March 23, 2014

No. 2 Seed Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Will Face No. 3 Seed Providence in NCAA Tournament East Regional

BRISTOL, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team has been announced as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament East Regional, as announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, March 23, which was televised nationally on ESPNU. The Bobcats' selection into the East Regional means they will play in the Webster Bank Arena from Bridgeport, Conn., just 30 minutes away from Hamden and the campus of Quinnipiac. The Selection Committee matched the Bobcats up with the No. 3 seed in the East Regional, the Providence Friars, in a game that will be held on Friday, March 28 at 5:30 pm live on ESPNU.

The Bobcats are currently 24-9-6 overall and are tied with Ferris State for the No. 5 ranking in the PairWise Rankings. This season, Quinn ipiac finished 12-6-4 in ECAC Hockey play and the entire season ranked in the USCHO Top 10 since Oct. 21, 2013. The NCAA National Runner-Up in 2013, Quinnipiac is making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and third overall in program history. The only team in the nation ranked in the Top 5 in both scoring offense (4th, 3.62 goals per game) and defense (2nd, 1.97 GAA), the Bobcats are also the only team in the country with four active players with at least 100 career points.

Quinnipiac will face the No. 3 seeded Providence Friars (21-10-6, 11-7-2 Hockey East), one of the five teams represented in the NCAA Tournament out of the Hockey East. They advanced to the Hockey East Semifinals before falling to New Hampshire, 3-1, ending their season-best winning streak. The Friars feature a sophomore goalie in Jon Gillies (18-8-5, 2.20 GAA, .929 save percentage) who has big experience, starting for the United States' World Junior Team that advanced to the Quarterfinal round in Dec. 2013.Their top scorer is a junior forward, Ross Mauermann, who comes in with 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists).

The East Regional's first semifinal game between the Union College Dutchmen (28-6-4) and University of Vermont Catamounts (20-14-3) will be broadcasted at 2:30 pm on ESPNU. The second semifinal between the Bobcats and Friars will air at 5:30 pm on ESPNU with the winners matching up on Saturday, March 29 at 3:00 pm on ESPN2.

The NCAA Frozen Four will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., home of the Philadelphia Flyers, on April 10th with the NCAA Championship Game set for April 13th.