January 3, 2014

No. 8 Bobcats Host Maine Live On NESN On Friday, Jan. 3

No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-3-4, 6-2-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Maine Black Bears (10-6-2, 4-2-1 Hockey East)
Date: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014Time: 7:07 PM
Location: High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Maine: 1-3-0
Last Meeting: W, 2-1 (Oct. 6, 2013, Orono, Me.)
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The nationally-ranked No. 8 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will host the University of Maine on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. 

LIVE ON NESN
Bobcat fans can tune-in to the New England Sports Network (NESN) on Friday night to watch the Bobcats battle the Maine Black Bears at 7 p.m. NESN is availble throughout New England, including Connecticut and Maine. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play with Rich Coppola providing the color commentary and Billy Mecca with the sideline report.

ON THE AIR
Bobcat fans can catch all the action on AM 1220 WQUN featuring Paul Pacelli with the play-by-play and Todd Carroll with the color commentary. 

THE LAST TIME THEY HIT THE ICE
Quinnipiac is coming off a 5-0 throttling of Sacred Heart on Monday, Dec. 30 in the Championship Game of the 2013 UConn Hockey Classic. Five different Bobcats scored, including Connor Jones, Tim Clifton, Travis St. Denis, Soren Jonzzon and Bryce Van Brabant, while Jordan Samuels-Thomas handed out two assists. Michael Garteig stopped all 12 of SHU's shots on goal for his NCAA-leading fourth shutout of the season. 

ALL-TIME AGAINST MAINE
Quinnipiac and Maine have faced off four times since their first competition in 2001. Maine won the first three games against Quinnipiac before the Bobcats snapped their three-game losing streat with a 2-1 season-opening win in Orono, Me. last season. Friday night's game will be the first between the two teams on Quinnipiac's home ice. 

SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS
Maine comes into Friday night's match-up with a record of 10-6-2 overall, including a 4-2-1 Hockey East ledger. Maine is undefeated in its last five games (4-0-1) with a win against nationally-ranked UMass Lowell (4-2, 12/8/13), followed by a sweep of American International (7-1 & 5-1) on Dec. 13-14. At the Florida College Classic, Maine defeated Princeton, 4-0, before tying Cornell, 1-1. The Black Bears lost in a shoot-out against the Big Red in the championship game. Sophomore Devin Shore leads Maine in goals (8), assists (14) and points (22) while junior Connor Leen checks-in with three goals and 13 assists for 16 points. Sophomore defenseman Ben Hutton has seven goals to go with seven assists for 14 points. Steven Swavely (7-6--13), Mark Anthoine (6-7--13), Blaine Byron (6-6--12) and Cam Brown (3-9--12) round-out Maine's double-digit scorers. In goal, Martin Ouellette is 9-6-2 with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.

THE BOBCATS AGAINST HOCKEY EAST
Following Sunday night's tie against UMass, Quinnipiac is 3-0-2 in five games against Hockey East competition this season. The Bobcats swept UMass Lowell on Oct. 18-19 before tying Providence on Nov. 27. The Bobcats then defeated UMass, 6-1, on Dec. 29. Quinnipiac is 6-0-3 in nine games against Hockey East schools over the last three seasons, with its last loss to a Hockey East team , 5-2 at Providence, coming on Dec. 11, 2010.

HOT SHOTS
On Monday, Quinnipiac out-shot Sacred Heart, 54-12, including a 25-0 edge in the second period and a 35-3 advantage over the final 40 minutes of play. It was the third time this year that Quinnipiac put 50 shots on goal while QU's 42-shot differential was the highest this season for the Bobcats.

SHOT TOPPER
Quinnipiac's 746 shots-on-goal across its first 21 games are the most in NCAA Division I hockey. While its 35.52 shots on goal per game rank fifth nationally, the Bobcats leads the nation in shots-on-goals allowed per game (19.76), shots-on-goal margin (+331) and shots-on-goal margin per game (15.76). The Bobcats are the only team outshooting its opponents by double digits, as Union's 9.28 ranks second. 

SPECIAL TEAMS
Against Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac was 3-for-9 on the power play, marking the third time this year that the Bobcats scored three power play goals in a game. Quinnipiac previously did so against Alaska in a 4-1 win on Oct. 12 and against UMass in a 6-1 win on Nov. 30. Quinnipiac's 120 power-play opportunities are the most nationally and its 26 power play goals rank second while its 21.7% power-play percentage ranks 14th nationally. 

