October 7, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Opens 2009-10 Season At Ohio State

Quinnipiac University Bobcats at
Ohio State University Buckeyes
Thursday/Friday, Oct. 7-8, 2009, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio

On The Air
Bill Schweizer - Play-by-play
Ken Sweeten - Color commentary

Opening Night
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will open the 2009-10 regular season with a trip to Columbus, Ohio to take on nationally-ranked No. 17 Ohio State University in a two-game series on Oct. 8-9. Both games are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. puck-drop at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The series will serve as the first regular-season contests of the 2009-10 season for both teams.

Multimedia
A live video stream will be available for both games of the series and can be accessed on the Bobcat Channel, courtesy of www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In addition to the videostream provided the Ohio State University athletic department, WQUN's Bill Schweizer, the "Voice of the Bobcats" will have the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Quinnipiac sports information director, Ken Sweeten. In addition, live statistics will be available for the game courtesty of www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Last Time Out - Quinnipiac 4, Prince Edward Island 3 (exhib.)
In an exhibition game played at the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday, Oct. 4, the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated Prince Edward Island, 4-3. Freshmen Mike Dalhuisen and Reese Rolheiser, with two assists apiece and Jeremy Langlois, with one goal and one assist, all collected two points in the win. Langlois' goal, deflected in late in the second period, proved to be the game-winner. Scott Zurevinski also scored for Quinnipiac.

Scouting Ohio State University
The Ohio State University Buckeyes were ranked 17th in the first USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll, released on Monday, Oct. 5. Last season, Ohio State won an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to eventual national champion, Boston University, at the northeast regional. The Buckeyes return 20 players from last year's team. In goal, Dustin Carlson started 33 of Ohio State's final 34 games, winning 21 and posting a .917 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average. John Albert had a team-best 28 assists and 39 points last season, earning him All-CCHA Preseason Honors. In addition to Albert, the Buckeyes also feature five forwards who totaled 25 points or more last season: Hunter Bishop (14-17-31), Peter Boyd (13-18-31), Zac Dalpe (13-12-25), Sergio Somma (11-14-25) and Ian Boots (9-16-24).

All-Time Against Ohio State
Quinnipiac and Ohio State have met just one time since the Bobcats joined the Division I ranks. Ohio State won the match-up, 1-0, on Jan. 6, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio. Andrew Schembri scored an unassisted goal with one second remaining for the win. 2009-10 Quinnipiac goalie coach Justin Eddy was in net that night for the Bobcats. He turned away the first 49 shots on goal before the 50th gave the Buckeyes the win.

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll
Quinnipiac received a vote in the first USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll of the 2009-10, released Oct. 5, 2009.

Also In The Polls...
Quinnipiac was one of nine ECAC Hockey teams featured in the first poll announcement of the year. Cornell was ranked seventh, followed by Yale in the eight spot and Princeton ranked 10th. Harvard received 35 votes but did not crack the top 20, followed by St. Lawrence (23), Clarkson (10), Union (4) and Dartmouth (1).

Good Competition
In addition to the nine ECAC Hockey teams ranked or receiving votes that the Bobcats will face twice this season, Quinnipiac will also host No. 15 St. Cloud State University for a two-game series on Jan. 15-16 and Massachusetts, who received votes, on Nov. 28.