March 23, 2013

Bobcats To Face Yale In ECAC Hockey Tournament Consolation Game On Saturday, Mar. 23 at 4 PM

ECAC HOCKEY CONSOLATION GAME:  
No. 1 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (26-7-5) vs.  Yale University Bulldogs (18-11-3)
Date: Mar. 23, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM
All-Time Series vs. Yale: 9-5-2
ECAC Hockey Tournament Series vs. Yale: FIRST POSTSEASON MEETING
Last Time QU Faced Yale: W, 4-1 (Feb. 22 2013 - Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Yale: W, 4-1 (Feb. 22 2013 - Hamden, Conn.)
Current Streak vs. Yale: Won 2

ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will square-off against Yale University on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 4 p.m. in the ECAC Hockey Tournament Consolation Game at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. 

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN from Boardwalk Hall on Saturday. 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.

Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey lost to Brown, 4-0, in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals on Friday, Mar. 22. In the second semifinal game, Union defeated Yale, 5-0. 

Quinnipiac In The ECAC Hockey Tournament
Following Friday night's ECAC Hockey semifinal loss to Brown, Quinnipiac is now 24-18 in its eighth season in ECAC Hockey. With a 2-1 quarterfinal series win against Cornell, the Bobcats are the only team in ECAC Hockey to win a postseason series in each year since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06. The Bobcats all-time Quarterfinals series record improves to 9-13 all-time. 

Scouting The Yale Bulldogs
With a 5-0 loss to Union on Friday night, Yale currently stands at 18-11-3 to date. Prior to the Bulldogs' quarterfinals loss, the Bulldogs had win five straight, including a ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals series sweep of St. Lawrence, 6-1 and 3-0. The Bulldogs are led by All-ECAC Hockey First Team pick Andrew Miller and Second Team selection Kenny Agostino. Agostino leads Yale in assists (22) and points (37) while Miller leads the Bulldogs in goals (16) while also adding 19 assists for 35 points. Ryan Obuchowski was named to the All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team after scoring three goals and assisting on nine more. Antoine Laganiere checks in with 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points. In goal, Jeff Malcolm is 16-5-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Quinnipiac is 9-5-2 all-time against Yale, and are currently on a four-game unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs. Quinnipiac has won three of its last four match-ups, including a 6-2 and 4-1 win this year as well as a 2-1 and 2-2 tie last year. Quinnipiac and Yale have never played the other in the ECAC Hockey Tournament or at a neutral site.

Bobcats' Head Coach Rand Pecknold Named ECAC Hockey's Tim Taylor Coach of the Year
At the annual ECAC Hockey Awards Reception, held on the eve of the league championship tournament, Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold was honored as the Tim Taylor Coach of the Year by ECAC Hockey. Pecknold boasts a career record of 363-236-66 (.595), good for ninth among all active NCAA Division I coaches. Pecknold was previously honored as the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year in 2005 and is a two-time Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year finalist (2002, 2005). Yale head coach Keith Allain and RPI head coach Seth Appert were the other two finalists for ECAC Hockey's top-coaching honor.

Eric Hartzell Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was honored as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year as well as the Goalie of the Year, while also garnering All-ECAC First Team honors.

Select Company
The last goalie to win ECAC Hockey Player of the Year honors was Princeton's Zane Kalemba in 2009.

Hartzell By The Numbers
Hartzell's latest honors come after the Hobey Baker Award and All-American candidate was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month for November, December and January. The Bobcats goalie currently boasts a program record 26 wins and the second-best winning percentage (.792) in NCAA Division I ice hockey. In addition, Hartzell had a .935 save percentage (T-7th NCAA)and a 1.50 goals-against average (3rd NCAA). Hartzell's GAA and win percentage also lead ECAC Hockey while his save percentage ranks third in the league.

Zach Davies Named ECAC Hockey's Best Defensive Defenseman
Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) was given the Best Defensive Defenseman in ECAC Hockey, earning Third Team honors. Davies earns the top defenseman honor after a year that saw the senior Bobcat emerge as a dominating force on the blue line for the nation's top defense. Davies led a defensive unit that currently leads NCAA Division I ice hockey in goals-against (1.59) and has only allowed more than two goals in just four of its 37 games to date. Davies also ranks among the national leaders in blocked shots (54-1.46/game) and plus/minus (+15). 

