Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Hosts No. 9 Union And Rensselaer This Weekend

Quinnipiac (8-6-2, 1-4-2 ECAC Hockey) vs. No. 9/9 Union (7-3-3, 3-2-0 ECAC Hockey)
Dec. 2, 2011 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Union: 9-9-2
Last Time QU Faced Union: T, 2-2 (Feb. 25, 2011, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Last Quinnipiac Win vs. Union: W, 3-2 5OT (March, 12, 2010, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. Union: Tied 1
2010-11 vs. Union: 0-1-1 • Last 5 vs. Union: 1-3-1 •  Last 10 vs. Union: 2-7-1
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Quinnipiac (8-6-2, 1-4-2 ECAC Hockey) vs. Rensselaer (3-10-0, 1-4-0 ECAC Hockey)
Dec. 3, 2011 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center Hamden, Conn.                
Series vs. RPI: 5-5-6
Last Time QU Faced RPI: T, 2-2 (Feb. 26, 2011, Troy, N.Y.)
Last Quinnipiac Win vs. RPI: W, 5-1 (Nov. 15, 2008, Troy, N.Y.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. RPI: Tied 2
2010-11 vs. RPI: 0-0-2 • Last 5 vs. RPI: 0-2-3 •  Last 10 vs. RPI: 3-2-5
Audio: AM 1220 WQUNVideo: QuinnipiacBobcats.tvLive Stats: livestats.prestosports.com/quinnipiac/
Bobcats Return To ECAC Hockey Action
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team (8-6-2, 1-4-2 ECAC Hockey) will host a pair of ECAC Hockey games this weekend at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center when No. 9/9 Union (7-3-3, 3-2-0 ECAC Hockey) visits on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. while Rensselaer (3-10-0, 1-4-0 ECAC Hockey) come to town on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Tune In
Live video for both of this weekend's games can be accessed at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.tv. Live stats can also be accessed at livestats.prestosports.com/quinnipiac

On The Air
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN. Bobcat fans can access the live audiostream on the web at www.WQUN.com or by clicking the "Audio" link at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

The Last Time The Bobcats Were On The Ice
Quinnipiac snapped a six-game winless streak with a 4-2 win against non-conference foe UMass on Saturday, Nov. 26 at High Points Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.

All-Time Against Union
Quinnipiac is 9-9-2 in 20 games against Union, but have not won since their epic five-overtime ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals showdown on March 12, 2010. Seven of Quinnipiac's nine wins against the Dutchmen came in their first eight games all-time, while Union has won eight of the last 12, with two ending in draws. Quinnipiac is 4-4-0 on its home ice all-time against Union, including a 2-4-0 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Scouting The Dutchmen
Union is currently 7-3-3 overall and 3-2-0 in ECAC Hockey, and ranked ninth in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Dutchmen won their last two games, 5-1 against Rensselaer on Nov. 15, and 6-3 against Michigan on Nov. 27. Kelly Zajac leads five Union players in double digits with three goals and a team-high 13 assists for 16 points. Jeremy Welsh has scored a team-leading nine goals to go along with three assists for 12 points. Daniel Carr (6-6-12), Mat Bodie (2-10-12) and Wayne Simpson (6-4-10) fill-out the Dutchmen's top-five scorers. In goal, Troy Grosenick has logged over 70% of the minutes in net, registering a 6-2-2 record with a 1.76 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.

All-Time Against RPI
Quinnipiac is 5-5-6 all-time against RPI, but haven't registered a win against the Engineers since 2008, with RPI winning two of the last five games while three ended in ties. In both match-ups last year, both teams finished even with a 2-2 tie in Troy, N.Y. and a 3-3 tie in Hamden. Quinnipiac has lost just once to RPI on its home ice, a 4-1 defeat on Jan. 8, 2010, while posting a 1-1-4 record all-time on its home sheet. The Bobcats are 1-1-2 at the TD Bank Sports Center against the Engineers.

Scouting The Engineers
RPI is currently 3-10-0 overall including a 1-4-0 in ECAC Hockey play. RPI opened the season with a split against Minnesota State before losing eight straight, including weekend sweeps at nationally-ranked Ferris State and at home against Colorado College with a loss to Notre Dame sandwiched in between. RPI dropped its first three ECAC Hockey games, 4-1 to Clarkson, 2-0 to St. Lawrence and 2-0 to Yale. RPI has won two of its last three, with wins against Brown, 1-0, and RIT, 2-0, and a loss to Union, 5-1. Nick Bailen and Ryan Haggerty have paced the Engineers with three goals and three assists apiece while Brock Higgs leads the team with four assists.

Next Up For the Bobcats
Quinnipiac hosts Sacred Heart on Dec. 9 and Princeton on Dec. 11. The Bobcats are then idle until Dec. 30-31 when it travels to Nebraska Omaha.

Strong Month
Sophomore Connor Jones (Montrose, B.C.) led Quinnipiac in goals (2), assists (5) and points (7) in eight games played in the month of November. Jones had back-to-back two-assist nights against Princeton in a 5-2 win and Dartmouth in a 5-4 loss. He also had Quinnipiac's only goal in a 3-1 loss at Colgate before adding a goal and an assist against UMass to snap the Bobcats' six-game winless streak. For the month, Jones was a +1 and won 69.7% (108-of-156) of the face-offs he took.

Putting It Together
Jones' two-point night against UMass, in which he had a goal and an assist, was his sixth multiple-point game of the season, good for the team lead.

Get Connor The Puck!
In the five games that Connor Jones has scored, Quinipiac is 4-1-0.

He Can Pass Too
In the seven games in which he has assisted on a goal, Quinnipiac is 5-2-0.

Hartzy Heating Up
For the month of November, Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) started five of Quinnipiac's eight games, posting a 1.47 goals-against average after allowing eight goals in over 325 minutes in net. Hartzell also stopped 97 of 106 shots on goal for a .924 save percentage.

Bouncing Back
In his first four games of the season, Hartzell was tagged for 10 goals. In his last five, the sophomore goalie has allowed eight.

Lucky Number 13
Yuri Bouharevich (#13) missed three of the Bobcats' first four games this season due to injury. The senior center returned to the line-up on a regular basis on Oct. 18 and immediately contributed with two goals in three assists in five straight games. Bouharevich then went on a skid, going scoreless in his next five games before breaking out of the rut with two assists in Quinnipiac's 4-2 win against UMass on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Clay Pigeons
Clay Harvey's goal against UMass was his first this season, and first since Dec. 8, 2010. Harvey snapped a 36-game goal-less streak with a scored just 1:16 into the Bobcats win against UMass.

Zack Attack
Zach Currie registered his first career multiple-point game with a goal and an assist against UMass in a 4-2 win. Currie stepped into the Bobcats' starting line-up and has totaled two goals and three assists to date. 

Good Trend
In both games that Zack Currie has scored this year - Saturday's win against UMass and a 5-3 win against Holy Cross - Quinnipiac is 2-0-0.

Baker's Dozen
Jeremy Langlois, with 10 goals in 16 games, is one of 13 players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey to have tallied double-digit goals to date.
Fantastic Four
Langlois is also tied for the Division lead with six power play goals, matching Union's Jeremy Welsh, North Dakota's Brock Nelson and Nebraska-Omaha's Terry Broadhurst.

Get The MP
Matthew Peca is tied for 15th nationally in points per game for rookies. Peca has tallied 12 points (3g, 9a) in 15 games played for a 0.80 point per game clip.

Stingy Defense
Quinnipiac currently ranks 8th nationally in scoring defense, posting a combined 2.25 goals-against average.
Contact: Ken Sweeten, kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu