Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Cornell And Colgate This Weekend; First Place In ECAC Hockey Standings On The Line

Quinnipiac Bobcats (12-7-5, 4-4-4 ECAC Hockey) vs
No. 9/14 Cornell Big Red (9-4-2, 6-1-1 ECAC Hockey)

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center • Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Cornell:
5-12-2
Record At Home vs. Cornell:
1-4-1 (0-3-1 @ TD Bank Sports Center)
Last Time QU Faced Cornell:
L, 0-4 (Nov. 18, 2011  - Ithaca, N.Y.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Cornell:
W, 1-0 (Mar. 12, 2011  - Ithaca, N.Y., ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarters)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Cornell at Home:
Nov. 18, 2006 (5-2 @ Northford Ice Pavillion) Current Streak vs. Cornell: Lost 2
Current Streak vs. Cornell at Home:
Lost 2
Audio:
AM 1220 WQUN
Video:
QuinnipiacBobcats.tv
Live Stats:
Livestats.PrestoSports.com/Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac Bobcats (12-7-5, 4-4-4 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 12/7 Colgate Raiders (12-6-2, 6-2-0 ECAC Hockey)

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 • 4 PM
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center • Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Colgate:
9-9-2
Record at Home vs. Colgate:
5-4-0 (4-3-0 @ TD Bank Sports Center)

Last Time QU Faced Colgate:
L, 1-3 (Nov. 19, 2011 - Hamilton, N.Y.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Colgate:
W, 3-1 (Jan. 7, 2011 - Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Colgate at Home:
W, 3-1 (Jan. 7, 2011 - Hamden, Conn.)   Current Streak vs. Colgate: Lost 1
Current Streak vs. Colgate at Home:
Won 3 

Audio:
AM 1220 WQUN
Video:
QuinnipiacBobcats.tv
Live Stats:
Livestats.PrestoSports.com/Quinnipiac

Complete Game Notes In PDF Format

Battle For The ECAC Hockey Elite
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center will host ECAC Hockey's top three teams this weekend when the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team (12-7-5, 4-4-4 ECAC Hockey, 12 pts., T2nd) hosts No. 9/14 Cornell (9-4-2, 6-1-1 ECAC Hockey, 13 pts., 1st) on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and No. 12/7 Colgate (12-6-2, 6-2-0, 12 pts., T2nd) on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m.

Multimedia
Live video and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for both game's this weekend. Bobcat fans can access the live audiostream on the web at www.WQUN.com or by clicking the "Audio" link at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Last Time Out For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac is coming off a three-point weekend in which they upset No. 20 Yale, 2-1, before coming back from a two-goal deficit to tie Brown, 2-2. Both games were on the road. Zack Currie assisted on both game's in Friday's win against the Bulldogs before picking up an assist on the Bobcats' first goal against Brown on Saturday.

ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week
Eric Hartzell was named the ECAC Hockey goalie of the Week for the second time in his career after bringing his unbeaten streak against ECAC Hockey opponents to five games (3-0-2) with a 2-1 win against No. 20 Yale on Friday, Jan. 6 and a 2-2 tie against Brown on Satuday, Jan. 7. Against Yale, the junior goalie stopped 24 of 25 shots on goal in holding the Bulldogs to their lowest goal-total in ECAC Hockey play this season. It was also just the second time this year they were held to fewer than two goals. Hartzell then stopped 26 of 28 in a 2-2 tie against Brown on Saturday, Jan. 7, including the final 14 he saw with three coming in overtime.

Pretty Good Stretch
Hartzell has now held the Bobcats' opponent to two or fewer goals in 11 of his last 12 starts. For the year, he boasts a 3-2-4 record against ECAC Hockey schools with a .936 save percentage and a 1.56 goals-against average.


Zack Attack

Zack Currie was one of two Quinnipiac players (along with Connor Jones) to tally a point in both of the Bobcats' games last weekend, in which Quinnipiac posted a 1-0-1 record (2-1,W at Yale; 2-2,T at Brown). Currie had assists on both goals in the Bobcats 2-1 upset of No. 20 Yale on Friday, Jan. 6, including a brilliant pass to Kevin Bui, who tipped the puck past the Yale goalie, for the game's first goal. He also set-up Loren Barron with the game-winning goal on the Bobcats' power-play. On Saturday against Brown, he had an assist on Quinnipiac's first goal, from Matthew Peca, as the Bobcats erased a two-goal deficit in a come-back tie on the road.

He's Getting Good
Currie has six points in his last five games, including five points in three ECAC games.

Power Outage
Loren Barron's goal against Yale on Friday, Jan. 6,  was just the fifth power play goal allowed by the nationally-ranked Bulldogs this year.

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).

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 21 games played.

All-Time Against Cornell
Quinnipiac is 5-12-2 all-time against Cornell, with four of its five wins in the series coming at Lynah Rink. Three of those four wins came in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, including a 1-0 victory in Game 2 of last season's quarterfinals. While the series started at 3-3-1 through their first seven games, Quinnipiac has won just twice in their last 12 games against the Big Red.

Scouting The Big Red
To date, Cornell is 9-4-2 overall and 6-1-1 in ECAC Hockey play, just a point ahead of the Bobcats in first place. The Big Red are also ranked 9th in the USCHO.com Division I poll and 14th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. Greg Miller currently leads Cornell in assists (10) and points (16). Nick D'Agostino has scored a team-best eight goals, to goal along with seven assists, for 15 points. Freshman Brian Ferlin has tallied six goals and nine assists for 15 points in his first campaign while John Esposito is Cornell's only other player in double figures with four goals and seven assists for 11 points.  In goal, Andy Iles has played every minute of the season for the Big Red between the pipes, posting a 9-4-2 record with a 1.91 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. 

 

All-Time Against Colgate
Quinnipiac is 9-9-2 all-time against Colgate since the Bobcats joined the ECAC Hockey league for the 2005-06 season. Quinnipiac won just three times in its first 12 games against Colgate, but has won six of its last eight games against the Raiders.The Bobcats has won four of the last five match-ups between the two teams on their home ice.

Scouting The Raiders
Colgate is currently 12-6-2 overall and 6-2-0 in ECAC Hockey play, good for a tie with the Bobcats for second place, with 12 points, in the league standings. The Raiders are also ranked 12th in the USCHO.com poll and 7th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The Raiders saw a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) end last weekend when they dropped a pair at Ferris State, 4-3 and 3-1. Austin Smith leads Colgate in goals (20) and points (33) while ranking second with 13 assists. Chris Wagner leads the Raiders with 16 assists, to go along with seven goals for 23 points. In goal, Eric Mihalik is 8-5-1 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.


A December To Remember

Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) led all Bobcats with three goals and three assists for six points for the month of December. Bouharevich had the game-winner with 2.4 seconds remaining in Quinnipiac's 3-2 win against RPI on Dec. 3 and also had the go-ahead goal in Friday's 2-2 tie against Nebraska Omaha.

The Bobcats At The Bank
Quinnipiac is 55-31-11 (.599) in 97 games at the TD Bank Sports Center, since its first game, a 7-0 win against Holy Cross, on Jan. 28, 2007. Quinnipiac's 100th Men's Ice Hockey Game at the TD Bank Sports Center will fall on Feb. 3, 2012 against Harvard.

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). The Bobcats also have a 2-1-2 record against ECAC Hockey schools on their home ice and have outscored their opponents 41-16. Quinnipiac is unbeaten (4-0-1) in its last five games at home.

Non-Conference Dominance
Quinnipiac is also 8-3-1 against all non-ECAC Hockey opponents this season.

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)