Quinnipiac University Bobcats (14-12-2, 7-7-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
St. Lawrence University Saints (14-11-3, 6-7-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
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When The Saints...Come Marchin' In...
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team hits the ice against St. Lawrence University on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats have lost three straight and stand in fifth place with league record of 7-7-2, good for 16 points. St. Lawrence is 6-7-3 in league play and trail the Bobcats by a point for a three-way tie with Union and Clarkson for sixth place.
All-Time Against St. Lawrence
Quinnipiac is 3-4-2 all-time against St. Lawrence, including a 5-2 win against the Saints in Canton, N.Y. on Nov. 22. Quinnipiac also carries a 0-1-1 mark at the TD Banknorth Sports Center against St. Lawrence, with their only home win against the Saints coming at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Feb. 4, 2006.
Scouting The Saints
Junior forward Mike McKenzie leads St. Lawrence in goals (12) and points (28), while his 16 assists rank second in the Saints' lineup. Senior Kevin DeVirgilio leads the team with 17 helpers. In goal, Alex Petizian leads all Saints' netminders with over 1,233 minutes in net over 23 games played. The junior goalie has posted a 10-8-3 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
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.
Do It For Johnny
In his first 16 games of the season, through Quinnipiac's last game of 2008, assistant captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin had three goals and five assists for eight points. Since the beginning of the New Year, Beaudoin leads Quinnipiac with nine goals scored in 12 games, while also passing out four assists for 13 points, good for third on the team.
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
On Saturday night, Matt Sorteberg broke the Quinnipiac record for games played in a career. Sorteberg suited up for his 152nd game against Colgate, passing former teammate Reid Cashman, who finished his career with 151 games played. Bryan Leitch (146 games) and David Marshall (145) could possibly become the third and fourth players in Quinnipiac history to reach the 150 games played mark.
Top 40 Hits
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 12th among the nation's scoring leaders with 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points through 28 games, made Quinnipiac the first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team this season to feature two 30-point scorers.
Two In The Top 15
Quinnipiac is also one of two teams, along with Minnesota, to have two players ranked in the Top 15 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.
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 28 games overall, surpassing last year's 33 points in 39 games.
No Small Feat
Against Harvard and Dartmouth, 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 (34 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 19 assists for 34 points, is currently ranked 12th overall with 1.21 points per game. He's also ranked 18th nationally in goals per game (0.54).
Use It To Your Advantage
Quinnipiac is ranked 8th in power-play percentage with 32 goals in 161 chances for 19.9%. On the penalty kill, the Bobcats rank 16th at 86.7% after killing 144 of 166 opponent power-plays. The Bobcats are also ranked 5th in combined special teams at 53.8% (176-327).