October 12, 2013

No. 10 Bobcats Face Alaska-Fairbanks On Saturday, Oct. 13 At 8:07 EST

No. 10/13 Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-1-0) vs. Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks (0-1-0)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Location: Sullivan Arena • Anchorage, Alaska
Series vs. Alaska-Fairbanks: 0-0-0

Kendall Hockey Classic Multimedia
Complete Game Notes 
Live Video
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Live Audio - AM 1220 WQUN

Kendall Hockey Classic
Nationally-ranked No. 10 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will face Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8:07 p.m.. EST. The Bobcats lost the first game of the Kendall Hockey Classic, 3-1, and look to bounce back against the Nanooks, who lost to Air Force, 6-1, on Friday night.

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and  Ken Sweeten 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. All of Quinnipiac's home games will be available, free of charge, at YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics.

Their Last Time Out
On Friday, Oct. 11, Quinnipiac fell to Alaska-Anchorage, 3-1, in its season-opener at the Kendall Hockey Classic. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) scored Quinnipiac's only goal, with assists going to linemates Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) and Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.). 

What's Up Next
Following it's trip to Anchorage, the Bobcats will face fellow 2013 NCAA Frozen Four participant UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series on Oct. 18-19. The Bobcats and River Hawks play at Tsongas Arena on Friday night, followed by the Bobcats' home-opener at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday night. 

Scouting The Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks
The Nanooks will return three 20-point scorers from their 2012-13 campaign, led by senior forwards Cody Kunyk (11-17--28) and Colton Beck (11-10--21), as well as sophomore forward Tyler Morley (10-11--21). Sophomore defenseman Colton Parayko scored 17 points as a rookie last year, and is one of 17 freshmen or sophomores on the UAF roster. In goal, sophomore John Keeney (2.33 gaa, .909 sv%), earned a 13-11-3 record in his debut season. Alaska-Fairbanks will also compete in the new-look WCHA for the first time in 2013-14. 
Against The Western Collegiate Hockey AssociationLast season, Quinnipiac compiled a 3-1-1 record against WCHA teams, splitting an early two-game series against Robert Morris before sweeping Nebraska-Omaha. 

The Captain
Cory Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.) was named the 39th captain in Quinnipiac men's ice hockey history, after wearing the "A" for his junior year in 2012-13. Hibbeler matched his career high of six goals in 2012-13 while also assisting on five goals for a career-best 11 points in 36 games played. The Bobcats enjoyed a 6-0-0 record when Hibbeler scored a goal and a 10-0-0 record when he registered a point.

Connor Jones Notes 
Twins Connor and Kellen Jones will serve as assistant captains for the second straight season. Connor finished last year with 12 goals and 14 assists for 16 points, while leading the team with five game-winning goals, and also ranked among the national leaders in face-offs won. Connor scored in the Bobcats 4-3 win against Canisius in the NCAA Tournament East Regional and and also posted a two-assist night in a 5-1 win against Union in the East Regional final, earning All-Tournament honors. For his career, he has 34 goals and 57 assists for 91 points. 

Kellen Jones Notes
Kellen finished the year with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points.  A seventh-round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, Jones has scored 35 goals while assisting on 50 more for 85 career points. Kellen had a three-game point streak in the NCAA Tournament in which he totaled two goals and three assists. He had one assist in the Bobcats' come-from-behind win against Canisius in Quinnipiac's first NCAA Tournament win in program history before following with a one-goal, two-assist performance in the NCAA Tournament East Regional final against Union to advance to the Frozen Four. He also helped Quinnipiac to its first NCAA National Championship Game with a goal in a 4-1 win against St. Cloud State.

Small In Stature, Big In Points
Junior forward Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) enters his third season at Quinnipiac with 69 points in 78 career games on the strength of 23 goals and 46 assists. Last season, Peca was one of two 30-point scorers in the Bobcats' line-up last season, finishing with 15 goals and 15 assists. Against Union in the NCAA Tournament, Peca's natural hat trick in three-minutes-and-twelve seconds in the first period was the fastest in NCAA history.

"When I Come Back Like Jordan..."
Senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas showcased his skills in the Bobcats exhibition win against Saint Mary's, scoring twice and also assisting on another goal. Samuels-Thomas led the Bobcats with 17 goals a year ago and enters his final collegiate season with 37 goals and 38 assists for 75 career points. 

2012-13 NCAA Statistical Champions
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team was named the NCAA Statistical Champion in scoring defense, penalty-kill percentage and winning percentage. The Bobcats completed the most successful season in program history, advancing to the NCAA National Championship Game.
NCAA's Top Winning Percentage In 2012-13The Bobcats finished the season with an overall record of 30-8-5, good for a NCAA-leading .756 winning percentage, while also leading the country with the most wins (30) and fewest losses (8) in Division I ice hockey. Quinnipiac posted a 21-game unbeaten streak from Nov. 9, 2012 through Feb. 9, 2013. 

