March 9, 2012

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Travels To Colgate For ECAC Hockey Championship Quarterfinals

No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats (19-12-6) at No. 4 Colgate Raiders (17-14-3)
March 9-11, 2012 • 7 PM

Starr Rink • Hamilton, N.Y.
Series vs. Colgate:
10-9-2
Record at Colgate: 4-5-1

Record vs. Colgate in the ECAC Hockey Tournament: 3-3
Record vs. Colgate in the ECAC Hockey Tournament on the Road:  1-2
Last Time QU Faced Colgate:
W, 7-1 (Jan. 14, 2012 - Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Colgate: W, 7-1 (Jan. 14, 2012 - Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win At Colgate: W, 3-1 (Nov. 13, 2010)
Current Streak vs. Colgate: Won 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video:
B2LiveTV.com
Live Stats (Available on all mobile devices):
Collegehockeyinc.com
Complete Game Notes In PDF Format

ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac will travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate in the ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals on Mar. 9-11, with each game in the best-of-three series slated for a 7 p.m. start. Quinnipiac won its First Round series against Brown, 2-1.

The Bobcats In The ECAC Hockey Tournament
With its 2-1 series win against Brown last weekend, Quinnipiac extended its streak to seven years as the only program among ECAC Hockey's 12 members to win a postseason series in each season. The Bobcats have compiled a 21-14 record all-time and have advanced past the first round in each season to the tune of a 14-3 overall mark in seven series dating back to their inaugural season.

The Bobcats and Raiders In The ECAC Hockey Tournament
When Quinnipiac heads to Colgate this weekend, it will mark the second time since the Bobcats joined ECAC Hockey that the two teams will meet in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. Colgate hosted the Bobcats in their inaugural season in ECAC Hockey, 2006, with the Raiders winning the series, 2-1, on their home ice. Quinnipiac also hosted Colgate in 2009 for a First Round series, with the Bobcats winning, 2-1.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac bounced back from a 4-1 loss in Game 1 of its ECAC Hockey First Round series to defeat Brown, 4-2, in Game 2 and 3-0 in Game 3. Quinnipiac is now 6-1 all-time against Brown in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for this weekend's series. Bobcat fans can access the live audiostream on the web at www.WQUN.com or by clicking the "Audio" link at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Audio is also available on all mobile devices/smart phones from the official Quinnipiac Athletics app, as well as Shoutcast and TuneIn Radio.

Multimedia
Live video, audio and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. America One will broadcast the webstream at B2LiveTV.com.

All-Time Against Colgate
Quinnipiac is 10-9-2 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 seven of its last nine games against the Raiders. Quinnipiac is 4-5-1 all-time at Starr Rink, including a 1-2-0 mark in postseason play on the Raiders home ice.

Scouting The Raiders
Colgate finished the 2011-12 regular season with an overall record of 17-14-3, including a 11-10-1 mark in ECAC Hockey play. The Raiders,  who clinch the 4th seed and a first round bye, are led by ECAC Hockey Player of the Year finalist Austin Smith, who has scored 34 goals in 34 games while assisting on 18 more for 52 points. Chris Wagner leads the team with 32 assists, while also scoring 12 goals, while Austin Mayer (8-14) and Jeremy Price (2-20) both check in with 22 points. In goal, Eric Mihalik is 12-10-2 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage while Alex Evin is 5-4-1 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA.

Two In A Row
Freshman phenom Matthew Peca was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week for the second straight week after totaling a goal and four assists in a three-game ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series victory against Brown this past weekend.

M.P. Notes
With a goal and four assists against Brown in the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round, Matthew Peca became the first Quinnipiac freshman to lead the team in scoring for a postseason series in the program's Division I history.

Pretty Consistent
Starting on Feb. 24 against Brown, Matthew Peca attached his name to 11 consecutive Quinnipiac goals, more than doubling the previous mark set by Bryan Lietch during the 2008-09 season. Peca assisted on every Quinnipiac goal in four straight games before scoring the game's first goal in the Bobcats' 4-2 win on Sunday, March 4 against the Bears.

