University Bobcats (11-6-1, 6-3-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers (3-15-1, 2-5-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
On The Air
Bill Schweizer (Play-by-play)
Don Boyle (Color Commentary)
WQUN 1220 AM
ESPN Radio 1410 AM
WLIS 1420 AM
WMRD 1150 AM
Game #19 - Rensselaer (Jan. 9, 2009)
Quinnipiac enters Friday night's game riding a five-game win streak - including four wins in six days last week - and stand at 11-6-1 overall and 6-3-1 in ECAC Hockey. RPI is 3-15-1 overall and 2-5-0 in league play. The Bobcats and the Engineers hit the ice at 7 p.m.
Willie O'Ree At The TD Banknorth Sports Center
When the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team hosts Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, Jan. 9, NHL pioneer Willie O'Ree will be in attendance. O'Ree was the first African-American to play in the NHL when he debuted for the Boston Bruins in 1958.
On The Air
"The Voice of the Bobcats" Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play for Friday night's game, joined alongside by Don Boyle 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.
All-Time Against Rensselaer
Quinnipiac is 5-4-3 all-time against Rensselaer, dating back to the first game between the two teams on Oct. 16, 1999. RPI won the first four meetings between the two teams while Quinnipiac has gone undefeated against the Engineers (5-0-3) since the 2005-06 season. Quinnipiac downed RPI earlier this season, 5-1 on Nov. 15. Quinnipiac won the only meeting between the two teams at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, 3-2 on Dec. 1, 2007.
College Hockey News Team of the Week
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was named the College Hockey News Team of the Week. The weekly award is presented on collegehockeynews.com to the top NCAA Division I men's ice hockey program.
Some Noise In The Polls
Following a week that saw the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team win four games in a span of six days, the Bobcats received votes in two nationally polls, the USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. In both polls, Quinnipiac led the group of other teams receiving votes.
Quinnipiac also improved to No. 16 in the PairWise Comparison Rankings, which are used to choose the NCAA Division I Tournament field.
College Hockey Power Rankings
Quinnipiac was one of two teams not previously ranked to land in the top 20 in Insidecollegehockey.com's Power Rankings for Jan. 5. The Bobcats landed in the No. 17 slot.
College Hockey National Player of the Week
Quinnipiac senior Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) was named the Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Leitch led Quinnipiac to a 4-0-0 mark last week, including wins over No. 11 Air Force and No. 20 Dartmouth, with four multi-point games. Leitch was also mentioned in Elliot Olshansky's "Hobey Watch" blog on USCHO.com as a potential Hobey Baker Award candidate. He currently leads NCAA Division I hockey in points (31), points per game (1.72), assists (23) and assists per game (1.28).
Times A Charm
Leitch was also named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for the third time this season. The honor makes him just the third player in the history of ECAC Hockey to win the award three times in the same season. The last player to do so was St. Lawrence's Kyle Rank, who did it the same year as Clarkson's Steve Zalewski. Leitch was previously named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Oct. 13 and Nov. 17.
Starting To Make A Name For Himself
Clarke picked up his second career victory against No. 20 Dartmouth
on Saturday night. Clarke turned away all 19 shots by the Big Green
on goal for his first career shutout. He now has two wins in two
career starts, with both against nationally ranked teams.
Leitch and David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) also became the first Quinnipiac teammates in the University's Division I history to post concurrent 11-game scoring streaks, tallying a goal or an assist in the run.
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 seven goals and 10 assists in 10 ECAC Hockey games this season, Bryan Leitch's 17 points surpass his eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 22 league games last season. Leitch has totaled eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points in 18 games overall, leaving him four points short of the 33 he scored last year.
No Small Feat
Against Harvard and Dartmouth this past weekend, Bryan Leitch and Jean-Marc Beaudoin scored two goals apiece against each opponent. It was the first time that the same two players have scored two goals in back-to-back games in Quinnipiac's Division I history. The last Quinnipiac player to score two goals in consecutive games was Brandon Wong against Brown on Jan. 12, 2006 and Yale on Jan. 13, 2006. The last time Quinnipiac had two multiple goal scorers in back-to-back games was against Brown in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament last season. In the first game, Jamie Bates and Wong both scored twice, while in the second game, it was Ben Nelson and Leitch tallying two apiece.
With 10 goals and 12 assists through 18 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.
Bryan Leitch (31 points) and David Marshall (22 points) currently hold down the top two spots among the ECAC Hockey scoring leaders.
Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 10-0-0 in games in which it is leading after the second period. In their last 31 games, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 28-0-3 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.