Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0-0) vs.
University of Prince Edward Island Panthers (2-1-0)
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 - 2 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Live Videostream - www.quinnipiacbobcats.com
Live Audiostream - www.wqaq.com
Corey Hersch - Play-by-play
Andrew Gau - Color Commentary
THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXHIBITION
For the second consecutive year, the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will welcome the University of Prince Edward Island to the TD Bank Sports Center for an exhibition game. The Bobcats and Panthers hit the ice on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. The game will be the first on-ice competition against another opponent of the year while Prince Edward stands at 2-1-1 following a 3-3 tie against Rensselaer on Saturday, Oct. 3 in Schnecetady, N.Y.
A live video stream will be available for sunday's exhibition game and can be accessed on the Bobcat Channel free to all Bobcat fans. WQAQ's Corey Hersch will have the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Andrew Gau. In addition, live statistics will be available for the game courtesty of www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
Autism Speaks Fundraiser
The Bobcats will host a fundraiser during Sunday's exhibition for the charitable organization, Autism Speaks. Following the Bobcats game against Prince Edward Island University at 4 p.m., youth ice hockey groups will hit the ice at the TD Bank Sports Center to play a series of cross-ice games with Quinnipiac's men's ice hockey players. Donations will be accepted on site, while Quinnipiac student-athlete will be selling men's ice hockey memorabilia to benefit the cause.
Jean-Marc Beaudoin was an assistant captain for his sophomore and junior years and will wear the "C" on his chest for his senior campaign. Beaudoin had a career-year in 2008-09, reaching personal highs in goals, assists and points while winning the 7th Player and Coaches Award. Brandon Wong will serve as the team's assistant captain for its game against UPEI.
Former Quinnipiac standout Justin Eddy returns to the Quinnipiac as the Bobcats goalie coach for the 2009-10 season. Eddy was the first player in Quinnipiac men's ice hockey history to sign a professional contract, inking a deal with the Washington Capitals following a successful career that culminated in 2004.
Two In The Top 10
Last season, Quinnipiac was one of two teams nationally, along with Minnesota to have two players, Leitch and Marshall, ranked in the Top 10 in scoring nationally.
Closing The Door
Last season, Quinnipiac was 16-0-0 in games in which it led after the second period. In their last 36 games in that scenario, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 33-0-3 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.
Junior Zach Hansen finished the 2008-09 with the most assists (17) among all ECAC Hockey defensemen. Hansen ranked second in total points (23).
Zurvy Lands On A To Z
Quinnipiac University sophomore Scott Zurevinski was featured on Insidecollegehockey.com. Zurevinski continues a string of Bobcat players, following last year's selection Dan Henningson, in the INCH A-Z season preview feature. Last season, he was also named the team's Rookie of the Year.
The 2009-10 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey may be weakened by the loss of the 2008-09 NCAA Division I points-scored leader Bryan Leitch. In addition, the Bobcats also lost David Marshall, who ranked among the NCAA leaders last year and finished as Quinnipiac's Division I goals-scored leader. After Leitch and Marshall, Quinnipiac also lost senior captain Dan Henningson, who led the ECAC Hockey's top power-play unit and was considered one of the top blue-line players in the league. Of the Bobcats' league-leading 42 power-play goals, Leitch, Marshall and Henningson accounted for 19 of them. Other losses include Matt Sorteberg, a five-year player and solid defenseman, as well as goalie and fan-favorite Bud Fisher, who showed great prowess come playoff time for the Bobcats.
With the loss of proven scorers and solid defensemen, Quinnipiac's addition of 13 freshmen could only spell "rebuilding". The Bobcats' class of 13 freshman is the largest in Quinnipiac Division I history, topping the 2001-02 team that had 12 first-year players. That year's team, which had just three seniors in its top 10 in scoring, went 20-13-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament First Round.
Spread The Wealth
Quinnipiac was just one of three teams in ECAC Hockey in 2008-09 with as many as 12 double-digit scorers. This season, the Bobcats will bring back nine of those players. Also returning will be Beaudoin's linemate, Brandon Wong - one of the most dynamic players in Quinnipiac's Division I history. Wong, a Hobey Baker Award Candidate as a freshman, scored his 100th career point in just his third year with the Bobcats and averages close to a point per game for his career.
Well Done Wong
Last year, Brandon Wong returned to the Bobcats lineup after missing 11 games to an injury just in time for Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series against Colgate. Wong proved to be the difference, scoring the game-winning goals in both of Quinnipiac's wins to advanced to the Quarterfinals.
When Brandon Wong scored his 100th point, he became just the fourth player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach the mark as a junior. He joins an exclusive group comprised of Bryan Leitch, Reid Cashman and Brian Herbert.
Light The Lamp(e)
Eric Lampe had a banner year in 2008-09, setting career-highs in goals (14), assists (13) and points (27) in 34 games played.Lampe was second on the team in goals scored while leading the team with two shorthanded goals. Lampe also led the Bobcats in plus/minus (+7).
Get Him The Puck
Quinnipiac was 9-3-0 in games in which Lampe scored.
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 and given to Quinnipiac after the Bobcats won four games in six days, including wins against two nationally ranked teams and capturing the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic.
Toyota UConn Hockey Classic
Quinnipiac had three players named to the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic All-Tournament team after winning the championship. After MVP Bryan Leitch, Eric Lampe scored twice for Quinnipiac while Bryan Leitch assisted on three goals. Dan Clarke made his first career start in net, stopping 29 of 31 shots on goal for his first career victory. All three were named to the All-Tournament team while Leitch was also named MVP after totaling five goals over the Bobcats' two games.
Bobcat Assistants On The National Scene
Quinnipiac associate head coach Ben Syer served as the second coach for the East Team at the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition, to be held on Friday, April 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington. Quinnipiac senior Bryan Leitch was chosen to compete in the Skills Competition after leading NCAA Division I men's ice hockey in scoring and assists. Men's assistant ice hockey coach Bill Riga also served as a coach at the USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp that was held from July 7-13 at the ESL Sports Centre in Rochester, N.Y. The goal of the camp was to serve as a try-out for the 2009 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial from Aug. 11-15, in Piestany, Slovakia.