Quinnipiac Bobcats (11-10-2, 5-6-2 ECAC Hockey) at
Canisius Golden Griffins (6-10-4, 5-6-4 Atlantic Hockey)
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 - 4:05 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16, 2011 - 4:05 p.m.
Buffalo State Sports Center - Buffalo, N.Y.
Busing It To Buffalo
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Canisius College in a two-game, non-conference series on Sunday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 17, with both games scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. start at the Buffalo State Sports Center. Quinnipiac is currently 11-10-2 overall, including a 3-1-1 mark in its last five games while Canisius is 6-10-4 overall and are currently on a four-game losing streak.
Paul Pacelli will have the play-by-play for this weekend's games against Canisius available on AM 1220 WQUN or at www.WQUN.com, with color commentary provided by Ken Sweeten.
All-Time Against Canisius
Quinnipiac and Canisius have met a total of 24 times since the Bobcats joined the Division I ranks in 1998, with Quinnipiac winning 14 of those games. Overall, QU is 14-7-3 all-time against the Griffins, but have not faced them since the 2005 season. In the 24 meetings between the two teams, Quinnipiac lost back-to-back games against Canisius just once (1/9/04 and 1/10/04) and posted a series-best six-game winning streak from 12/1/01 to 3/15/03. The Bobcats are 11-1-0 all-time on their home ice against Canisius and 3-5-3 as the road team. In two neutral site games, the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals and the 1999 MAAC Hockey Semifinals, Quinnipiac is 0-2-0.
Canisius is currently 6-10-4 overall and 5-6-4 in Atlantic Hockey, giving them a record of 1-4-0 against five non-conference teams. Canisius has lost four straight and five of its last six games. The Golden Griffins are led by Cory Conacher who has tallied a team-high nine goals, to go along with nine assists, for a team-best 18 points in 20 games played. Ben Danford leads Canisius in assists with 11, while Vincent Scarsella (6-9--15), Kyle Gibbons (6-8--14) and Eric Rex (5-8--13) round out the Griffins' top five scorers. In goal, Dan Morrison has seen a majority of the minutes, posting a 4-9-3 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
At Closing It Out
Quinnipiac currently holds the longest active unbeaten streak when leading after the second period in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. The Bobcats are 53-0-5 in their last 58 games in that situation dating back to March 17, 2007. Miami was previous unbeaten in 81 straight games (78-0-3) dating back to March 9, 2007 before giving up a lead in the third period in a loss to Notre Dame on Dec. 3, 2010.
Getting Ahead Early
Quinnipiac is 10-1-1 this season in the 11 games in which it has scored first.
Among The National Leaders
Eric Hartzell currently ranks among the NCAA Division I goalie leaders in goals-against average, save percentage and winning percentage. He ranks 22nd nationally in GAA (2.32), seventh in save percentage (.930) while his 8-3-1 record give him a .708 winning percentage, good for 11th nationally.
Staying Out Of Trouble
Quinnipiac is averaging the 10th fewest penalty minutes in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey at 11.0 per game after being whistled for 254 minutes over 23 games. Against Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 8, Quinnipiac managed to stay out of the penalty box completely, posting no penalty minutes for the first time this season.
Quinnipiac has allowed 19 power play goals in 23 games this season, killing 69 of 88 of the opponents' man-advantage opportunities. The Bobcats haven't given up a power-play goal in their last three games and have allowed four over their last nine outings.
Scott Zurevinski's goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation against Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 8 sent the game to overtime and gave Zurevinski the team lead with nine goals this season.