Elite Status...Already
Peca joins Brian Herbert, Matt Erhart, Matt Craig and Bryan Leitch as the fifth player in program history to reach 30 points in his first season with the Bobcats.  In addition, he is the sixth player, joining Herbert, Erhart, Craig, Leitch and Matt Sorteberg to reach 20 assists in his first season. Peca, with 27 assists, would need three more to reach Herbert and Leitch as the only freshman in Quinnipiac history to reach the 30-assist mark.

Among The Nation's Best
Peca also ranks fourth in NCAA Division I ice hockey in points per game for rookies (0.97).

30-30-30
Connor Jones (37), Matthew Peca (35) and Kellen Jones (34) give Quinnipiac three 30-point scorers for the first time since 2009-10 when Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Eric Lampe and Brandon Wong reached the mark. Quinnipiac is also one of three teams in ECAC Hockey, joining Yale and Union, to host three 30-point scorers.

The Killers
Quinnipiac currently ranks 2nd nationally on the penalty kill. The Bobcats' 89.3 sits second to Robert Morris' 89.6.

No Keepin' Up With The Joneses
Connor and Kellen Jones have combined to total 71 points between the dynamic duo. Both are the only players on the Bobcats' roster to post double-digit figures in goals and assists, as Connor has scored 10 goals while assisting on a team-high 27 goals while Kellen has scored 13 goals and assisted on 21.

Quinnipiac's February Athlete of the Month
Peca also had an impressive month, leading the team with 12 points on a goal and 11 assists, while also posting a team-best four multiple-point games. He had a pair of assists against Harvard before recording a one-goal, two-assist performance in a 7-6 win at Clarkson. His other multiple-point games came against Brown (4 assists) and Yale (2 assists), respectively.

Nice Weekend For The Goalie
Eric Hartzell saw all but 21 seconds of the ice in the Bobcats' ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series victory against Brown, posting a 2-1 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage after stopping 77 of 83 shots on goal.

Shut 'em Down
Hartzell also stopped all 16 shots by the Bears in the second game of the series, a 3-0 shutout, before stopping 35 of 37 shots on goal in the series-clinching victory on Sunday, March 4. It was Hartzell's third career postseason shutout, after holding Brown and Cornell scoreless in last season's tournament.

They Can't Beat Us If They Don't Score
Quinnipiac has shut-out the opposition in four of its last eight ECAC Hockey Tournament games, with three going to Hartzell's credit.

What A Way To Win
After forcing the third game of its best-of-three series against Brown, Quinnipiac opened with a "typical" Kellen Jones power-play goal from Matthew Peca. From there, Quinnipiac received goals from Clay Harvey - who hadn't scored in 17 straight games - and Kevin Bui - who hadn't suited up in the previous three games before netting his third bucket of the year. The Bobcats' final goal came from Yuri Bouharevich, who scored on an empty net, for the program-record third time this season.

The Offensive Defenseman
Loren Barron and Zack Currie are currently tied for the defensemen-lead in goals scored on the team, with nine apiece.

Before You Ask...
The Quinnipiac record for goals by a defenseman is held by Wade Winkler, who scored 14 times during the 2002-03 season. Reid Cashman's 13 goals in 2004-05 rank 2nd while Dan Ennis slots into the third spot with nine, also in the 2002-03 season.

Actually...They're All Getting In On It
For the first time in Quinnipiac history, defensemen Barron (9-11-20), Currie (9-9-18), Zach Tolkinen (4-11-15) and Zach Davies (2-11-13) give the Bobcats four blue-liners ranked among the team's top-10 scorers.

The Bobcats At The Bank
Quinnipiac is 60-34-12 (.599) in 106 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.  In 12 postseason games, Quinnipiac is 12-3.

Contact: Ken Sweeten, kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu