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Men's Hockey Prepped for Two-Game Series at Maine

Bobcats Set for First Weekend Series at Maine Since 2016-17

#10/10 Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-2-0, 4-2-0 ECAC Hockey) at
Maine Black Bears (4-5-1, 2-3-1 Hockey East)
Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Alfond Arena | Orono, Maine
All-Time vs. Maine: 4-7-1 (Lost last meeting, 5-3, on Dec. 9, 2017)

 
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#10/10 Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-2-0, 4-2-0 ECAC Hockey) at
Maine Black Bears (4-5-1, 2-3-1 Hockey East)
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Alfond Arena | Orono, Maine
All-Time vs. Maine: 4-7-1 (Lost last meeting, 5-3, on Dec. 9, 2017)


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HAMDEN, Conn. –
The No. 10/10 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team returns to the ice this weekend to kick off the holiday season as the Bobcats travel to Maine for a two-game series at Alfond Arena against the Black Bears beginning Friday night at 7 p.m.
 
Last Time Out
The Bobcats recorded their second weekend sweep of the season and first in league play since February of last season with a 4-2 victory at then-No. 17 Cornell and a 5-0 shutout of Colgate. Quinnipiac has now swept its Central New York road trip in three of the last four years. The Bobcats have now won three of their last four games.
 
Scouting Maine
Maine comes into the weekend with a 4-5-1 record, most recently splitting their weekend series at Boston University. The Black Bears fell to open last weekend before rebounding to win 3-1 Saturday night. After opening the season with a sweep against St. Lawrence, the Black Bears have gone 2-5-1. Junior forward Chase Pearson leads the Black Bears with seven goals and 11 points on the season while fellow junior Tim Doherty has five goals and six points. Junior Mitchell Fossier has seven points thanks to a team-high six assists. Sophomore Jeremy Swayman has anchored the Black Bears between the pipes, recording a .920 save percentage along with a 2.79 GAA.
 
All-Time vs. Maine
The Black Bears own the all-time series between the two teams with a 7-4-1 record in 12 all-time meetings. Maine is 3-2-1 in the last six matchups between the two teams, including last season's season sweep in Hamden. The Bobcats last won in Orono on Oct. 14, 2016 with an overtime victory at Alfond Arena.
 
In the Top 10
Following last weekend's sweep, the Bobcats cracked the top 10 of both national polls for the first time since Dec. 5, 2016. Quinnipiac improved to 9-2-0 on the season, one of eight teams with at least nine wins on the season. Quinnipiac earned top 10 rankings in both the USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll.
 
Seeking 500 Wins
Rand Pecknold continued in his journey for his 500th career victory after last weekend's sweep, moving up to 494 career wins. He looks to become just the second coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to record 500 wins at Quinnipiac, as former men's and women's tennis coach Mike Quitko recorded 526 wins over 23 years with those programs. Former baseball coach Dan "Skip" Gooley recorded his 500th career win as a coach at Quinnipiac, but recorded 101 wins in a brief stint at Hartford before returning to Quinnipiac.
 
All-Time Wins at Quinnipiac
Mike Quitko Tennis 526
Rand Pecknold Men's Hockey 494
Burt Kahn Men's Basketball 459
Dan Gooley Baseball 439
Tricia Fabbri Women's Basketball 409
 
Weekly Awards
Wyatt Bongiovanni earned the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors this past week, the first weekly award of the season for the Bobcats. Bongiovanni led ECAC Hockey with two goals and three points on the weekend en route to Quinnipiac's weekend sweep.
 
Lending a Hand
Earlier this week, the Bobcats travelled to the Wonderland Ice Rink in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to volunteer at their practice and help run drills. Seven different players made the trip along with head coach Rand Pecknold to help run drills.
 
Celebrating Clifton
Former Quinnipiac men's ice hockey captain Connor Clifton '17 made was recalled by the NHL's Boston Bruins last Thursday and made his NHL debut on Friday. Through his first two NHL games, Clifton had a +1 plus/minus rating and an average time on ice of 19:27. Clifton also had 11 penalty minutes, including five from his first NHL fight with Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars.
 
Bobcats in the NHL
By making his NHL debut, Clifton became the fourth different Bobcat to play in an NHL game and sixth different player to dress. Clifton joins Connor Jones '14 (New York Islanders), Matthew Peca '15 (Montreal Canadiens/Tampa Bay Lightning) and Bryce Van Brabant (Calgary Flames) as former Quinnipiac players to play in the NHL game. Former Bobcats to also dress for NHL games include Michael Garteig '16 (Vancouver Canucks) and Eric Hartzell '13 (Pittsburgh Penguins). Former Quinnipiac captain and associate head coach Reid Cashman made his NHL coaching debut earlier this season, after his promotion to assistant coach of the Washington Capitals.
 
Wyatt's Whipping Up Dinner
Bongiovanni had one of the best games of his young career on Saturday at Colgate as he put home two power-play goals and added an assist for three points. It was his second career two-goal game and first career three-point performance as he paced the Bobcats to the 5-0 victory.
 
The Main Course
Chase Priskie once again continued his impressive start to the season as he now has points in eight of the last nine games, and has scored points in nine of the 11 games to date. Priskie netted the game-winning goal at Cornell on Friday night before recording a season-high two assists for his fifth multi-point game of the season. Priskie's eight goals are the most in ECAC Hockey and tied for fourth in the nation while his 14 points are tied for second in the league.
 
Looking for Seconds
With his goal at Cornell, Priskie scored the 30th goal of his career to tie Anthony DiPalma '01 for the second most goals in program history. With his two assists at Colgate, Priskie became the second defenseman in program history to record at least 30 goals and 60 assists and is the fourth defenseman in program history with 90 points. Nationally, Priskie's 91 career points are 17th among active players and second among defensemen while his 30 goals are second among defensemen and his 61 assists are fifth.
 
Very Fortunate
Brandon Fortunato picked up three more assists over the weekend to increase his team-leading total to 11 on the season, a total that also ranks second in ECAC Hockey. He recorded two helpers at Cornell for his third multi-point effort of the season. Fortunato now has points in seven of 11 games this season.
 
Fällström's Feast
William Fällström also had a fantastic performance at Cornell this past weekend, recording his first career three-point game with three assists at the Big Red. Fällström now has two multi-point games this season after scoring two goals in his first home game back on Oct. 16. Fällström leads all Quinnipiac freshman with nine points and is tied for the team lead with six assists.
 
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