The Bobcats On The Penalty Kill
Quinnipiac also killed 91.1% (164-180) of the penalties it was whistled for, good for the national lead. The Bobcats allowed just four goals on the penalty kill in its final 17 games, killing 55-of-59 (93.2%) of penalties called against them on its way to the National Championship Game.

Defense Wins Games
In 43 games, Quinnipiac held its opponents to just 72 goals - the fewest goals allowed in NCAA Division I ice hockey - for a 1.67 per game average. Quinnipiac gave up three or more goals in eight of its 43 games. Quinnipiac faced five of the top 20 scoring teams in the country in 2012-13, holding St. Cloud State to one goal in one game; Nebraska-Omaha to five goals in two games; Robert Morris to four goals in two games, including one shutout; Union to three goals in three games, also including one shutout; and Colgate to seven goals in three games.

The Bobcats In The NCAA Tournament
Quinnipiac won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history when it knocked-off Canisius, 4-3, before topping Union, 5-1, in the NCAA East Regional Final to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in program history. The Bobcats rolled over St. Cloud State, 4-1, before losing to Yale in the National Championship Game, 4-0.

2012-13 Hardware

  • Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold was named the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year and the New England Hockey Writers' Association Clark Hodder Coach of the Year while also recognized as a finalist for the prestigious Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year award. 
  • Eric Hartzell was named a Hobey Baker Award "Hobey Hat Trick" Finalist and was honored as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year as well as earning AHCA/CCM Hockey All-American Honors as well as USCHO.com Player of the Year, while also earning ECAC Hockey First Team Honors. 
  • Zach Davies was named the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman and also named to the First Team while Jeremy Langlois earned Third Team honors. 

Drafted 'Cats
Quinnipiac freshmen Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) and Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, Alberta) were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Clifton was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 12th pick of the 5th Round (133, overall) while Quenneville was taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 14th pick of the 7th Round (195, overall). This marks the first year for Quinnipiac to have two incoming players taken in the same draft. Current Bobcats Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario), Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) were previously selected. Peca was picked in the seventh round of the 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning while Jones went in the 2010 draft to the Edmonton Oilers. Samuels-Thomas was chosen in the 2009 draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, now the Winnipeg Jets.

More Offense
The Bobcats will look to sophomore Travis St. Denis (8g, 7a), Bryce Van Brabant (5g, 8a) and captain Cory Hibbeler to fill in their line-up career. St. Denis scored half of his goals in ECAC Hockey play and will look to expand on his first-year totals. Van Brabant had a quiet, unsung season totaling 13 points as a power forward on Samuels-Thomas' and Arnt's line. Hibbeler was selected by his teammates as this season's captain after emerging as a leader in the locker room for the NCAA National Semifinalist. 

Getting Defensive
The Bobcats will look to replace over 600 career games lost to the graduation of Zack Currie, Zack Davies, Mike Dalhuisen and Loren Barron. Currie served as the team's captain last season, while Davies was named ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman while also earning All-ECAC Hockey First Team honors. Dalhuisen had a banner year, totaling eight goals and eight assists while Barron chipped in with three goals and 13 assists in 43 games played a year ago. 

Filling The Void
The Bobcats will return Dan Federico, who assisted on 11 goals while established himself as one of the most reliable defenseman in ECAC Hockey, as well as Zach Tolkinen, a big, physical presense on the blue line that also contributed two goals and five assists. Alex Barron, who saw playing time on defense and as a forward last season, as well as Tom Hilbrich, will provide depth in the defensive corps for Pecknold's Bobcats.

Stackin' Pads
Michael Garteig served as 2013 Hobey Hat Trick finalist Eric Hartzell's back-up last season and will assume the reigns in 2013-14. Garteig played just 118 minutes in goal last season, and will look to improve on his 2.03 GAA. A two-time All-BCHL stand-out with the Penticton Vees and the Powell River Kings, Garteig was also the top goalie in the BCHL in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Sophomore Jacob Meyers and freshman Brady Rouleau will press Garteig for playing time. Meyers will be with the Bobcats for his second year while Rouleau comes to Quinnipiac from the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL.

OverTheBoards.net Ranks Bobcats' Incoming Class As 8th Best In NCAA
HockeyOverTheBoards.net ranked Quinnipiac men's ice hockey's 2013-14 incoming class of student-athletes as the 8th best in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. The class, comprised of 11 members, will feature five forwards, five defensemen and one goalie including ­­­­five players from the United States Hockey League (USHL), three players from the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), one U.S. National Developmental Team member, one player from the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) and one from the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
Of the 11 players, two – Connor Clifton and Peter Quenneville – were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft with Clifton going to the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth round and Quenneville taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the seventh round.