Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey's ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinal Series Against Cornell Begins Tonight at 7 PM
ECAC Hockey Championship Quarterfinals
Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13 - Best-of-Three
No. 8 Quinnipiac University vs. No. 4 Cornell University
Lynah Rink - Ithaca, N.Y.
AM 1220 WQUN
AM 1410 WPOP
Schweizer - play-by-play
Chris Kotsopoulos - color commentary
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Provided by Cornell
ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals
The eighth-seeded Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team, fresh off an ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round Series sweep of Brown, travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on fourth-seeded Cornell at Lynah Rink for the tournament's quarterfinals. Quinnipiac was only favorite to win in the first round, as the the tournament featured three upsets out of the gate. Quinnipiac is 15-13-8 overall while Cornell is 13-3-3 on the season.
The field for the ECAC Hockey Tournament was shook-up when three of the four First Round Series ended in upsets as No. 10 Harvard defeated No. 7 Clarkson, No. 11 St. Lawrence knocked-off No. 6 Princeton and No. 12 Colgate shocked No. 5 RPI to advance. The Quarterfinals find No. 8 Quinnipiac at No. 4 Cornell, Colgate at top-seeded Union, St. Lawrence at Yale and Harvard at regular-season travel partner Dartmouth. The best-of-three series are set to run from March 11-13 with the winners advancing to the ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. next weekend.
ECAC Hockey Championship Tournament History
With their first round sweep of Brown last weekend, the Bobcats advanced for to the ECAC Hockey Tournament Quartefinals for the sixth consecutive year. Quinnipiac holds an 18-11 all-time record in the ECAC Hockey Championship tournament. The Bobcats' carry an 12-2 record in the first round of the tournament, including an 10-2 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.
Since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey in 2005-06, they are the only team out of the 12 that comprise the league to win an ECAC Hockey Tournament series each year.
Quinnipiac has won four of 16 games all-time against Cornell, with two of those three wins coming in the 2007 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals to send the Bobcats to the tournament quarterfinals that year. In their last five meetings, Quinnipiac is 1-4-0. Quinnipiac is 3-5-1 all-time at Lynah Rink.
The Big Red clinched the fourth spot in the ECAC Hockey Tournament after posting an 11-9-2 mark in the regular season. After posting an impressive 7-1-2 record in 10 games from Jan. 7 through Feb. 5, Cornell has won twice in their last six games, including their last two regular season games against Brown and Yale. Sophomore Greg Miller leads the team in assists (21) and points (25) while senior Joe Devin has tallied a team-best 13 goals while also assisting on 10 more for 23 points on the year. Tyler Roeszler is Cornell's only other 20-point scorer with 12 goals and nine assists on the year. In goal, Andy Iles and Mike Garman have split time all season. Garman is 5-8-1 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against average while Iles is 8-5-2 with a 2.34 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Against the Bobcats, Garmen stopped 23 of Quinnipiac's 24 shots in a 4-1 win on Nov. 8 at Lynah Rink while Iles stopped 32 of 34 in an 3-2 overtime win at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Six different Bobcats accounted for Quinnipiac's eight goals last weekend, while Zach Hansen and Jeremy Langlois both scored twice in the series. None of the six players had previously scored in the postseason before.
While six different players scored Quinnipiac's eight goals last weekend, 13 different players found their way onto the box score - the most in a weekend series this season.
Quinnipiac's back-to-back shutouts against Brown mark the second time in ECAC Hockey Tournament history that a team held its opponent scoreless in a postseason series, matching Browns' 2-0 and 1-0 wins against Harvard in 2009.
More Shutout Stuff...
With two shutouts already, Quinnipiac already matches the 2007 postseason as the Bobcats kept Cornell and St. Lawrence off the board in the quarters and semis, respectively. While Bud Fisher '09 posted both shutouts that season, this was the first time that two different goalies (Dan Clarke on Friday and Eric Hartzell on Saturday) completed the feat.
Early and Often
Quinnipiac has got on the board first in 20 of its 36 games this season, posting a 14-2-4 record when they score the game's first goal.
From The Blue Line
Loren Barron pushed his team-leading assist total to 17. Barron is the first Quinnipiac defenseman since former All-American Reid Cashman to lead the team in assists.