Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6 - Best-of-Three
No. 8 Quinnipiac University vs. No. 9 Brown University
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
AM 1220 WQUN
AM 1410 WPOP
Bill Schweizer - play-by-play
Chris Kotsopoulos - color commentary
ECAC Hockey-ranked No. 8 Quinnipiac will host No. 9 Brown for a best-of-three ECAC Hockey Champsionship First-Round series on March 4 and 5, and 6 if needed. Quinnipiac clinched the final host-spot in the league tournament with a pair of ties this past weekend against nationally-ranked Union and RPI.
Hockey Championship Tournament History
Since joining the league for the 2006-07 season, the Bobcats hold an 16-11 all-time record in the ECAC Hockey Championship tournament. The Bobcats' carry an 10-2 record in the first round of the tournament, including an 8-2 record at the TD Bank Sports Center, while posting a 5-8 mark in quarterfinal games. Quinnipiac is 1-0 in semifinal games and 0-1 in the championship game. Quinnipiac's most successful postseason came in 2007 when the Bobcats swept Union at home before upsetting Cornell at Lynah Rink in two games in the quarterfinals. Quinnipiac continued their run, knocking off St. Lawrence, 4-0, in the semifinals before falling to Clarkson in the Championship Game, 4-2. Quinnipiac led in that game, 2-0.
Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play and Chris Kotsopoulos will provide the color commentary on WQUN 1220 AM and WPOP 1410 AM. Bobcat fans can also direct their browsers to www.WQUN.com or the Official Athletics Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live video, live stats and a live in-game chat are also available. Quinnipiac fans can also follow live updates on Twitte (@QUAthletics)
All-Time Against Brown
Quinnipiac is 8-4-2 in 14 games all-time against Brown. Both ties occurred this season, 3-3 in Providence on Nov. 15 and 2-2 in Hamden on Feb. 19. Quinnipiac won seven of the first nine meetings between the two teams, but have posted a 1-2-2 record in their last five meetings. Quinnipiac is 4-1-1 all-time at the TD Bank Sports Center against the Bears and 2-0-0 all-time in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.
Scouting The Bears
Brown enters the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round with a record of 10-14-5 overall and 8-12-2 in ECAC Hockey play. The Bears won twice last weekend, downing Cornell, 3-2, before also knocking off Colgate, 6-4. Prior to last weekend's sweep, Brown had won just once in its previous nine games (1-7-1). Senior Harry Zolnierczyk leads the Bears in goals (16) and points (31), while also chipping in 15 points. Assist- and co-point leader Jack Mclellan has not played for Brown since Feb. 12. Chris Zaires (5-16--21) is the Bears' only other 20-point scorer while freshman Dennis Robertson (6-11--17) and David Brownschidle round-out Browns' top five scorers. Mike Clemente is Brown's top netminder, logging a 8-11-5 record with a .900 save percentage and a 3.16 goals-against average.
Hockey Tournament Flashback
The last time Quinnipiac and Brown met in the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round in 2007, the Bobcats swept the home series, 7-6 in overtime and 7-1. In the first game, Bryant Leitch tallied two goals and three assists while Jamie Bates finished with a goal and three assists. Ben Nelson scored twice in Game 1 while David Marshall had the game-winner in overtime. In the second game, Bates and Brandon Wong totaled two goals and an assist while Greg Holt had a goal and three assists. Bud Fisher stymied the Bears in goal, turning away 25 of 26 shots on goal.
Other Brooks Robinson
Freshman forward Brooks Robinson entered this past weekend having not dressed for 11-straight. The first-year forward responded with a goal in both of Quinnipiac's games this weekend. With Quinnipiac trailing by two goals, Robinson had the Bobcats' first goal of the game in a 2-2 tie with Union. He also had the second, and what would hold up as the tying goal in a 2-2 tie with RPI.
To See You
Dan Clarke started in his first game since Dec. 4, stopping 31 of Union's 33 shots on goal in the Bobcats' 2-2 tie with the nationally-ranked Dutchmen.
Not To Be Outdone
Eric Hartzell turned in an almost duplicate game against RPI, also stopping 31 shots en route to a 2-2 tie on Saturday night.
59th Annual Walter Brown Award
Quinnipiac sophomore Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been announced as one of 15 semifinalists for the prestigious Walter Brown Award, given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The award, now in its 59th year, honors the top American-born NCAA Division I men's ice hockey player in New England. Hartzell was one of five players from ECAC Hockey announced as semifinalist, and one of four goalies on the list. The sophomore goalie has had a break-out season, posting a 10-5-4 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.28 goals-against average.
ALL-TIME ECAC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT HISTORY (16-11-0)
DATE W/L SCORE LOCATION
3/14/10 L 1-2 @ Union$
3/13/10 L 1-3 @ Union$
3/12/10 W 3-2 (5OT) @ Union$
3/7/10 W 2-1 vs. Dartmouth#
3/6/10 L 3-6 vs. Dartmouth#
3/5/10 W 3-2 vs. Dartmouth #
3/14/09 L 3-5 @ St. Lawrence$
3/13/09 L 3-5 @ St. Lawrence$
3/8/09 W 4-3 (OT) vs. Colgate#
3/7/09 L 4-5 (OT) vs. Colgate#
3/6/09 W 3-2 (OT) vs. Colgate#
3/16/08 L 1-3 @ Harvard$
3/15/08 W 7-4 @ Harvard$
3/14/08 L 0-11 @ Harvard$
3/8/08 W 7-1 vs. Brown#
3/7/08 W 7-6 (OT) vs. Brown#
3/17/07 L 2-4 vs. Clarkson^
3/16/07 W 4-0 vs. St. Lawrence&
3/10/07 W 3-2 @ Cornell$
3/9/07 W 1-0 (OT) @ Cornell$
3/3/07 W 5-4 (OT) vs. Union#
3/2/07 W 3-1 vs. Union#
3/12/06 L 0-4 @ Colgate $
3/11/06 L 3-5 @ Colgate $
3/10/06 W 3-0 @ Colgate $
3/4/06 W 4-2 @ RPI#
3/3/06 W 2-1 @ RPI#
# - ECAC Hockey First Round Series Record: 10-2
@ TDBSC Record: 8-2
$ - ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Series Record: 5-8
& - ECAC Hockey Semifinal Series Record: 1-0
^ - ECAC Hockey Championship Game Record: 0-1