January 10, 2013

No. 5/5 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Hosts No. 16 Union On Saturday, Jan. 12

Game #22 : #5/5 Quinnipiac Bobcats (16-3-3, 10-0-1 ECAC Hockey) vs. 
No. 16 Union Dutchment (10-6-4, 4-2-3 ECAC Hockey) 
Jan. 12, 2013 • 7 pm • High Point Solutions Arena, Hamden, Conn.
QU All-Time vs. Union: 10-10-3
Last Time...QU Faced Union: W, 4-0 (Nov. 30, 2012 - Schenectady, N.Y.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. Union: Won 1

Bobcats Host Union
Nationally-ranked No. 5/5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will host No. 16 Union on Saturday, Jan. 12 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m.

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for the game on Saturday night. 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
Quinnipiac's game against UConn on Tuesday, Jan. 22 can be seen live on WCCT-TV, where available. 

Last Time Out
On Friday, Jan. 11, Quinnipiac tied Rensselaer, 1-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up to extend its NCAA-leading unbeaten streak to 15 games, 13-0-2, as they go to 16-3-3 overall and 10-0-1 in ECAC Hockey play. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored Quinnipiac's only goal of the game, with assists credited to Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario). Senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped 24 of RPI's 25 shots on goal in the tie.

What's Up Next
Following  Saturday night's til against No. 16 Union, Quinnipiac will play its final non-conference game of the season against UConn on Jan. 22. 

Poll Jumping
Quinnipiac was ranked 5th in the latest USCHO.com Division I and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, released on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Bobcats received first-place votes in both polls, two in the USCHO.com poll and three in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, for the first time in program history.

Against The Best
Quinnipiac improved to 7-0-0 on the year against ranked opponents while also improving to 16-3-3 overall - good for a NCAA Division I leading winning percentage of .795.
The Nation's Best Winning PercentageQuinnipiac is currently 16-3-3 overall, good for a NCAA Division I best winning percentage of .795, as well as 10-0-1 in ECAC Hockey, the best start for an ECAC Hockey team since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06. 

Respect The Streak
Quinnipiac is also 13-0-2 in its last 15 games, giving the Bobcats the longest unbeaten streak in NCAA Division I hockey this season. In addition, it is the longest unbeaten streak in ECAC Hockey since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06 and the eighth longest in Division I hockey since Quinnipiac elevated from a Division III program in 1998-99. 

All-Time Best Ranking
The Bobcats' ranking for the past two weeks are their highest since Nov. 30, 2009 when they reached the No. 4 slot in the USCHO.com poll and the 6th spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

The Goal Leader
Quinnipiac senior Jeremy Langlois scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season against RPI on Friday night. The goal snapped a five-game goal-less streak for the center. he goal was Langlois' team-leading 11th of the season and 54th of his career, moving past Bryan Leitch '09 for the 8th  most career goals in Quinnipiac's Division I history and 15th all-time.   

Eric Hartzell Named ECAC Hockey's December Goalie of the Month
Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month for December on Jan. 3, 2013. The honor was Hartzell's second consecutive Goalie of the Month award after he also took home the honor for November. For the month of December, Hartzell was 5-0-0 between the pipes with a .941 save percentage and a 1.40 goals-against average. The 6-4 goalie stopped 111 of 118 shots faced on goal. In three ECAC Hockey games, Hartzell was 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and a .962 save percentage.

Eric Hartzell Named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week
Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Hartzell's honor is the second of the season and third of his career. Hartzell picked up victories against No. 8 Dartmouth on Friday, Jan. 4 when he stopped 27 of the Big Green's 29 shots on goal in a 3-2 overtime victory. He followed that with a 21-save performance in a 6-2 win against Harvard on the following night.

#HartzyForHobey
Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been announced as a nominee for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Quinnipiac fans can support their favorite Bobcats' goalie by visiting hobeybakeraward.com and voting today. Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting phase opens at noon CT on Monday, January 7. Visit the Hobey Baker website: www.hobeybakeraward.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey icon and follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of 77 college hockey players. This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 10, 2013. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 22 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.

Where He Ranks
For the year, Hartzell is 16-2-3x (.850 winning percentage, 1st NCAA) with a .935 save percentage (12th-NCAA) and a 1.45 GAA (3rd-NCAA). He was also the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Dec. 4.

Scouting The No. 16 Union Dutchmen
Union enters the weekend at 10-6-4 overall and 4-2-3 in ECAC Hockeyfollowing a 3-2 win against Princeton on Friday night. The Dutchmen are also ranked 16th in the USCHO.com Division I poll. The Dutchmen won eight of its first 10 games (8-1-1), before Quinnipiac blanked Union, 4-0, on Nov. 30 on their home ice. Since then, Union has won just twice in its last nine games, a 4-1 triumph against Merrimack on Dec. 30 and a 3-2 win against Princeton last night. In that span, Union is 2-3-4. Kyle Bodie leads the team in assists (18) and points (23) while Wayne Simpson carries a team-best 10 goals to go along with 10 assists for 20 points for the year. Greg Coburn (6-11-17), Daniel Carr (8-8-16) and Josh Jooris (6-8-14) round-out the Bobcats' top-five scorers. Sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is coming off an impressive run with Team USA at the World Junior Championships, where he totaled a goal and an assist in helping USA to the Gold Medal. For Union, he has scored five goals while assisting on eight more. In goal, Troy Grosenick is 6-4-4 with a 2.31 GAA and a .916 save percentage while Colin Stevens is 4-2-0 with a 1.93 GAA and a .920 save percentage. 

All-Time Against Union
In 23 meetings all-time against Union, Quinnipiac is 10-10-3.With a win in their first meeting this year, 4-0, Quinnipiac snapped a six-game losing streak against the Dutchmen. Prior to that game, Quinnipiac's last win against Union was a memorable one, as the Bobcats won a five-overtime thriller, 3-2, in the first game of the 2009-10 ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals in the longest game in college hockey history. The Bobcats tied the Dutchmen, 2-2, on their home ice on Dec. 2, 2011 and are 4-5-2 all time in Schenectady.