January 30, 2014

No. 3 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Back In Action At Dartmouth On Friday, Jan. 31

 

Date Friday, Jan. 31, 2014  
Location Thompson Arena, Hanover, N.H.
TV None    
Video IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
Radio AM 1220 WQUN  
Live Stats DartmouthSports.com
Twitter @QUSID    
Team Website Quinnipiac Dartmouth
Game Notes Quinnipiac Dartmouth
NO. 3 QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY BOBCATS      
Overall Record 18-4-5    
ECAC Hockey Record 8-3-2    
Last Game L, 3-6 at Merrimack (1/18/14)
Head Coach Rand Pecknold (20th Season)
Career Record 385-242-71  
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE BIG GREEN      
Overall Record 3-14-3    
ECAC Hockey Record 2-10-1    
Last Game L, 2-4 at RPI (1/24/14)
Head Coach Bob Gaudet (16th Season)
Career Record 327-368-90  
Record at Dartmouth 234-226-59  

BOBCATS AND BIG GREEN
The nationally-ranked No. 3 Quinnipiac men's ic e hockey team will spell an almost two-week hiatus with a trip to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth on Friday, Jan. 31 in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Thompson Arena at 7 p.m.

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 LAST TIME THEY HIT THE ICE
Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) scored twice, and Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) scored his ninth goal of the season but the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team lost to Merrimack, 6-3, on Saturday, Jan. 18 in No. Andover, Mass. Devon Toews (Abottsford, British Columbia) had two assists in the game while Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) picked up his 99th career point with an assist in the loss.

POLL POSITION
Quinnipiac is currently ranked third in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, released on Jan. 27, 2014. This marks the 15th consecutive week that the Bobcats have been ranked in the top 10 nationally.

ALL-TIME AGAINST DARTMOUTH
Quinnipiac and Dartmouth have met 21 times since their first match-up on Oct. 30, 2004. The Bobcats hold a 13-7-1 edge in the all-time series, including a commanding 10-2-0 record at home against the Big Green. On Dartmouth's home ice, the Big Green have claimed five of the nine meetings at Thompson Arena. Quinnipiac has won four-straight against Dartmouth and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games played against each other.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH
Dartmouth enters Friday night's ECAC Hockey match-up with an overall record of 3-14-3 including a 2-10-1 mark in league play. The Big Green are currently on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) and have won once in their last 10 games (1-6-3). Dartmouth will be without leading scorer Eric Neilly for Friday's game, who was tagged with a one-game suspension by the league in his last outing. Junior Brandon McNally is the only other Dartmouth skater who has reached double-digit points this year, assisting on seven goals while scoring three more for 10 points. Freshman Grant Opperman and sophomore Brad Schierhorn have identical numbers with four goals and five assists for nine points each. In goal, Charles Grant is 3-8-2 with a 3.53 goals-against-average with a .892 save percentage. 

GETTIN' THOSE DIGITS
Quinnipiac is currently one of three teams - along with Minnesota (11) and Union (11) - to feature 11 players with double-digit point totals.

CONSISTENT SCORING
Quinnipiac is also one of eight teams to average 3.50 goals per game as their 3.52 average ranks fourth nationally, while its 1.59 scoring margin is good for third nationally.

TOP RANKED DEFENSE
The Bobcats currently lead the country in scoring defense, as they are one of two teams in the nation to allow fewer than two goals per game. The Bobcats have allowed 52 goals in 27 games for a 1.93 team goals-against-average.

STAY IN THE MARGINS
Quinnipiac is in elite company with Boston College (2.16) and Minnesota (1.79) as the only three teams in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey to be outscoring their opponents by 1.50 or more per game. Quinnipiac checks in with a 1.59 scoring margin.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY
Quinnipiac's penalty kill percentage (90.3) sits in second place behind Boston College's 90.5% while its 21.9% on the power play puts them in ninth place, which also places Quinnipiac in seventh place in combined special teams (53.3%).
 
FINALLY, THE BOTTOM LINE IS...
...Quinnipiac is tied for the most wins (18) in college hockey, while its .759 winning percentage ranks third.

WINNING BIG AGAINST THE BIG BOYS
With the Bobcats' win against Union, Quinnipiac snapped the Dutchmen's 10-game unbeaten streak while also ending the Union's streak of 13 consecutive games with three goals scored. The Bobcats also handed Union its first road loss of the season while improving to 4-1-2 against ranked teams this season.

GARTEIG EARNS 5TH ECAC HOCKEY G.O.T.W. AWARD 
Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) was honored with his fifth ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week award of the 2013-14 season, as announced by the league on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

THE BOBCATS AND ECAC HOCKEY HONORS
Garteig's five weekly honors are the most for a Quinnipiac player in a single season since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey for the 2005-06 season. Garteig also grabbed the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month awards for October and November. This season, Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) has been honored with three Rookie of the Week awards while twins Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) have each won the Player of the Week award.

IN GOOD COMPANY
Former Quinnipiac goalie Dan Clarke was a four-time recipient in 2009-10 while 2013 ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year, Player of the Year and First Team All-American, as well as Hobey Hat Trick Finalist, Eric Hartzell won four awards in 2012-13 and five for his career.

SO...WHAT DID HE DO?
Garteig was the only ECAC Hockey goalie to play in three games last week and was 2-0-1 with a 1.66 GAA and a .926 save percentage in 181:14 in goal. Garteig stopped 20 of 22 against Harvard in a 2-2 tie on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Cambridge, Mass. Against No. 5/4 Union on Friday, Jan. 10, Garteig turned back 27 of the Dutchmen's 28 shots on goal in a 2-1 win. The following night against RPI, Garteig stopped 16 of 18 while denying ECAC Hockey leading goal scorer Ryan Haggerty on a pair of breakaways.

WHERE HE STACKS UP
For the year, Garteig leads NCAA Division I ice hockey in GAA wins (18), ties (5) and is second in shutouts (4). He also leads the nation in minutes played (1619:05) and games started (27) while his 1.85 goals-against average ranks third nationally.

JONES BROS. NOMINATED FOR HOBEY BAKER AWARD 
Quinnipiac seniors Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) were nominated for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Monday, Jan. 13.

THEY'RE REALLY GOOD
Connor currently checks-in with eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points in Quinnipiac's first 27 games of the season. He and twin brother, Kellen - also nominated for the award -were featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces In The Crowd after becoming the fifth set of brothers in NCAA history to reach 100 career points while playing together. Connor became the 31st player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 100-point mark in the Bobcats 7-2 win against Colgate on Nov. 1. Kellen reached the 100-point mark against Princeton two weeks later. To date, he is second on the Bobcats' roster in goals (14) and is tied with Connor for the team lead in assists (17) while also posting 31 points. Kellen also leads NCAA Division I hockey in short-handed goals (3).

THE BOBCATS AGAINST HOCKEY EAST
With a split against Merrimack, Quinnipiac is 5-1-2 in six 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.

SAM THE MAN
Freshman Sam Anas currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (16) and points (32) and is second in assists (16) and game-winning goals (3).

SAM'S ACT AT MERRIMACK
Sam Anas' two goals against Merrimack on Saturday, Jan. 18 gave the freshman phenom his team-leading 10th multiple-point game. To date, Anas is one of 10 players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey to have 10 or more multiple-points outings.

MILESTONE WATCH, NO. 3
With an assist against Merrimack on Jan. 18, Jordan Samuels-Thomas now has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points through 27 games played. For his career, JST has 48 goals and 51 assists for 99 career points. The transfer from Bowling Green State tallied 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points at BGSU before coming to Quinnipiac for his junior year. Over the last two seasons, Samuels-Thomas has 28 goals and 25 assists for 54 points.

THAT LOOKED FAMILIAR
Jordan Samuels-Thomas' game-winner with a little-more-than-a-minute to play in regulation in Maine may have looked familiar to Bobcat fans. Last season, in Quinnipiac's season-opener, JST scored with less than two minutes to play in a 2-1 win at Maine. It was his second game-winner of this season after leading Quinnipiac with five game-winners a year ago.

THE SAINT
Sophomore Travis St. Denis tallied eight goals and assisted on seven more for 15 points in 41 games played in his first season in 2012-13. This year, through 27 games, St. Denis has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points.

ITS A GAME OF STREAKS
St. Denis' name hadn't appeared on the scoresheet until Quinnipiac's seventh game of the season...which sparked St. Denis to tally seven points (5g, 2a) over his next six games. He then saw a five-game scoreless streak, before totaling nine points (4-5) over the Bobcats last 12 games.

QUIET, GOOD YEAR
Junior Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) has matched his 2012-13 point total, scoring his first career goal against Colgate on Nov. 1 while also totaling 12 assists from the blue line. Federico's assist on Samuels-Thomas' game-winner against Maine on Friday night gave him his fifth assist in his last seven games. Federcio leads the team, and ranks second in ECAC Hockey, as well as the national leaders, with 35 blocked shots.

DON'T TOEWS ME, BRO (It's pronounced "Tays")
Devon Toews' two assists against Merrimack gave the freshman d-man his second multiple-assist out of the season, as well as 10 assists and a goal for 11 points on the year. His 10 assists rank fifth among all NCAA Division I freshman blue-liners, while his 11 points rank 17th.

HOT SHOTS
In the UConn Hockey Classic Championship, 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
The Bobcats lead the nation in fewest shots-on-goals allowed per game (21.07), shots-on-goal margin (+353) and shots-on-goal margin per game (13.07), which is the only double-digit shot differential in college hockey.

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.

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 HOCKEY COMMISSIONERS ASSOCIATION ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas was named the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) National College Hockey Rookie of the Month, as announced by the HCA on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

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. 

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.

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).

THREE OR MORE
Quinnipiac has produced three or more goals in 23 of its 27 games played this year, while it also produced an 18-game streak from Oct. 12 through Dec. 7, the longest in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSE
Through its first 27 games, Quinnipiac is one of three teams - along with Denver and New Hampshire - in NCAA Division I hockey whose defensive players have accumulated 65 or more points. Bobcat blue-liners have tallied 13 goals and 52 assists for 65 points on the year, good for 2nd nationally.

BREAKING LATE
Quinnipiac ranks fourth in the country in third period points with 89, on the strength of 32 goals and 57 assists in the final frame. In addition, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 32-21, in the final 20 minutes. 

BOBCATS IN THE MIDDLE
Through 27 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 39-13, in the second period of games. Quinnipiac's 39 second period goals are a national-best while its eight game-winners in the middle frame are also the most in college hockey.

AFTER THE FIRST
Over the second and third periods combined, Quinnipiac is second in the country with 71 goals in the final 40 minutes of play, 24 of which have come on the power play, also a national best.

YOUTH  MOVEMENT
Nationally, Quinnipiac's freshman class ranks fifth in total points (76), sixth in assists (48) while its 28 goals by first-year Bobcats rank fourth. In addition, four of Quinnipiac's NCAA-best 15 game-winning goals have come from first-year Bobcats, second only to Northeastern's six freshman goals.