No. 2 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Face Colgate At Starr Rink On Saturday, Feb. 9 At 7 PM

Game #28: No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats (20-3-4, 13-0-2 ECAC Hockey) at
Colgate Raiders (13-10-4, 5-7-3 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Feb. 9, 20137 pm
Starr RinkHamilton, N.Y.
Series vs. Colgate: 12-12-2
Last Time QU Faced Colgate: W, 3-2 (OT) (11/9/12, Hamden, Conn.)
Last QU Win vs. Colgate: W, 3-2 (OT) (11/9/12, Hamden, Conn.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. Colgate: Won 1
2012-13 vs. Colgate: 1-1-0
Last Season vs. Colgate: 2-4-0
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN (Bill Schweizer, Chris Kotsopoulos)
Video: GoColgateRaiders.com
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/colgate/mhockey/scoreboard.aspx

Empire State of Mind
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey, ranked No. 2 in the national polls and coming off a 4-1 win at Cornell on Friday night, will square-off against Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Starr Rink. The game can be seen on Time Warner Cable in Central New York, where available. 

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for both games 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, video and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Last Time Out
Four different Bobcats scored as No. 2 Quinnipiac defeated Cornell, 4-1, at Lynah Rink on Friday, Feb. 8. Clay Harvey, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Matthew Peca and Connor Jones all scored as Quinnipiac improved to 20-3-4 overall, while they also remain undefeated in ECAC Hockey play at 13-0-2.

A Hard Dozen
The Bobcats' win at Lynah Rink gives Quinnipiac its first regular-season sweep of Cornell in program history. It also gives the Bobcats their 12th 20-win season in their 15th season at the NCAA Division I level. Additionally, Quinnipiac runs their NCAA-leading unbeaten streak to 20 games (17-0-3).

Shakin' Off That Sophomore Slump
Peca now boasts a team-best seven-game point streak, giving the second-year Bobcat nine goals and nine assists for 18 points. Peca now has 10 points on four goals and six assists during the point streak and 13 points, on five goals and eight assists, in his last 10 games.

More Hartzell Notes

Eric Hartzell stopped 24 of Cornell's 25 shots on goal to improve to 20-2-4 on the season. Hartzell becomes the first Quinnipiac goalie to win 20 games since Bud Fisher was 20-14-5 as a sophomore in 2006-07. He is also the third goalie - joining Fisher and Jamie Holden (20-11-3 in 2004-05) - to win 20 games in a season.  

The Bobcats' Magic Number

A win in tonight's game would clinch a first-round bye for the Bobcats in the ECAC Hockey Tournament and would mean the Bobcats could finish no lower than 2nd place in the league standings.  
ECAC Hockey Standings - Updated Feb. 9, 2013
Schools Pts Conf All
Quinnipiac 28 13-0-2 20-3-4
Yale 19 9-5-1 13-6-3
Dartmouth 16 7-6-2 11-8-3
Union 16 6-5-4 13-9-5
Princeton 15 6-6-3 8-10-4
Rensselaer 15 6-6-3 11-11-5
Clarkson 15 6-6-3 7-13-7
St. Lawrence 14 5-6-4 12-11-4
Colgate 13 5-7-3 13-10-4
Brown 13 4-6-5 8-9-5
Cornell 10 4-9-2 8-12-2
Harvard 6 3-12-0 5-15-1


Good Company

Since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1998-99 season, the Bobcats are just the third team – joining Minnesota (22 games, 2006-07) and North Dakota (20 games, 2008-08) - to post undefeated streaks of 20 or more games. 

What's Up Next
Following the Bobcats' ECAC Hockey weekend series in New York against Cornell on Feb. 8 and Colgate on Feb. 9, the Bobcats will return home to host St. Lawrence and Clarkson at the TD Bank Sports Center on Feb. 15-16 respectively.

Sitting Pretty
The Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey team held its No. 2 ranking in both national polls this week. The Bobcats also received 20 of the 50 first-place votes in the USCHO.com poll and 13 of the 34 votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

The PairWise Rankings
After collecting three points in last weekend's ECAC Hockey series with Brown and No. 7 Yale, the nationally-ranked Bobcats remained at the top of the PairWise Rankings. It is the second time in program history that the Bobcats have held down the top spot in the PWR's. In 2009, Quinnipiac moved into the top spot after opening the season at 12-1-0.

Scouting the Colgate Raiders
Colgate enters Saturday's match-up at 13-10-4 overall and 5-7-3 in ECAC Hockey following a 4-2 loss to Princeton on Friday night. The Raiders are riding a four-game unbeaten streak, during which they earned two ties at Clarkson and St. Lawrence, and home wins against Brown and No. 7 Yale. Colgate has three players with 20+ points in Tylor Spink (9-15-24), Robbie Bourdon (7-15-22), and Kyle Baun (11-9-20). Spink and Bourdon are tied for the team-lead in assists with 15, while Baun is the leading goal scorer with 11. Spencer Finney and Eric Mihalik have split time in net posting a combined 2.46 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Individually, Finney, two-time ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week (Nov. 20 & Jan. 29), is 8-5-3 with a .922 save percentage and a 2.15 goals-against average, while Mihalik has posted a 0-2-1 record with a .894 save percentage and a 2.81 goals-against average.

All-Time Against Colgate
Both teams will look for the overall edge in the all-time series as the series is currently knotted at 12-12-2. Colgate is the only ECAC team to beat the Bobcats this season, however, the win came in a non-conference matchup at the Cape Cod Classic in Hyannis, Mass.

The Last Time They Played
The Bobcats vanquished the Raiders in overtime to open ECAC Hockey play on Nov. 9. Russell Goodman scored twice, including the game-winner, to give Quinnipiac their first conference win, and to ultimately start their current unbeaten streak. Loren Barron scored the other goal for the Bobcats, while Spiro Goulakos and Thomas Larkin scored for Colgate.

We're Going Streaking!
Aside from Quinnipiac's current 20-game unbeaten streak, the team has also put together a run of nine straight games in which they have allowed two goals or less. 

Shaking the Rankings
With the win at Yale, the Bobcats improved to 9-0-0 on the year against opponents ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls at the time of the game. Quinnipiac is also 11-1-1 against teams that have been ranked at one point during the season and 14-2-2 against teams ranked or receiving votes in 2012-13.