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.
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