Quinnipiac men's ice
hockey sophomores Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) and Eric Hartzell
(White Bear Lake, Minn.) earned weekly honors as announced by the
ECAC Hockey office today. Barron earned MLX Skates ECAC Hockey
Player of the Week honors while Hartzell earned MLX Skates Goalie
of the Week honors. The duo turned in career nights as Quinnipiac
defeated nationally-ranked No. 8/9 Nebraska Omaha, 4-3 and 3-2, on
Thursday and Friday night, respectively.
Hartzell was outstanding against the Mavericks as he stopped 97 of 102 shots on goal over the two-game series. On Thursday, Dec. 30, Hartzell kicked-away 53 of UNO's 56 shots on goal en route to a 4-3 win, his sixth of the season. He picked up his seventh win of the year, and 10th career victory, on Friday, Dec. 31 when he stopped 44 of 46 shots by Nebraska Omaha, including 14 in the third period that saw a tie between both teams, 2-2. For the year, Hartzell's 7-2-0 record ranks 10th among all NCAA Division I goalies while he has also posted a .926 save percentage and a 2.54 goals-against average.
Barron won his second ECAC Hockey honor of all-time after a six-point scoring surge helped the Bobcats to a two-game sweep of Nebraska Omaha. Barron entered Thursday's game with four points through 17 games played before doubling his season output with an one-goal, three-assist performance. He followed that with a two-assist outing that also saw him get the helper on Zach Hansen's game-winning goal late in the third period. His five assists in the two games equal his 2009-10 output while his one goal and nine assists for 10 points already surpass last year's totals.
Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) was also nominated for Rookie of the Week, which went to Union's Matt Weninger. Jones totaled three points over the Bobcats' two games against Nebraska Omaha on three assists.
Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend for a pair of ECAC Hockey tilts when it hosts Colgate on Friday, Jan. 7 and Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 8. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start at the TD Bank Sports Center.