No. 9/10 Women's Ice Hockey Closes Out Regular Season at No. 3 Cornell and Colgate

No. 9/10 Quinnipiac Bobcats (18-5-9, 9-4-7 ECAC Hockey) @
No. 3 Cornell Big Red (20-3-4, 15-2-3 ECAC Hockey)/Colgate Raiders (9-21-2, 6-14-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday-Saturday, February 21-22, 2014 – 7:00 pm / 4:00 pm
Lynah Rink, Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell)
Starr Arena, Hamilton, N.Y. (Colgate)

Controlling Your Own Destiny
With just two games remaining, the No. 9/10 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team has the power to control their own destiny this weekend as three points or better would guarantee them the No. 4 seed and home ice in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. In order to get three or four points, the Bobcats will need to do something they haven't done since early November and that's come away with an undefeated weekend on the road. The good news for the Bobcats is they've already had great success against their respective opponents this season as they shutout Colgate back on Nov. 1, 6-0, and controlled play against the then-No. 3 ranked Cornell with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. With the Bobcats guaranteed at least the No. 5 seed, every point will be crucial in them trying to get back to the High Point Solutions Arena where they have already finished with their best home record in program history (12-2-5).

All-Time Against the Big Red
Always one of the most vaunted powers in ECAC Hockey as the title winner in three of the past four seasons, Cornell has long been a thorn in the Bobcats' side as Quinnipiac is only 4-11-6 in their all-time series history. The Big Red have dispatched the Bobcats in two of their four all-time postseason appearances and reeled off a 14-game unbeaten streak (10-0-4) playing Quinnipiac until their last meeting on Feb. 8. Playing the then-No. 4 ranked Big Red, the Bobcats stunned Cornell with a 4-1 victory, their first ever at home over the Big Red. It also tied a program record for the highest ranked opponent the Bobcats have ever defeated as the huge victory catapulted a late-season run that earned Quinnipiac the No. 4 seed in the 2013 ECAC Hockey Tournament. The Bobcats are 3-6-2 all-time playing from Lynah Rink in the series history and will look to carry the thrilling result from last season into their matchup on Friday.

Scouting No. 3 Cornell
Winners of three of the past four ECAC Hockey Tournaments, the Big Red machine turns out consistent top-level talent that has landed them as a fixture in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Doug Derraugh has spearheaded the team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2010-13) as well as three Frozen Four trips (2010-12) and four consecutive ECAC Hockey regular season titles (2010-13). Cornell is coming off a 27-6-1 season in 2012-13 that included a trip to the NCAA Tournament but the No. 2 seeded Big Red were upset in the first round at home against the No. 7 seed Mercyhurst, 4-3 in overtime. The end to 2012-13 marked new beginnings for the Big Red as they vacate the loss of cornerstone defenders Lauriane Rougeau and Laura Fortino as well as the departure of superstar senior forward Brianne Jenner to Team Canada in lieu of the Olympic year. Picked to finish second in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll, Cornell enters the weekend in control of their own destiny as two wins would guarantee them the No. 1 seed and home ice throughout the ECAC Hockey playoffs. The Big Red enter the weekend as the highest ranked team in the ECAC Hockey at No. 3 in the nation while they own one of the greatest home ice advantages in the country as the Big Red faithful pack Lynah Rink every weekend with the highest average attendance (907) in the entire ECAC Hockey/Northeast Region. Cornell's lethal offensive attack is the third-highest scoring unit in the country at 3.70 goals per game while their defense has been a little shakier at 2.04 goals allowed per game (10th in NCAA). They also own the most efficient power play in the conference (3rd in NCAA) as the Big Red are firing at 24.2 percent (30-for-124) on the season while their penalty kill ranks 5th in the nation at 90.9 percent (120-for-132). Cornell joins Minnesota and Wisconsin as the only three teams in the country to rank in the Top 5 of both power play and penalty kill. Junior Jillian Saulnier is the third-highest scorer in the ECAC Hockey with 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) and ranks fifth in the country at 1.56 points per game. Cornell features another Top 10 scorer in the country in junior Emily Fulton (16-21-37) who comes in ranked eighth at 1.37 points per game. Saulnier and Fulton rank as the third-highest scoring duo in the nation (2.92 pts per game) behind only Minnesota's Hannah Brandt and Rachael Bona (3.20 points per game) and Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray and Erin Ambrose (2.97 points per game). Senior Jessica Campbell is no joke either as she comes in with the 21st-best points per game average in the country (1.08) with 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) on the season. Also supporting the high-powered Cornell top line is a pair of underclassmen in sophomore Taylor Woods (8-11-19) and freshman Hanna Bunton (7-11-18). Perhaps the greatest strength of this Big Red team, even more so than the offense, is their three main D-core who all rank in the Top 10 for scoring defensemen in the nation. The unit is led by sophomore Cassandra Poudrier (7-16-23) and is followed by the senior leaders of this Cornell squad Alyssa Gagliardi (8-14-22) and Hayleigh Cudmore (7-15-22). They're the only team in the country to have three defenders in the Top 10 in terms of points per game among defenders. At the net will either be senior Lauren Slebodnick (15-1-3, 2.23 GAA, .911 SV %) or freshman Paula Voorheis (5-2-1, 1.53 GAA, .941 SV %) who both come in ranked amongst the top goalies in the nation in all three respective categories.

All-Time Against the Raiders
Despite owning a losing record all-time against Colgate at 8-14-3, the Bobcats are riding a six-game winning streak against the Raiders. Quinnipiac and Colgate played 13 times before the Bobcats finally picked up their first victory over the Raiders on Nov. 7, 2008. Since that game, Quinnipiac has dominated the Raiders to the tone of an 8-2-1 record in their last 11 meetings. They also will be looking to push themselves past the .500 mark on the road against Colgate as they enter 5-5-1 from Starr Arena in the series history.

Scouting Colgate
The Raiders come into the final regular season weekend of the season with everything to play for as they currently sit with a 9-21-2 record overall and 6-14 mark in ECAC Hockey competition. With two games remaining, Colgate sits with 12 points, just two behind the current No. 8 seed Rensselaer for the final playoff spot. The Raiders need at least two points this weekend to have a chance of coming away with a playoff berth but two wins would put them in a good spot depending on what Rensselaer and No. 9 Dartmouth put up for points this weekend. Despite their less than stellar record, Colgate has played their best hockey of the season in the last three weeks, winning four of their last six games. The Raiders started the hot stretch with an overtime win over Brown, followed by a 2-1 win over Yale before they put a scare in the ECAC Hockey first place Cornell. The first game of a weekend home-and-home series ended in a 4-3 overtime loss to Cornell from Lynah and then followed by a 3-1 loss at home to the Big Red. Just last weekend, Colgate picked up a big weekend road sweep of Rensselaer and Union to give them a chance for a playoff berth in the last weekend of the regular season. Colgate's offense is very much a balanced attack with Miriam Drubel leading the way with 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) but she is one of eight Raiders who've scored at least 12 points this season. Taylor Volpe leads the team with 11 goals to go along with seven assists for 18 points while defenseman Nicole Gass has compiled a team-leading 15 assists on the year. Jocelyn Simpson (6-8-14), Taylor Craig (5-8-13), Melissa Kueber (7-5-12), Rachel Walsh (5-7-12), and Megan Wickens (4-8-12) all come in with more than respectable offensive numbers. Sophomore goalie Ashlynee Rando (5-9-1, 2.87 GAA, .896 SV %) expects to get the start in what will be the home finale for the Raiders from Starr Arena in the 2013-14 season on Saturday. One of the best strengths for this Colgate squad is their penalty kill as the come in with the 7th-best penalty killing unit in the nation coming in at 86.9 percent (119-for-137).

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac managed three points out of their final regular season home weekend series of the 2013-14 but it very nearly became just a two-point weekend if not for the late game-tying goal from Kelly Babstock in a 3-3 tie against Yale on Friday. The Bobcats built up a 2-0 lead halfway through the second period but allowed three unanswered goals for the Bulldogs that had them trailing 3-2 with less than four minutes remaining. With her team in dire need of a tally, Babstock did what she's done her entire career and came through in the clutch with a game-tying goal with only 1:05 remaining in the third period. Senior Day Saturday was a much different story for Quinnipiac as they shutout Brown, 5-0, in a game that had four of the five senior skaters for the Bobcats register at least one point and goalie Ashley Winslow make her first career appearance.

Playoff Scenarios (QU will gain the No. 4 seed if…)
The Bobcats control their own destiny as three points or more would guarantee them the No. 4 seed and home ice in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. If Quinnipiac were to come away with two points or one, they would need a St. Lawrence loss in one of their two remaining home games against Union and Rensselaer. Quinnipiac would need the Saints to come away with one point or fewer if they were to come away with no points this weekend.

