No. 9/10 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-1-0, 6-0-0 ECAC)
Princeton University Tigers (3-4-1, 2-3-1 ECAC)
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 - 7 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Bill Schweizer - Play-by-play
Chris Kotsopoulos - Color commentary
The Busiest Night Of The Year
The No. 9/10 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host Princeton University on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac enters the game with an overall record of 10-1-0 with the nation's best winning percentage at .909%. The Bobcats are also undefeated in league play with a perfect 6-0-0 record. Princeton enters Wednesday's game with a record of 3-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in ECAC Hockey play.
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.
After Wednesday night's game against Princeton, Quinnipiac will host the No. 10/9 University of Massachusetts on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. That game can be seen live on the New England Sports Network (NESN).
Scouting Princeton University
Princeton is currently 3-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in ECAC Hockey play and are coming off back-to-back losses this weekend to Cornell (5-2) and Colgate (5-4 in overtime). The Tigers are led offensively by Dan Bartlett and Mike Kramer, who each have totaled four goals and three assists for seven points in eight games apiece. Senior Cam MacIntyre and Jody Pederson are close behind with five points apiece. MacIntrye has three goals and two assists in six games while Pederson leads Princeton with four assists. In goal, Zane Kalemba has started five of Princeton's eight games, posting a 1-3-1 record. The senior goalie also carries a .904 save percentage and a 3.18 goals-against average. Alan Reynolds has started three games, including two of the last three games, posting a 2-1-0 mark with a .916 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average.
All-Time Against Princeton
Quinnipiac and Princeton have played 10 times since the formation of ECAC Hockey in 2005. Quinnipiac won four of the first six meetings between the two teams, but have not beaten Princeton in their last four meetings. Quinnipiac last win against Princeton came at Hobey Baker Rink on Nov. 21, 2007 with the Bobcats taking a 5-2 decision. Quinnipiac is 1-4-0 all-time on its home ice, including a 1-2-0 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Welcome To The Top 10
For the first time in its Division I history, the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team were ranked in the top 10 in both major polls released on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll ranked Quinnipiac 10th, up three spots from the Bobcats' first appearance in the poll last week. The USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I poll had Quinnipiac in the 9th spot.
INCH Power Rankings
Quinnipiac was ranked 9th nationally in InsideCollegeHockey.com's INCH Power Rankings, its highest ranking all-time in that poll.
Quinnipiac are also ranked fourth in the most the most recent PairWise Rankings, an objective formula used to determine the NCAA Tournament field.
Quinnipiac has won its last six games, all ECAC Hockey contests, to remain perfect in ECAC Hockey play and secure first place in the league standings after three weeks of league play.The Bobcats have never opened their ECAC Hockey schedule with six wins in their first six games.
Against The Nation
The Bobcats are currently 10-1-0 overall for the top winning percentage (.909) in NCAA Division I hockey. In addition, Quinnipiac also boasts the top scoring offense in the country with 46 goals in 11 games for a 4.18 goals per game average. The Bobcats' defense, which ranks 11th nationally, has allowed 25 goals in 11 games for a 2.27 per game average, giving them the third best scoring margin, +1.91, in the nation.
Closing The Door
Last season, Quinnipiac was 16-0-0 in games in which it led after the second period. In their last 40 games in that scenario, dating back three seasons, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 37-0-3 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.
TD Bank Sports Center History
Since the door's opened on Quinnipiac University's state-of-the-art arena on Jan. 27, 2007, the Bobcats have played 49 games on their home ice, posting a 29-16-5 record
Senior Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) leads Quinnipiac with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, good for 11th in the country with 1.45 points per game.
#9 Is One of Nine
Wong (#9) is one of nine players in Division I hockey averaging one assist per contest while ranking fifth in the nation.
Wong's goal against Colgate on Friday, Nov. 20 was the 54th of his career, moving him ahead of Bryan Leitch for seventh place on the career-goals chart in the Bobcats' Division I era.
I Love Lamp(e)
Senior Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) also ranks in the top 20 in scoring with nine goals and six assists for 15 points at a 1.36 per game clip. His 0.82 goals per game rank eighth nationally.
Making A Name For Themselves
Wong and Lampe make Quinnipiac one of six teams to have two players ranked in the top 20 in scoring.
Lang(lois) Of The Lost
Freshman Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) became the first of Quinnipiac's 10 freshman skaters to post a multiple-goal game this season with two against the Raiders. Langlois leads all Quinnipiac freshmen with three goals and four assists for seven points.
Dan The Man
Sophomore Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) is one of two goalies in the country, along with University of Denver's Marc Cheverie, with a 1.000 winning percentage at 6-0-0, including five consecutive wins.
Clarke ranks sixth in save percentage at .935 while also carrying a 2.18 goals-against average. Clarke holds two of Quinnipiac's three wins against ranked opponents this season.