Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Robert Morris Tonight At 7 PM At TD Banknorth Sports Center
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-8-2) vs.
Robert Morris University Colonials (4-12-4)
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
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The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host Robert Morris in the second and final game of their non-conference series. Quinnipiac edged the Colonials, 5-4, on Friday night to improve to 13-8-2 overall while Robert Morris drops to 4-12-4.
Line Of Fire
The first line of Bryan Leitch, David Marshall and Eric Lampe accounted for nine of Quinnipiac's 14 total points in the game. Leitch had three assists, while Marshall added a goal and two assists. Lampe, the junior center between ECAC Hockey's two leading scorers in Leitch and Marshall, had two goals.
Leitch was recently announced as a candidate for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the best player in college hockey. The first phase of the fan voting ends on March 8, while the second phase ends on April 2nd when the committee announces it's three finalists. On Friday night, he became the nation's first 40-point scorer this season, totaling nine goals and 31 assists through Quinnipiac's first 23 games. With his three assists against Robert Morris on Friday night, Leitch became the fifth player in Quinnipiac men's ice hockey history to reach 50 goals and 100 assists for his career. He is also the seventh player all-time with 150 points, which also stands as the second-highest total since Quinnipiac joined the Division I ranks. He is one of six Quinnipiac players all-time, and third at the Division I level, to reach 100 assists.
Leitch and Marshall, who is ranked seventh among the nation's scoring leaders with 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points through 23 games, make Quinnipiac the first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team to feature two 30-point scorers this season. Quinnipiac is also one of two teams, along with Minnesota, to have two players ranked in the Top 10 in scoring nationally. In addition, Marshall is one of 31 players in Division I hockey to reach double figures in goals and assists, and the only one to reach both marks in fewer than 19 games.
All-Time Against Robert Morris
Quinnipiac holds the advantage in the all-time series against the Colonials having won six of the eight meetings between the two teams dating back to the 2004-05 season. All six of the Bobcats' wins have come in their last six meetings. This weekend's games will mark the first time that Robert Morris will visit the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Quinnipiac last host Robert Morris at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Oct. 13-14, 2006 with the Bobcats taking both games of the series, 3-1 and 5-1.
David Marshall's extended his Quinnipiac Division I record point-scoring streak to 16 games. Reid Cashman held the previous mark with 14 consecutive games with a point.
Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 12-0-0 in games in which it is leading after the second period. In their last 33 games, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 30-0-3 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.