Who're We Playing?
Quinnipiac is guaranteed no worse than the No. 5 seed as they own a tiebreaker over Princeton who sits four points behind the Bobcats in the standings heading into the weekend. The Tigers need at least two points this weekend to give them a chance at the No. 5 seed but accumulating four points would force the Saints into having to come away with one victory to force a tie with 25 points each. All the Saints need to guarantee at least the No. 5 seed is three points this weekend.   

Home Cooking
The Bobcats' 5-0 victory over Brown helped close out their 2013-14 regular season with their best home record (12-2-5) in program history. They have now compiled the most home victories (12) and best home winning percentage (.763) in any single-season in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history.

Ties, Ties and More Ties
Quinnipiac's 3-3 tie against Yale on Friday was their nation-leading ninth of the season and also established a new single-season program record for ties as they bested their previous single-season best of eight ties from the 2009-10 season (19-10-8 overall record).

Senior's Time to Shine
There couldn't have been a better way to commemorate the six members of the Bobcats' senior class than their performance in a 5-0 victory over Brown on Senior Day Saturday. This group of six seniors has led the Bobcats to 79 victories and four straight ECAC Hockey Tournament appearances and finished with one last great performance at home in their regular season home finale. Four of the five Bobcat senior skaters registered at least one point starting with Kelly Babstock (1-1-2) and Amanda Colin (0-2-2) as well as Shelby Wignall (0-1-1) and Olivia Brackett (0-1-1). Elena Orlando (one blocked shot) also found her name in the score sheet in a perfect sendoff on Senior Day.

One Shining Moment
One of the most memorable three minutes of Quinnipiac's season so far came last Saturday against Brown as senior goalie Ashley Winslow lifted off the bench and made her first career appearance, much to the delight of the season-high crowd of 977 from High Point Solutions Arena. Winslow even picked up one save in her much-deserved 3:28 of action.

Scoring Spree
In all, 10 different Bobcat skaters registered points in the team's 5-0 victory over Brown with junior Morgan Fritz-Ward picking up her second career multi-goal game with two tallies. The Bobcat offense broke out with five goals which ties for their third-most goals scored in a game all season while it was their most scored in a game since Nov. 29, 2013 in a 8-0 victory over RIT (13 games ago).

Kelly Babstock Career Highlights
The most dynamic, high-scoring, productive player the program has ever seen, this next senior's four-year stay at Quinnipiac won't soon be forgotten. Not only has she become the first and only 100-point scorer in program history, but she is just three points away from become just the third player (male or female) in Quinnipiac's history to reach 200 points. A former ECAC Hockey Rookie and Player of the Year, who hasn't missed a game in her four-year career, this senior has helped turned the program into a consistent winner.

Career Totals: 142 Games, 93 Goals, 104 Assists, 197 Points

Olivia Brackett Career Highlights
Brackett certainly is a fan favorite and one of the vocal leaders for the Bobcats. Her intensity is unquestioned and her combination of energy, speed and effort help distinguish her contributions the past four seasons. The senior has played in 101 career games and perhaps landed the Bobcats' individual highlight of the year on Nov. 30 when she was mobbed by her teammates after scoring her first career goal.

Career Totals: 101 Games, 1 Goal, 6 Assists, 6 Points

Amanda Colin Career Highlights
Colin will leave Quinnipiac as one of their strongest all-around student-athletes in program history. She has played in 142 consecutive games for Quinnipiac, scoring 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 career points. Earlier this season, the Bobcats' senior captain also became the first Quinnipiac player to ever receive a nomination for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen. A double major in accounting and computer information services, she has truly excelled both on and off the ice in her four years at Quinnipiac.

Career Totals: 142 games, 23 Goals, 31 Assists, 54 Points

Elena Orlando Career Highlights
Next up is a player who also exhibits the traits that embodies what it means to be a true student-athlete. She has successfully balanced her time on the ice, wherein she has played in 77 career games with three goals and eight assists to her name, with the numerous responsibilities off the playing surface. She has managed to fulfill all the necessary clinical assignments that come with being a nursing major as well as starring for the women's rugby team in the fall season the last two years.

