March 21, 2013

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold Named Tim Taylor Coach of the Year By ECAC Hockey

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – 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.

This season, Pecknold guided Quinnipiac to the 2013 Cleary Cup for the ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship as well as the top ranking in both national polls and the PairWise Rankings. Quinnipiac also posted a program record 21-game unbeaten streak in which the Bobcats tallied an 18-0-3 mark. 

Pecknold's top-ranked Bobcats completed the regular season with 17-2-3 ledger in ECAC Hockey play, becoming the first team in league history to win by double-digit points. Following a 2-1 series win against Cornell in an ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals series at High Point Solutions Arena, Quinnipiac currently stands at 26-6-5 overall for the year. The Bobcats rank first nationally in goals-against average (1.59) and penalty kill (91.0) while also posting the top winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey (.770).

This season will mark the 15th year in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey for Quinnipiac, all under the leadership of Pecknold. The Bobcats have yet to post a losing season in the last 17 years. In addition, the Bobcats' 2012-13 season will mark the 12th time in Pecknold's 19-year career in which Quinnipiac has posted 20 wins, which have all come at the Division I level. This year, Quinnipiac swept a program-best seven teams while also posting an 11-0-0 record against ranked opponents as well as an 11-1-2 record on the road.

Tournament top-seed Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will head to Atlantic City, N.J. for the 2013 ECAC Hockey Championship Semifinals at Boardwalk Hall on Mar. 22-23, 2013. The Bobcats will take on No. 7-seed Brown on Friday, Mar. 22 at 4 p.m.