Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-11-2, 7-7-7 ECAC Hockey)
#5/5 Cornell University Big Red (12-5-3, 9-2-2 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 - 8 p.m.
Colgate University Raiders (10-10-5, 7-5-1 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 - 8 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
The Air - 1220 AM WQUN
Bill Schweizer - Play-by-play
Chris Kotsopoulos - Color commentary vs. Cornell
Todd Carroll - Color commentary vs. Colgate
College Sports (DirecTV 613)
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host No. 5 Cornell on Friday, Feb. 5 before also facing-off against Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 6. Both games will be played at 8 p.m. Quinnipiac enters the game with an overall record of 13-11-2 overall and 7-7-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Cornell, ranked fifth in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, sits in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a record of 9-2-2 in league play and a 12-5-3 overall mark. Colgate is in fifth place at 7-5-1 in ECAC Hockey action and 10-10-5 overall.
The "Voice of the Bobcats" Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play for both games this weekend. Chris Kotsopoulos will have the color commentary on Friday against Cornell while Todd Caroll will handle the color commentary duties against Colgate on Saturday.
Both of Quinnipiac's games this weekend can be seen live on CBS College Sports at 8 p.m. from the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. In addition, both games can be viewed during encore presentations at 11 p.m. that evening and 9:30 a.m. the following day. CBS College Sports is available on DirecTV on Channel 613.
All-Time Against Cornell
Quinnipiac has won four of 13 games all-time against Cornell, with two of those three wins coming in the 2007 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals to send the Bobcats to the tournament quarterfinals that year. In their last five meetings, Quinnipiac is 1-3-1. Quinnipiac is 1-2-1 al-time on their home ice including a 0-1-1 record at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats defeated Cornell earlier this season, 3-2, on Nov. 21, 2010.
Cornell is currently 12-5-3 overall and 9-2-2 in ECAC Hockey play, good for first place in the league standings. In addition, Cornell is ranked fifth in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Big Red are led by Blake Gallagher, who has totaled 13 goals and 12 assists for a team-high 25 points. Senior Colin Greening is Cornell's other 20-point scorer with seven goals and a team-best 14 assists for 21 points. Joe Devin (5 goals, 11 assists, 16 points), Riley Nash (5-9-14) and Brendan Nash (2-9-11) round out the top five scorers. Cornell's Ben Scrivens ranks first among ECAC Hockey goalies with a 1.94 goals against average, while ranking second with a .929 save percentage.
All-Time Against Colgate
Quinnipiac and Colgate have met 15 times since the Bobcats joined ECAC Hockey in 2005. All-time, Quinnipiac is 6-8-1 against the Raiders, with a 4-4-0 mark on their home sheet and a 2-4-1 mark at Colgate's Starr Rink. Quinnipiac and Colgate met five times last season, with the Colgate winning both regular-season games, 1-0 in Hamden on Nov. 7 and 3-2 in Ithaca on Feb. 7. Quinnipiac hosted Colgate for the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round in a series that saw all three games go to overtime, with the Bobcats winning the first and third games to clinch the series and move on to the Quarterfinals. Quinnipiac won the first game between these two teams, 5-3 on Nov. 20, 2010 in Hamilton, N.Y.
Scouting Colgate University
Colgate is currently 10-10-5 overall and 7-5-1 in ECAC Hockey action, good for fifth place in the league standings. The Raiders feature one of three players in ECAC Hockey to have totaled 30 points to date in Austin Smith (10-21-31). David McIntyre is the only senior among the top five scorers in the Colgate line-up, sitting in second place with eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points. Brian Day leads the Raiders, while ranking second in ECAC Hockey, with 16 goals to go along with 10 assists for 26 points. Francois Brisebois (10-8-18) and Robbie Bourbon (6-9-15) fill out the top five.
Frozen Four Skills Challenge
Quinnipiac University senior assistant captain Brandon Wong , as well as women's ice hockey senior Janine Duffy, has been announced as a preliminary selection for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Currently, 78 student-athletes from NCAA Division I men's and women's ice hockey have been announced with a goal of 32 student-athletes to be announced later this month. Bobcat fans have an opportunity to help their favorite Quinnipiac ice hockey student-athletes be selected to participate in the prestigious NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge by voting online from Feb. 1 through Feb. 15. Bobcat fans can visit www.ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information and online voting.
