December 30, 2012

No. 9 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Hosts No. 12/13 Neb.-Omaha On Sunday, Dec. 30 At 12 PM; Fans Are Invited To "Skate With The Bobcats" Following The Game

All-Time Series vs. UNO: 3-1-1
Record vs. UNO at Home: 3-0-0
Last Time QU Faced UNO: W, 5-4 (Dec. 29, 2012)
Current Streak vs. UNO: Won 1

Closing Out The Year
No. 9/9 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will host nationally-ranked No. 12/13 Nebraska-Omaha in the final game of its two-game series on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 12 p.m. at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. 

Skate With The Bobcats
Quinnipiac fans are invited to "Skate With The Bobcats" following Quinnipiac's game against Neb.-Omaha on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. The Bobcats and Mavericks play at 12 p.m., followed by an open skate for all in attendance. Skates are not included. 

Yale New Haven Toy Closet
The Yale New Haven Toy Closet will be accepting donations in the form of toys and stuffed animals in the lobby of the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday, Dec. 30. All fans who bring a new toy or stuffed animal will receive two tickets for Quinnipiac's final game of 2012.  

Poll Jumping
Quinnipiac has climbed to its highest rankings - No. 9 in the USCHO.com Division I poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll - since the 2009-10 season. The Bobcats have now been ranked in both polls for the last three weeks, while also holding down a spot in USCHO's Top 20 for the fifth straight week. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1) with a 5-4 win against UNO on Friday, Dec. 29. Jordan Samuels-Thomas had a two goals and an assist while Matthew Peca and Ben Arnt had a goal and an assist each. Kevin Bui also added a goal for the Bobcats. 

What's Up Next
Following this weekend's series against the Maverick's of Nebraska-Omaha, Quinnipiac will play five games in January - all at home. The Bobcats host Dartmouth and Harvard on Jan. 4-5, respectively, followed by RPI on Jan. 11 and Union on Jan. 12. Quinnipiac will they play its final non-conference game of the season against UConn on Jan. 22. 

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for Sunday's game against Nebraska-Omaha. 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.

Set Your Dials
Three of Quinnipiac's five games in the month of January can be seen live on television. The Bobcats will host Dartmouth on Jan. 4 and Harvard on Jan. 5, with both games available on NESN-HD. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Quinnipiac's game against UConn can be seen on WCCT-TV, where available. 

Scouting the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
Following Saturday afternoon's game, Nebraska-Omaha standings at 11-7-1 overall, including a 7-4-1 record in WCHA play. The Mavericks are currently ranked 12th in USCHO.com Division I poll and 13th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Nebraska-Omaha has split its last three series against Minnesota, St. Cloud and Minnesota State after sweeping three-straight series from Michigan Tech, Minnesota-Duluth and Alabama-Huntsville. Ryan Walters leads the team in goals (11), assists (16) and points (27), as well as three power-play goals. Dominic Zombo checks in with seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points while Josh Archibald has tallied seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points. In goal, John Faulkner is 9-2-1 with a .897 save percentage and a 2.61 goals-against average. Anthony Stolarz has seen some playing time as of late, holding a .911 save percentage and a 2.15 goals-against average. 

All-Time Against Nebraska-Omaha
Quinnipiac and Nebraska-Omaha have played five times, with the Bobcats holding a 3-1-1 edge. Quinnipiac swept the first two games of the series, 3-2 and 4-3 on Dec. 30-31, 2010 in Hamden, Conn. The two teams would meet against in 2011, with both playing to a draw in the first game, 2-2 on Dec. 30, 2011, before UNO responded with a 4-1 on Dec. 31. 

Tops In NCAA Division I Hockey
With Niagara's loss to Bowling Green on Saturday, Quinnipiac's 11-game unbeaten streak is currently the longest active streak in NCAA Division I hockey.  Niagara's 12-game unbeaten streak, which ended in a 3-0 loss, was the longest in the nation this season. 

Respect The Streak
Quinnipiac's 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1) matches the longest in program history.

Longest Unbeaten Streaks In Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey History
11 11/1/97 - 12/13/97 (10-0-1)
11 11/25/84 - 1/18/85 (11-0-0)
11 11/9/12 - 12/29/12 (10-0-1) 

"When I Come Back Like Jordan..."
Jordan Samuels-Thomas snapped a four-game scoreless streak with a three-point game against Neb.-Omaha on Saturday. The senior wing had two goals and an assist for a season-best three points. Samuels-Thomas also snapped a seven-game goal-less streak. He last scored - twice - against Clarkson on Nov. 16. 

Multiple-Point Scorers
Against Neb.-Omaha on Saturday, Dec. 29, Samuels-Thomas, Ben Arnt and Matthew Peca gave Quinnipiac three multiple-point scorers in the same game for the first time this season. The last time Quinnipiac accomplished the feat was on Feb. 24, 2012 in a 4-1 win against Brown when Peca, Connor Jones and Kellen Jones all had multiple points in the same game.
Big BenArnt's two-point game was his first of the season and his first since Jan. 16, 2011 when he tallied two assists in a win against Canisius. 

Atta Boy, Harvs
Senior Clay Harvey picked up his 11th assist of the year against Neb.-Omaha. Quinnipiac's assist leader, Harvey's previous season-best was six as a freshman in 2009-10. Entering this season, Harvey had 13 career assists. 

No Booing Bui
Kevin Bui scored his first goal of the season against Neb.-Omaha to give Quinnipiac the lead at the end of the second period. It was his first goal since March 4, 2012.  The fifth-year senior entered this season with 38 career games to his credit. This season, Quinnipiac is 9-0-2 in the 11 games in which he has suited up. 

The Big Goalie
With a win on Saturday, Eric Hartzell is now the NCAA Division I leader with 13 wins for the season. Hartzell's .824 winning percentage (13-2-2) ranks second among all Division I goalies. His 1.45 goals-against average ranks third and his .933 save percentage is good for 12th nationally. 

Protecting A Lead
Through Saturday's game, Quinnipiac is 6-0-0 when leading after the first period and 8-0-1 when leading after the second period. 

The Bigger They Are...
Quinnipiac is currently 5-0-0 against ranked opponents this season, knocking off  Maine, Cornell, St. Lawrence, Union and Nebraska-Omaha. 

Active NCAA Division I Coaches 
(Updated Dec. 29)    
Rank Head Coach # of Wins
1 Jerry York 925
2 Jack Parker 886
3 Red Berenson 758
4 Don Lucia   608
5 George Gwozdecky 581
6 Dick Umile 510
7 Rick Gotkin 442
8 Jeff Jackson 356
9 Rand Pecknold 350
10 Mike Shafer 338