Career Totals: 77 Games, 3 Goals, 8 Assists, 11 Points

Shelby Wignall Career Highlights
Our next senior has been as steady and consistent of a defender that the program has ever seen. She has played an integral role in the team's success since first landing with the Bobcats and has stepped into a senior leadership position as the only upperclassmen defenseman on the team. Having played in 140 career games, this senior assistant captain consistency and leadership will surely be missed in the years to come. 

Career Totals: 140 Games, 4 Goals, 15 Assists, 19 Points

Ashley Winslow Career Highlights
Our last senior has shown true and unquestioned dedication to the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program over the last four years. This player is another fan favorite and has shown an appreciation and commitment to the team in addition to all their work throughout the surrounding community. Another dedicated student-athlete who plans to enter law school next year, her energy and time spent has given her teammates someone to look up to in her four years with the team.

Career Totals: 1 Game, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV %

Shot Blockers
The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team accomplished a feat few opponents have ever met playing against Clarkson. The Bobcats held the nation's second-highest scoring offense to just 14 shots-on-goal through three periods of action during Friday night's 3-3 tie. That shot total of just 14 is the fewest Clarkson had managed through three periods in a game since March 8, 2008 in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals at Harvard (13 shots-on-goal) and the fewest the Golden Knights had registered at home Feb. 4, 2006 against Princeton (13 shots-on-goal). In summation, the Bobcats managed to hold Clarkson to their fewest shots-on-goal at home in 299 games.

Coling All Angels
Senior captain Amanda Colin sparked the Bobcats on Friday against then-No. 3 ranked Clarkson as she notched a career-high three points (one goal, two assists) in the 3-3 tie. Colin either scored or assisted on all three Quinnipiac goals and also tied for the second-most points scored by an opposing player against the Golden Knights all season. The three goals for Quinnipiac also represented the most goals allowed by Clarkson in a game from Cheel Arena all season.

Turning Things Around
Quinnipiac freshman Meghan Turner picked up her third multi-point game of the season with one goal and one assist against Clarkson. Turner's goal helped snap a 10-game scoreless streak as she collected her first tally since Nov. 29 against RIT. Turner's multi-point effort against the nation's second-stingiest defense coming into the weekend in Clarkson helped her earn her second ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week award of the season.

Keep Reeling Them In
With Meghan Turner's second ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honor this season, her two weekly awards combine with Emma Woods' three Rookie of the Week honors to give Quinnipiac a total of five for the 2013-14 season. The Bobcats' five weekly award victories this season is more than any other team in the ECAC Hockey as Turner's award pushed them past Yale who has compiled a total of four this season.

Comeback Kids
The Bobcats' 3-3 come-from-behind tie against Clarkson represented the eight out of 13 times this season they've overcome an opponent scoring the first goal of the game. It was also the first time this season in which they've come back from a two-goal deficit in the second period or later as they've overcome a one-goal deficit on three other occasions in 2013-14.

Undefeated Streaks
Through 32 games this season, the Bobcats have made a living out of scoring first, entering the weekend with a 12-0-5 record when scoring the game's first goal. Their success in the early periods as also paid dividends late in the game as the Bobcats are 13-0-4 this season when holding a lead entering the third period.

Milestone Marker
Quinnipiac's 3-1 victory over Dartmouth was the Bobcats' 17th of the season and 100th in five-plus seasons for head coach Rick Seeley. He became the first head coach in program history to reach the 100-win milestone and is now only three victories away from notching his 250th career win.

Tied at the Top
Quinnipiac tied their third Top 5 team and fourth in the Top 10 when they played the No. 3 ranked Clarkson to a 3-3 tie on Friday. The Bobcats' nine ties this season rank first among all teams in the nation while their four ties against ranked opponents also represent the most of any team in the country.

Representing Her Country
Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson has appeared in all five games for Team Sweden through the medal round in 2014 Sochi Olympics. Making her second appearance for her native Sweden, Uden Johansson made quite an impact in the Swedes' first game of Group B action as she tallied a game-high four shots-on-goal in just over nine minutes of ice time. She has since gone on to help Sweden upset Finland, 4-2, in the Quarterfinals before losing to the United States, 6-1, in the Semifinals as they will now take on Switzerland for the chance to win bronze. Uden Johansson saw a tournament-high 14:27 of ice time on Monday against Team USA and was one of just seven players to register a shot-on-goal for Sweden.  

