No. 13 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-1-0, 5-0-0 NEC)
No. 5 Cornell University Big Red (5-1-0, 4-1-0 ECAC)
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Lynah Rink - Ithaca, N.Y.
ON THE AIR
AM 1220 WQUN
Bill Schweizer - Play-by-play
Chris Kotsopoulos - Color commentary
Battle For First
The No. 13 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will face No. 5 Cornell tonight, Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bobcats are 9-1-0 overall and a perfect 5-0-0 in ECAC Hockey for first place in the conference standings. Cornell is currently 5-1-0 overall including a 4-1-0 mark in ECAC Hockey action and in second place in ECAC Hockey. Quinnipiac defeated Colgate last night, 5-3, while Cornell defeated Princeton, 5-2.
On The Air
Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play for the two-game series, with color commentary provided by Chris Kotsopoulos on AM 1220 WQUN. Bobcat fans can also click the speaker icon on the schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Cornell is currently 5-1-0 overall and 4-1-0 in ECAC Hockey, while ranking nationally in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls at No. 5. Against Princeton on Friday night, Blake Gallagher scored twice to lead the Big Red. Cornell features the nations top two leading scorers in points per game in Colin Greening (3G-9A-12Pts.; 2.00) and Blake Gallagher (7-5-12; 2.00). Junior Joe Devin checks in at 4th in the category (4-6-10;1.67). Gallagher is one of five players, along with Bobcats senior Eric Lampe, to average a goal per game while Greening ranks first in NCAA Division I hockey with 1.50 assists per game. Junior Riley Nash ranks sixth in assists per game at 1.00 with six assists in six games. Through six five games, the Big Red have the No. 1 scoring offense in the country with 27 goals for a 4.50 per game average. Cornell, Quinnipiac (4.30) and Merrimack (4.00) are the only three teams nationally to average four goals per game. Cornell is also first nationally in power-play percentage (11-32; 34.4), penalty-kill percentage (30-32; 93.8) and combined special teams (41-64; 64.1).
All-Time Against Cornell
Quinnipiac has won just three of 12 games all-time against Cornell, with two of those three wins coming in the 2007 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals to send the Bobcats to the tournament quarterfinals that year. In their last five meetings, Quinnipiac has managed just one point, posting a 0-4-1 record. The Bobcats are 2-4-1 all-time in Ithaca.
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was ranked 13th in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll, and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey poll, both released on Monday, Nov. 16. Quinnipiac broke into the USCHO.com/CBS Sports poll last week at No. 20 and leaped seven spots after sweeping Harvard (5-1) and Dartmouth (4-2) this weekend. This is the first appearance by the Bobcats in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this season. In addition to the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports poll, Quinnipiac was also ranked 12th in the INCH Power Rankings, a weekly poll hosted by InsideCollegeHockey.com.
Quinnipiac was also third in the latest PairWise Rankings, which are updated following each contest and is used to select the field for the NCAA Tournament. They are also ranked sixth by the KRACH ratings, another tool used to measure a team's success nationally. Quinnipiac's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), another tool used by the NCAA Selection committee, is fourth at .6072.
Quinnipiac has won its last four games, all ECAC Hockey contests, to remain perfect in ECAC Hockey play and secure first place in the league standings after two weeks of play.The Bobcats have never opened their ECAC Hockey schedule with four wins in their first four games. In 2006, Quinnipiac was 2-0-2 through its first four ECAC Hockey games.
Against The Nation
At 8-1-0 overall, the Bobcats have the best winning percentage, .889, of any team in the nation. In addition, Quinnipiac ranks second in NCAA Division I hockey in scoring offense at 4.22 goals per game. Quinnipiac has totaled 38 goals in nine games, while holding its opponents to 20 goals, for a 2.22 per game average. The Bobcats' goal differential, +2.00, ranks third in the country while their combined special teams, 56.1% (60-107) rank seventh in the country.
Clarke Does It Again
Quinnipiac University sophomore Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Monday, Nov. 16 following a weekend that saw Clarke pick up his fourth consecutive win. The award is Clarke's third of the season after he won last week and on Oct. 12 following a 44-save outing against Ohio State.
