Men's Ice Hockey Will Face Colgate In Deciding Game Of First-Round Series On Sunday Night At 7 PM
ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round Game 3
No. 7 Quinnipiac University (17-16-3, 9-10-3 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 10 Colgate University (12-17-7, 6-11-5 ECAC Hockey)
Sunda7, Mar. 8- 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
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The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host Colgate in the third and final game of their best-of-three ECAC Hockey Tournament First-Round Series. Quinnipiac took the first game of the series, 3-2 in overtime, before Colgate responded with a 5-4 win in overtime on Saturday.
Following first round upsets by #12 Brown over #5 Harvard and #11 Rensselaer over #6 Dartmouth, two of the four Quarterfinal match-ups set for next weekend have been determined. Brown will travel to #1 Yale while Rensselaer will play at #2 Cornell. #8 Union also defeated #9 Clarkson. Should Quinnipiac defeat Colgate tonight, they would face #4 St. Lawrence and Union would face #3 Princeton. If Colgate wins, they will travel to Princeton while Union will head to St. Lawrence.
The game will be available via live webstream from B2 Networks at B2TV.com.
Welcome Back Wong!
Brandon Wong returned to the Bobcats' lineup on Friday night after missing the last six weeks to injury. Wong scored the game-winning goal in overtime to complete an impressive comeback by Quinnipiac. The junior wing's goal was also his 100th career point. He also past out one assist on Saturday night.
All-Time Against Colgate
Quinnipiac is 4-7-1 all-time against Colgate and has lost their last three games against the Raiders before Friday night's win. Quinnipiac is 2-2 against Colgate in tournament play and 1-2 all-time at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.
Quinnipiac In The ECAC Hockey Tournament
Since joining ECAC Hockey for the 2006-07 season, the Bobcats hold an 12-6 career record in postseason play. The Bobcats' loss on Saturday night was their first in a First Round game. They now carry a 7-1 record over their first three seasons in ECAC Hockey. Quinnipiac is also 4-3 in quarterfinal games, 1-0 in semifinal games and 0-1 in the championship game. Quinnipiac holds a 5-0 record at home in the ECAC Tournament after back-to-back first round series wins over Brown in 2008 and Union in 2007, and last night's win over Colgate. Quinnipiac's most successful postseason came in 2007 when the Bobcats swept Union at home before upsetting Cornell at Lynah Rink in two games in the quarterfinals. Quinnipiac continued their run, knocking off St. Lawrence, 4-0, in the semifinals before falling to Clarkson in the Championship Game, 4-2. Quinnipiac led in that game, 2-0, heading into the third period. It was the last time Quinnipiac lost after leading after two periods.
Closing The Gap
With 165 career points, Bryan Leitch sits in second place in career points scored at Quinnipiac at the Division I level. Leitch trails Brian Herbert (169 pts.) for first place.
First In Line
In addition to leading the country in two of the major scoring categories, Leitch was the first player in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey this season to reach both the 40-point and 50-point marks. He is the fourth player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach the 50-point mark and the first since the 1999-2000 season.
With 42 assists, Leitch became the first player in the Bobcats' Division I history and just the second player at Quinnipiac all-time to record 40 assists in a single season. The last Quinnipiac player to pass out 40 assists in one year was Todd Johnson, who recorded 42 during the 1986-87 season.
NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge
Leitch was also chosen as one of the 36 men's college ice hockey players in the nation to participate in the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition, to take place on April 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Leitch is one of three ECAC Hockey players selected to compete in the event. Leitch is the second Quinnipiac men's ice hockey player selected for the Skills Competition after Reid Cashman was also chosen during the 2006-07 season.
A Lot Of Goals"
With his first goal of the game against Dartmouth, David Marshall became the first player in Quinnipiac history to score 70 goals at the Division I level, and the sixth all-time at Quinnipiac.
Marshall scored twice in the game, giving him 71 for his career.
Bobcats and Wolverines
With 55 and 44 points, respectively, Bryan Leitch and David Marshall become the second pair of teammates, along with Michigan's Aaron Palushaj and Louie Caporusso, to reach 40 points this season.
David Marshall - 21 goals and 23 assists - is one of six players in the country with 20 goals and 20 assists this 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.
Closing The Door
This season, Quinnipiac is 15-0-0 in games in which it is leading
after the second period. In their last 35 games in that scenario, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 32-0-3 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.