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 12-2-5 record which is good for the 8th-best home winning percentage (.763) 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 12-2-5 6-3-4
Winning % .763 .615
Goals Scored 58 28
GF/GP 3.05 2.15
Goals Allowed 27 20
GA/GP 1.42 1.54
Scoring Margin +31 +8
Power Play 14.9% (10/67) 12.2% (6/49)
Penalty Kill 83.3% (45/54) 86.3% (38/44)


Pilling it On
Quinnipiac's leading goal scorer this season continues to pile it on as Shiann Darkangelo picked up three points in the Bobcats' three-point weekend including a multi-point game against Yale (one goal, one assist) as she now has 19 goals in 2013-14 which trails only Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray for the lead amongst ECAC Hockey skaters.

Seventh Heaven
Quinnipiac posted their eighth shutout of the season on the backs of Sydney Rossman and Ashley Winslow's 19-save effort at home against Brown. With Laden (six), Sydney Rossman (one) and team (one) efforts combining for a total of eight shutouts, it puts Quinnipiac alone in second place behind Clarkson (10) and Minnesota (nine) for the most in the nation.

Clutch Gene
Kelly Babstock's late-game game-tying goal against Yale 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 (22), assists (36), points (58) 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 197 career points, just three 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.

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.

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 No. 10 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 19 points among the USCHO.com votes and 24 in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their 17th 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.

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 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 20 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 North Dakota and Vermont join Quinnipiac as one of eight 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 22 games in which she has registered at least one point has not resulted in a Quinnipiac loss (17-0-5).

Laying Down the Law
The sensational ride for junior goalie Chelsea Laden has been a revelation as she has successfully filled the shoes of the best goaltender in program history Victoria Vigilanti. Laden has now allowed two goals or less in 22 of her 27 appearances this season. Her goals against average (1.48) save percentage (.926) and shutouts (six) all still rank high among the entire crop of goalies 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 seventh shutout of the season against Union, the Bobcats have allowed just 47 goals through 32 games this season and have the nation's fifth-ranked scoring defense at 1.47 goals allowed per game. Quinnipiac men's hockey team has the nation's third-ranked scoring defense at 1.97 goals allowed per game to make for an all-around dominate defensive University.

Prestigious Scorer
Kelly Babstock joins Minnesota's Rachael Bona, Hannah Brandt and Sarah Davis, Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray and Erin Ambrose, Cornell's Jillian Saulnier and Emily Fulton, Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland and Boston University's Louise Warren as the only nine players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.34, 9th in NCAA), Top 20 goals per game (0.53, 18th NCAA and Top 10 assists per game (0.81, T7th NCAA). She is the nation's seventh-highest leading scorer with 43 points (17-26-43) through 32 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 654 shots in 32 games (20.4 shots allowed per game) which ranks as the second-best in the nation to Clarkson at 18.9.

Shooting Spree
The Bobcats have controlled possession and dominated their opponents in shots all season long. Quinnipiac was outshot for the first and only time all season against Clarkson (26-23) back on Nov. 23. Despite disruption in the streak, the Bobcats currently lead their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 1050-654 and have outshot their opponents in 31-of-32 games this season.

Now That's the Way to Start
Quinnipiac's 18-5-9 record this season marks their winning percentage 32 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. 4 in both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the 17th 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, including the nation's leader in senior Kelly Babstock. Babstock (422-205, 67.3 %, 1st in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (170-101, 62.7%, 5th 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 32 games, Babstock has only committed 12 penalties for 24 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.

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 86-47 this season which has played a big role in the Bobcats' entire contingent of skaters, only three 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 97 of the 122 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 22-of-28

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

219 (87 G, 132 A)

2

Kelly Babstock

QUINNIPIAC

197 (93 G, 104 A)

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

166 (73 G, 93 A)

4

Carly Mercer

CLARKSON

145 (52 G, 93 A)

5

Kelly Terry

MINNESOTA

141 (51 G, 90 A)

6

Jillian Saulnier

CORNELL

137 (53 G, 84 A)

7

Sarah Davis

MINNESOTA

132 (46 G, 86 A)

8

Hannah Brandt

MINNESOTA

132 (52 G, 80 A)

9

Michelle Karvinen

NORTH DAKOTA

129 (55 G, 74 A)

9

Kourtney Kunichika

RIT

129 (51 G, 78 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 (93) 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

93

2

Christine Bestland

MERCYHURST

87

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

73

4

Kolbee McCrea

RIT

59

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