Jeremy Langlois Named To All-ECAC Hockey Third Team
Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) was also named to the ECAC Hockey Third Team. Langlois currently leads Quinnipiac in assists (18) and points (30) while also scoring 12 goals. For his career, the senior center has scored 55 goals and assists on 44 more for 99 career points heading into the ECAC Hockey Semifinals this weekend with the NCAA Division I Regional next weekend.  He is the Bobcats' active leader, and ranks among the national leaders, in multiple-goal games with four this year and 13 for his career. 

ECAC Hockey Quartefinals Game 2 Recap
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.

•  The Bobcats' 10 goals are the most in the team's ECAC Hockey Tournament history and the most scored by one team in the tournament since Harvard scored 11 in a game, against Quinnipiac, on Mar. 14, 2008. 

• Quinnipiac's 10-goal win is also its largest margin of victory in an ECAC Hockey game. 

• Quinnipiac's seven goal second-period was also a tournament record for the most in a single period. 

• The last time Quinnipiac scored 10 goals in a game was in a 10-0 win against Fairfield on Nov. 11, 2000.

• Between both teams, 34 penalties were served for a total of 184 minutes in the penalty box. It is the most penalties minutes compiled by two teams in ECAC Hockey history, passing the 134 minutes set by Yale and Harvard in 1998 and the second most penalties called in a game since 1985 (39, Clarkson vs. St. Lawrence). 

• It is also the 13th most combined penalty minutes between two teams in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey history and the most since Canisius and RIT compiled 251 on Feb. 9, 2008.

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 In The National Polls
The Bobcats were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll for the sixth straight week, earning 23 first-place votes to Minnesota's 11. In the USCHO.com poll, Quinnipiac slipped to No. 2 behind Minnesota despite receiving 27 of the 50 first-place votes, with Minnesota receiving 22 first-place votes. 

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. 

Working Double Time
Quinnipiac improved to 7-1 all-time in eight ECAC Hockey Tournament games that have gone to overtime. 

The Kevin Bui Note
Quinnipiac fifth-year senior Kevin Bui scored the Bobcats' game- and series-clinching goal in their two-overtime thriller against Cornell on Sunday, Mar. 17. It was Bui's second of the year, fifth of his career and his first goal since Dec. 29, 2012 against Nebraska-Omaha. 

Dan From Acton
Sophomore Dan Federico entered the Bobcats' series with Cornell last weekend with seven points on the year. By the end of Game 2 against the Big Red, Federico became the Bobcats' 14th player to hit double-figure points for the year while also becoming the first player since former All-American, and current assistant coach, Reid Cashman to assist on four goals in a game. 

Lucky Number 7
Ben Arnt, No. 7 in your programs, also posted a four-point night on Saturday, scoring once and assisting on three goals. The senior wing is having a career year with highs in goals (7), assists (11) and points (18). 

Old Hat For Connor
Connor Jones was the third Bobcat to hit Cornell with four points on Saturday, Mar. 16. It was the second time that Jones had a four-point game, which he previously accomplished on Jan. 14, 2012 against Colgate. 

On The Attack
Clay Harvey's game-tying goal against Cornell on Saturday, Mar. 17 was Quinnipiac's first goal with an extra attack since Connor Jones scored in a 4-3 loss to St. Lawrence on Feb. 10, 2011. 

One More Langer
Jeremy Langlois entered last weekend with 97 career points. His two assists in the series leave him just one point shy of becoming the 19th player in Quinnipiac's Division I history, and 33rd all-time, to reach 100 career points.

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. 

All-Time Wins
Quinnipiac's 26 wins this season are one shy of the program record, set in 1999-00 when Quinnipiac was 27-6-3. 

No Place Like Home
With its win against Cornell last Sunday, Quinnipiac tied the program record for home wins (15). Quinnipiac previously won 15 games on its home ice in 1998-99. The mark is the most at High Point Solutions Arena, passing last season's mark of 13 wins.  

Road Warriors
Quinnipiac is currently 11-1-2 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 17 ECAC Hockey wins are the most by the Bobcats since they joined the league in 2005-06. 

Protecting A Lead
Through last weekend, Quinnipiac is 13-1-1 when leading after the first period and 17-1-2 when leading after the second period.
 
What's Working?
Quinnipiac ranks first among all NCAA Division I programs in scoring defense (1.59) and penalty kill (91.0%).

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