November 17, 2012

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey To Face No. 16 St. Lawrence On Saturday, Nov. 17 At 4 PM

Game #11: Quinnipiac Bobcats (6-2-1, 3-0-0 ECAC Hockey) at
No. 16 St. Lawrence Saints (5-2-2, 0-1-2 ECAC Hockey)

Nov. 17, 2012 • 4 PM
Appleton Arena • Canton, N.Y.
Series vs. St. Lawrence: 5-10-3
The Last Time... 
QU Faced St. Lawrence: L, 3-4 (Feb. 10, 2012, Canton, N.Y.)
QU Defeated St. Lawrence: W, 5-0 (Feb. 12, 2010, Canton, N.Y.)
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: livestats.prestosports.com/stlawu

Quinnipiac Games Notes (PDF)
St. Lawrence Game Notes (PDF)

All Points North
Following a 5-2 win against Clarkson on Friday, Nov. 16, the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will conclude its North Country tour when it visits nationally-ranked No. 16 St. Lawrence on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a mid-afternoon game set for 4 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats are coming off a 5-2 win against Clarkson on Friday night that saw junior transfer Jordan Samuels-Thomas score twice while freshman Travis St. Denis assisted on a pair of goals. 

What's Up Next
After Quinnipiac's trip to the North Country on Nov. 16-17 to face Clarkson and St. Lawrence, the Bobcats will be traveling to Providence for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 20.  They will then face UMass in Amherst on Saturday, Nov. 24 before heading to Union on Nov. 30 and RPI on Dec. 1. 

On The Airwaves
Paul "The Jet" Pacelli and Todd Carroll 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. 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 audio and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Scouting No. 16 St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence will host Quinnipiac with a record of 5-2-2 overall and 0-1-2 in ECAC Hockey play following a 3-3 tie against Princeton on Friday night. The Saints, ranked 16th in the USCHO.com poll and also receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, won five of its first six games but are winless in its last three games that feature a 4-2 loss to Yale sandwiched between a pair of 3-3 ties against Brown and Princeton, respectively. Kyle Flanagan was named ECAC Hockey's October Player of the Month after totaling five goals and six assists in four games. Flanagan also earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors twice during the month. He currently has a league-leading 17 points and seven goals. Greg Carey sits right behind Flanagan with 15 points (6-9), while George Hughes has matched Flanagan's team-best nine assists. In goal, Matt Weninger's 1.97 goals-against average ranks fourth among the league leaders while his .936 save percentage ranks third. 

All-Time Against St. Lawrence
Quinnipiac is 5-10-3 all-time against St. Lawrence, including a 2-6-2 record at Appleton Arena. The Bobcats are 0-3-1 in its last four games against SLU, with its last win coming on Feb. 12, 2010 in Canton, N.Y. - a 5-0 win that completed the season sweep against the Saints. 

The Last Time They Played
Greg Carey scored twice, and assisted on another goal, while Justin Baker and Pete Child also lit the lamp to stake St. Lawrence to a 4-0 lead through four periods on Feb. 10, 2012 in Canton. Quinnipiac scored three times in the final 12 minutes of play, but its come-back bid ultimately fell short as the Saints picked up a 4-3 win. 

I've Got The Power
Quinnipiac opened the season with an 0-for-30 slump on the power play, failing to score with a man-advantage in its first seven games. Since then, Quinnipiac has scored with a man-up in three straight games, converting on 4-of-17 (23.5%) power play opportunities.

PIM's and Penalty Killing
To date, Quinnipiac has take the fourth most penalty minutes, 173 in 10 games for a 17.3 per game average, but has killed 43 of the 45 penalties they have been whistled for. At 95.6%, the Bobcats rank second nationally.  

Defense Wins Games
Quinnipiac is one of three teams - along with New Hampshire and Notre Dame - to hold teams to fewer than two goals per game. Quinnipiac has allowed 1.90 goals per game through its first 10 games of the season, good for third nationally.  

"When I Come Back Like Jordan..."
Jordan Samuels-Thomas broke-out in a big win in the Bobcats' 5-2 win against Clarkson, scoring twice to lead the Bobcats. The multiple-goal game is the first of JST's career and just the third one this season for Quinnipiac.  After introducing himself to the Quinnipiac faithful with the game-winner against Maine in the Bobcats' season-opener, Samuels-Thomas failed to score in his five games. In his last five games, Samuels-Thomas has a team-best two goals and two assists in the span. 

Welcome Back Connor
Junior captain Connor Jones returned to the Bobcats' lineup after missing the previous six games to injury. The third-year Bobcat picked up his first point of the season with an assist on Jordan Samuels-Thomas' second goal of the night. 

The Saint
Freshman stand-out Travis St. Denis picked up his first multiple-point game against Clarkson, picking up a pair of assists on goals by Zach Davies and Mike Dalhuisen

It's Been A Long Time...
Quinnipiac's 3-2 overtime win against Colgate on Friday, Nov. 9 was its first win in extra time since March 12, 2010. In that memorable game, Greg Holt scored in the fifth overtime to defeat Union, 3-2, in the longest game in NCAA Division I ice hockey history.

Breaking Out
Quinnipiac's 4-1 win against Cornell marked the second time this season that four different players scored for the Bobcats. Cory Hibbeler, Ben Arnt, Kellen Jones and Jeremy Langlois all lit the lamp for the Bobcats. Arnt and Jones' goals were their first of the season. Alex Barron, Kevin Bui, Bryce Van Brabant and Zach Tolkinen all picked up their first points of the season on assists in the win.

The Netminder
Eric Hartzell has been rock-solid for the Bobcats this season, with the only blip on his radar coming in a 5-1 loss to Colgate on Oct. 27. Leading up to that game, Hartzell was 3-1-1 with a 1.09 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage. Last weekend, Hartzell stopped 27 of 30 shots on goal in back-to-back wins against Colgate and Cornell. To date, the senior goalie is 6-2-1 with a .924 save percentage and a 1.66 GAA. 

Quietly Consistent
Langlois has registered a point in six of the nine games he's suited up for this year. The senior forward has a team-high four goals to go along with his team-leading eight assists. 

The Coach
On Aug. 13, 2012, Quinnipiac Director of Athletics Jack McDonald announced a contract extension for men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold through the 2016-17 season. In 2011-12, Pecknold, in his 18th season, guided the Bobcats to its 16th consecutive non-losing season with a 20-14-6 overall mark, including a 9-8-5 record in ECAC Hockey, giving Pecknold 20-win seasons in 14 out of his 18 years behind the bench for Quinnipiac, as well as his 11th in 14 years at the Division I level. In addition, Quinnipiac's 13-4-3 home record matches the 2009-10 team's mark for most wins on its own ice while giving the Bobcats their best winning percentage (.725) since 2005-06.

For His Career…
Pecknold boasts a career record of 343-233-63 (.586) making him just the fifth coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to reach the 300-win mark, while ranking among the top 10 in active coaches in NCAA Division I hockey.

All-Time At High Point Solutions Arena
Since its first game on Jan. 28, 2007, Quinnipiac is 65-36-13 in 114 games at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center. This season, Quinnipiac has won four of seven games on its home ice.

CONTACT: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)