The Numbers From This Past Weekend Are In
Clarke stopped 60 of the 63 shots on goal this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth for a .952 save percentage. Clarke allowed three goals while playing all but 13 seconds of both games for a 1.50 goals-against average. Clarke totaled 27 saves against Harvard and 33 against Dartmouth as he won back-to-back for the second consecutive weekend, pushing Quinnipiac's winning-streak to four games and into first place in the ECAC Hockey standards at 4-0-0.
Good Start For Clarke
For the year, Clarke is 5-1-0 with a .937 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average. Clarke becomes the first three-time weekly award winner in ECAC Hockey this season among the three awards announced each Monday of the season. Last season, ECAC Hockey featured three goals that were three-time goalie of the weeks, including Cornell's Ben Scrivens (four times), Princeton's Zane Kalemba and St. Lawrence's Alex Petizian.
Clarke Among The ECAC Hockey Leaders
Dan Clarke currently leads ECAC Hockey with a .937 save percentage after stopping 178 of 190 shots on goal so far this season. His 2.21 GAA ranks second in the league. Against ECAC Hockey teams, Clarke is 4-0-0 with a 1.77 GAA (1st) and a .945 save percentage (1st).
ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week
Clarke was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for the second time this season on Monday, Nov. 9. Clarke became the first Quinnipiac goalie to this season to start consecutive games, logging 120 minutes against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Clarke helped Quinnipiac to wins in both games, posting 34 saves against Clarkson and 27 against St. Lawrence to send the Bobcats into a four-way tie for first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with four points. Clarke posted a 2.00 goals-against average while his 61 saves on 65 shots gave him a .938 save percentage.For the year, Clarke is 3-1-0 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average.
Lampe Makes The Crimson See Red
Senior Eric Lampe had a hand in four of Quinnipiac's five goals in a 5-1 romp of Harvard on Friday, Nov. 13. Lampe had his second career hat trick while also picking up another assist.
Leader Board Report
Eric Lampe currently leads ECAC Hockey in goals (nine) while ranking second in total points (14) and plus/minus (+11). Lampe is also tied for the league lead with four power-play goals.
One In Five
Lampe is also one of five players nationally averaging a point per game with nine goals in nine contests.
The Scott Zurevinski Note
Sophomore Scott Zurevinski is quickly making a name for himself among the league opponents. Zurevinski currently boasts the longest active scoring streak in the Bobcat line-up (seven games) and was one of three players, along with Jean Marc Beaudoin and Zach Hansen, to tally a point this past weekend.
Three In Double Figures
Quinnipiac, Cornell and Rensselaer are the only three teams in ECAC Hockey to feature three double-digit scorers in their line-up to date. Eric Lampe (9-5-14), Brandon Wong (4-9-13) and Scott Zurevinski (7-5-12) represent Quinnipiac.
Having outscored its opponents 38-20 throught its first nine games, Quinnipiac features five players in the top 10 in plus/minus in the league. Eric Lampe (+11), Scott Zurevinski (+10), Zach Davies (+9), Zach Hansen (+8) and Jean Marc Beaudoin (+7) lock down 50% of the top 10 spots.
All Night Wong
Brandon Wong is currently third among the ECAC Hockey scoring leaders with 13 points and third on the league's assists charts with nine.
Mike The Mad Hatter
Mike Atkinson became the first Bobcat to record a hat trick this season, scoring three times against Clarkson in a 4-2 win last Friday. Atkinson's two shorthanded goals in the second and third period, respectively, pushed the Bobcats out in front.
Nice Hustle Mook
Mike Atkinson became the first Quinnipiac men's ice hockey player to score two shorthanded goals in a game since Brandon Wong did it against Bentley on Feb. 6, 2007.
Big Night For JMB
Senior captain Jean Marc Beaudoin's three assists against Harvard were a career high for the fourth year forward. Beaudoin entered the game with one goal and one assist for the year. He also added a goal against Dartmouth on Saturday.
Freshman Jeremy Langlois scored his first career goal against Harvard on Friday, Nov. 13. Langlois leads all Quinnipiac freshmen scorers with a goal and four assists for five points.