Quinnipiac University (14-10-2, 7-5-2 ECAC Hockey) at
Cornell University (14-3-4, 9-2-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 7 p.m.
Lynah Rink Ithaca, N.Y.
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Big Game vs. Big Red
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. on Friday, Feb. 6 to take on the Big Red of Cornell University at 7 p.m. at Lynah Rink. The Bobcats are coming off a 3-0 loss to Yale on Saturday, Jan. 31 and currently sit in fifth place with 16 points after posting a 7-5-2 mark through their first 14 ECAC Hockey contests. Cornell is in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with 21 points while carrying a 9-2-3 record. In addition, Cornell is ranked fifth in the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
All-Time Against Cornell
Quinnipiac is 3-6-2 all-time against Cornell, including a 0-0 tie against the Big Red on Nov. 11 earlier this season at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Quinnipiac is 2-3-1 all-time at Lynah Rink with both wins coming during the 2006-07 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.
David Marshall recently saw his 18-game scoring streak end when the senior forward went scoreless against Yale on Saturday night. Marshall's streak was the longest in Quinnipiac's Division I history, topping Reid Cashman's 14-game scoring streak.
Milestone Watch No. 1
David Marshall currently has 66 career goals, good for a tie for 2nd place in Quinnipiac's Division I history with former teammate Ben Nelson. Marshall trails Division I goals scored record holder Chris Cerrella 01, who totaled 67 goals in three years at the Division I level.
Watch No. 2
When Matt Sorteberg suited up against Yale on Saturday night, he became the second player in Quinnipiac men's ice hockey history to play in 150 games. Former teammate Reid Cashman holds the all-time record with 151 games played.
Top 40 Hits
With three assists against Robert Morris last week, Bryan Leitch became the nation's first 40-point scorer this season. With three more assists against Brown on Friday, Leitch has totaled nine goals and 35 assists for 44 points through Quinnipiac's first 26 games. Leitch's career-high point total was 45 his freshman year.
Quinnipiac's two shorthanded goals against Brown on Friday night marked the first time since February 6, 2007 that the Bobcats scored two shorties in one game. In that game, Brandon Wong scored two while Eric Lampe added another in a 6-1 win over Bentley. Friday night, it was Mike Atkinson and Lampe who scored with a man-down.
Leitch and Marshall, who is ranked seventh among the nation's scoring leaders with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points through 26 games, make Quinnipiac the first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team this season to feature two 30-point scorers.
Two In The Top Ten
Quinnipiac is also one of two teams, along with Minnesota, to have two players ranked in the Top 10 in scoring nationally.
Marshall was the first player in ECAC hockey this season to reach double figures in goals and assists. Marshall also reached the mark faster than any other player in Division I hockey, reaching the marks in 19 games.
Making A Name For Himself
With his three assists against Robert Morris, Leitch became the fifth player in Quinnipiac men's ice hockey history to reach 50 goals and 100 assists for his career. He is also the seventh player all-time with 150 points, which also stands as the second-highest total since Quinnipiac joined the Division I ranks. He is one of six Quinnipiac players all-time, and third at the Division I level, to reach 100 assists.
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.
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.
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 (41), points per game (1.71), assists (32) and assists per game (1.33).
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.
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.
Already Off To A Career Year
With eight goals and 13 assists in 13 ECAC Hockey games this season, Bryan Leitch's 21 points surpass his eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 22 league games last season. Leitch has totaled nine goals and 35 assists for 44 points in 25 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.
Bryan Leitch (44 points) and David Marshall (33 points) currently hold down the top two spots among the ECAC Hockey scoring leaders.
Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 13-0-0 in games in which it is leading after the second period. In their last 33 games, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 30-0-3 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 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points, is currently ranked 9th overall with 1.27 points per game. He's also ranked 14th nationally in goals per game (0.58).
The Offense Is Hitting On All Cylinders
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 13th in the nation in scoring offense at 3.31 goals per game. The Bobcats have scored four or more goals in 16 of their 26 games including 11 of those 15 games with five or more goals.
Use It To Your Advantage
Quinnipiac is ranked 8th in power-play percentage with 31 goals in 151 chances for 20.5%. On the penalty kill, the Bobcats rank 11th at 87.4% after killing 132 of 151 opponent power-plays. The Bobcats are also ranked 5th in combined special teams at 54% (163-302).