March 13, 2013

ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals: Bobcats and Big Red Drop The Puck For Deciding Game 3 At 7:30 PM

Games #34-36:  No. 1 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (25-6-5) vs. 
No. 9 Cornell University Big Red (15-15-3)
Dates: Mar. 17 (Series Tied 1-1)
Times:7:30 p.m.
All-Time Series vs. Cornell: 8-14-2 
Last Time QU Faced Cornell:W, 10-0 (3/15/13, Hamden, Conn.)
Last QU Win vs. Cornell: W, 10-0 (3/15/13, Hamden, Conn.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. Cornell: Won 1
2012-13 vs. Cornell: 3-1-0 
All-Time vs. Cornell In ECAC Hockey Tournament: 4-3-0

ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals Game 2
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team hosts Cornell for the deciding Game 3 of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7:30 PM.

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

Multimedia
Live audio, video and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. America ONE Sports will broadcast all games for the ECAC Hockey Championship tournament. 

Last Time Out
Following a Game 1 loss to Cornell, 3-2 on Friday, Mar. 15, the nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats rolled on the Big Red, 10-0. Ben Arnt (1g, 3a), Connor Jones (1g, 3a) and Dan Federico (4a) all turned in four-point nights while Kellen Jones and Travis St. Denis both tallied a goal and two assists apiece. Matthew Peca had a goal and two assists in the win.

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS (Updated March 16, 2013)

Player Notes

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 finished the regular season at 17-2-3, good for 37 points while second-place Renssealer finished with 27 points. It also made Quinnipiac the first team since ECAC Hockey adopted the current point system to win the league by double-digit 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 five 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 Cornell Big Red
Cornell is coming off a series sweep of No. 8-seed Princeton in last weekend's ECAC Hockey Championship First Round series in Princeton, N.J. The Big Red topped the Tigers 4-0 in the first game before completing the sweep with a 4-2 win in Game 2. Cornell is currently 14-14-3 for the year, but are 6-1-1 in its last eight games, with six four-goal games and have outscored their opponents, 27-12, in that span. In their current run, 12 different Big Red skaters have scored, led by Greg Miller's six goals in eight games. Miller has also assisted on a team-high seven goals for 13 points in the span of eight games. Joel Lowry (4-4--8), Joakim Ryan and Brian Ferlin (2-6--8, each) have also been red-hot in the last month. For the year, Miller leads Cornell in goals (14), assists (18) and points (32) while Lowry (12-10--22), Ferlin (7-14--21) and Ryan (3-18--21) give Cornell a quartet of 20-point scorers. In goal, Andy Iles is 14-14-3 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. 

All-Time Against the Big Red
Quinnipiac is 8-14-2 all-time against Cornell, with five of its seven wins in the series coming at Lynah Rink. Three of those five wins came in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, including a 1-0 victory in Game 2 of last season's quarterfinals. With Friday night's loss to Cornell, the Bobcats and Big Red have now split six games between the two all-time in the ECAC Hockey Tournament. 

Pecknold Named Finalist For Tim Taylor Award
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold has been announced as one of three finalists for ECAC Hockey's 2013 Tim Taylor Award, given to the league's Coach of the Year, as voted on by the league's head coaches. The winner of the Tim Taylor Award will be announced as part of ECAC Hockey's championship weekend on Thurs., Mar. 21 at the league's postseason banquet.