Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-8-2) vs.
Robert Morris University Colonials (4-11-4)
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
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Game #23-24 - Robert Morris University
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host Robert Morris University on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan.24 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac boasts a 12-8-2 record following a two-game series split with Niagara last weekend. Robert Morris comes into this weekend at 4-11-4 overall.
All-Time Against Robert Morris
Quinnipiac holds the advantage in the all-time series against the Colonials having won six of the eight meetings between the two teams dating back to the 2004-05 season. All six of the Bobcats' wins have come in their last six meetings. This weekend's games will mark the first time that Robert Morris will visit the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Quinnipiac last host Robert Morris at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Oct. 13-14, 2006 with the Bobcats taking both games of the series, 3-1 and 5-1.
David Marshall's 15-game scoring streak is the longest in Quinnipiac's Division I history, passing Reid Cashman's 14-game streak during the 2005-06 season.
Helping The Cause
Quinnipiac withstood a potential comeback by Niagara on Friday night behind a four-assist performance by Bryan Leitch. The nation's assist-leader, Leitch passed our three helpers in the final seven minutes of a 6-4 Bobcat victory.
Freshman Scott Zurevinski had two goals in Quinnipiac's win over Niagara on Friday night. Zurevinski leads all Quinnipiac freshman in goals (7), assists (3) and points (10).
JMB Is Heating Up
Jean-Marc Beaudoin opened the season with six points - two goals, four assists - in his first 13 games. In his last seven games, Beaudoin has tallied nine points on six goals and three assists. Beaudoin scored twice in each of Quinnipiac's wins over Harvard and Dartmouth. He also had two assists in Quinnipiac's 6-4 win over Niagara on Friday night and the Bobcats' only goal in their 5-1 loss to the Purple Eagles on Saturday.
College Hockey News Team of the Week
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was named the College Hockey News Team of the Week for Dec. 29 - Jan. 3. The weekly award is presented on collegehockeynews.com to the top NCAA Division I men's ice hockey program.
Some Noise In The Polls
Following a week that saw the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team win four games in a span of six days, the Bobcats received votes in two nationally polls on Jan. 4, 2009 including the USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. In both polls, Quinnipiac led the group of other teams receiving votes.
Quinnipiac are currently tied for 21st in the PairWise Comparison Rankings, which are used to choose the NCAA Division I Tournament field.
College Hockey National Player of the Week
Quinnipiac senior Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) was named the Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Leitch led Quinnipiac to a 4-0-0 mark last week, including wins over No. 11 Air Force and No. 20 Dartmouth, with four multi-point games. Leitch was also mentioned in Elliot Olshansky's "Hobey Watch" blog on USCHO.com as a potential Hobey Baker Award candidate. He currently leads NCAA Division I hockey in points (32), points per game (1.68), assists (23) and assists per game (1.21).
Times A Charm
Leitch was also named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for the third time this season. The honor makes him just the third player in the history of ECAC Hockey to win the award three times in the same season. The last player to do so was St. Lawrence's Kyle Rank, who did it the same year as Clarkson's Steve Zalewski. Leitch was previously named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Oct. 13 and Nov. 17.
Bryan Leitch was recently announced as a candidate for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the best player in college hockey. The first phase of the fan voting ends on March 8, while the second phase ends on April 2nd when the committee announces it's three finalists.
Nice Job Bud
With a save late in the third period against Harvard, Bud Fisher joined Jamie Holden as the only two goalies in Quinnipiac history to record 2,500 saves. Holden holds the all-time record with 2,879.
The King Fish(er)
Bud Fisher has won three straight games, downing Merrimack (4-3, Dec. 29, 2008), Harvard (5-2, Jan. 2, 2009) and most recently Niagara (6-4, Jan. 16, 2008) to give him 55 wins all-time. He trails career leaders Jamie Holden and Justin Eddy, who each totaled 59 wins over their career. Fisher was 1-4-0 with a 4.33 goals-against average through his first five games and 3-0-0 in his last five games with a 2.98 GAA.
Already Off To A Career Year
With eight goals and 10 assists in 12 ECAC Hockey games this season, Bryan Leitch's 18 points surpass his eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 22 league games last season. Leitch has totaled nine goals and 28 assists for 37 points in 22 games overall, surpassing last year's 33 points in 39 games.
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 12 goals and 15 assists through 22 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 (37 points) and David Marshall (28 points) currently hold down the top two spots among the ECAC Hockey scoring leaders.
Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 11-0-0 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 29-0-3 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 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points, is currently ranked 12th overall with 1.27 points per game. He's also ranked 15th nationally in goals per game (0.55).
The Offense Is Hitting On All Cylinders
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 15th in the nation in scoring offense at 3.23 goals per game. The Bobcats have scored four or more goals in 13 of their 22 games including eight games with five or more goals.
The Defense Is Working Too
Quinnipiac is tied for 15th in the nation in scoring defense as they've held the opposition to 53 goals in 22 games for a 2.41 average. The Bobcats have held teams to two or fewer goals in 14 of their 22 games, including nine of their last 14 games.
Quinnipiac is tied for 11th nationally in scoring margin as they have outscored their opponents 71-53 over 22 games for a 0.82 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).