No. 4 Seed Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey Travels to No. 1 Clarkson in ECAC Hockey Semifinals on Saturday

2014 ECAC Hockey Women's Semifinals
No. 4 Quinnipiac Bobcats (22-5-9, 11-4-7 ECAC Hockey) @
No. 1 Clarkson Golden Knights (27-4-5, 16-2-4 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 1:00 PM
Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y.

We Talkin Bout Playoffs
A dominating defensive performance with plenty of offense sprinkled in helped the No. 7 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team earn a spot in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals. The Bobcats swept St. Lawrence from the High Point Solutions Arena in the Quarterfinals as they now will vie for their first trip to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals against the No. 1 seed and No. 3 nationally-ranked Clarkson Golden Knights. Quinnipiac is making their third ECAC Hockey Semifinal appearance in program history and will look to repeat the success the team had in their last meeting against the Golden Knights from Cheel Arena in the postseason where they dispatched Clarkson in the 2012 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in three games.

Multimedia
Fans who want to tune into the action have the option of watching live via America One.com, Clarkson's home for streaming their men's and women's ice hockey teams. Games are sold on an individual basis for $9. The game is also available with on the airwaves as WQTK 92.7 will have the call free of charge over the internet.  

ECAC Hockey Semifinals Schedule
With no upsets in the four ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals series, the top four seeds advance to play for a spot in the ECAC Hockey Championship where one will be crowned as the 2013-14 Champion. Semifinal games are slated for Saturday with Quinnipiac and Clarkson set to begin at 1:00 pm with Cornell and Harvard to follow at 4:00 pm.

ECAC Hockey Semifinals

No. 4 Quinnipiac (22-5-9, 11-4-7 ECAC Hockey) @ No. 1 Clarkson (27-4-5 16-2-4 ECAC Hockey) – Saturday, March 8 – 1:00 PM

No. 3 Cornell (22-5-4, 15-4-3 ECAC Hockey) vs. No. 2 Harvard (23-5-4, 16-3-3 ECAC Hockey) – Saturday, March 8 – 4:00 PM

All-Time Against the Golden Knights
One of the consistent powers in the ECAC Hockey, Quinnipiac has struggled in the all-time series history with Clarkson as they enter the weekend 5-17-3 all-time against the Golden Knights. Their biggest triumph was undoubtedly the 2012 ECAC Hockey Tournament in which they upset the No. 3 seed Clarkson from Cheel Arena, winning two out of three games to claim the First Round series victory. For the next three meetings, the Bobcats struggled mightily to score goals until their last contest a month ago when the Bobcats scored three goals in a 3-3 tie. The outburst against Erica Howe broke a scoreless streak of 186:43 without scoring against the Golden Knights.

Scouting No. 3 Clarkson
Picked to finish first in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll, the Clarkson Golden Knights came through and won the Regular Season Championship, their first in program history, with a 25-4-5 overall record and 16-2-4 mark in the conference. On team filled with veteran leadership, this Clarkson squad is one that is deep and adverse in both offense and defense as they join Minnesota as the only two teams to have a Top 5 scoring offense (3.64 GPG, 2nd in Div. I) and scoring defense (1.08 GAA, 2nd in Div. I). They feature three of the top players at their position in the country in senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray (28-29-57), sophomore defenseman Erin Ambrose (13-35-48) and senior goalie Erica Howe (27-4-5, 1.05 GAA, .942 SV%, 13 SO). Both Rattray and Amborse were named Top 10 Finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award while Howe is well on her way to earning a third straight ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year award. This squad owns the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak, trailing only No. 1 Minnesota, as the streak has lasted a span of 18 games (15-0-3). If the Bobcats are to advance to the ECAC Hockey Championship, they are going to have to do something that hasn't been done since Dec. 6, 2013 and that is to defeat Clarkson. Perhaps the only blemish on the Golden Knights' resume this season has been their play against ranked teams as they currently stand only .500 (4-4-2) in 10 games this season against ranked foes. They have dismantled opponents during their unbeaten streak as they've outscored the competition by a combined score of 67-19, including 20-2 over the last five games. Among Clarkson's other weapons include three seniors in Carly Mercer (13-31-44), Brittany Styner (12-29-41) and Vanessa Gagnon (15-13-28) while their defensive core has been top-notch, allowing the fewest shots-on-goal (18.3 per game) of any team in the nation.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was facing a tall task in trying to get by St. Lawrence as they headed into their Quarterfinal matchup without a win against the Saints in the regular season (0-1-1) and having just fallen to them in last year's Quarterfinal series at home. Despite the challenges, the Bobcats played care free hockey and managed to dominate the play with a 5-0 victory in game one and they followed that up with a pressure-packed 2-1 win in game two to sweep the series. Chelsea Laden (53 saves on 54 shots) played some of the best hockey in her career in goal as she helped lead the Bobcats into the Semifinals.

QU Postseason History
The Bobcats own an 8-7 all-time record in 15 playoff games in program history and last met the Golden Knights in the 2012 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals from Cheel Arena and came away with an upset victory in three games. Quinnipiac has made five consecutive trips to the postseason and this will be the third time the Bobcats have gone on to the Semifinals but without much success as they fell to Cornell in both their Semifinal trips (2010, 12).

ECAC Hockey Playoff Notes
St. Lawrence winning the Tournament in 2012 as the No. 5 seed is the highest seed to ever win the Championship. Cornell has advanced to four straight ECAC Hockey Championships (winning three of four). Since Quinnipiac joined the conference in the 2005-06 season, a No. 4 seed or lower has advanced to the Championship just twice (No. 4 Harvard in 2006, No. 6 Rensselaer in 2009).

Playoff Rooks
Two Quinnipiac upperclassmen appearing in their first postseason games as a Bobcat both performed well beyond their years in the series victory over St. Lawrence. Juniors Shiann Darkangelo (2 goals, 3 assists) and Chelsea Laden (2-0, 0.50 GAA, .981 SV %) both factored heavily in the wins as this is Darkangelo's first year with the team as a junior transfer while Laden served as Victoria Vigilanti's backup the previous two seasons.

ECAC Hockey Weekly Awards
Tuesday was particularly special for the Bobcats as Shiann Darkangelo (Player of the Week) and Chelsea Laden (Goaltender of the Week) were both honored with ECAC Hockey weekly awards for their efforts in Quinnipiac's Quarterfinal series victory over St. Lawrence. This is Darkangelo's second career Player of the Week honor and first with the Bobcats as she led her team with five points and scored both game-winning goals. Laden, meanwhile, picked up her third weekly honor and second in as many weeks as she notched her eighth shutout of the season in game one (season-high 28 saves) and tallied 25 saves in game two while earning both victories in net.

Three's Company
Quinnipiac tied their season-long winning streak at five games in Saturday's 2-1 win over St. Lawrence. This is the Bobcats' third such streak of five victories in-a-row as they make up a select group of only three teams (joining Clarkson and Wisconsin) in the country that can say they've compiled three winning streaks of at least five games this season.

Let's Just Keep on Winning
The 2013-14 season has been a breakthrough success already for the Bobcats as they're guaranteed to finish with the best winning percentage and fewest losses in any single-season in program history. They just tied the single-season for victories (22) as one more would best their total from 2010-11 (22-12-3).

Rock Solid
Chelsea Laden has been exactly that for the Bobcats in the past few weeks as she just had her career-long shutout streak of 227:12 snapped with a late goal from St. Lawrence (first tally allowed since 10:46 1st period vs. Cornell Feb. 21) but the junior stalwart has picked up her play down the stretch when her team needed it most. Facing must-win games for home ice and then in the postseason, Laden hasn't faltered with a 4-0 record, 0.50 GAA and .979 save percentage over 240 minutes of play, allowing just two goals over the four-game span in which the shutout streak endured.

Penalty Free
A pair of Quinnipiac's underclassmen defensemen in sophomore Kristen Tamberg and freshmen Taryn Baumgardt have each compiled just four penalty minutes all season and they are both riding impressive streaks into this weekend. After committing four penalty minutes in the Bobcats' first game of the season, Tamberg has gone 35 straight without committing a penalty. Baumgardt's streak of 26 straight games without heading to the sin bin is just as impressive as she's playing significant minutes (36 starts) in only her first year with the Bobcats.

Twin Killers
With Shiann Darkangelo just reaching the 40-point mark for the 2013-14 season, the Bobcats now have two players with at least 40 points in the same season for the first time in program history. Kelly Babstock's 49 points combined with Darkangelo's 40 make them the nation's sixth-highest scoring duo with 89 points between the both of them.

Pure Domination
Quinnipiac's top two scorers in Kelly Babstock and Shiann Darkangelo have combined for quite a prolific duo with 89 combined points between the two of them. Showcasing their importance, one of the other has either scored or assisted on 67.3 percent (66-of-98) of the Bobcats' goals this season. Among all the scoring tandems in the country, Quinnipiac's prolific duo ranks first among all combinations in the country in that category.

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 their 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 since 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.  

Undefeated Streaks
Through 36 games this season, the Bobcats have made a living out of scoring first, entering the weekend with a 15-0-5 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 16-0-4 this season when holding a lead entering the third period.

Success Against the Top
Quinnipiac has fared quite well against teams ranked in the Top 5 this season as their 2-1 victory over Cornell kept their record undefeated at 2-0-3 in their five matchups against teams ranked in the USCHO Top 5.

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 26 games in which she has registered at least one point has not resulted in a Quinnipiac loss (21-0-5).

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 26 of her 33 appearances this season. Her goals against average (1.36) save percentage (.934) and shutouts (eight) all still rank high among the entire crop of goalies in the nation.

Prestigious Scorer
Kelly Babstock joins Minnesota's Rachael Bona, Hannah Brandt and Sarah Davis, Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray, Cornell's Jillian Saulnier and Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland as the only seven players in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 in points per game average (1.36, 8th in NCAA), Top 20 goals per game (0.53, T18th NCAA and Top 10 assists per game (0.83, 7th NCAA). She is the nation's seventh-highest leading scorer with 49 points (19-30-49) through 36 games.

Domination from the Dot
Quinnipiac joins Minnesota as the only team in the country with two players holding a spot in the Top 10 faceoff percentages of all Division I skaters, including the nation's leader in senior Kelly Babstock. Babstock (479-242, 66.4 %, 1st in NCAA) and junior Shiann Darkangelo (172-104, 62.3%, 7th in NCAA) are both key contributors to the Bobcats' domination this season from the faceoff circle.

That One Felt Good
Quinnipiac's 2-1 takedown of No. 3 Cornell on Feb. 21 was a landmark victory for the program as they defeated the Big Red at Lynah Rink for the first time since Nov. 18, 2006 and Cornell's No. 3 ranking also represents the highest-ranked opponent the Bobcats have ever defeated.

It Ain't Very Crowded at the Top
At the 2:33 mark of the second period in Quinnipiac's 3-0 win over Colgate, history was made as Kelly Babstock notched her 200th career point with an assist on a goal from Shiann Darkangelo. Babstock, already the program's first and only 100-point scorer, now joins an elite group as one of only three Quinnipiac ice hockey players (male or female) to reach the 200-point club. She joins Chris Cerrella '01 and Todd Johnson '89 as the only Quinnipiac players to reach 200 career points.

Alone at the Top
Babstock needs only three more points to pass former Quinnipiac men's ice hockey player Chris Cerrella '01 for the all-time points record at Quinnipiac. She recently passed Todd Johnson '89 with her goal on Saturday for second place as Babstock is guaranteed at least one more opportunity to become the most prolific scorer Quinnipiac has ever seen.

Quinnipiac (Male or Female) Career All-Time Points List

Rank Player Points
1 Chris Cerrella '01 205 (99 G, 106 A)
2 Kelly Babstock '14 203 (95 G, 108 A)
3 Todd Johnson 202 (91 G, 111 A)
4 Jim Hanscom '80 192 (83 G, 109 A)
5 Bill Verneris '82 186 (92 G, 94 A)


It's Had Been Awhile
Late in the second period of the Bobcats' game against Colgate on Feb. 22, the Bobcats managed to break a streak of 10 straight games without a power-play goal as sophomore Cydney Roesler was the one to break the scoreless streak. After going 0-for-31 on the power play over the course of the 10 games, the Bobcats wasted no time, scoring just seconds into the man advantage.

Home Cooking
The Bobcats' 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence helped improve what is the best single-season home record (14-2-5) in program history. They have now compiled the most home victories (14) and best home winning percentage (.786) in any single-season in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history.

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' 2-1 come-from-behind win against Cornell represented the ninth out of 14 times this season they've overcome an opponent scoring the first goal of the game. It was also the fourth time this season they've overcome a one-goal deficit in the second period or later as they've also come back from a two-goal deficit against Clarkson earlier in February.

