No. 10 Women's Ice Hockey's Non-Conference Slate Ends With Top 10 Matchup Against No. 8 Robert Morris This Weekend

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats (16-3-5, 7-3-4 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 8 Robert Morris Colonials (18-3-1, 8-1-1 CHA)
Friday-Saturday, January 17-18, 2014 – 4:00 pm / 2:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.

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As Big As It Gets Out-Of-Conference
After salvaging a split in last weekend's road series against Rensselaer and Union, the No. 10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team will now take on their biggest non-conference series of the season as they welcome in the No. 8 Robert Morris Colonials to High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats picked up their 16th win of the season in a 1-0 victory over Union on Saturday but now are set to face a completely different animal in Robert Morris, who has the second-most victories (18) of any team in the country. With both squads looking to improve their positioning in the PairWise rankings, these two contests will be crucial for either team looking to gain some potential at-large consideration. This series could also be a memorable one for head coach Rick Seeley as one more victory will give him 100 in his Quinnipiac career.

All-Time Against the Colonials
These two sides first met back in 2006 and the Bobcats have gone a perfect 8-0 in their eight all-time meetings in the series history. Despite the lopsided win-loss record, make no mistake these two sides have locked themselves in some great battles through the years. Of the eight Quinnipiac victories, six of them have been by only one goal and the other two have been two-goal victories. These two haven't met in Hamden since 2008 but did face off last season where Quinnipiac swept the weekend series at Robert Morris with a 2-1 and 3-2 victories.

Scouting Robert Morris
Picked to finish third in the CHA Preseason Poll, Robert Morris (18-3-1, 8-1-1 CHA) has been one of the biggest surprises in 2013-14 as they trail only No. 1 Minnesota in total victories (18) and come into the weekend riding a nation-best 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1) in addition to another nation-best seven-game winning streak. After nearly a month off for winter break, the Colonials picked up right where they left off with a weekend sweep of St. Lawrence (4-2, 3-0) at home to continue their winning streak. Robert Morris was off last weekend but in their final non-conference tune up they're sure to be fired up in their first ever Top 10 matchup in which they are a ranked team themselves. The Colonials have taken down several quality opponents including Boston University (3-0), sweeping Vermont (4-3, 6-4), Mercyhurst (3-2), Syracuse (2-1), Ohio State (2-1) and most recently against St. Lawrence. They have enjoyed the comforts of home ice as 15 of their 22 games played this season have been from 84 Lumber Arena but the Colonials haven't been fazed when asked to travel as they head into the weekend with an undefeated record (6-0-1) away from home ice. Robert Morris will not only be playing for PairWise points but a little bit of history would be had as one win would tie the program's single-season record for victories and would also move head coach Paul Colontino into the top spot for career wins at Robert Morris. Headlining this group of talented skaters is their freshman forward Brittany Howard (12-19-31) who comes in as the nation's leading freshman scorer. Howard comes in red hot as she's riding a seven-game scoring streak including a four-goal effort in a 4-2 victory over Maine on Nov. 29. Howard has plenty of support in the form of junior Rebecca Vint (11-10-21) who has scored a ton in her time as a Colonial, racking up 98 career points (49 goals, 49 assists) in 84 games played. Their senior leader Thea Imbrogno (8-11-19) has also proven herself to be a terrific scorer throughout her career as she is up to 107 career points (47-60-107) while her classmate Kristen Richards (6-13-19) has matched her 19 point output through 22 games this season. Backing up their steady stream of high-scoring forwards is their other freshman sensation in goalie Jessica Dodds who is undefeated (15-0-1) in her 16 appearances this season. Dodds has been steadying presence in net with a 1.43 GAA, .938 save percentage and four shutouts. These two ranked foes are early similar as they have compiled nearly identical numbers across the board in terms of offense as Robert Morris (2.91 GPG, 10th in NCAA) and Quinnipiac (2.83 GPG, 11th in NCAA) are both above average while their defense both stands among the nation's Top 10. The biggest difference lies in the special teams play as Robert Morris (11.1) commits far more penalties per game than Quinnipiac (6.4) while the Colonials' power play (12.7%) ranks 23rd-best compared to the Bobcats' (18.4%) which is the 8th-best in Division I.   

Last Time Out
The Bobcats took a trip up to N.Y. where Rensselaer and Union awaited the Bobcats. Play kicked off with a Friday night showdown with the Engineers that ended in a disappointing 3-2 loss that snapped Quinnipiac's five-game win streak. Rensselaer picked up three straight goals in just over five minutes in the second period that proved just enough as Shiann Darkangelo's two third period goals made it competitive down the stretch but couldn't overcome the three-goal deficit. Looking for redemption on Saturday, it proved difficult to grasp as Quinnipiac and Union were locked in a scoreless draw for over 55 minutes of action. The Bobcats outshot the Dutchwomen by a wide margin throughout and finally broke through with a goal from Amanda Colin that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 ECAC Hockey win.

Once is a Coincidence…Twice is a Pattern
Flashback to the Bobcats' 2-1 victory over New Hampshire on Nov. 16th and you'll see that Quinnipiac didn't allow a single shot-on-goal for the Wildcats through the entire third period. Now fast forward to last Saturday's victory over Union and once again Quinnipiac didn't allow the Dutchwomen to record a shot-on-goal throughout the final 20 frame for the second time this season.

Representing Her Country
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association has announced the 21 players who will compete in the Olympics women's ice hockey tournament in Sochi 2014 and among the chosen few is Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden). This will be Uden Johansson's second appearance as a member of Team Sweden in the Olympics as she also competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Uden Johansson has a wealth of international experience playing for Sweden as she has competed in two International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championships (2009, 2012) as well as her appearance in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She will now spend the remaining weeks before the Olympics training with the national team before they depart for Sochi and play in their first game just two days after The Opening Ceremony held on Friday, Feb. 7.

