April 8, 2013

No. 1 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey To Face St. Cloud State In NCAA Frozen Four On Thursday, Apr. 11

NCAA TOURNAMENT FROZEN FOUR
No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats (29-7-5) vs. No. 3 St. Cloud State Huskies (25-15-1)
Series vs. St. Cloud State:
1-3-0
Last Time QU Faced St. Cloud State :
L, 2-5 (Oct. 30, 2010 - St. Cloud, Minn.)
Last QU Win Against St. Cloud State:
W, 4-2 (Oct. 29, 2010 - St. Cloud, Minn.)
Current Streak vs.St. Cloud State:
Lost 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Television: ESPN2/ESPN
Live Stats: CBSSports.com Game Tracker

Quinnipiac Game Notes In PDF Format
St. Cloud State Game Notes In PDF Format

NCAA Frozen Four
The nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will face No. 3 St. Cloud State in second 2013 NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal Game on Thursday, Apr. 11 at 8 p.m. The Bobcats and Huskies' match-up will be live on ESPN2. The NCAA Championship Game is slated for Saturday, Apr. 13 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. 

ESPN Talent
The weekend's broadcasts will feature ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross with the play-by-play and former Los Angeles Kings head coach Barry Melrose with the color commentary.

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN. 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 - Quinnipiac 5, Union 1 (Mar. 31, 2013)
Powered by a natural hat trick from Matthew Peca, the nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated No. 13 Union, 5-1, to advance to the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pa. Peca also added an assist while Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Kellen Jones scored. Eric Hartzell stopped 18 of Union's 19 shots-on-goal.

New Found Success
The Bobcats entered Saturday night's game having played one NCAA Tournament game all-time - a 6-1 loss to Cornell on Mar. 23, 2002. The Bobcats' 4-3 win against Canisius was their first NCAA Tournament win for any Quinnipiac team in the university's Division I era. The Bobcats are now 2-1 all-time in the national tournament. 

NCAA East Regional Most Valuable Player
After scoring four goals and assisting on another in a 4-3 win against Canisius and a 5-1 win against Union, Matthew Peca was named the NCAA East Regional Most Valuable Player. 

NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team
Connor Jones and Eric Hartzell were named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team. Jones had a goal and three assists while Hartzell was 2-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

Fastest Hat Trick In NCAA Tournament History
Matthew Peca's natural hat trick in the first period of Quinnipiac's 5-1 win against Union in the NCAA East Regional Final was compiled in a mere 3:12 for the fastest hat trick in NCAA Tournament history. Minnesota's Warren Miller, who scored three goals in 4-minutes and 20-seconds against Harvard on Mar. 13, 1975. 

The First Hat Trick Since...
Peca's trifecta was also the first hat trick in a NCAA Tournament game since Mar. 28, 2010 when Yale's Marc Arcobello and Boston College's Cam Atkinson both scored three times in the same game. 

All-Time NCAA Regional Hat Tricks
Peca also became the 17th player to record a hat trick in a NCAA Tournament Regional game all-time.

ESPN's Best of the Best
Peca's hat trick was trending on ESPN's SportsCenter and was in the running to overtake South Carolina's football's Jadeveon Clowney's hit on Michigans Vincent Smith as the "Best of the Best". 

Rand Pecknold Named New England Division I Coach of the Year
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold has been named the Clark Hodder Division I Coach of the Year by the New England Hockey Writers Association, named after the former Harvard head coach. Under Pecknold's leadership, Quinnipiac is currently No. 1 in the USCHO.com Division I Poll, the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and also clinched the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac, to date, is 29-7-5. Pecknold is the first ECAC Hockey coach to win the award since Tim Taylor in 1998.

Pecknold Announced As Finalist For Spencer Penrose Award
Pecknold was announced on Wednesday, Apr. 3 as a Spencer Penrose Award Finalist for the third time in his career. Pecknold was previously a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award in 2002 when Quinnipiac won the MAAC Hockey Championshp and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time and also in 2005 when he was named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year. 

Eric Hartzell Named To Hobey Hat Trick
Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell was announced as one of the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau and St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc were the other two finalists.

Hartzell Named All-New England All-Star
Adding to his accolades, Hartzell was also named as a 2012-13 New England All-Star Goaltender by the New England Hockey Writers Association on Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013.

One More For The Big Goalie
Hartzell was also selected to CollegeHockeyNews.com's First Team. The senior goalie is currently 29-6-5 with a 1.55 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage. His GAA currently ranks third among all NCAA Division I goalies, but first among all goalies with over 2,000 minutes played (2,402:38), while his save percentage ranks eighth. This season, Hartzell has held opposing teams to fewer than three goals in a game in 35 of his 40 starts. He also ranks second in winning percentage (.788) and shutouts (5), which also rank as the most in a single-season in Quinnipiac history.

Leading The Pack
Entering the Frozen Four, Matthew Peca is currently tied with St. Cloud State's Joey Benik for the tournament point lead. Peca scored four goals and assisted on one more for five points at a 2.50 per game clip - the best among all players in the national tournament. Peca and Benik are also tied for the tournament lead with four goals each. 

Not Far Behind
Twins Connor and Kellen Jones slot in behind Peca, tied for third with four points (one goal, three assists apiece) at a 2.00 points per game clip. Additionally, the Jones boys are tied for the assists lead - along with St. Cloud's Brooks Bertsch and Union's Wayne Simpson -  with three helpers in two games. 

JST In The NCAA
Jordan Samuels-Thomas also ranks among the top scorers in the tournament. The junior wing is tied for fourth in goals per game (1.00) after scoring in both games at the NCAA East Regional. Both goals came on the power play, good for the tournament lead in that category. 

Ranger Davies
Zach Davies is tied for the tournament lead in points by defenseman and sixth overall in assists per game (1.00) after two apples in the East Regional. 

Should Be Some Match-up
Quinnipiac and St. Cloud both scored nine goals in two games for a 4.50 per game average, tops among all teams in the tournament. 

The Bobcats On The Power Play
Quinnipiac entered the NCAA Tourament with 26 goals in 189 man-advantage opportunities for 13.8%. In two games in the NCAA Tournament, Quinnipiac converted on 3-of-8 power play chances for 37.5% - the highest among any of the four teams in the Frozen Four. 

No Booing Bui
Bui, a fifth-year senior, entered the season with three goals in 36 career games. In the last month, Bui scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against Cornell to send Quinnipiac to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and then scored in a 3-0 win against Yale in the consolation game of the ECAC Hockey tournament. Bui built on his legend by scoring the game-winner against Canisius to push Quinnipiac to the East Regional Final against Union, which it won, 5-1. 

Spreading It Around
Through seven postseason games, 18 of the 21 skaters to appear in a game for Quinnipiac have registered a point, with 14 of those 18 tallying multiple points.

Scouting St. Cloud State Huskies
St. Cloud State enters the Frozen Four with a record of 21-15-1. The Huskies advanced to the national semifinals behind wins against regional No.1 seed Notre Dame (5-1) and Miami (OH) (4-1). St. Cloud features Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist Drew LeBlanc. The 2013 WCHA Player of the Year has tallied 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points and is one of six players in the Huskies' lineup with at least 30 points for the year. Nic Dowd checks in with 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points while freshman Jonny Brodzinski has lit the lamp a team-high 22 ties while assisting on 11 more. Kalle Kossila (15-18--33), Ben Hanowski (17-14--31) and Nick Jensen (4-27--31) complete the list of 30-point scorers. Andrew Porchno (4-27--31) gives the Huskies four players with 20 or more assists. In goal, Ryan Faragher has seen 90.8% of the action between the pipers, posting a 24-13-1 record with a 2.22 GAA and a .916 save percentage. In two games in the NCAA Tournament, Faragher is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .949 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Huskies
Quinnipiac and St. Cloud have played four times, with the last meeting coming in 2010-11. St. Cloud has won three of the four match-ups including a two-game sweep at High Point Solutions Arena on Jan. 15-16, 2010. Quinnipiac found its way into the Win column against SCS on Oct. 29, 2010 in St. Cloud, Minn. with a 4-2 victory before falling on the following night, 5-2. 

Scouting The UMass Lowell River Hawks
UMass Lowell enters the Frozen Four with a record of 28-10-2. The River Hawks advanced out of the Northeast Regional with wins against Wisconsin (6-1) and New Hampshire (2-0). UML is led by a pair of 37-point scorers in Scott Wilson (16-21) and Joseph Pendenza (14-23). Derek Arnold (13-16--29) and Riley Wetmore (15-11--26) provide additional firepower. Wetmore is the River Hawks lone 100-point scorer (49-61--110). In goal, freshman Connor Hellebuyck is 20-2-0 with a 1.31 GAA and a .953 save percentage. 

All-Time Against UMass Lowell
Quinnipiac and UMass Lowell have played once all-time with the River Hawks taking a 4-1 decision on Oct. 30, 2008 in Lowell, Mass. 

Scouting The Yale Bulldogs
Fellow ECAC Hockey and Elm City foe Yale is currently 20-12-3 overall after posting a 12-9-1 record in ECAC Hockey. The Bulldogs advanced to the national semifinals with a 3-2 overtime win against Minnesota and a 4-1 win against North Dakota. Junior Jesse Root scored the game-winner in both games, and checks in with 11 goals and 11 assists for the year. The Bulldogs are led by Kenny Agostino (17-23-40), Andrew Miller (16-21-37) and Antoine Laganiere (14-13-27) as well as Tommy Fallen (7-16--23). 

