Game Notes: Quinnipiac Travels to Union, RPI This Weekend in First-Half Finale

No. 8/8 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-4-3, 5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) vs. Union Dutchwomen (2-12-0, 0-6-0 ECAC Hockey)
Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 (6 p.m.)
Location: Messa Rink | Schenectady, NY
All-Time Series vs. Union: 25-0-4
Last 5 vs. Union: 5-0-0
Road vs. Union: 10-0-3
Last Meeting: W, 9-0 (Feb. 19, 2016)
Head Coach Cassie Turner vs. Union: 2-0
No. 8/8 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-4-3, 5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Rensselaer Engineers (5-12-1, 2-4-0 ECAC Hockey)

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 (3 p.m.)
Location: Houston Field House | Troy, NY
All-Time Series vs. RPI: 14-12-2
Last 5 vs. RPI: 4-0-1 
Away vs. RPI: 5-6-2
Last Meeting: W, 2-1 ( 2OT - Feb. 27, 2016)
Head Coach Cassie Turner vs. RPI: 3-0-1
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HAMDEN, Connecticut – No. 8/8 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey will resume ECAC Hockey play this weekend, traveling to Union and Rensselaer before a 27-day break from action.
The Bobcats are coming off a 1-0-1 weekend at the 2016 Nutmeg Classic – which was hosted at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden.

Quinnipiac played to a 1-1 tie vs. Merrimack in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic on Nov. 25. The Warriors won the shootout, advancing to the Nutmeg Classic Championship. Kenzie Lancaster (Waxhaw, North Carolina) scored her sixth goal of the season in the tie, and Sydney Rossman (Excelsior Minnesota) made 11 saves in net.

The Bobcats then earned a 3-2 win against UConn on Saturday, Nov. 26 in the tournament's consolation game. Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) scored the game-winning goal just 18 seconds into the third period. Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) and Randi Marcon (Winnipeg, Manitoba) also recorded goals for the Bobcats – who had 45 shots on goal in the win.


  • Union is 2-12-0 this year, and has lost its last eight games.
  • Haley Shugart leads the way offensively for Union with five goals and two assists.
  • Kate Spooner has started in goal for nine of the team's 14 games, posting a .912 save percentage and a 2.85 goals-against average.


  • Quinnipiac is 25-0-4 all-time against the Dutchwomen, and has won the last seven contests.
  • The Bobcats picked up their first win against Union on Nov. 17, 2001.
  • QU has won its last three road games at Union.


  • RPI is 5-12-1, and has lost five of its last six games.
  • Sabrina Repaci has seven goals and four helpers for a team-high 11 points.
  • Goalie Lovisa Selander has a .916 save percentage to go along with a 2.64 goals-against average in 16 games so far this year. 


  • Quinnipiac is 14-12-2 all-time vs. the Engineers, and 5-0-1 in the last six meetings.
  • RPI won seven of the first eight all-time matchups from 2003-2008.
  • QU is 1-1-1 in its last three road games at RPI.

Sophomore forward Kenzie Lancaster (Waxhaw, North Carolina) was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Tuesday, November 29. She registered a goal and two assists during the Bobcats' two Nutmeg Classic games this past weekend. She has six goals and four assists for 10 points on the season. All of Lancaster's six career goals have come in the last 10 games.
The Bobcats have won an ECAC Hockey Weekly Award this year:

  • Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) – ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week – Oct. 11, 2016
  • Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, New York) – ECAC Hockey Player of the Week – Oct. 18, 2016
  • Kenzie Lancaster (Waxhaw, North Carolina) – ECAC Hockey Player of the Week – Nov. 29, 2016


  • Quinnipiac was ranked No. 8 overall in the latest USCHO.com Division Women's Poll, as announced on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.
  • The Bobcats were also ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll, as announced on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
  • Quinnipiac is currently 9th in the PairWise Rankings.


  • Quinnipiac currently ranks No. 4 in the nation in team defense, giving up just 1.44 goals per contest.
  • Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, New York) has 10 goals in 18 games so far this year, which ranks tied for No. 8 in the nation. She also has five power play goals, which is tied for No. 2 in the country.
  • Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) is third in the country in shutouts (5).


  • Taylar Cianfarano has 55 career goals and 42 career assists, putting her three points away from 100.
  • Emma Woods has 38 goals and 56 assists for 94 career points. She needs just six more for 100.
  • Sydney Rossman has 23 career shutouts. She needs three more for the program record.

Quinnipiac ranked No. 2 in the nation in PK percentage last season, killing off 98-of-106 penalties (92.5 percent). This year, the Bobcats have successfully killed 51-of-60 PK chances, good for 85.0 percent.
Quinnipiac has scored on 12-of-68 power play chances thus far in 2016-17, a rate of 17.65 percent – which ranks No. 10 in the country. Cianfarano is tied for No. 2 in the country with five goals on the advantage.

