Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-7-2) at
Niagara University Purple Eagles (9-8-1)
Friday, Jan. 16 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 17 7:30 p.m.
Dwyer Arena Niagara, N.Y.
Game #21-22 - Niagara University (Jan. 16-17, 2009
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team head's to upstate New York to take on Niagara University in a non-conference series set for Friday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Dwyer Arena in Niagara, N.Y. The Bobcats enter the game with an overall mark of 11-7-2 through their first 20 games while Niagara is 9-8-1 on the season.
All-Time Against Niagara
Quinnipiac is 1-9-0 all-time in 10 meetings between the two teams with the Purple Eagles taking the last four match-ups. Quinnipiac last win over Niagara came on Jan. 28, 2006 in a 5-2 victory at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Niagara has won all six games between the two teams on their home ice.
No Booing Bui
Freshman Kevin Bui, making his collegiate debut against Union on Saturday night, picked up an assist on his first shift, as he set up Andrew Meyer for a goal.
No Small Feat
Against Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, Bryan Leitch and Jean-Marc Beaudoin scored two goals apiece against each opponent. It was the first time that the same two players have scored two goals in back-to-back games in Quinnipiac's Division I history. The last Quinnipiac player to score two goals in consecutive games was Brandon Wong against Brown on Jan. 12, 2006 and Yale on Jan. 13, 2006. The last time Quinnipiac had two multiple goal scorers in back-to-back games was against Brown in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament last season. In the first game, Jamie Bates and Wong both scored twice, while in the second game, it was Ben Nelson and Leitch tallying two apiece.
With 10 goals and 14 assists through 20 games, David Marshall was the first ECAC Hockey player this season to reach double figures in both scoring categories. In addition, he is one of just 17 players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with double figures in both stat categories and the only player to reach the mark in fewer than 18 games.
Bryan Leitch (32 points) and David Marshall (24 points) currently hold down the top two spots among the ECAC Hockey scoring leaders.
Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 10-0-0 in games in which it is leading after the second period. In their last 31 games, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 28-0-3 when playing with a lead heading into the final frame. The Bobcats last loss, when leading after the second period, came in the 2006-07 ECAC Hockey Championship Game when Clarkson scored four third period goals to come-from-behind and take the league crown.
David Is Goliath
Not only is David Marshall climbing up the Quinnipiac all-time charts, but he is moved into the top 25 in points per game in NCAA Division I hockey. Marshall, with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points, is currently tied for 18th overall with 1.20 points per game. He's also ranked 22nd nationally in goals per game (0.50).
The Offense Is Hitting On All Cylinders
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 15th in the nation in scoring offense at 3.20 goals per game. The Bobcats have scored four or more goals in 12 of their 20 games including seven games with five or more goals.
The Defense Is Working Too
Quinnipiac is ranked 11th in the nation in scoring defense as they've held the opposition to 44 goals in 20 games for a 2.20 average. The Bobcats have held teams to two or fewer goals in 14 of their 20 games, including nine of their last 12 games.
Quinnipiac is tied for ninth nationally in scoring margin as they have outscored their opponents 64-44 over 20 games for a 1.00 average. It's also the third best mark in ECAC Hockey.
Use It To Your Advantage
Quinnipiac is ranked 16th in power-play percentage with 21 goals in 115 chances for a 18.3 average. On the penalty kill, the Bobcats rank sixth at 90.2% after killing 101 of 112 opponent power-plays. The Bobcats are also ranked ninth in combined special teams at 53.7% (122-227).