No. 10 Bobcats Head to RPI and Union This Weekend; Rick Seeley Needs Two Victories to Reach 100 in QU Career
No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-2-5, 6-2-4 ECAC Hockey) @
Rensselaer Engineers (7-11-1, 3-5 ECAC Hockey) / Union Dutchwomen (7-12-1, 2-6 ECAC Hockey)
Friday-Saturday, January 10-11, 2014 – 7:00 pm / 4:00 pm
Houston Field House - Troy, N.Y. (RPI)
Frank L. Messa Rink - Schenectady, N.Y. (Union)
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After defeating Princeton, 3-1, on Tuesday following the month-long winter break, the No. 10 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will finish up their three games in five days stretch this weekend at Rensselaer and Union. These two sides just met a little over a month ago as the Bobcats swept the Engineers and Dutchwomen at home in the last games for Quinnipiac heading into the winter break. Now they hit the road and travel to New York in hopes of continuing to pick up points and maintain their ranking in the ECAC Hockey standings.
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 11-9-1 all-time record against the Bobcats but Quinnipiac comes into this weekend riding a six-game winnings streak. They've defeated Rensselaer by a combined score of 22-6 in their past six meetings including a 3-1 win in their last game playing on Dec. 7, 2013.
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 7-11-1 overall record (3-5 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 three losses on the year for No. 9 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. 8 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 .417 record against ranked opponents (2-3-1) and certainly pose a threat to the No. 10 Bobcats on Friday. They come into this weekend riding following a split at Providence last weekend and will be returning home for their first competition at the Houston Field House since Nov. 16 (six games). Depth of scoring has been one of this team's strengths as 13 different Engineers have scored this season, led by Lauren Wash with seven goals. Three different players have at least two power-play goals, seven different players have game-winning tallies, and 17 skaters have recorded at least one assist. Taylor Mahoney leads Rensselaer with 11 points (6-5-11) while Jordan Smelker (3-8-11) is right behind her for the team lead. O'Brien really has been the team's difference-maker as she comes in with a 2.02 GAA (18th in the country) and .922 save percentage to go along with two shutouts this season. In her six starts against ranked opponents this year, O'Brien has allowed just 11 goals in those appearances as she has shown an ability to step up in the biggest games of the season.
All-Time Against the Dutchwomen
In the Bobcats' 24 all-time meetings with Union, they've never lost standing at 20-0-4 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 24 chances and scored five or more goals seven times in the series. The Bobcats have been dominant at home with a 13-0-1 record compared to 7-0-3 on the road.
One of the most improving teams in all of Division I, the Union College Dutchwomen enter the weekend with a 7-12-1 record and 2-6 mark in ECAC Hockey competition. The Dutchwomen have already matched their win total from last season (7-23-4) and are on pace for their most victories in a single-season since the 2002-03 season when they went 11-14-1. They started the season with a two-game winning streak as they scored victories over UConn and Providence and followed that up with some hard fought losses to Northeastern (L, 2-1) and a heartbreaking overtime loss to No. 8 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. They enter the weekend on a two-game unbeaten streak as they defeated RIT 2-1 on Friday followed by a 1-1 tie against the Tigers on Saturday. Depth of scoring has been a key to their success as five players have tallied at least four goals through 20 games. Certainly an abnormality around the country, Union's leading scorer is a junior defenseman in Alex Tancrell-Fontaine who comes in with 14 points (one goal, 13 assists). Her 13 assists rank closely with the leading defensemen scorers throughout the ECAC Hockey. Kathryn Tomaselli supplies the goal scoring with nine goals to lead the team while four other Dutchwomen all come in with at least 11 points. Starting in net has been junior Shanae Lundberg who comes in with a 7-12 record, 3.08 GAA and .891 save percentage. Quinnipiac needs to have their eyes on the Union power play which has been one of the most-lethal attacks on the man advantage in the entire country. They come in converting 21.4 percent (18-of-84) of their power play opportunities which sits as the fourth-best in Division I, right behind the three top-ranked schools in the nation (Minnesota, Cornell and Wisconsin). One of the Dutchwomen's biggest weaknesses, however, is their penalty kill which ranks as the second-worst in the country at 74.7 percent (56-of-75).
Last Time Out
Coming out of their month-long winter break, the Bobcats faced a tough test in their first competition back against a Princeton team that was just one point behind them in the ECAC Hockey standings. Needing a crucial victory for points and the season series, Quinnipiac delivered with a 3-1 win thanks in large part to Kelly Babstock's seventh career hat trick.
As she has done throughout her four years at Quinnipiac, senior forward Kelly Babstock delivered when her team needed it most as she pumped in two early goals and added an empty netter late to finish with her seventh career hat trick. Babstock scored all three Bobcat goals as the hat trick was her second of the season and 22nd multi-goal game of her career.
Just Two Away
With two wins this weekend, Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley will earn his 100th career victory in five-plus seasons manning the helm of the Bobcats. With 98 victories already to his name at Quinnipiac he also needs just five more wins to reach 250 career victories as a head coach in 14 seasons.