Last year, Quinnipiac scored first in 25 of its 34 regular season games – going 22-0-3 in those games. The Bobcats have scored first in 11 of 18 games so far in the 2016-17 season, going 10-0-1 when scoring first.

The Bobcats are 34-2-6 in games where they outshoot their opponent, dating back to the start of last season. Quinnipiac has recorded more shots in 14 of 18 games so far in 2016-17, going 11-1-2 in that span.

Three current Bobcats rank in the Top 10 list of the program's career game-winning goals: With five game-winners already this season, Cianfarano ranks No. 2 all-time (16 game-winning goals), Melissa Samoskevich ranks No. 3 (9-game-winning goals), and Emma Woods currently ranks No. 8 on the list (7 game-winning goals).

The Bobcats were picked as ECAC Hockey's favorite entering the 2016-17 season, finishing No. 1 overall in the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll. Junior forward Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, New York) was selected to the Preseason All-ECAC First Team. Last year as a sophomore, Cianfarano led the ECAC with 52 points.
Quinnipiac dominated ECAC Hockey play last year, going 16-2-4. The Bobcats finished with 36 overall points, three total points ahead of Clarkson – who went 14-3-5 in conference action. QU allowed just 18 goals in 22 conference games in 2015-16. The Bobcats have gone 5-2-1 in their first eight conference contests this season.

Quinnipiac returns three of its top five scorers from 2015-16. Cianfarano led the team with 52 points on 28 goals and 24 assists, Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) recorded 34 points via 11 goals and 23 assists, and Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, CT) 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points. Nicole Connery (13g, 14a) and Nicole Kosta (10g, 15a) both graduated following the end of last season.

As a team, Quinnipiac is on the heels of perhaps its most impressive season in program history, which ended with an ECAC Hockey Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. The Bobcats went 30-3-5 in 2015-16, earning the most wins and highest win percentage (.885) in team history. Head coach Cassandra Turner also set the NCAA Record for most wins by a first-year women's ice hockey head coach.
Other program records set in 2015-16 included: most goals scored (118), most assists (188), highest power play percentage (25 percent), highest penalty kill (92.5 percent), fewest goals allowed (35), lowest GAA (0.92), most home wins (18), longest winning streak (10 games), and longest unbeaten streak (21 games).

Player Notes
Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) was unanimously voted by her teammates to be the Bobcats' captain for 2016-17 season. She has three goals and eight assists so far this year for the Bobcats, and 38 career goals to go along with 56 assists for 94 points.
Bobcats' goaltender Sydney Rossman had a .949 save percentage a season ago, allowing just .90 goals per game in 39 games (second-best in the nation). The 2016 ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year recorded 16 shutouts in 2015-16, which is tied with former Bobcat netminder Chelsea Laden's single-season record from 2014-15. Her current .939 save percentage and 1.08 goals-against average for her career rank No. 1 in program history. She has five shutouts so far in 2016-17, with a .918 save percentage. She is also an assistant captain for Quinnipiac this year.
T.T. Cianfarano recorded 28 goals and 24 assists last year, winning ECAC Hockey Player of the Year honors. She owns the Quinnipiac program record for most goals and most points in a single-season for a sophomore. She was selected to the Preseason 2016-17 All-ECAC First Team, and has recorded a team high 15 points on 10 goals and five assists so far this season. Cianfarano has 55 career goals and 42 career assists, putting her three points away from 100.

Melissa Samoskevich has five goals and six assists for 11 points so far this year. She was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team last season, after putting up 16 goals and 16 assists as a freshman. Samoskevich has 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 career points.

Meghan Turner, an assistant captain for the Bobcats in 2016-17, has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points so far this season. She has 21 career goals and 23 career assists over four years with the Bobcats – including a career-high eight goals in 2015-16.
Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) has three goals and four assists so far this year. The defender has two goals and four assists for six points in 2014-15, and then three goals and 10 helpers for 13 points in 2015-16. She has nine career goals and 24 assists.
Senior Emma Greco (Burlington, Ontario) has five assists so far this season to go along with a team-high 30 blocked shots. She has two goals and 18 assists for 20 career points.
Kenzie Prater (Hudson, Wisconsin) has four goals and four assists for eight points in her first 16 games as a Bobcat. She was a member of the 2016 U.S. Women's Under-22 team, alongside teammates Cianfarano and Samoskevich.

Kenzie Lancaster (Waxhaw, North Carolina) has six goals and four assists for 10 points this year, and six goals and five assists for 11 career tallies. She had a three-point weekend in the 2016 Nutmeg Classic.

Randi Marcon (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has three goals and an assist for four points so far in 2016-17, and seven goals and three assists for 10 career points.
Raquel Pennoyer (Rehoboth, Massachusetts) has one goal and two assists for three points this year, and three goals and six assists for nine career points.
Freshman Kate MacKenzie (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has two goals and three assists in her first season with the Bobcats. She tallied all three assists in the Oct. 29 victory over Brown.

The freshman defender has two goals and four assists for six points in her first season with Quinnipiac.