Home Cooking
Quinnipiac returns to the High Point Solutions Arena, site of the 2014 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, where they have been a dominant team with a 10-1-2 record which is good for the 5th-best home winning percentage (.846) in Division I. Their numbers across the board, especially on the offensive end, have benefitted greatly from the comforts of home ice.

  Home Road
Record 10-1-2 6-2-3
Winning % .846 .682
Goals Scored 43 25
GF/GP 3.31 2.27
Goals Allowed 15 14
GA/GP 1.15 1.27
Scoring Margin +28 +11
Power Play 22.7% (10/44) 14.0% (6/43)
Penalty Kill 87.0% (40/46) 89.5% (34/38)


Pilling it On
Quinnipiac's leading goal scorer this season continues to pile it on as Shiann Darkangelo added her team-leading fifth multi-goal game in the 3-2 loss to Rensselaer. Darkangelo now has 16 goals in 2013-14 which trails Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray and Boston University's Sarah Lefort for the lead in the nation by just one tally.

Just One Away
With one win this weekend Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley will earn his 100th career victory in five-plus seasons manning the helm of the Bobcats. With 99 victories already to his name at Quinnipiac he also needs just four more wins to reach 250 career victories as a head coach in 14 seasons.  

Seventh Heaven
Quinnipiac posted their seventh shutout of the season on the backs of Chelsea Laden's 11-save effort on the road against Union. With Laden (six) and Sydney Rossman's (one)  total of seven shutouts, it puts Quinnipiac alone in second place behind Clarkson (nine) for the most in the nation.

Clutch Gene
Amanda Colin's late-game game-winning goal against Union is truly representative of the Bobcats' game-by-game approach to this season as they rank as the highest scoring team in the last five minutes of the third period in the nation. Quinnipiac leads the country in goals (18), assists (29), points (47) and game-winning goals (4) with five minutes or less remaining in the third period this season.

Exclusive Company
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
Darkangelo posted another strong weekend as she went for two goals 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 first on the team and ranks tied for third in the nation with 16 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 31-18-8 (.614) in the second half. The biggest discrepancy 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.

Best in the Nutmeg State
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.

High Risers
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 14 points among the USCHO.com votes and 19 in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their 12th 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 seven 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 10th in the country in points per game (0.75) 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.

Double Dip
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 11 goals and four assists for 15 points in 12 games since the move-up. Darkangelo picked up her second career hat trick against RIT and fifth multi-goal game of the season against Union 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.

Shutout City
With Sydney Rossman's shutout effort in net against RIT at the Nutmeg Classic, Quinnipiac is one of only a few teams in the country to have two goaltenders notch a shutout this season. Chelsea Laden is second in the nation with six while Rossman adds her name to the list to put the Bobcats in select company. Robert Morris, Harvard, Cornell, Mercyhurst, Wisconsin and Vermont join Quinnipiac as one of seven teams to have accomplished the feat.

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).

Crazy Eight
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 11 saves and didn't allow a goal in 60 minutes of action. Laden has now allowed two goals or less in 19 of her 21 appearances this season. After another outstanding start in net her goals against average (1.16), save percentage (.942) and shutouts (six) all still rank in the Top 5 among the entire crop of goaltenders in the nation.

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.

Nation's Best
After recording their sixth shutout of the season against RIT, the Bobcats have allowed just 29 goals through 24 games this season and have the nation's fourth-ranked scoring defense at 1.21 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.80 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.

Prestigious Scorer
Kelly Babstock is the only player in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.54, 5th in NCAA), Top 10 goals per game (0.62, 10th in NCAA) and Top 10 assists per game (0.92, 6th in NCAA). She is the nation's leading scorer with 37 points (15-22-37) through 24 games.

Defense Prevails
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 489 shots in 24 games (20.4 shots allowed per game) which ranks as the second-best in the nation to Clarkson at 19.1.

Shooting Spree
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 820-489.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 16-3-5 record this season marks their best record 24 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 12th 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 team in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 10 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Senior Kelly Babstock (309-155, 66.6 %, 2nd in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (153-90, 63.0%, 6th in NCAA) are both key contributors to the Bobcats' domination this season from the faceoff circle.

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 24 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.

Scoreless Streaks
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.

Points Anyone?
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 68-29 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.

Points Galore
Since her first game freshman year, not counting exhibitions, Kelly Babstock has recorded at least one point in 94 of the 117 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 17-of-21

Shooting Spree
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.

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

207 (83 G, 124 A)

2

Kelly Babstock

QUINNIPIAC

191 (91 G, 100 A)

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

148 (65 G, 83 A)

4

Carly Mercer

CLARKSON

132 (46 G, 86 A)

5

Kelly Terry

MINNESOTA

131 (47 G, 84 A)

6

Kourtney Kunichika

RIT

127 (50 G, 77 A)

6

Michelle Karvinen

NORTH DAKOTA

127 (53 G, 74 A)

8

Jillian Saulnier

CORNELL

124 (47 G, 77 A)

8

Sarah Davis

MINNESOTA

124 (42 G, 78 A)

10

Hannah Brandt

MINNESOTA

118 (46 G, 72 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

Rank

Player

School

Goals

1

Kelly Babstock

QU

91

2

Christine Bestland

MERCYHURST

83

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

65

4

Kolbee McCrea

RIT

55

5

Michelle Karvinen

NORTH DAKOTA

53


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.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu