Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Hosts U.S. National Under-18 Team On Saturday, Jan. 22Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-10-3) vs.
U.S. National Under-18 Team (14-18-3)
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
USA Comes To The Bank
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host the U.S. National Under-18 Team on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats are coming off a weekend series against Canisius that saw Quinnipiac win the first game before tying the second game to run their record to 12-10-3. Team USA is 14-18-3 overall and 2-10-0 against NCAA competition.
Paul Pacelli will have the play-by-play for the Bobcats' tilt against the U.S. National Team, available at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, with color commentary provided by former NHL veteran Chris Kotsopoulos. Live video and live stats are also available at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting Team USA
The United States National Under-18 Team is part of the developmental program through USA Hockey that plays teams in the USHL and on the international level as well as NCAA competition. Team USA is currently 14-18-3 overall and 2-10-0 against NCAA competition. Team USA opened their NCAA schedule with back-to-back losses to Denver and Colorado College in early October before dropping a 3-0 decision to Michigan. After consecutive losses to Cornell and Mercyhurst, they got their first NCAA win against Bowdoin, 4-1, on Nov. 27. After a pair of 2-1 losses to Colby and North Dakota, they defeated Southern Maine, 5-1, before lossing three straight to Maine, Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth. Team USA features four 20-point scorers in Rocco Grimaldi (23-16--39), Reid Boucher (12-14--26), Travis Boyd (9-12--21) and J.T. Miller (5-16--21). Grimaldi also leads the team against NCAA competition with four goals and three assists in 11 games played. In goal, John Gibson and Matt McNeely have split time between the pipes. Gibson is 8-8-2 with a .912 save percentage and a 3.00 goals-against average while McNeely checks in at 6-10-1 with a .902 save percentage and a 3.64 GAA.
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 54-0-5 in their last 59 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.
Quinnipiac totaled nine goals across two games against Canisius last weekend, winning the first game 7-3 before tying the Griffs, 2-2, in the second game. The nine goals are the most against one team in a two-game set this season for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac's four goals in the first period against Canisius in the Bobcats' 7-3 win on Sunday, Jan. 16 were the most since Feb. 26, 2010 against Brown.
Lot Of Points
Six different Bobcats scored against Canisius on Sunday, Jan. 16 - the most this season. In all, seven different players totaled multiple points in the game. The last time the Bobcats had that many players tally multiple points came against Brown on Feb. 26, 2010.
In Quinnipiac's first 14 games, through the first half of the season, Jeremy Langlois had two goals and one assist as Quinnipiac posted a 7-6-1 record. Since then, Langlois has totaled nine goals and four assists for 13 points in 11 games as Quinnipiac has posted a 5-4-1 record.
Keep It Going
Langlois has five goals in his last five games, including three against Canisius last weekend. Langlois has scored in eight of the Bobcats' last 11 games.
Riding The Bus
Russell Goodman has benefitted from his linemate's (Langlois) recent scoring outburst, totaling three goals and five assists over the last 11 games.
Since the second half start to the season, Loren Barron and Kellen Jones lead the team with eight assists. For the year, Barron has tallied a team-high 12 assists.
To Be Outdone
Junior captain Scott Zurevinsk checks in behind Langlois with five goals in 11 games over December and January.
Double Figure Scorers
Quinnipiac is one of four teams in ECAC Hockey, along with Brown, Union and Yale, to feature eight players with double-digit point totals.
Since a 5-2 loss to Providence before a two-week hiatus, Quinnipiac has lost once in its last seven games, posting a 4-1-2 record in that span.
Getting Ahead Early
Quinnipiac is 11-1-2 this season in the 14 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 21st nationally in GAA (2.27), eighth in save percentage (.927) while his 9-3-2 record give him a .714 winning percentage, good for a tie for ninth place nationally.