November 1, 2011

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Opens ECAC Hockey Play At Princeton On Tuesday, Nov. 1

Quinnipiac University (6-2-0) at Princeton University (0-1-1
)Hobey Baker Memorial Rink • Princeton, N.J.
Nov. 1, 2011 • 7 PM
Series vs. Princeton: 5-8-1
Last Meeting: T, 1-1 (Jan. 3, 2011, Princeton, N.J.)
Last Quinnipiac Win: 5-1 (Nov. 25, 2009, Hamden, Conn.)
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN

Complete Game Notes In PDF Format

ECAC Hockey Opener
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team opens its ECAC Hockey schedule at Princeton on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink in Princeton, N.J.

On The Air
The "Voice of the Bobcats" Bill Schweizer will have the call with Chris Kotsopoulos providing color commentary. The broadcast can be heard on AM 1220 WQUN, or by click on the "Audio" link at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

The Last Time The Bobcats Were On The Ice
Quinnipiac split a weekend series at Robert Morris on Oct. 21-22, losing the first game, 5-4, to halt a five-game winning streak before responding with a 4-1 win on Saturday night. 

All-Time Against Princeton
Quinnipiac is 5-8-1 all-time against Princeton. The Bobcats and Tigers have been paired as travel partners within the ECAC Hockey ranks since QU joined the league in 2005. After winning four its first six games against the Tigers, they have managed just one win in their last eight meetings against Princeton. 

Scouting The Tigers
Long-time St. Lawrence assistant Bob Prier accepted his first head coaching position at Princeton this summer. Princeton opened play this weekend, tying nationally-ranked Yale, 2-2, before falling to Brown, 3-2, on the following night. Michael Sdao scored in both games for the Tigers, while Jack Berger had two assists. Sean Bonar stopped 28 of 30 against Yale for the tie while Mike Condon had 23 saves in Princeton's one-goal loss to Brown.

The Last Time They Met
Quinnipiac and Princeton tied, 1-1, in their last meeting on Jan. 3, 2011, at Hobey Baker Rink. Jeremy Langlois scored the Bobcats' only goal while Derrick Pallis accounted for Princeton's. Eric Hartzell stopped 34 of Princeton's 35 shots in the game. 

Halfway There
Quinnipiac has scored four goals in seven straight games, the longest since the 2009-10 team accomplished the same feat. The Quinnipiac record for most consecutive games with four or more goals is 14, set by the 1999-2000 team. The 2011-12 Bobcats are the seventh team in program history to post seven straight games with four or more goals. 

Consecutive Games With 4 Or More Goals
1. 1999-2000, 14 Games (10/15-12/13/99)
2.  1988-89, 12 Games (12/3/08-2/5/00) 
3.  1986-87, 10 Games (1/25-3/4/87)
4. 2004-05, 8 Games (2/19-3/18/05)
5. 2004-05, 7 Games (1/15-2/11/05)
6. 2009-10, 7 Games (10/30 - 11/20/09)
7. 2011-12, 7 Games (10/8 - 10/22/11)

Peca Named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week
Peca, in his first season at Quinnipiac, helped the Bobcats to a 2-1-0 week after scoring in each of Quinnipiac's three games and also picking up an assist in the Bobcats win against Bentley. For the year, Peca has totaled three goals and five assists for eight points. He ranks second in total points among all rookies in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey and tied for 4th in points per game (1.00). Peca is the second Bobcats player to earn weekly ECAC Hockey honors after Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Oct. 7, 2011. Point StreakJeremy Langlois has tallied a point in each of Quinnipiac's first eight games. It marks the longest season-opening streak since Eric Lampe had a point in the first eight games of the 2009 season.

Battled Test
Quinnipiac had a five-game winning streak stopped with a 5-4 loss to Robert Morris, but were able to savage a split with the Colonials. In a 10-day stretch, Quinnipiac posted a 5-1-0 record with wins against Bentley, Canisius, Holy Cross and RMU.

Cracking The Top 20
Quinnipiac earned the No. 20 spot in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, its first ranking since Jan. 17, 2010. 

INCH Power Rankings
The Bobcats also landed in the No. 18 spot in the INCH Power Rankings.

Great Start Clarkie
Goalie Dan Clarke is currently 4-1-0 with a .929 save percentage and a 1.39 goals against average. Clarke has allowed just three goals in his last 199 minutes in net over his last four appearances, which also included a 14-save, 4-0 shutout of Canisius on Oct. 16.

Top Line
The line of Langlois, Peca and Scott Zurevinski has combined for 12 of Quinnipiac's 35 goals and seven of the Bobcats' 10 power-play goals.
Keep Rolling Those Two LinesThe Bobcats' second line of Connor and Kellen Jones and Russell Goodman have accounted for seven goals and 13 assists. Connor is second in scoring (3-7-10), just ahead of Kellen (3-5-8).