No. 18 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-3-1, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) at
University of Massachusetts Minutement (4-5-1, 3-5-1 Hockey East)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: William D. Mullins Center • Amherst, Mass.
Series vs. Massachusetts: 1-3-0
Last Time QU Faced UMass: W, 4-2 (Nov. 26, 2012; Hamden, Conn.)
Current Streak vs. Massachusetts: Won 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: UMassAtheltics.com
Bobcats vs. Minutemen
No. 18 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will travel to the William D. Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. to take on the University of Massachusetts on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.
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 on Nov. 19 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 extended its current win streak to give games with a 2-0 shutout against Providence on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Schneider Arena. Connor Jones scored twice for Quinnipiac while Eric Hartzell posted a 24-save shutout against the Friars.
What's Up Next
After Saturday's game at UMass, Quinnipiac will conclude its season-long six-game road trip with a pair of games at Union on Nov. 30 and Rensselaer on Dec. 1.
On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer 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.
Scouting the Minutemen
UMass enters Saturday's game with a record of 4-51- overall including a 3-5-1 mark in Hockey East. All four of UMass' wins have come at the Mullins Center, including a 3-1 win against Vermont on Tuesday, Nov. 20. In that game, Branden Garcel scored twice while Kevin Boyle stopped 24 of Vermont's 25 shots on goal for the win. Garcel, the team's leading goal-scorer (5) also has two assists for seven points. Conor Sheary has passed-out a team-best seven assists to go along with one goal for a team-high eight points. Boyle has been sensational for UMass in goal, posting a .941 save percentage (6th-NCAA) and a 1.55 goals-against average (6th-NCAA).
All-Time Against Massachusetts
Quinnipiac and UMass have faced each other three times, with the Bobcats winning two of the three. In all three games - two in Hamden, and one in Amherst - the home team has come out on top.
The Last Time They Played
In their last match-up, a 4-2 Bobcat win in Hamden, Conn. on Nov. 26, 2011, four different Quinnipiac players scored. Clay Harvey scored just 1:16 into the game, followed by markers by John Dunbar and Zack Currie to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead after the first period. Connor Jones scored halfway through the second to give Quinnipiac a four-goal cushion, before UMass scored twice in the third period to cut its deficit in half. Eric Hartzell had 16 saves in the win.
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 six games.
Welcome Back Connor
Quinnipiac junior assistant captain Connor Jones missed six straight games prior to last 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. He followed with a two-goal performance against Providence, giving him three goals in his last two games.
Kellen Jones set-up both of twin brother Connor's goals in the Bobcats win at Providence. Kellen now has four assists, to go along with a goal, for five points on the year.
Lucky Number 13
Freshman Zach Luczyk, number 13 in your programs, found his way into the scoring column at Providence for his first career point. Luczyk set-up Connor Jones on the latter's second power play goal of the game.
Everybody's Getting In On This
Of the 22 different players that have skated for Quinnipiac over its current five-game winning streak, 21 have picked up a point in that span. The Point LeaderQuinnipiac senior Jeremy Langlois currently leads Quinnipiac with 11 points in 11 games, making him one of 48 players in Division I hockey to average a point per game to date. In addition, Langlois also leads the team in goals (6).
All-Time Goals Scored
Langlois is currently tied with Matt Froehlich '05 with 49 career goals. He trails Jamie Bates '08 with 52 career goals.
Active National Leaders
Jeremy Langlois is one of 13 active players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with 40 career goals. Langlois currently ranks second among all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players with 49 career goals. Only one active player, nationally, has reached 50 career goals in Bemidji State's Jordan George (52).
|Active Leading Goal Scorers||NCAA Division I||Men's Ice Hockey|
|Rank||Career Goals||Player, Team|
|1.||52||Jordan George, Bemidji State|
|2.||49||JEREMY LANGLOIS, QUINNIPIAC|
|T3.||48||Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud|
|Adam Pleskach, American Int'l|
|5.||47||Andy Taranto, Alaska|
|T6.||46||Joey Diamond, Maine|
|Danny Kristo, North Dakota|
|Anders Lee, Notre Dame|
|Wayne Simpson, Union|
|T10.||44||Brett Gensler, Bentley|
|Ryan Schwartz, Colorado College|
|12.||43||Daniel Carr, Union|
|13.||42||Paul Chiasson, Mercyhurst|
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.
We Got A Couple Of First Timers Here!
Four different Bobcats scored their first goals of the season this at Clarkson and St. Lawrence. 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's five game winning streak is the Bobcats' longest since last season when it won five straight from Oct. 8 through Oct. 18.
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 last weekend, including three PP goals 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 9-for-31 (29.0%) with a power-play goal in five 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. Quinnipiac has since bolstered its scoring punch scoring 20 goals in its last five 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.