October 24, 2013

No. 9 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey To Face Holy Cross This Weekend

 

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) vs. 
College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (0-3-0, 0-0-0 AH)
Date: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Location: Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Location: High Point Solutions Arena, Hamden, Conn.
Time: 4:00 PM
All-Time Series against Holy Cross: 19-5-4 

The nationally-ranked No. 9 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will face Holy Cross in a two-game series this weekend. The Bobcats travel to Worcester, Mass. on Friday, Oct. 25 before hosting the Crusaders on Saturday, Oct. 26. 

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Quinnipiac Game Notes

THE BOBCATS' LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend, Quinnipiac swept UMass, 3-1 in Lowell, Mass. on Friday, Oct. 18 and 3-1 in Hamden, Conn. on Saturday, Oct. 19. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Quinnipiac took down non-conference foe Bentley, 4-3, at High Point Solutions Arena. The game proved to be a showcase for the Bobcats' talented freshman class as Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) had two goals and an assist while Derek Smith (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, Alberta) both added two assists. Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) scored for the third time in as many games, while Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) scored his first goal of the season. Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) picked up his fourth straight victory in goal.

WHAT'S UP NEXT
After Quinnipiac's series against Holy Cross, the Bobcats will open ECAC Hockey play at Colgate on Nov. 1 and Cornell on Nov. 2. Quinnipiac returns home on Nov. 8 to host Brown at High Point Solutions Arena before the Bobcats' host Yale for the 12th Annual Heroes Hat, and re-match of last season's NCAA National Championship Game, on Nov. 9.  

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.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Bill Schweizer and  Todd Carroll will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for both games this weekend. Bobcat fans can access the live audio stream on the web at www.WQUN.com and the live video stream on the web at YouTube.com/quathletics 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.

ALL-TIME AGAINST HOLY CROSS
Quinnipiac leads the all-time series against Holy Cross, holding a 19-5-4 advantage since the team's first played in the 1997-98 season. As members of MAAC and Atlantic Hockey, Quinnipiac and Holy Cross played 22 games with Quinnipiac holding a 15-4-3 ledger, while they also have a 4-0-1 record as non-conference members since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey in 2005-06.

SCOUTING THE HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS
Holy Cross heads into the weekend series against the Bobcats searching for its first win of the 2013-14 season. Holy Cross opened the year with a 3-2 loss to No. 19 Boston University on Oct. 12 before dropping a 3-1 decision to Northeastern in its home-opener against Northeastern on Oct. 18. The following night, on the road, the Crusaders fell to the Huskies, 5-2. Jake Bolton, Mike McNamara and Shayne Stockton have all tallied a goal and an assist through HC's first three games. In goal, Matt Ginn is 0-3-0 with a .906 save percentage and a 3.17 goals-against average. 

ECAC HOCKEY GOALIE OF THE WEEK
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey goalie Michael Garteig was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, as announced by the league office. In a series sweep of No. 9 UMass Lowell, Garteig improved to 3-1-0 on the season. On Friday, Oct. 18, Garteig stopped 21 of UMass Lowell's 22 shots on goal in a 3-1 win at Tsongas Arena. On Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Bobcats' home opener, Garteig stopped 23 of the River Hawks' 24 shots on goal in another 3-1 win.

MIDWEEK MIKE
On Tuesday night, Garteig was in net again for the Bobcats' home tilt against Bentley. Garteig was solid again, earning his fourth straight victory. He improves to 4-1-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

SONS OF SAM
Freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) had Quinnipiac's first two-goal performance of the 2013-14 season against Bentley on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Anas now has a team-best three goals for the year (tied with Jordan Samuels-Thomas) to go along with two assists for five points through five games into his college career.

THE LIFE OF SMITTY
Freshman defenseman Derek Smith (Apple Valley, Minn.) has made the most of his early playing time. The first-year Bobcat is tied with Samuels-Thomas with six points, on the strength of two goals and a team-leading four assists.

FOUR GAMES...TWO MILESTONES
Smith's name has popped up twice with a pair of rare milestones through his first four career games. He is the only player in Quinnipiac history to score on his first two shots on goal, scoring against Alaska-Fairbanks on his first career shift and again against UMass Lowell in his first minutes of that game. In addition, Smith now has more points (6) through his first four career games than any player since Quinnipiac's jump to the Division I ranks in 1998-99.

ONE MORE SMITTY NOTE
Smith is the only player in the Bobcats' line-up with two, two-assist games after setting up two goals against UMass Lowell on Saturday, Oct. 19 and against Bentley on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

WE'LL MENTION THESE GUYS OFTEN
Smith and Anas are currently the only two players in Quinnipiac's line-up to have two multiple-point games. In addition to Smith's two, two-assist games, Anas had a one-goal, two-assist night against Alaska-Fairbanks before his two-goal performance against Bentley on Tuesday.

THE 'VILLE
Not to be outdone by his classmates, freshman Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, Alberta) had a pair of assists in the Bobcats win against Bentley on Tuesday night. Quenneville and Smith are currently tied for the team-lead with four assists.

WE HAVEN'T FORGOT ABOUT YOU GUYS
Senior assistant captains, and twin brothers, Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) have combined for two goals and four assists over the Bobcats last three games. In last weekend's sweep of UMass Lowell, Connor had a two-assist night on Friday before scoring on Saturday while Kellen had a goal and an assist on Saturday night. Against Bentley, Kellen tallied one assist in the Bobcats' win.

ONE-NINE
Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) is currently tied for the team's point-lead, with Smith, with six points through five games. Samuels-Thomas had an assist in the Bobcats' season-opener against Alaska-Anchorage. After going scoreless against Alaska-Fairbanks, Samuels-Thomas has scored in three-straight games, while his two assists against UMass Lowell on Friday, Oct. 18 gave him a career-best three points for the night. 

THREE IN A ROW
The last Quinnipiac player to score a goal in three-straight games was Kellen Jones, last season. Jones had a goal against Dartmouth on Mar. 2 and Cornell on Mar. 15 before scoring twice against Cornell on Mar. 16.