February 11, 2010

Men's Ice Hockey Heads To North Country To Take On St. Lawrence And Clarkson

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (14-12-2, 8-8-0 ECAC Hockey) at

St. Lawrence University Saints (14-10-5, 8-5-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010- 7 p.m.
Appleton Arena - Canton, N.Y.

Clarkson University Golden Knights (5-20-3, 1-13-2 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 - 4 p.m.
Cheel Arena - Potsdam, N.Y.

Heading North
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey heads to the North Country this weekend to take on St. Lawrence and Clarkson. The Bobcats and Saints hit the ice at Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y. on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. before heading over to Clarkson's Cheel Arena on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac is coming off a 2-0 shutout against Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 6 that snapped an eight-game winless streak to help them improve to 14-12-2 overall and 8-8-0 in ECAC Hockey, good for seventh place. St. Lawrence sits in fourth place, just three points ahead of the Bobcats, with a league mark of 8-5-3 and an overall record of 14-10-5. Clarkson is 5-20-3 overall, including a 1-13-2 record in league play.

Broadcast News
Paul Pacelli will have the play-by-play for both games this weekend while Chris Kotsopoulos will have the color commentary.

All-Time Against St. Lawrence University
Quinnipiac is 4-7-2 in 13 meetings all-time against St. Lawrence, including a 5-2 win against the Saints earlier this season at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is 1-5-1 all-time at Appleton Arena, with its first win on SLU's home ice coming last season. The Bobcats lost twice in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in Canton last season.

Scouting St. Lawrence University
St. Lawrence is currently 14-10-5 overall with an ECAC Hockey record of 8-5-3, good for 19 points and fourth place in the league standings. Last weekend, St. Lawrence tied RPI, 3-3, before losing to Union, 4-2. The Saints have gone three games without a win just once this season. Three of St. Lawrence's top-five scorers this season are seniors, led by Travis Vermeulen who boasts a team-high 12 goals to go-along with 15 assists for a Saints-leading 27 points. Mike McKenzie is just behind Vermeulen with 23 points, including a team-best 16 assists. Senior Alex Curren has tallied six goals and 11 assists for 17 points, while freshman Kyle Flanagan and sophomore Brandon Bollig have chipped in with five goals and 14 assists. In goal, the Saints feature one of ECAC Hockey's top goalies in Kain Tisi, who has logged over 1,000 minutes this season spanning 19 games. Tisi ranks among the conference and national leaders with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.

All-Time Against Clarkson University
Quinnipiac and Clarkson have met 12 times in their all-time series history, splitting the match-up 6-6-0. Quinnipiac has had the edge as of late, winning four of the last five meetings between the two teams. The Bobcats are 4-2-0 all-time at home against the Golden Knights, including a 3-1 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats are 2-3-0 at Clarkson's Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y.

Scouting Clarkson University
Clarkson is currently 5-20-3 overall, including a 1-13-2 mark against ECAC Hockey competition. Clarkson has struggled for much of the year despite jumping out to a 3-2-0 mark through its first five games. Since then, Clarkson has won twice in it's last 13 games and are currently on a nine-game winless streak, including eight straight losses. Their last win fell on Friday, Jan. 8 when they beat Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1. Matt Beca leads Clarkson with a team-high 14 goals as well as 13 assists for a Golden Knights' leading 27 points. Scott Freeman is Clarkson's only other 20-point scorer and has passed out a team-high 15 assists. Brendan DeFazio has tallied eight goals and 10 assists, while Louke Oakley has matched Freeman's 15 assists this year.

Glad That's Over With
With a 2-0 win against Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 6, the Bobcats snapped an 10-game winless streak that stretched back to their last win on Dec. 12 against American International College. The Bobcats' 10-game winless streak was their longest in Division I history and longest since the 1994-95 season when Quinnipiac went 11 games without a win.

Shut 'Em Down
In a 2-0 win against Colgate last weekend, Dan Clarke posted the shutout shutout of his career. The sophomore netminder turned away all 26 shots on goal by the Raiders for his first win since Nov. 28 when he stopped 28 of 32 in a 5-4 overtime thriller against UMass.

The Bolt And Hano
In Quinnipiac's 2-0 win against Colgate, senior Greg Holt built on his career year with his seventh goal of the season. This year, Holt has reached career-highs with seven goals and 13 assists for his first 20-point campain of his four-year collegiate career. Zach Hansen also added a goal in the win, his second of the season.

Milestone Watch
Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold currently boasts 295 career victories, sitting just five W's from the 300-win mark. Pecknold would become just the fourth coach in Quinnipiac history, along with Burt Kahn, Dan Gooley and Mike Quitko, to reach the 300-win mark. Quinnipiac has six regular-season games remaining, as well as the ECAC Hockey Tournament to reach the mark this season.

Milestone Watch, II
Senior Eric Lampe has tallied 92 career points, sitting just eight points from becoming the 17th player in Quinnipiac's Division I history, and 31st all-time, to reach the 100-point mark. Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin has 89 career points.

Closing The Door
Last season, Quinnipiac was 16-0-0 in games in which it led after the second period. In their last 45 games in that scenario, dating back three seasons, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 41-0-4 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.

TD 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 58 games on their home ice, posting a 33-19-6 record.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey senior captain Jean-Marc Beadoin (St. Paul, Alb.) has been named one of the 10 finalists for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior NCAA student-athlete who excels on and off the ice. The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award hockey ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding March 16. Fan balloting is available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text HOCKEY to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

NCAA 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.

Good Company
Quinnipiac is one of 14 Division I programs, and the only ECAC Hockey team, with three players to reach double figures in points and assists. Brandon Wong has tallied 14 goals and 15 assists, followed by Eric Lampe with 11 goals and a team-high 16 assists and rounded out by Scott Zurevinski with 11 goals and 13 assists.

Great Scott!
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 had three assists in a 3-3 tie with Niagara on Saturday, Jan. 23.

The 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.

Nice Month Johnny
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.

He Had Them All!
As a team, Quinnipiac scored just two power-play goals in Janury, both converted by Brandon Wong.

Career Numbers
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.

Gentle Ben
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.

Youth Movement
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%.

Milestone Marker
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.

He's On The List
Brandon Wong is one of four players in Quinnipiac's Division I history, along with Chris Cerrella '01, Ben Nelson '08 and Matt Craig '05, to reach 60 goals and 60 assists for his career.

Impressive Information
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 74 goals and 93 assists for his career. Wong is also third among active career scoring leaders with 131 (63-68) points, trailing Lasch (74-93-167) and Denver's Rhett Rakhshani (56-80-136).

Three With 30 And 30
For their careers, Jean-Marc Beaudoin (37 goals, 52 assists), Eric Lampe (45-47) and Brandon Wong (63-68) 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.