Brandon Wong (14 goals, 14 assists, 28 pionts), Eric Lampe (11-16-27) and Scott Zurevinski (11-13-24) make Quinnipiac one of two NCAA Division I schools, along with Michigan State, to feature three players to reach double figures in goals and assists to date.
Quinnipiac became the third team this season to have four players (Wong, Lampe, Zurevinski and Jean-Marc Beaudoin (7-15-22)) reach the 20-point mark, to date. Quinnipiac is one of eight schools total, along with Michigan State (5), New Hampshire (5), Ferris State, Miami, Northern Michigan, UMass and UMass Lowell, to feature four 20-point scorers in their line-up.
Scott Zurevinski became the third Quinnipiac player this season, joining Eric Lampe against Yale on Dec. 4, and Jean-Marc Beaudoin against Harvard on Nov. 13, to pass out three assists in a game. Zurevinski has three assists in a 3-3 tie with Niagara on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Point Per Game Guys
Captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin and Scott Zurevinski were the only two players in the Quinnipiac line-up to average at least a point per game for the month of January. Zurevinski led Quinnipiac with three goals and six assists for nine points in eight games, while Beaudoin had two goals and six assists for eight points in eight games.
Jean-Marc Beaudoin tallied a point in seven of the Bobcats eight games this month, and currently carries a team-best six game point streak heading into the weekend series against Cornell and Colgate.
Had Them All!
As a team, Quinnipiac scored just two power-play goals in Janury, both converted by Brandon Wong.
With two goals against Niagara on Saturday, Jan. 23, during a game broadcast live on the Niagara Sports Network, Brandon Wong became the third player to turn in a multiple-goal game in a contest on television. In Quinnipiac's previous two games televised, Eric Lampe had a hat trick against Harvard on Nov. 13, while Wong had a pair of goals against UMass on Nov. 28.
Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin picked up his 15th assist of the season, topping his previous single-season best assist total of 14. Senior Greg Holt is also having a career year. Through 25 games played, Holt has matched his career-best with six goals while also assisting on a career-best 13 goals this season, helping him to a career-best 19 points.
They're Good Friends
Beaudoin and Wong are the only two players in the Quinnipiac line-up to reach the 20-point mark in each of the last three seasons.
Freshman Ben Arnt scored his first career goal with three seconds left in the Bobcats loss to Niagara on Friday night. Arnt became the fifth Quinnipiac freshman to score this season.
Russell Goodman...On The Board
Freshman Russell Goodman scored his first career goal in last Friday's loss to St. Cloud State. He was assisted on the play by senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin and classmate Eric Lampe.
Quinnipiac is one of five team's nationally, along with UMass, Canisius, Denver and Union, to boast two players (Wong, Lampe) with 25 points.
Wong, Lampe and Zurevinski join the group of 44 players in Division I men's ice hockey to reach double figures in goals and assists to date.
Last season, through 39 games, Quinnipiac freshmen accounted for 18 of Quinnipiac's 124 goals (14.5%). This season, through the team's first 26 games, Quinnipiac freshmen have 18 of the Bobcats 84 goals for 21.4%.
Closing The Door
Last season, Quinnipiac was 16-0-0 in games in which it led after the second period. In their last 44 games in that scenario, dating back three seasons, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 40-0-4 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.
Bank Sports Center History
Since the door's opened on Quinnipiac University's state-of-the-art arena on Jan. 27, 2007, the Bobcats have played 57 games on their home ice, posting a 32-19-6 record.
Brandon Wong became the 11th player in Quinnipiac history, as well as the sixth at the Division I level, to reach the 60-goal mark with a marker against Brown on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Wong is one of two active players in NCAA Division I hockey, to score 60 goals and assist on 60 more for his career. St. Cloud State's Ryan Lasch has totaled 71 goals and 90 assists for his career. Wong is also third among active career scoring leaders with 130 (63-67) points, trailing Lasch (71-90-161) and Denver's Rhett Rakhshani (56-78-134).
Three With 30 And 30
For their careers, Jean-Marc Beaudoin (37 goals, 52 assists), Eric Lampe (45-47) and Brandon Wong (63-67) have all reached the 30-goal, 30-assist mark. The trio makes Quinnipiac one of seven teams in NCAA Division I hockey to feature three players with at least 30 goals and 30 assists for their career.