Get to Know the Eight Players Joining the Women’s Ice Hockey Team


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Aiden Barrett

64. The number of points the Quinnipiac Women’s Ice Hockey team will look to replace. The Bobcats had seven seniors graduate, three of their top four point-getters.

The Bobcats fell in the ECAC Hockey Semi-Finals 2-1 to Colgate. Quinnipiac registered just 17 total shots in that game after being the most lethal offense in the regular season among the conference ranking first in goals (62) and goals-per-game at an astounding 3.88.

With strong offensive performances, it was still clear to Head Coach Cass Turner that more was needed. Six of the new eight players Turner will have at the tip of her fingers to plug into the lineup are forwards.

The player that jumps right off the page is first-year Ann-Frédérik Naud. Naud led the John Abbot College Islanders in scoring with 26 points and finished 12th in the Quebec College Hockey League in scoring in 2020. Naud then got the nod for the 2020 Canada U18 team where she appeared in five games, scoring once. With already one year of college hockey under her belt, look for Naud to make an immediate impact on this young Quinnipiac roster.

The next player to look at is fellow country woman Maya Labad. Labad, who also played for the Abbot College Islanders, found twine six times alongside six assists. She joined Naud on the Canada U18 team also appearing in five games putting up one assist.

Turner wasn’t done there with adding experience. Jessica Shryver, the playmaking winger from Northeastern University, will also be an option for the Bobcats. Her 19 assists alone would’ve led the Bobcats in scoring. She should be a very enticing option for Turner to sprinkle into the lineup. Look for her to also step into a big spot right away for the Bobcats and a possible substitution for one of the open power play spots.

Six of the eight new recruits are first-years. Four of those six have never played a college game with one of those being Kate Helgeson.

Helgeson finished tenth in the Minnesota High School Hockey League, scoring 55 points in 21 games. The forward hopes to see her offensive abilities translate to the college game.

Veronica Bac and Mallory Mauracher round out the first-year forward group for the 2021-2022 Bobcats. Both will look to work their way into this line up in a strong first-year class, possibly taking a bottom-6 role in the lineup.

Mia Lopata hits Turner’s playing style to a tee. The 5’9” offensive defenseman led her high school in goals (14) and points (25). Even as a defenseman, the offense relied on her as she had double the amount of goals as the next leading scorer on the team. She will join an already strong and young defense that consists of sophomores Kendall Cooper and Maddy Samoskevich.

Heading into the net, senior goaltender Corinne Shroeder was added to the goalie room. The Boston University product will join sophomore Catie Boudiette and junior Allie Kelley.

Boudiette had a very strong first season with Quinnipiac stopping all 52 shots in the six games she appeared in. With such a solid goalie group Turner now has ample amounts of options to throw in net which is always a luxury.

With a few key departures, the young Bobcats will look to surprise people in the 2021-2022 season.