KILLIN' IT
Quinnipiac's opponents have scored eight times in 96 power play opportunities for a .083 power-play against percentage, the lowest in NCAA Division I hockey. Quinnipiac's .917 penalty kill percentage (88-96) leads the nation. 

IN-SEASON TOURNEY SUCCESS
Quinnipiac's 2013 UConn Hockey Classic win was the Bobcats' ninth in-season tournament championship since QU joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1998-99. Quinnipiac previously won the UConn Hockey Classic in 2008-09; the University of Vermont Catamount Cup in 2007-08 as well as the Quinnipiac Cup each season from 2000-01 through 2005-06.

UCONN HOCKEY CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Quinnipiac had three players honored on the UConn Hockey Classic All-Tournament team, headlined by freshman Tim Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) who was the only player in the Classic to score in both games he played in. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), with a goal and an assist over two games, and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.), with two assists in Monday night's win, were also honored.

SAM THE MAN
Freshman Sam Anas currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (13), points (26) and game-winning goals (3), while his 13 assists rank second nationally. He also has a Division I best 81 shots on goal. 

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).

ANAS NAMED HCA NATIONAL COLLEGE HOCKEY 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.

FAST COMPANY
Anas is one of 11 players in NCAA Division I hockey to reach double-digit goals (13) and assists (13) to date. He is also one of two freshman, along with St. Lawrence's Matt Carey, to do so to date. 

TOP OF THE CHARTS
Quinnipiac's top line of twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones and freshman stand-out Sam Anas have combined for 30 of Quinnipiac's 74 goals (40.5%) for the year and 44 of the Bobcats 113 assists (38.9%) for 74 of 197 team points (37.6%) scored for the year. 

THROW HIM A JONES
Kellen Jones' first period goal against UMass on Sunday, Dec. 29 came with a Bobcat in the penalty box, putting the senior assistant captain into a four-way tie for the NCAA lead with three shorthanded goals on the year. The last time Quinnipiac featured a player with three shorthanded goals in the season was in 2007 when Jean-Marc Beaudoin tallied four and Eric Lampe scored three. Shawn Mansoff's five shorties in 1999 are the program record.  

NEXT UP FOR THE BOBCATS
Following Quinnipiac's game against Maine, the Bobcats then travel to Harvard on Tuesday, Jan. 7 for a mid-week ECAC Hockey match-up before returning home for a three-game homestand. The Bobcats host Union and Rensselaer on Jan. 10-11 before hosting Merrimack on Friday, Jan. 17 for the first contest of a two-game set that includes a trip to the Warriors home ice on Saturday, Jan. 18.  

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.

CONNOR LENDS A HAND
Connor Jones currently leads Quinnipiac with 16 assists through 21 games for a 0.76 per game average. He also leads the Bobcats in plus/minus (+15), shots on goal (96) and face-off percentage (.584). 

MILESTONE WATCH, NO. 3
With two assists against Sacred Heart on Monday, Jordan Samuels-Thomas now has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points through 21 games played. For his career, JST has 45 goals and 48 assists for 93 career points. With seven more points over the Bobcats final 15 regular-season games (plus postseason), Samuels-Thomas would join Connor and Kellen Jones in Quinnipiac's 100 Point Club as the 36th member all-time and 22nd in Division I history. 

TOP LINE
Quinnipiac's top line of Sam Anas (13-13--26), Kellen Jones (10-15--25) and Connor Jones (7-15--23) 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 of its last 20 games heading into Monday night's game. 

OFFENSIVE DEFENSE
Through its first  21 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 50 or more points. Bobcat blue-liners have tallied 11 goals and 40 assists for 51 points on the year.

BREAKING LATE
Quinnipiac ranks third in the country in third period points with 68, on the strength of 25 goals and 43 assists in the final frame. In addition, Quinnipiac has scored more than twice as many goals as its opponents, 25-13, in the final 20 minutes.  

AFTER THE FIRST
Over the second and third periods combined, Quinnipiac leads the country with 144 points with an NCAA-leading 55 goals in the final 40 minutes of play, 20 of which have come on the power play, also a national best. 

BOBCATS IN THE MIDDLE
Through 21 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 30-11, in the second period of games. 

YOUTH  MOVEMENT
Nationally, Quinnipiac's freshman class ranks 5th in total points (57), sixth in assists (34) while its 23 goals by first-year Bobcats rank 4th. In addition, four of Quinnipiac's NCAA-best 14 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.

USCHO.COM DIVISION I POLL & USA TODAY/USA HOCKEY MAGAZINE POLL
Quinnipiac his currently 8th spot in the USCHO.com Division I poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, released on Dec. 30, 2013.