Men's Ice Hockey Heads To Cambridge To Take On Harvard On Friday Night

Quinnipiac University (15-14-3, 8-9-3 ECAC Hockey) vs.

Harvard University (7-14-6, 7-7-6 ECAC Hockey)
Bright Hockey Center - Cambridge, Mass.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 – 7 p.m.

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The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will head to Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, Feb. 27 to take on the Crimson of Harvard University. It will be the first trip to Bright Hockey Center since last year's ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, in which Harvard won the best-of-three series, 2-1. Quinnipiac is currently 8-9-3 in ECAC Hockey play, good for 19 points and 7th place in the league standings, while Harvard is 7-7-6 in league action for 20 points and 6th place. The Bobcats and the Crimson hit the ice at 7 p.m.

Challenging For Home Ice

Quinnipiac controls their own destiny this weekend when they face Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 28. The Bobcats have to come out of this weekend with two points in order to host an ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round Game at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.

All-Time Against Harvard

Quinnipiac is 3-5-2 all-time against Harvard, but the Crimson hold a commanding 5-1-0 record at the Bright Hockey Center against the Bobcats, with two of their five wins coming in last season's ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals.

10 and 20

Bryan Leitch (10 goals-39 assists) and David Marshall (18-21) are two of 26 players in NCAA Division I hockey to reach 10 goals and 20 assists this season. Quinnipiac is the only ECAC Hockey team to feature two such players, and one of five teams - along with Boston University, St. Cloud State, Mercyhurst and UMass - to do so.

Looking Towards 50

With 49 points entering the final weekend of the regular season, Leitch has an opportunity to become just the second player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach 50 points in a single season. The only other Division I player to reach 50 points was Shawn Mansoff, who tallied 56 points during the 1999-2000 season.

Two In The Top 10

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

Two For 40

Should Marshall pick up a point this weekend, he would make Quinnipiac the second team this season to feature two 40-point scorers. Michigan is the only team in the nation with two 40-point scorers.

Down Three

Three Bobcats will not suit up against Harvard on Friday night. David Marshall, Eric Lampe and Zach Hansen are all serving the NCAA mandated one-game suspension following a disqualification from last Saturday's game for fighting.

Atta Boy Bruiser!

Before last Saturday's game against Brown, Chris Myers had scored in three straight games. He joined Bryan Leitch, Marshall and Lampe as the only four Bobcats to score a goal in three consecutive games. For the year, Myers has seven goals and three assists for 10 points.

Chart Topper

David Marshall scored his 68th career goal in the Bobcats' 5-3 win against Clarkson last Saturday. Marshall passed Chris Cerrella ‘01 for the Quinnipiac Division I record for career goals scored. With a goal against Brown, Marshall has 69 goals and is in the hunt to become the Quinnipiac's first Division I hockey player to scored 70 goals in a career. He would be the sixth player all-time at Quinnipiac to reach the mark, joining Cerrella (99), Bill Veneris ‘82 (92), Todd Johnson ‘89 (91), Jim Hanscom ‘80 (83) and Richard Buckholz ‘87 (76).

Use It To Your Advantage

Quinnipiac is ranked 9th in power-play percentage with 37 goals in 184 chances for 20.1%. On the penalty kill, the Bobcats rank 19th at 86% after killing 154 of 179 opponent power-plays. The Bobcats are also ranked 14th in combined special teams at 52.6% (191-363).