Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Resumes Second Half Play At Nebraska Omaha This Weekend

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Quinnipiac Bobcats (11-6-3, 3-4-3 ECAC Hockey) at
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (9-8-3, 7-4-3 WCHA)
Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 - 8:37 PM (EST) • Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 - 3:07 PM (EST)
CenturyLink Center Omaha • Omaha, Neb.
Series vs. UNO: 2-0-0
Last Time QU Faced UNO: W, 3-2 (Dec. 31, 2010 - Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against UNO: W, 3-2 (Dec. 31, 2010 - Hamden, Conn.)
Current Win Streak vs. UNO: Won 2

Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: B2LiveTV.com
Live Stats: www.omavs.com

New Year's Wrap-Up
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will travel to Omaha, Neb. to play University of Nebraska Omaha in a two-game series on Dec. 30-31 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Friday's game is set for a 8:37 p.m. start while Saturday's game will be played at 3:07 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Tune In
Live video for both of this weekend's games can be accessed at www. B2LiveTV.com. Live stats can also be accessed at www.omavs.com.

On The Air
Paul "The Jet" Pacelli and Ken Sweeten 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 has not skated since a 3-2 ECAC Hockey win against Princeton on Sunday, Dec. 11 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.  Zack Currie had the first multiple-goal game of his career while Kevin Bui also netted his first career goal in the Bobcats' win.

All-Time Against Nebraska Omaha
Quinnipiac and Nebraska Omaha played the only two games of their all-time series last season at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac swept the series, 4-3 and 3-2, behind a strong weekend from Loren Barron who had scored and also assisted on Quinnipiac's other three goals in the first game before picking up two more assists in the second game of the series. Barron earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors for the effort. Scott Zurevinski scored twice in the first game while Russell Goodman had two goals against UNO in the second game.

Scouting The Mavericks
Nebraska Omaha is currently 9-8-3 overall and 7-4-3 in the WCHA. The Mavs haven't skated since Dec. 9-10 when it split a two-game set against North Dakota, in Grand Forks, with a win in the first game, 2-1, before losing the second game, 1-0. UNO has lost just three times in its last 10 games, posting a  4-3-3 record. The Mavs are led by a pair of 20-point scorers in Matt White (9-16-25) and Terry Broadhurst (14-9-23), who also ranks among the nation's leaders in goals scored. Freshman Josh Archibald (7-4-11) was a recent addition to the USA Junior Team. In goal, senior John Faulkner and freshman Ryan Massa has split time between the pipes, while Dayn Belfour has also seen playing time. Faulkner is 5-4-0 with a .873 save percentage and a 3.03 goals-against average while Massa checks in at 3-3-1 with a .900 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA. Belfour is 1-1-2 with a .899 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA. UNO Head Coach Dean Blais, who ranks 13th among active Division I coaches with 313 wins, is currently coaching the USA Junior team at the 2012 IIHF World Championships.

Next Up For The Bobcats…Back To ECAC Action
Quinnipiac's two-game set at UNO is its final non-conference match-up of the season as the Bobcats prepare for their final 12 regular-season games, all against ECAC Hockey teams. The Bobcats will face Yale and Brown next weekend on the road before hosting Cornell and Colgate on Jan. 13-14.

In The Polls
Neither Quinnipiac nor Nebraska Omaha sit in either of the major polls, but both are very close in the "Others Receiving Votes" category. Quinnipiac is the first team out, and the "21st" team with 45 votes in the USCHO.com Division Poll and are also receiving two votes for the 20th spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. UNO is receiving votes in both polls as well.

PairWise Rankings
Quinnipiac is currently tied for 21st, with North Dakota, in the PairWise Rankings - the poll which mimics the selection criteria for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection. The Bobcats are the fourth highest ECAC Hockey team - trailing Colgate (T13), Cornell (16) and Union (T18). Sitting atop the PairWise Rankings is Ohio State, whom the Bobcats defeated on Oct. 8, 4-3. Nebraska Omaha currently sits in 26th place in the rankings.

First Half Notes
Quinnipiac headed into the annual Holiday Break in third place in the ECAC Hockey standings with nine points (3-4-3) with an overall record of 11-6-3 after posting a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1).

Streaking
Quinnipiac's five-game unbeaten streak is the third longest active streak in NCAA Division I ice hockey.

Protect This House
In 11 games this season at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center, Quinnipiac is 8-1-2 (.818).

Non-Conference Dominance
Quinnipiac is also 8-2-0 against all non-ECAC Hockey opponents this season.

Generating Offense
Quinnipiac currently ranks 13th nationally in scoring offense with 66 goals in 20 games for a 3.30 per game average, which ranks second in ECAC Hockey.

Stingy Defense
The Bobcats rank 9th nationally after allowing 2.15 goals per game through its first 20 games.

Marginally Better
Quinnipiac's 1.15 scoring margin (66-to-43 goals) rank seventh in NCAA Division I hockey.

The Killers
Quinnipiac has successfully killed 76 of 85 penalties through its first 20 games for 89.4%, good for 5th in NCAA Division I hockey. The Bobcats also have three short-handed goals to their credit.

First Half All-ECAC Hockey
Jeremy Langlois was highlighted by Joe Gladziszewski as one of six players selected to InsideCollegeHockey.com's "INCH's First Half All-ECAC Hockey Team". Langlois currently leads Quinnipiac in goals (12) and points (19) in 19 games played.

Contact: Ken Sweeten, kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu