Kelly Babstock Featured in Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Watch List
HAMDEN, Conn. – The success of Quinnipiac's senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) is beginning to makes waves as she was recently featured in an article highlighting her candidacy for the Patty Kazmaier Award given to the top player in Division I women's college hockey. In an article written by USAHockey.com writer Doug Williams, the story touches on Babstock's impact on the program since her freshmen season, her amazing scoring ability and also discussed her journey to Quinnipiac as well as some goals she still has left to accomplish. Babstock received her first career Patty Kazmaier nomination last season and is well on her way to earning another selection in yet another illustrious season for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program.
Babstock leads the Bobcats in points (43), assists (26) and is second on the team in goals scored (17) to only Shainn Darkangelo. Her play has been absolutely vital to the team's success as every game in which she has scored at least one point, her team is undefeated with a 17-0-5 record. She has either scored or assisted on 50 percent of the Bobcats' goals this season (43-for-86), the highest percentage among all Division I skaters. Babstock has also registered two hat tricks this season to give her seven for her illustrious career.
One of the most dominant centers across the country, Babstock has the best faceoff percentage (67.3) of any player in the nation. She also has a nose for the goal, ranking sixth in the country in terms of shots-on-goal (162) and owns the Bobcats' best plus/minus this season at +28.
With her 43 points in 32 games this season, Babstock needs just three more points to become the first woman and just the third player in Quinnipiac history (male or female) to reach 200 career points. As durable as they come, Babstock has never missed a game in her Quinnipiac career and owns at least a share of every major single-game, single-season and career scoring record in the history of the program.
Babstock joins a group of players including Wisconsin senior goalie Alex Rigsby, Clarkson senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray, Minnesota sophomore forward Hannah Brandt, Robert Morris freshman forward Brittany Howard and Mercyhurst senior forward Christine Bestland who've all been featured in the Patty Kazmaier Watch List.
Babstock and the No. 9/10 Bobcats will close out their regular season this weekend on the road against No. 3 Cornell and Colgate.
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