January 29, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Travels To Brown On Friday

Quinnipiac University (13-9-2, 6-4-2 ECAC Hockey) at
Brown University (Brown University (2-13-4, 2-8-3 ECAC Hockey)
Meehan Auditorium - Providence, R.I.
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 – 7 p.m.

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"Hey, you fellas come from Providence?"
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team heads to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown University in an ECAC Hockey match-up set for a 7 p.m. start at Meehan Auditorium. The Bobcats enter tonight's game - their first league match-up since Jan. 10, with an over record of 13-9-2 including a 6-4-2 mark. They currently sit in the No. 5 slot with 14 points, trailing Dartmouth with 15. Brown is 2-13-4 overall and 2-8-3 in ECAC Hockey play and are in 11th place in the league standings with seven points.

All-Time Against Brown
Friday night's match-up at Meehan Auditorium will be the first time Quinnipiac has faced Brown since the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round at the TD Banknorth Sports Center last season. In that series, Quinnipiac came back to defeat the Bears, 7-6 in overtime, of the first game before eliminating Brown with a 7-1 victory in the deciding game. The Bobcats are 6-2-0 all-time against Brown with four consecutive wins over the Bears, all coming last season. Brown's last win against Quinnipiac came on Feb. 3, 2007 with a 6-3 win at Meehan Auditorium.

Record Breaker
David Marshall's extended his Quinnipiac Division I record point-scoring streak to 17 games. Reid Cashman held the previous mark with 14 consecutive games with a point.

Tap The 40
With three assists on Friday night, Bryan Leitch became the nation's first 40-point scorer this season, totaling nine goals and 32 assists through Quinnipiac's first 24 games.

30-30 Club
Leitch and Marshall, who is ranked seventh among the nation's scoring leaders with 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points through 23 games, make Quinnipiac the first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team to feature two 30-point scorers this season.

Two In The Top Ten
Quinnipiac is also one of two teams, along with Minnesota, to have two players ranked in the Top 10 in scoring nationally.

Double-Double
Marshall is one of 36 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. He was also the first player in ECAC Hockey to hit both marks this season.

Making A Name For Himself
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.

Hobey Watch
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.

Three 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.

They're Streaking
Through the Bobats game against RPI on Jan. 9, Leitch and David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) became the first Quinnipiac teammates in the University's Division I history to post concurrent 12-game scoring streaks, tallying a goal or an assist in the run. Leitch saw his streak end against Union, while Marshall has tallied in a point in 17 straight games.

No Small Feat
Against Harvard and Dartmouth last 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.

One-and-Two
Bryan Leitch (41 points) and David Marshall (32 points) currently hold down the top two spots among the ECAC Hockey scoring leaders.

Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 12-0-0 in games in which it is leading after the second period. In their last 32 games, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 29-0-3 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.

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 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, is currently ranked 7th overall with 1.33 points per game. He's also ranked 14th nationally in goals per game (0.58).

The Offense Is Hitting On All Cylinders
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 14th in the nation in scoring offense at 3.38 goals per game. The Bobcats have scored four or more goals in 15 of their 24 games including 10 of those 15 games with five or more goals.

Use It To Your Advantage
Quinnipiac is ranked 6th in power-play percentage with 29 goals in 138 chances for 21.0%. On the penalty kill, the Bobcats rank 12th at 87.3% after killing 117 of 134 opponent power-plays. The Bobcats are also ranked 7th in combined special teams at 53.7% (146-272).