Game #34: No. 1 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (23-4-5, 16-1-3 ECAC Hockey) at
No. 18 Dartmouth College Big Green (13-10-5, 9-8-4 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 • 7 pm
Thompson Arena • Hanover, N.H.
All-Time Series vs. Dartmouth: 11-7-1
All-Time vs. Dartmouth on the Road: 2-5-1
The Last Time...QU Faced Dartmouth: W, 3-2 (OT) (1/4/13, Hamden, Conn.)
QU Faced Dartmouth on the Road: L, 4-5 (11/4/11)
QU Won at Dartmouth: 2/28/09 (W, 4-1)
The nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will look to bounce back from a 2-1 overtime loss to Harvard on Friday night when it faces No. 18 Dartmouth at Thompson Arena on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 7 pm..
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 audio stream on the web at www.WQUN.com and the live video stream on the web at necfrontrow.com or by clicking the "Audio" or "Video" 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, video and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
The Cleary Cup
Quinnipiac clinched the 2013 Clear Cup for the ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship for the first time in the Bobcats' time in ECAC Hockey. The Bobcats currently sit in first place at 16-1-3, good for 35 points while second-place Renssealer checks in with 23 points.
Quinnipiac's Most Important Poll
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team was ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history in the USCHO.com Division I poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll on Feb. 11, 2013. Not only was the Bobcats' No. 1 ranking a first in program history, but it was also the first time a Quinnipiac athletic program has been nationally-ranked No. 1. The Bobcats have retained the ranking for three consecutive weeks.
The PairWise Rankings
The top-ranked Bobcats also remained at the top of the PairWise Rankings. Quinnipiac has held down the top spot in the PairWise rankings since Jan. 19, 2013.
Scouting The Dartmouth Big Green
No. 18 Dartmouth is currently 13-10-5 overall and 9-8-4 in ECAC Hockey following a 2-2 tie against Princeton on Friday night. Mike Keenan scored early before Princeton took a 2-1 lead. Dartmouth's Jesse Beamish scored with just over three minutes to play to tie the game as Dartmouth earned a tie and secured home ice advantage for the upcoming ECAC Hockey Tournament. The Big Green climbed the national polls to as high as 8th after opening the year with just two losses in their first 13 games through the first weekend of the New Year. In their last 12 games, Dartmouth is 5-7-2. Last weekend, Clarkson handed Dartmouth a 4-0 loss before the Big Green bounced back with a 3-2 win at St. Lawrence. Sophomore Tyler Sikura leads Dartmouth in assists (18) and points (28) while he and Eric Robinson are tied for the team lead with 10 goals for the year. Matt Lindblad is the Big Green's only other 20-point scorer, tallying nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points for the year. Cab Morris has seen a majority of the minutes in Dartmouth's net this year, posting an 8-6-3 record with a 2.10 GAA and .917 save percentage. Charles Grant has won his last two starts and is 5-4-1 with a 2.69 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
All-Time Against the Big Green
Quinnipiac is 11-7-1 all-time against Dartmouth following a 3-2 overtime win by the Bobcats on Jan. 4. The Bobcats are 9-2-0 on their home ice, including a 7-2-0 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center. At Thompson Arena, its the home team with the edge as Quinnipiac has posted a 2-5-1 record all-time at Dartmouth's arena. Quinnipiac last won at Thompson Arena on Feb. 28, 2009 - a 4-1 decision that clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament.
The Last Time They Played
Jordan Samuels-Thomas played the hero in the Bobcats' 3-2 overtime win against Dartmouth on Jan. 4, 2013. After Travis St. Denis and Bryce Van Brabant both scored to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead, Dartmouth's Matt Lindblad and Tim O'Brien tied the game to send it to overtime. Samuels-Thomas' goal came 3:30 into the extra frame for the win, Quinnipiac's 13th straight.
ECAC Hockey Championship Tournament
Quinnipiac gained its first ECAC Hockey Championship Tournament bye after clinching the regular-season title with six games to play. The Bobcats, idle next weekend, will host an opponent to be decided in the tournament's first round in a best-of-three series at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on Mar. 15-17.
Quinnipiac's 20-Win Facts
With a win at Cornell on Friday, Feb. 8, Quinnipiac posted its 12th, 20-win season in its 15th year at the NCAA Division I level.
Quinnipiac is currently 10-0-2 in 12 games on the road this season, giving the Bobcats their most wins away from home since they joined ECAC Hockey in 2005-06. The record for road wins in a season is 13, set during the 1999-2000 season.
Best Season Ever
Quinnipiac's 16 ECAC Hockey wins are the most by the Bobcats since they joined the league in 2005-06.
Protecting A LeadThrough last weekend game, Quinnipiac is 11-0-1 when leading after the first period and 15-0-2 when leading after the second period.
Quinnipiac currently boasts the second-best defense in the country, allowing just 1.57 goals per game.
Bobcats Showing Depth
Of the 23 skaters to hit the ice for Quinnipiac, 21 have registered a point, with 18 of those 23 scoring a goal in Quinnipiac's 30 games to date.
Eric Hartzell picked up his 50th career win on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a 2-1 victory against Clarkson. Hartzell is the fourth goal in Quinnipiac history to hit the 50-win mark, joining J.C. Wells (59), Jamie Holden (59) and Bud Fisher (58). His 50 career wins rank third among active NCAA Division I goalies.
Record Breaking Season
Hartzell's win against Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 16 was his 22nd of the season, passing J.C. Wells record of 21 in 1998-99, for the most in a single-season in program history. To date, that total has increased to 23.
Senior Jeremy Langlois is seventh in program history in career goals scored. His 54 career goals are four shy of the top five.Langlois is also sitting on 95 career points.
Respect Your Elders
The 2012-13 Men's Hockey senior class has proven to be one of the most productive in program history. The seniors have played the most games combined than any senior class in program history, and rank 4th in goals and assists, and 5th in points with six regular-season games remaining on the year.
Shaking the Rankings
With win against Yale last weekend, the Bobcats improved to 13-1-1 against teams that have been ranked at one point during the season and 16-2-2 against teams ranked or receiving votes in 2012-13. Quinnipiac is 10-0-0 on the year against opponents ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls at the time of the game.
Hartzell's Run At The Record
Hartzell has posted four shutouts on the year, three shy of the Top Five in ECAC history. His nine career shutouts also have him tied for the program record held by Bud Fisher '08 and two shy of the top ten in ECAC history.
Defense Wins Games
Quinnipiac has allowed more than two goals in a game just twice since Nov. 1, 2012. In addition, Quinnipiac has allowed the fewest goals (29) in ECAC Hockey games this season while their team defense (1.57 goals-per-game) ranks 2nd nationally.