7/8 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-3-0) at
Holy Cross Crusaders (4-9-3)
Thursday, Dec. 10 - 7 p.m.
Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.
Welcome To Worcester
The No. 7/8 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team heads to Worcester, Mass. on Thursday, Dec. 10 to take on the College of Holy Cross in a non-conference match-up at the Hart Center at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac is 12-3-0 overall and looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses last weekend. Holy Cross is 4-9-3 and will host the Bobcats after a tie and a loss to RIT last weekend.
Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play for both game's this weekend and will be joined alongside by color commentator Chris Kotsopoulos.
All-Time Against Holy Cross
Quinnipiac is 17-5-3 all-time against Holy Cross, dating back to their first meeting during the 1997-98 season. Quinnipiac has won two straight against Holy Cross and seven of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.
Scouting The Crusaders
Holy Cross is currently 4-9-3 overall, including a 4-6-3 mark in Atlantic Hockey. Everett Sheen paces the Crusaders with 12 points on a team-high seven goals to go along with five assists. Jordan Cyr, Brodie Sheahan and Jay Silvia have all scored five goals through Holy Cross' 16 games, while Cyr has also chipped in with six assists. Rob Linsmayer and Mike Daly lead the team with seven assists apiece.
Brandon Wong became the 11th player in Quinnipiac history, as well as the sixth at the Division I level, to reach the 60-goal mark with a marker against Brown on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Wong is one of two active players in NCAA Division I hockey, to score 60 goals and assist on 60 more for his career. St. Cloud State's Ryan Lasch has totaled 68 goals and 80 assists for his career. Wong is second among active career scoring leaders. He is one of five players in the nation to score 50 goals and assist on 50 more for his career.
Three With 30 And 30
For their careers, Jean-Marc Beaudoin (34 goals, 45 assists), Eric Lampe (43-43) and Brandon Wong (60-64) have all reached the 30-goal, 30-assist mark. The trio makes Quinnipiac one of seven teams in NCAA Division I hockey to feature three players with at least 30 goals and 30 assists for their career.
Wong became the first Quinnipiac player this season to score two goals in back-to-back games, scoring twice against UMass on Nov. 28 and twice against Yale on Dec. 4. He leads Quinnipiac with nine multiple-point games and is one of three Bobcats, along with Eric Lampe and Jeremy Langlois, with two multiple-goal games.
On Monday, Nov. 30, the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team received it's highest ranking in program history when the USCHO.com Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll featured the Bobcats in 4th place among all NCAA Division I teams. In addition, Quinnipiac received first-place votes for the first time as the Bobcats collected seven. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine ranked Quinnipiac 6th, with one first-place vote.
This Week's Polls
On Dec. 7, 2009 The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the third consecutive week. Quinnipiac ranked 7th in the USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll, and 8th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and INCH Power Rankings. Quinnipiac is currently 12-3-0 overall and 7-2-0 in league play for first place in the ECAC Hockey standings.
The Bobcats were also fifth in the PairWise Rankings.The PairWise Rankings are a subjective ranking system that is used to determing the NCAA Tournament field.
do UMass and Robert Morris Have In Common?
Saturday's win against UMass marked the second time this season that five different players (Brandon Wong, Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Mike Atkinson, Eric Lampe and Zach Hansen) recorded multiple points in a game.
November, 2009 marked the first time in Quinnipiac's program history - since their inaugural 1975-76 season - that they have won eight games in a month.
Last Saturday's match-up against UMass featured 10 different Bobcats totaling a point in the win, marking just the third time this season (Robert Morris, 10/30; St. Lawrence, 11/7) that Quinnipiac has accomplished the feat.
The Bobcats had never opened their ECAC Hockey schedule with seven wins in their first seven league games.
Player of the Month
Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) was named the Hockey Commissioner's Association (HCA) Player of the Month for November. Clarke was 7-0-0 to help the Bobcats to a perfect 8-0-0 record for the month while capturing a pair of ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week awards. Clarke stopped 201 of the 215 shots he faced in November for a .935 save percentage, including 60 of 63 shots in a two-game weekend sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth. Clarke allowed just 14 goals during seven games played for a goals-against average of 2.00, which included victories over then No. 5 Cornell and then No. 10 Massachusetts. Clarke's save percentage for the season is .932 and his GAA is 2.24.
The Bobcats are one of four teams in Division I hockey, along with Yale, Wisconsin and Bemidji State, to average four or more goals a game. The Bobcats have scored five goals in a game seven times, and have been held to fewer than four goals three times through their first 15 games.
Closing The Door
Last season, Quinnipiac was 16-0-0 in games in which it led after the second period. In their last 42 games in that scenario, dating back three seasons, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 39-0-3 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.
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 50 games on their home ice, posting a 31-16-5 record.
Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) ranks eighth in the nation in points per game with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points at a 1.47 per game clip. His 0.73 goals per game rank 11th nationally.
Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) ranks 12th nationally in points per game with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points at a 1.40 per game clip.