No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats (7-3-1, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) at Providence Friars (5-4-1, 4-3-0 Hockey East)
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 - 7 PM
Schneider Arena - Providence, R.I.
Series vs. Providence: 1-3-0
Last Time QU Faced Providence: L, 2-5 (Dec. 11, 2010)
Current Streak vs. Providence: Lost 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: Friars.com
No. 18 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will take on Providence on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match-up at Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I.
Back In The Polls
With a four-game win streak, including two against ranked opponents, Quinnipiac broke back into the USCHO.com Division I Coaches Poll after a three-week hiatus. The Bobcats currently rank 18th nationally. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, Quinnipiac is receiving votes. The Bobcats land two spots out of the Top-15-poll with 28 points.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac took two more points in the ECAC Hockey standings with a weekend sweep in the North Country. The Bobcats knocked off Clarkson, 5-2, on Friday, Nov. 16 before afollowing up with a 6-2 upset of nationally-ranked No. 16 St. Lawrence on Saturday, Nov. 17. Incredibly, 19 of the 20 Bobcats who dressed this weekend registered at least one point with eight tallying multiple-points.
What's Up Next
After the Bobcats non-conference game at Providence, they will then face UMass in Amherst, Mass. 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 Tuesday's game at Providence. 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.
Live audio and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Providence will host Quinnipiac with an overall record of 5-4-1 including a 4-3-0 mark in Hockey East play. The Friars are coming off a 6-2 win against Northeastern that halted a two-game scoreless streak that resulted in back-to-back losses to Vermont (2-0) and Massachusetts (4-0). Myles Harvey leads the team in assists (8) and points (8) while Ross Mauerman and Mark Jankowksi have matched efforts with four goals apiece. Paul de Jersey checks in with two goals and five assists while Derek Army's hat trick against Northeastern gives him four goals and two assists for the year. In goal, freshman goalie John Gillies has been in net for the Friars in all but one period in Providence's first 10 games, posting a 5-4-1 record with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
All-Time Against Providence
Quinnipiac and Providence have faced each other four times, with the Friars winning three of the four match-ups. Providence has won all three games played at Schneider Arena.
The Last Time They PlayedIn their last match-up, a 5-2 Providence win at Schneider Arena on Dec. 11, 2010, Jordan Kremyr and Derek Army had a goal and an assist each to lead the Friars while goalie Alex Beaudry stopped 33 of Quinnipiac's 35 shots on goal. Yuri Bouharevich and Ben Arnt scored for Quinnipiac in the loss.
The Connecticut Kid
Jordan Samuels-Thomas, a native of Windsor, Conn., got off to a slow start to his Bobcat career. Despite scoring the game-winner in the Bobcats' season-opener at Maine, it served as his only point in his first six games. Since then, Samuels-Thomas has three goals and two assists in the last five games.
Welcome Back Connor
Quinnipiac junior assistant captain Connor Jones missed six straight games prior to this weekend with an injury. In his first weekend back, Jones posted two points with an assist against Clarkson and his first goal of the year against No. 16 St. Lawrence.
Freshman stand-out Travis St. Denis led Quinnipiac in scoring last weekend, totaling four points - all on assists- in wins against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. St. Denis posted back-to-back two-assist outings for the weekend.
Nice Job Rook
St. Denis' weekend in the North Country made him the first Bobcat with a four-point weekend to his credit this season.
Pretty Good Line
Jeremy Langlois and Jordan Samuels-Thomas have been clicking as of late. This past weekend, the duo combined for four goals and two assists, with each posting a two-goal game. Samuels-Thomas had his career two-goal game against Clarkson, while Langlois had an assist in that game. Against St. Lawrence, it was Langlois with the two-goal outing and Samuels-Thomas with the helper. The duo both carry team-best three-game point streaks.
We Got A Couple Of First Timers Here!
Four different Bobcats scored their first goals of the season this past weekend. Zach Davies scored against Clarkson, while Alex Barron, Connor Jones and Zach Currie lit the lamp against St. Lawrence. Additionally, Kevin Bui and Dan Federico scored their first points of the season - both tallying two assists apiece against St. Lawrence.
The Trip Up North
Quinnipiac knocked off Clarkson, 5-2 on Nov. 16, and St. Lawrence, 6-2 on Nov. 17, for its first weekend sweep in the North Country since 2008.
Quinnipiac's 6-2 win against St. Lawrence snapped a four-game losing streak to the Saints, which was Quinnipiac's longest active winless streak against an ECAC Hockey opponent to date.
Quinnipiac improved to 3-0-0 against ranked opponents with a 6-2 upset of No. 16 St. Lawrence. Quinnipiac previously defeated then-ranked No. 16 Maine, 2-1, to open the season and No. 4 Cornell on Nov. 10.
Quinnipiac (4-0-0) and Niagara (7-0-0) are the only teams in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey to current standing undefeated in league play to date.
Well, Hopefully We Fixed That Problem
Quinnipiac was 45.5% (5-11) on the power play this weekend, including three against No. 16 St. Lawrence on Saturday. Through its first seven games, Quinnipiac was a shocking 0-for-30 with a man-advantage. Since then, Quinnipiac is 7-for-25 (28.0%) with a power-play goal in four straight games.
Against St. Lawrence, Quinnipiac opened up the game with six unanswered goals. In doing so, it marked the first time in program history that Quinnipiac scored six unanswered goals against a ranked team. It was also the first time since Nov. 3, 2006 that Quinnipiac scored six unanswered goals on the road. On that day, Quinnipiac topped Union, 8-2, in Messa Rink. The Bobcats'record for most unanswered goalsin a game is 10 against Fairfield on Nov. 11, 2000. The last time Quinnipiac scored that many without retaliation was in a 7-1 win against Colgate on Jan. 14, 2012 when the Bobcats scored seven straight in the win.
After wins against Maine (2-1) and Robert Morris (4-0), Quinnipiac struggled to put the puck in the net, scoring just five goals over five games, that including a shutout and three one-goal games. In its last four games, Quinnipiac has bolstered its scoring punch scoring 18 goals in its last four games.
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.
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. This past weekend, Hartzell picked up a couple of wins to improve to 7-2-1 with a .918 save percentage and a 1.70 GAA.
Quietly ConsistentLanglois has registered a point in seven of the 10 games he's suited up for this year. The senior forward has a team-high fourgoals to go along with four assists.
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.
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