Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-13-2, 8-8-2 ECAC Hockey) at
#7 Yale University Bulldogs (19-5-1, 14-3-1 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, February 20, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
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Elm City Showdown, Part 2
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host New Haven County neighbor, Yale University, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is coming off a 5-3 win over Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 14 and sits in a tie with Harvard for sixth place in the league standings. The Bobcats hold an 8-8-2 ECAC Hockey mark, good for 18 points. Yale sits atop the league standings with a 14-3-1 for 29 points. The Bulldogs also ranked seventh nationally.
The Quinnipiac and Yale men's ice hockey teams will be facing off for the "Heroes Hat" award on Friday night. The game was revived in 2007 following a one-year absence to honor those who lost or risked their lives during terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The award was previously given to the winner of the season series between Quinnipiac and the University of Connecticut. The Bobcats won four straight following its inception in 2002. In 2003, Quinnipiac claimed the "Heroes Hat" at Madison Square Garden in New York. The "Heroes Hat" award remembers Joseph Mascali (FDNY/Staten Island 5), father of Quinnipiac alumni Chris and Jenn Mascali. Following the game, members from the Mascali family will be on hand to present the winning team with the award.
Quinnipiac will hold its second-ever Teddy Bear Toss on Friday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. All fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal preferably new to the game and throw it onto the ice during the first intermission as a donation through Don's Hat Rack to benefit the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Last year more than 700 stuffed animals were collected during the inaugural event, which were later distributed to children by student-athletes during a team hospital visit.
Don's Hat Rack was founded in memory of Donald Perrotti, a former Hamden youth and high school hockey player who lost a six-year battle to Ewing's Sarcoma in 1998 at age 22. In addition to raising money and hosting special events, the organization collects donated hats, stuffed animals and other items for distribution to young cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.
All-Time Against Yale
In seven meetings all-time against Yale, the Bobcats are 5-2-0 with wins in five of the last six match-ups between the two teams. Quinnipiac is 3-1-0 all-time at Ingalls Rink and 2-1-0 on their home ice.
David Marshall scored his 68th career goal in the Bobcats' 5-3 win against Clarkson on Saturday night. Marshall passed Chris Cerrella 01 for the Quinnipiac Division I record for career goals scored.
David Marshall recently saw his 18-game scoring streak end when the senior forward went scoreless against Yale on Saturday night. Marshall's streak was the longest in Quinnipiac's Division I history, topping Reid Cashman's 14-game scoring streak.
Do It For Johnny
In his first 16 games of the season, through Quinnipiac's last game of 2008, assistant captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin had three goals and five assists for eight points. Since the beginning of the New Year, Beaudoin leads Quinnipiac with nine goals scored in 14 games, while also passing out five assists for 14 points, good for third on the team.
Milestone Watch No. 2
On Saturday, Feb. 7, Matt Sorteberg broke the Quinnipiac record for games played in a career. Sorteberg suited up for his 152nd game against Colgate, passing former teammate Reid Cashman, who finished his career with 151 games played. Bryan Leitch (148 games) and David Marshall (147) could possibly become the third and fourth players in Quinnipiac history to reach the 150 games played mark.
Top 40 Hits
Bryan Leitch, the nation's leading scorer, passed out four assists last weekend, giving him nine goals and 39 assists for a career-high 48 points. Leitch has also reached a career-high 24 points (8-17) against ECAC Hockey opponents. In 30 games played this year, Leitch has had 13 multiple assist games, including five with three or more.
First To 40
Leitch was the first player in NCAA Division men's ice hockey to reach 40 points this season, and is just one of six players in the nation to reach the mark.
Quinnipiac's two shorthanded goals against Brown on Friday night marked the first time since February 6, 2007 that the Bobcats scored two shorties in one game. In that game, Brandon Wong scored two while Eric Lampe added another in a 6-1 win over Bentley. Against the Bears, it was Mike Atkinson and Lampe who scored with a man-down.
Leitch and Marshall, who is ranked 10th among the nation's scoring leaders with 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points through 30 games, made Quinnipiac the first NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team this season to feature two 30-point scorers.
Two In The Top 10
Quinnipiac is also one of three teams, along with Minnesota and Mercyhurst, to have two players ranked in the Top 10 in scoring nationally.
Marshall was the first player in ECAC hockey this season to reach double figures in goals and assists. Marshall also reached the mark faster than any other player in Division I hockey, reaching the marks in 19 games.