No. 9 Women's Ice Hockey Resumes Conference Play With Home Weekend Series Against Dartmouth and No. 3/5 Harvard

No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats (16-4-6, 7-3-4 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Dartmouth Big Green (7-13-1, 6-8-1 ECAC Hockey)
No. 3/5 Harvard Crimson (16-2-2, 12-2-1 ECAC Hockey)
Friday-Saturday, January 31-February 1, 2014 – 7:00 pm / 4:00 pm
High Point Solutions Arena – Hamden, Conn.

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Crunch Time
The No. 9 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team returns from a two-week break to take on ECAC Hockey foes Dartmouth and No. 3/5 Harvard this weekend from High Point Solutions Arena. This marks the first conference games for the Bobcats in three weeks as they will look to take down two of the hottest teams in the ECAC Hockey heading into the weekend. Both have surged up the conference standings while the Crimson have entered the Top 3 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings for the first time all season. With one victory this weekend, Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley will earn his 100th career win manning the helm of the Bobcats' program.

All-Time Against the Big Green
After failing to land a victory in their first eight all-time meetings, Quinnipiac has enjoyed relative success against Dartmouth with a 5-4 record. Before the 2009-10 season, the Bobcats went 0-6-2 against the Big Green, bringing their all-time record in the series history to 5-10-2 overall. Quinnipiac did pick up a hard fought victory from Thompson Arena earlier this season with a 4-2 victory and will be looking to sweep the season series for just the second time ever and first time since the 2009-10 season.

Scouting Dartmouth
The Big Green have faced a great deal of adversity this season, having to overcome the loss of nine seniors, four of which were among the five highest scoring skaters on the team in 2012-13. With the loss of several key contributors, Dartmouth struggled coming out of the gates as they stood with a record of 2-11 after the first 13 games of the season. Despite the lopsided record, the Big Green did show signs of life with a two-goal loss to Cornell as well as their 3-1 victory at Rensselaer. Upon returning from winter break, Dartmouth has turned their fortunes around with a 5-2-1 record since Dec. 31 with victories over a surging Yale squad, Providence, and a sweep last weekend of Rensselaer and Union. They come into this weekend riding a season-high three game winning streak and their core group of underclassmen are starting to contribute consistently to the team's success. Sophomore Lindsay Allen has been on fire of late with a three-game point streak, during which she has registered six points (four goals, two assists). For the season, Allen comes in with a team-best 18 points and 13 goals in 21 games for the Big Green. She already has a power-play goal to her name from their meeting against the Bobcats earlier this season, showcasing her dynamic ability on the man-advantage where she leads the team and ranks in the Top 10 in the country with five power-play goals and four game-winners. Junior Karlee Odland comes in leading Dartmouth's group of upperclassmen in scoring with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) while another sophomore in Laura Stacey (3-8-11) also comes in with 11 points on the season. Stacey is missed three games back in late November but she has returned to the Dartmouth lineup and comes in with a team-high eight assists. She will certainly be on the Bobcats' radar after she tallied two assists on the two Big Green goals in their meeting earlier this season with Quinnipiac. Manning the helm in goal for Dartmouth this season has been senior Lindsay Holdcroft who comes in with a 2.78 goals against average, .905 save percentage and 7-8-1 record. Quinnipiac has yet to see Holdcroft this season as they faced off against freshman Robyn Chemago in what was her first career start in net and were able to put three goals past her from Thompson Arena.

All-Time Against the Crimson
The Bobcats' struggles from the Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge continued as they fell to Harvard, 4-2, earlier this season from the Crimson's home ice. Quinnipiac now stands 2-14-1 in the all-time series and 0-9 in nine meetings on the road. The Bobcats' lone victories against Harvard have both come at home and both also came back in 2010.

