Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-6-1, 5-3-1 ECAC Hockey)
Dartmouth College Big Green (8-4-0, 5-2-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
On The Air
Don Boyle (Play-by-play)
Chris Kotsopoulos (Color Commentary)
WQUN 1220 AM
ESPN Radio 1410 AM
WLIS 1420 AM
WMRD 1150 AM
Hartford Whaler Night
It's Hartford Whaler Night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Prior to the Bobcats' ECAC Hockey showdown with nationally ranked No. 20 Dartmouth College at 7 p.m., Quinnipiac will honor several former NHL players. Quinnipiac is riding a four game win streak that included the 16th Annual Toyota UConn Hockey Classic Championship in its first win over Harvard at the TDBNSC. The Bobcats are 10-6-1 overall and 5-3-1 in ECAC Hockey. Dartmouth enters the game at 8-4-0 including a 5-2-0 mark in league play. They are currently ranked 20th in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll and 23rd in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. A live videostream will also be available through the Bobcats Sports Network.
Don Boyle will have the play-by-play for tonight's game, joined alongside by Chris Kotsopoulos with the color analysis. All Quinnipiac men's ice hockey home games will be available on the Bobcats Radio Network on flagship WQUN 1220 AM (Hamden/New Haven), ESPN Radio 1410 (Hartford), WLIS 1420 AM (Old Saybrook), WMRD 1150 AM (Middletown) and www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
Quinnipiac is 3-3-1 all-time against the Big Green with their last win coming on Jan. 6, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center when the Bobcats came away with a 5-3 victory. Quinnipiac is 2-1-0 all-time on their home ice, including a 1-1-0 mark at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.
With a 5-2 win over Harvard last night, the Bobcats leaped past the Crimson and Dartmouth, tied for fourth with 10 points, in the ECAC Hockey standings. A win would provide some breathing space between the Bobcats and their league foes heading into their weekend series against RPI and Union.
Bryan Leitch and David Marshall are the first Quinnipiac teammates in the Bobcats' Division I history to record a goal and an assist in 10 consecutive games.
Nice Job Bud
With a save late in the third period against Harvard, Bud Fisher joined Jamie Holden as the only two goalies in Quinnipiac history to record 2,500 saves. Holden holds the all-time record with 2,879.
The King Fish(er)
Fisher's back-to-back wins against Merrimack (4-3, Dec. 29, 2008) and Harvard (5-2, Jan. 2, 2009) give him 54 all-time. He trails career leaders Jamie Holden and Justin Eddy, who each totaled 59 wins over their career.
Already Off To A Career Year
With five goals and 10 assists in nine ECAC Hockey games this season, Bryan Leitch's 15 points already surpass his eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 22 league games last season. Leitch has totaled six goals and 23 assists for 29 points in 17 games, leave him four points short of the 33 he scored last year.
With 10 goals and 11 assists through 17 games, David Marshall is the first ECAC Hockey player this season to reach double figures in both scoring categories. In addition, he is one of just nine players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with double figures in both stat categories and the only player to do so in fewer than 18 games.
Johnny Be Goode
Jean-Marc Beaudoin scored twice in Quinnipiac's 5-2 win over Harvard on Friday night. The junior wing turned in his first multi-goal game of the season and his third all-time. Beaudoin has totaled five goals and five assist through 17 games played for 10 points.
Bryan Leitch (29 points) and David Marshall (21 points) currently hold down the top two spots among the ECAC Hockey scoring leaders.
Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 9-0-0 in games in which it is leading after the second period. In their last 30 games, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 27-0-3 when playing with a lead heading into the final frame. The Bobcats last loss, when leading after the second period, came in the 2006-07 ECAC Hockey Championship Game when Clarkson scored four third period goals to come-from-behind and take the league crown.
Bryan Leitch is currently ranked first in NCAA Division I hockey in points per game (1.71), assists (23) and assists per game (1.35). Leitch has totaled five goals in addition to his 23 assists for 29 points in 17 games.
David Is Goliath
Not only is David Marshall climbing up the Quinnipiac all-time charts, but he is moved into the top 25 in points per game in NCAA Division I hockey. Marshall, with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points, is currently ranked 21st overall with 1.24 points per game. He's also ranked 13th nationally in goals per game (0.59). The senior wing also leads the country with four game-winning goals.
The Offense Is Hitting On All Cylinders
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 20th in the nation in scoring offense at 3.18 per game. The Bobcats have scored four or more goals in 11 of their 17 games including six games with five or more goals.
The Defense Is Working Too
Quinnipiac is ranked 15th in the nation in scoring defense as they've held the opposition to 38 goals in 17 games for a 2.24 average. The Bobcats have held teams to two or fewer goals in 12 of their 17 games, including seven of their last nine games.
Quinnipiac is ranked 12th nationally in scoring margin as they have outscored their opponents 54-38 over 17 games for a 0.94 average. It's also the second best mark in ECAC Hockey.
Use It To Your Advantage
Nationally on the penalty kill, the Bobcats rank fifth at 90.9% after killing 90 of 99 opponent power-plays. The Bobcats are also ranked ninth in combined special teams at 54% (107-198).