She Ain't Shy About Scoring
Ever since Shiann Darkangelo was moved from the second to the first line she has exploded with 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points in 24 games since the move-up. Darkangelo picked up her second career hat trick against RIT and sixth multi-goal game of the season against St. Lawrence, a total that leads the team.

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 back on Feb. 7. 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.

Home Cooking
Quinnipiac returned to the High Point Solutions Arena last weekend, site of the 2014 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, where they have been a dominant team with a 14-2-5 record which is good for the 6th-best home winning percentage (.786) in Division I. Now heading up to Cheel Arena, they will have to find a way to balance out their success between home and road averages.

  Home Road
Record 14-2-5 8-3-4
Winning % .786 .667
Goals Scored 65 33
GF/GP 3.10 2.20
Goals Allowed 28 21
GA/GP 1.33 1.40
Scoring Margin +37 +12
Power Play 14.5% (10/69) 13.5% (7/52)
Penalty Kill 83.1% (49/59) 87.8% (43/49)


Seventh Heaven
Quinnipiac posted their 10th shutout of the season on the backs of Chelsea Laden's season-high 28-save effort at home against St. Lawrence. With Laden (eight), Sydney Rossman (one) and the team's (one) efforts combining for a total of 10 shutouts, it puts Quinnipiac tied with Wisconsin for third place behind Minnesota (13) and Clarkson (13).

Clutch Gene
Kelly Babstock's late-game game-winning goal against Cornell is truly representative of the Bobcats' game-by-game approach to this season as they rank as the fourth-highest scoring team in the last five minutes of the third period in the nation. Quinnipiac is fourth in the country in goals (23), second in assists (38), fourth in points (61) and fourth in game-winning goals (4) with five minutes or less remaining in the third period this season.

High Risers
The Bobcats' amazing start to the season has reflected in the national polls as the team just earned the No. 7 ranking in the USCHO.com and No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll distributed early this week. Quinnipiac received 50 points among the USCHO.com votes and 66 in the USA Today poll as the Bobcats are entering their 19th straight week with a national ranking which also represents another record.

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.

Ross the Boss
Rookie goalie Sydney Rossman was in complete control against Brown as she picked up an 18-save combined shutout effort with Ashley Winslow in only her fourth career start. After not starting a game since Nov. 30 against Yale, Rossman came in and shut the door on the Bears' offensive attack as she combined for her second shutout of the season.

Shutout City
With Sydney Rossman's shutout effort in net against RIT at the Nutmeg Classic, Quinnipiac is one of only a eight teams in the country to have two goaltenders notch a shutout this season. Chelsea Laden is third in the nation with eight 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 against RIT 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).

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.

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 748 shots in 36 games (20.8 shots allowed per game) which ranks as the second-best in the nation to Clarkson at 18.3.

Shooting Spree
The Bobcats have controlled possession and dominated their opponents in shots all season long. Quinnipiac was outshot for the third time all season against St. Lawrence (26-21) but despite disruption, the Bobcats currently lead their opponents' combined total shots by a colossal margin at 1150-748 and have outshot their opponents in 33-of-36 games this season.

Spreading the Love Around
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team is ranked No. 6 both their respective polls as each Bobcat hockey program is now ranked simultaneously for the 19th 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.

On The Plus Side
Quinnipiac has outscored their opponents 98-49 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 101 of the 126 games that Quinnipiac has not been shutout.

2010-11: 28-of-33
2011-12: 25-of-36
2012-13: 25-of-29
2013-14: 26-of-32

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

222 (90 G, 132 A)

2

Kelly Babstock

QUINNIPIAC

203 (95 G, 108 A)

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

172 (76 G, 96 A)

4

Carly Mercer

CLARKSON

149 (52 G, 97 A)

5

Jillian Saulnier

CORNELL

147 (58 G, 89 A)

6

Kelly Terry

MINNESOTA

145 (52 G, 93 A)

7

Hannah Brandt

MINNESOTA

143 (54 G, 89 A)

8

Sarah Davis

MINNESOTA

138 (49 G, 89 A)

9

Kourtney Kunichika

RIT

134 (53 G, 81 A)

10

Michelle Karvinen

NORTH DAKOTA

130 (56 G, 74 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 (95) 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

95

2

Christine Bestland

MERCYHURST

90

3

Jamie Lee Rattray

CLARKSON

76

4

Kolbee McCrea

RIT

60

5

Jillian Saulnier

CORNELL

58


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