Quinnipiac Bobcats (11-6-4, 3-4-3 ECAC Hockey) at
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (9-8-4, 7-4-3 WCHA)
Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 - 2:07 PM (CST) (3:07 PM (EST))
CenturyLink Center Omaha • Omaha, Neb.
Series vs. UNO: 2-0-1
Last Time QU Faced UNO: T, 2-2 (Dec. 31, 2011 - Omaha, Neb.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against UNO: W, 3-2 (Dec. 31, 2010 - Hamden, Conn.)
Current Win Streak vs. UNO: Tied 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: www.omavs.com
New Year's Wrap-Up
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will play its final game of the 2011 calendar year when it hits the ice against Nebraska Omaha on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2:07 p.m. (CST) (3:07 EST). Quinnipiac is currently 11-6-4 overall while UNO stands at 9-8-4.
Live video for Saturday night's game 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 and Nebraska Omaha played to a 2-2 tie on Friday, Dec. 30. Quinnipiac had a pair of one-goal leads it squandered, on goals from Russell Goodman and Yuri Bouharevich. Eric Hartzell turned in his second-straight 30-save performance, stopping 34-of-36 shots from the Mavericks.
All-Time Against Nebraska Omaha
Including last night's game, Quinnipiac remains undefeated against Nebraska Omaha in three games at 2-0-1. The Bobcats saw leads of 1-0 and 2-1 slip away before the game on the Mavericks' home ice ended in a 2-2 draw. The two teams played twice 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 scored once 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. Eric Hartzell was also named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week after picking up a pair of wins agianst the then-nationally-ranked Mavericks. 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 9-8-4 overall and 7-4-3 in the WCHA. 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. Neither player found their way on the final stat sheet in last night's tilt, as Brent Gwidt and Ryan Walters accounted for UNO's goals. 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 5-4-1 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.
Russ The Buss
Russell Goodman picked up where he left off against the Mavericks. In last year's 3-2 win against UNO in Hamden, Goodman scored two of the Bobcats' three goals. On Friday, Dec. 30, Goodman scored Quinnipiac's first goal of the game. For the year, Goodman now has three goals and two assists.
Yuri Bouharevich scored late in the second period of Friday night's game to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead. It was Bouharevich's fifth goal of the season, to go along with his eight assists for 13 points on the year. In his last six games, Bouharevich has registered three goals and five assists for eight points.
The Joneses Are Back At It
After missing the final two games prior to the break to injury, twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones each picked up assists on Bouharevich's goal. Connor currently leads the team with 13 assists.
Jeremy Langlois made an incredible play, that words could not do justice, when he made a blind, behind-the-back-pass, from the seat of his pants, to Goodman on the backdoor for the Bobcats' first goal of the night against UNO. Ben Arnt also had an assist on Goodman's goal.
The Hart FoundationFriday night's 34-save performance was Eric Hartzell's second-straight 30-save outing. It also marked the ninth consecutive start that Hartzell held the Bobcats' opponent to two or fewer goals. For the year, Hartzell is 5-3-4 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average.
Quinnipiac's six-game unbeaten streak, in which the Bobcats are 4-0-2, ranks third among all NCAA Division I schools. The Bobcats trail Minnesota Duluth's 14-game streak (11-0-3), as well as Colgate and Northeastern's seven-game streaks (both 6-0-1).
Through Friday night's game against UNO, Quinnipiac has now killed 22 of the last 23 penalties against them. The Bobcats have not allowed a power-play goal since the 6:48 mark of the third period of their 4-2 win against UMass on Nov. 26, which factors out to be 323:12 minutes since a team scored with a man-advantage against the Bobcats. The Bobcats now ranked 4th nationally on the penalty kill at 89.8% (79-88).
Quinnipiac is also 8-2-1 against all non-ECAC Hockey opponents this season.
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 (20) in 20 games played.
Contact: Ken Sweeten, firstname.lastname@example.org