No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats (13-3-3, 6-2-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Massachusetts Minutemen (6-12-2, 2-7-2 HE)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: XL Center • Hartford, Conn.
All-Time Series against UMass: 3-1-1
Last Meeting: W, 6-1 (11/30/13, Hamden, Conn.)
THE UCONN HOCKEY CLASSIC
No. 8 Quinnipiac University men' s ice hockey will face the University of Massachusetts in the first game of the 2013 UConn Hockey Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 4:05 p .m. The winner of that game will face the winner of Sunday's second game between Sacred Heart and host UConn.
ON THE AIR
Bobcat fans can catch all the action on AM 1220 WQUN featuring Bill Schweizer with the play-by-play and Todd Carroll with the color commentary.
THE BOBCATS' LAST TIME OUT
Quinnipiac last saw the ice on Dec. 6 & 7 when it travel to the Capital District to take on Rensselaer and Union, respectfully. The Bobcats tied RPI, 3-3, on Friday night before losing a back-and-forth battle, 6-4, to No. 11 Union on Saturday night.
ALL-TIME IN THE UCONN HOCKEY CLASSIC
Quinnipiac is 2-0-0 in the UConn Hockey Classic all-time after the Bobcats won its only other tournament appearance in 2008. Quinnipiac defeated Merrimack, 4-3 in overtime, to advance to the UConn Hockey Classic Championship Game where it defeated Air Force, 4-2.
ALL-TIME AGAINST UMASS
Quinnipiac and UMass have met five times with the Bobcats owning a 3-1-1 record in the all-time series. Their last meeting came earlier this season with the Bobcats taking a 6-1 decision at High Point Solutions Arena on Nov. 30.
SCOUTING THE UMASS MINUTEMEN
UMass enters Sunday's game with a record of 6-12-2 overall including a 2-7-2 record in Hockey East play. The Minutemen are coming off a 5-3 loss to Denver on Dec. 17, which followed a three-game win streak. Following UMass' loss to Quinnipiac on Nov. 30, the Minutemen split a weekend series in South Bend, Ind. against Notre Dame before sweeping Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. on Dec. 14-15. Senior Conor Sheary leads UMass with 14 points (4-10) while freshman Steve Iacobellis has scored a team-best eight goals to go along with five assists for 13 points in 20 games. Joel Hanley leads the team with 11 assists to go along with two goals while Troy Power has tallied seven goals and six assists on the year. In goal, Steve Mastalerz is 6-9-1 with a 2.66 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
JONES BROS. LAND IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior assistant captains Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) were recently featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" in the Dec. 16, 2013 issue of SI. The Jones Bros. join former men's soccer Graciano Brito as well as former men's ice hockey goalie Eric Hartzell and women's ice hockey stand-out Kelly Babstock as Quinnipiac student-athletes honored by Sports Illustrated.
ANAS NAMED NCH NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas has been named the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) National College Hockey Rookie of the Month, as announced by the HCA on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
GARTEIG NAMED ECAC HOCKEY GOALIE OF THE MONTH
Sophomore Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) earned his second-straight ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month Award after posting a 7-1-2 record with a 1.59 GAA and a .917 save percentage for the month of November. Garteig led all ECAC Hockey goalies for the month of November in wins (7), goals-against-average (1.59), shutouts (3) and minutes played (605:22).
Sophomore goalie Michael Garteig currently leads the nation in games played (19), minutes played (1146:53) and is second in wins (13). Additionally, Garteig is one of six goalies, along with Denver's Sam Brittain, Miami's Ryan McKay, Northern Michigan's Mathias Dahlstrom, Notre Dame's Steve Summerhays and Providence's John Gillies, to post three shutouts to date.
ANAS NAMED ECAC HOCKEY ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Freshman phenom Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) led all ECAC Hockey freshman in goals (6), assists (10) and points (16), as well as power-play goals (2), shots-on-goal (47) and shots-on-goal per game (4.70) in the month of November to earn Rookie honors. In eight ECAC Hockey games, in which Quinnipiac was 6-1-1, Anas led all freshmen in goals (4), assists (8), points (12), assists per game (1.00), points per game (1.50), power play goals (1), power play assists (3) and power play points (4).
ALL-TIME AGAINST UCONN
Quinnipiac is 12-10-2 all-time against UConn, dating back to their first match-up on Feb. 17, 1990. The two teams met last season, with the Bobcats hanging on for a 2-1 win on Jan. 22, 2013 for Quinnipiac's fourth-straight win against its in-state rival. All-time, Quinnipiac is 6-4-1 on its home ice against the Huskies.