Scouting No. 3/5 Harvard
In a battle pitting two of the top defensive teams in the nation, the upcoming Top 10 showdown between No. 9 Quinnipiac and No. 3/5 Harvard certainly shapes up to be a good one from High Point Solutions Arena. For the past two seasons, defense has certainly been the calling card for the Crimson squad as they enter the weekend with the second-stringiest defense in the nation, allowing just an average of 1.10 goals per game. A great deal of the credit should go to sophomore goalie Emerance Maschmeyer, named to the All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team last season, who has been nothing short of dominate in her second season as the Harvard backstop. Maschmeyer comes in with a 1.30 GAA (6th in NCAA), .956 save percentage (2nd in NCAA), 12-2-2 record and five shutouts in 2013-14. If you think she's the only goalie enjoying an incredible year, think again because freshman Brianna Laing (4-0, 0.25 GAA, .989 SV %) has tallied a shutout in her four starts this season backing up Maschmeyer. The Crimson have allowed more than two goals just twice this season (both victories), while they have shutout their opponents in eight of 20 games so far this season. Goals have certainly been hard to come by for all of Harvard's opponents this year, muck like victories as the Crimson sit in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings. With seven conference games remaining, Harvard controls their own destiny if they wish to host the ECAC Tournament in 2014. Having lost just once since Nov. 1, Harvard has slowly crept up the rankings as they cracked the Top 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with a No. 3 ranking for the first time this season. They enter the weekend riding a four game winning streak and have dominated play with a 14-1-2 record in the last 17 games including a 3-1 win at then-No. 3 ranked Cornell. Harvard's offense features one of the most-balanced attacks the Bobcats will face all season as the Crimson roll out three lines that can score goals in a flurry. Sophomore Miye D'Oench leads the way with 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) as a total of 10 skaters have compiled at least eight points this season. Junior classmates Hillary Crowe (10-7-17) and Samantha Reber (3-14-17) come in with 17 points each while Mary Parker (7-7-14) and defenseman Sarah Edney (5-9-14) each have compiled 14 points. Nine different players have tallied a game-winning goal and 15 players have chipped in a point.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats met up with No. 8 Robert Morris in a Top 10 non-conference showdown from the High Point Solutions Arena in a weekend series that ended without victory for Quinnipiac. Both teams played to a 1-1 tie on Friday in a defensive battle that featured 37 shots-on-goal for the Bobcats but just one poked through Robert Morris goalie Jessica Dodds. Saturday's matchup marked the worst loss for the Bobcats all season as they fell, 5-1, at home to the Colonials. Four second period Robert Morris goals put the game out of reach for Quinnipiac as they suffered their worst margin of defeat all season.

Shining Through
Some of the bright spots for Quinnipiac from this past weekend was the play of sophomore Cydney Roesler and junior Shiann Darkangelo. Roseler stepped up with the Bobcats' lone goal on Friday against Robert Morris and followed with an assist in the only goal for Quinnipiac on Saturday to give her 13 points this season. Darkangelo, meanwhile, picked up assists in the Bobcats' two games that weekend, marking just the second time all season the junior forward picked up an assist in consecutive games.

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 10-2-3 record which is good for the 8th-best home winning percentage (.767) 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 10-2-3 6-2-3
Winning % .767 .682
Goals Scored 45 25
GF/GP 3.00 2.27
Goals Allowed 21 14
GA/GP 1.40 1.27
Scoring Margin +24 +11
Power Play 17.2% (10/58) 14.0% (6/43)
Penalty Kill 82.6% (38/46) 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 for the lead amongst ECAC Hockey skaters.

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 second-highest scoring team in the last five minutes of the third period in the nation. Quinnipiac is second in 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 Dec. 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 seventh 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 31-19-9 (.602) 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 17-6-6 (.690) 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. 9 ranking in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 29 points among the USCHO.com votes and 34 in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their 14th 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 nine 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 11th in the country in points per game (0.69) 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 six assists for 17 points in 14 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 21 saves and allowed just one goal in 65 minutes of action. Laden has now allowed two goals or less in 20 of her 22 appearances this season. After another outstanding start in net her goals against average (1.29) save percentage (.936) and shutouts (six) all still rank in the Top 10 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 35 goals through 26 games this season and have the nation's fifth-ranked scoring defense at 1.35 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team has the nation's top-ranked scoring defense at 1.93 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.

Prestigious Scorer
Kelly Babstock joins Minnesota's Rachael Bona as the only two players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.42, 7th in NCAA), Top 13 goals per game (0.58, T13th in NCAA) and Top 10 assists per game (0.85, T5th in NCAA). She is the nation's fifth-highest leading scorer with 37 points (15-22-37) through 26 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 534 shots in 26 games (20.5 shots allowed per game) which ranks as the second-best in the nation to Clarkson at 19.0.

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 884-534.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 16-4-6 record this season marks their best record 26 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. 3 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the 14th 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 5 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters. Senior Kelly Babstock (347-166, 67.6 %, 2nd in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (158-93, 62.9%, 3rd 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 26 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 26 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 70-35 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 119 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-23

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

Rank

Player

School

Points

1

Christine Bestland

MERCYHURST

210 (84 G, 126 A)

2

Kelly Babstock

QUINNIPIAC

191 (91 G, 100 A)

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

157 (71 G, 86 A)

4

Carly Mercer

CLARKSON

137 (49 G, 88 A)

5

Kelly Terry

MINNESOTA

134 (49 G, 85 A)

6

Michelle Karvinen

NORTH DAKOTA

129 (55 G, 74 A)

7

Kourtney Kunichika

RIT

128 (51 G, 77 A)

8

Jillian Saulnier

CORNELL

125 (47 G, 78 A)

8

Sarah Davis

MINNESOTA

125 (44 G, 81 A)

10

Hannah Brandt

MINNESOTA

123 (47 G, 76 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

84

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

71

4

Kolbee McCrea

RIT

57

5

Michelle Karvinen

NORTH DAKOTA

55


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