Kelly Babstock played the part of distributor for Bobcats in the last meeting against Union and RPI as she totaled four points, three of which were assists, with the third helper bringing her up to 100 career assists for the Quinnipiac senior forward. With 191 career points, just nine away from 200, Babstock joins Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland as the only two active players in the nation who make up the 100 career assist club.
She's Got a Nose for the Net
Joining Babstock in her illustrious weekend was junior Shiann Darkangelo who also posted four points as she totaled three goals and one assist in the weekend series against Union and Rensselaer. Darkangelo transferred to Quinnipiac from Syracuse with a reputation as a goal scorer and has not disappointed as she currently is second on the team and ranks fifth in the nation with 14 tallies to her name.
Putting it all Together
Over the past four seasons, the Bobcats have been known to pick up their play in the second half of their schedule but there might be a changing of the guard in 2013-14. Before this season, the Bobcats are 45-26-9 (.594 winning percentage) since the 09-10 season in the first half of the schedule compared to 29-17-8 (.611) in the second half. But through the first half of this current season, the Bobcats went 14-2-5 (.786) and hope to continue their second half success to round out their most successful season in program history.
First Half vs. Second Half Success
Since the 2009-10 season, Quinnipiac is 59-28-14 (.653 winning percentage) throughout the first half of their schedule compared to 30-17-8 (.618) in the second half. The biggest advantage for Quinnipiac comes at home wherein the Bobcats are 31-13-7 (.676) at home in the first half and 17-5-5 (.722) in the second half from the High Point Solutions Arena.
Nutmeg Classic Championship
The annual tradition pitting all three Connecticut schools against one another began back in 2004 and with the Bobcats' triumph this season 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. 10 ranking in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 23 points among the USCHO.com votes and 31 in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their 11th 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 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 received 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 has made the most of her move back up to the top line with five points over the last five games to snap a six-game scoreless streak that lasted for the better part of November. Despite the scoring draught, Woods still ranks third on the team with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) while ranking 7th in the country in points per game (0.82) 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 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 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 nine goals and four assists for 13 points in 10 games since the move-up. Darkangelo picked up her second career hat trick against RIT and fourth multi-goal game of the season against Union for Quinnipiac which 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 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 season when she tallied four assists on Oct. 27, 2012 against Dartmouth.
Ross the Boss
Rookie goalie Sydney Rossman was in complete control 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 the 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 is one of only team teams 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. Robert Morris (Jessica Dodds, Courtney Vinet) is the only other team to hold that distinction.
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 17 games in which she has registered at least one point has not resulted in a Quinnipiac loss (15-0-2).
Laying Down the Law
The sensational ride for junior goalie Chelsea Laden continued in the Bobcats' last glimpse of action as she made 25 saves and allowed just one goal in nearly 60 minutes of action. Laden has now allowed one goal or less in 16 of her 20 appearances this season. After another outstanding start in net her goals against average (1.10), save percentage (.946) and shutouts (five) all still rank in the Top 3 among the entire crop of goaltenders in the nation.
With the Bobcats' 1-1 tie at Princeton, the Bobcats finished with their fifth draw 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.
After recording their sixth shutout of the season against RIT, the Bobcats have allowed just 26 goals through 22 games this season and have the nation's fourth-ranked scoring defense at 1.18 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.84 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.
Kelly Babstock is the only player in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.68, 2nd in NCAA), Top 10 goals per game (0.68, 6th in NCAA) and Top 10 assists per game (1.00, 4th in NCAA). She is the nation's leading scorer with 37 points (15-22-37) through 22 games.
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 462 shots in 22 games (21.0 shots allowed per game) which ranks as the second-best in the nation to Clarkson at 19.3.
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 and only time all season against Clarkson (26-23). Despite disruption in the streak, the Bobcats currently lead their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 763-462.
Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 15-2-5 record this season marks their best record 22 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. 7 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the 11th consecutive week and first time ever. They join Minnesota and Boston College 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.
Domination from the Dot
Quinnipiac stands as the only teams in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 5 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Senior Kelly Babstock (279-141, 66.4 %, 2nd in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (145-81, 64.2%, 5th in NCAA) are both key contributors to the Bobcats' domination this season from the faceoff circle.
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 22 games, Babstock has only committed seven penalties for 14 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.
The Bobcats as a team have spread the puck around magnificently through their first 22 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 21 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 65-26 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 94 of the 115 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||203 (83 G, 122 A)|
|2||Kelly Babstock||QUINNIPIAC||191(91 G, 100 A)|
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||145 (63 G, 82 A)|
|4||Carly Mercer||CLARKSON||129 (46 G, 77 A)|
|5||Kelly Terry||MINNESOTA||128 (47 G, 81 A)|
|6||Kourtney Kunichika||RIT||126 (49 G, 77 A)|
|7||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||124 (51 G, 73 A)|
|8||Sarah Davis||MINNESOTA||120 (42 G, 78 A)|
|9||Jillian Saulnier||CORNELL||119 (45 G, 74 A)|
|10||Rylee Smith||ST. LAWRENCE||116 (47 G, 69 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 (91) of any active player in Division I.
Most career goals among active Division I women's hockey players
|3||Jamie Lee Rattray||CLARKSON||63|
|5||Michelle Karvinen||NORTH DAKOTA||51|
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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