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Quinnipiac is 10-5-2 all-time against Yale and are currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak against its Southern Connecticut rival. Quinnipiac won both regular season matches this season - 6-2 in New Haven and 4-1 in Hamden- before defeating Yale, 3-0, in the Third-Place Game of the ECAC Hockey Championship. 

The Bobcats Against Ranked Opponents
Entering the Frozen Four, Quinnipiac is 14-0-0 against teams ranked in the Top 20 this season.

Some More No. 1's
Quinnipiac currently features the nation's best team goals-against average, allowing just 1.65 goals per game, and also holds the nation's best penalty kill at 90.6 percent.
And One MoreQuinnipiac has been at the top of the PairWise Rankings since Jan. 19, 2013 - a span of 19 games and 85 days, entering Thursday, Apr. 11's game.

Shaking the Rankings
The Bobcats improved to 19-3-1 against teams that have been ranked at one point during the season and 22-4-2 against teams ranked or receiving votes in 2012-13. Quinnipiac is 14-0-0 on the year against opponents ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls at the time of the game.

Quinnipiac'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
With a victory against Union on Saturday, Quinnipiac's 29 wins this season break the program wins record, set in 1999-00 when Quinnipiac went 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 total 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
To date, Quinnipiac is 14-1-1 when leading after the first period and 19-1-2 when leading after the second period.

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 365-236-66 (.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.

Congrats Rand!
Quinnipiac Head Coach Rand Pecknold earned his 350th career win on Saturday, Dec. 29 with the Bobcats' 5-4 defeat of Nebraska-Omaha. The only head coach in Quinnipiac's Division I history, Pecknold ranks ninth among all active coaches witih 364 career wins.

Active NCAA Division I Coaches (Updated Apr. 1, 2012) 
Rank #of Wins Head Coach, Team
1 935 Jerry York, Boston College
2 897 Jack Parker, Boston University
3 770 Red Berenson, Michigan
4 623 Don Lucia, Minnesota
5 519 Dick Umile, New Hampshire
6 453 Rick Gotkin, Mercyhurst
7 367 Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame
8 366 Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac
9 350 Bob Daniels, Ferris State
10 347 Mike Schafer, Cornell

Eric Hartzell Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior Eric Hartzell 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.

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.

One More Langer
Jeremy Langlois entered Quinnipiac's Quarterfinal Series against Cornell 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.

Bobcats Showing Depth
Of the 23 skaters to hit the ice for Quinnipiac, 21 have registered a point, with 19 of those 21 scoring a goal in Quinnipiac's 41 games to date.

50-Win Club
Eric Hartzell picked up his 50th career win on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a 2-1 victory against Clarkson. Hartzell is the fourth goalie in Quinnipiac history to hit the 50-win mark, joining J.C. Wells (59), Jamie Holden (59) and Bud Fisher (58). His 57 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 29.

Tempe's Finest
Senior Jeremy Langlois is seventh in program history in career goals scored. His 55 career goals are four shy of the top five.

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 fourth in goals and assists, and fifth in points.

Defense Wins Games
Quinnipiac has allowed more than two goals in a game just four times since Nov. 1, 2012. In addition, Quinnipiac allowed the fewest goals (32) in ECAC Hockey games this season while their team defense (1.65 goals-per-game) ranks first nationally.

Hartzell Wins Third Straight ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month Honor
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior goalie Eric Hartzell was named the Hogan Hockey/ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month for January, as announced by the league office on Thursday, Jan. 31. Hartzell is the first goalie to earn monthly recognize in three consecutive months since the award's inception in 2011-12.

The Closer
Junior Jordan Samuels-Thomas has provided timely scoring all season for Quinnipiac. The first-year Bobcat leads the NCAA in goals scored (5, which includes a Division I-best three game-winners) in the third period, or overtime, in games in which Quinnipiac is tied for trailing and have gone on to win. His three game-winning goals have come at Maine (W, 2-1) on Oct. 6; against Nebraska-Omaha (W, 5-4) on Dec. 29 and against Dartmouth (3-2, OT) on Jan. 4. All three teams were ranked in the Top 15 at the time.

Multiple-Goal Games
Jeremy Langlois and Samuels-Thomas tied for league lead with four multiple-goal games. Langlois also has a team-best 13 for his career. 

Hartzell Featured In Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd"
Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell is featured in the Jan. 21, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, released on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the immensely popular "Faces In The Crowd" section.

Impressive
Matthew Peca scored the game-winner against RPI on Saturday, Dec. 1, while the Bobcats were on the penalty kill, skating 3-on-5. In Quinnipiac's Division I history, there have been 11 shorthanded, game-winning goals. Peca joins Mike Atkinson as the only players to score two shorthanded, game-winning goals in their careers while Peca is the first to do it three times. To date, Peca has the last three - on Saturday against RPI; Oct. 20 against Ohio State; and against Robert Morris on Oct. 22, 2011.