ALL-TIME AGAINST SACRED HEART
Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart have met on the ice 33 times since their first match-up on Dec. 12, 1993 – a 7-5 Quinnipiac win in Milford, Conn. – and last played in 2011. The Bobcats hold the advantage in the all-time series, 22-7-4, including a 18-2-2 mark at the Division I level. Quinnipiac took the last three meetings between the two teams, and eight the last 11 match-ups. The Bobcats are 13-2-2 all-time on its home ice.
TOP OF THE CHARTS
Quinnipiac's top line of twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones and freshman stand-out Sam Anas have combined for 28 of Quinnipiac's 67 goals for the year and 41 of the Bobcats 112 assists for 69 of 179 team points scored for the year.
SAM THE MAN
Freshman Sam Anas currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (13), assists (12), points (25)and game-winning goals (3). He also has a Division I best 75 shots on goal.
Anas is one of nine players in NCAA Division I hockey to reach double-digit goals (13) and assists (12) to date. He is also one of two freshman, along with St. Lawrence's Matt Carey, to do so to date.
Quinnipiac's top line of Sam Anas (13-12--25), Kellen Jones (9-14--23) and Connor Jones (6-15--21) make the Bobcats one of three teams in NCAA Division I ice hockey - along with Boston College and Mercyhurst - to feature three players with 20 or more points to date.
THREE OR MORE
Quinnipiac has produced three or more goals in 19 straight games heading into Sunday's game - the longest such streak in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey this season.
Through its first 20 games, Quinnipiac is one of four teams (along with New Hampshire, St. Lawrence and Union) in NCAA Division I hockey whose defensive players have accumulated 48 or more points. Bobcat blue-liners have tallied 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points on the year.
Quinnipiac ranked 2nd in the country in third period points with 57, on the strength of 23 goals and 40 assists in the final frame. In addition, Quinnipiac has scored more than twice as many goals as its opponents, 23-13, in the final 20 minutes.
AFTER THE FIRST
Additionally, Quinnipiac is second in the country in goals (50) and is third in points (130). The Bobcats lead the nation in power-play goals (18), power play assists (34) and power play points (52) after the first period.
BOBCATS IN THE MIDDLE
Through 19 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 27-11, in the second period of games.
Nationally, Quinnipiac's freshman class ranks 5th in total points (53), sixth in assists (32) while its 21 goals by first-year Bobcats rank 4th. In addition, four of Quinnipiac's 13 game-winning goals have come from first-year Bobcats, second only to Minnesota and Northeastern's five freshman goals.
ALL-TIME AT HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS ARENA
Since its first game on Jan. 28, 2007, Quinnipiac is 82-39-17 in 138 games at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center.
FRESHMAN 10-GOAL SCORERS
With his second period goal against Princeton on Nov. 23, Sam Anas became the 10th Quinnipiac freshman in the program's Division I history to score 10 goals and the first since Scott Zurevinski totaled 11 goals in 2008-09.
KELL OF A PLAYER
On Friday, Nov. 22 at Princeton, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) hit the century mark with 11:38 left in the 2nd period on the power play after receiving a pass from twin brother Connor. Connor scored his 100th career point in a 7-2 win against Colgate on Nov. 1. In addition to becoming the 21st player in Quinnipiac's Division I history, Kellen is the 35th player all-time.
TWIN IT TO WIN IT
Connor and Kellen Jones are the fifth set of brothers in NCAA history to tally 100 career points each while playing together and the first since St. Lawrence's Pete and Tim Lappin in 1988. Before the Lappins, Ohio State's Paul and Perry Pooley (1981-84), Ferris State's Peter and Paul Lowden (1983-87) and Cornell's Doug and Dave Ferguson (1964-67) all tallied 100 points apiece playing together.
THE NATIONAL POLLS
Quinnipiac his currently 8th spot in the USCHO.com Division I poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, released on Dec. 16, 2013.
GARTEIG'S SHUTOUT FACTS
After a 3-0 win at Princeton, Michael Garteig became the first goalie in Quinnipiac history - dating back to 1975 - to record three shutouts in the same month. Garteig posted clean sheets against Cornell on Nov. 2, Brown on Nov. 8 and Princeton on Nov. 22.