Men's Ice Hockey Travels To No. 17 St. Cloud State This Weekend
29-30, 2010 - 8 p.m. CST (7 p.m. EST)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-1-0) at
No. 17 St. Cloud State University Huskies (2-3-1)
National Hockey Center - St. Cloud, Minn.
WPOP 1410-AM (Friday)
Bill Schweizer (play by play)
Ken Sweeten (analyst)
Weekend Series In Minnesota
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to take on No. 17 St. Cloud State in a two-game series on Oct. 29-30. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. EST).
Quinnipiac just completed a four-game home stretch to open the year with wins in three of the four contests. They received votes in the USCHO.com poll for the fourth straight week on Monday, Oct. 25.
WQUN's Bill Schweizer, the "Voice of the Bobcats" will have the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Ken Sweeten.
All-Time Against St. Cloud State
Last year's two-game series at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. were the first two games between the two teams, with St. Cloud State winning on Friday, Jan. 15, 3-1, and Saturday, Jan. 16, 3-2.
Scouting St. Cloud State
St. Cloud State is currently 2-3-1 entering this weekend's series and aree currently ranked 17th in the USCHO.com Division I poll and is receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll. After a season-opening win against Rochester Institute of Technology, 3-1 on Oct. 8 at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede in Nebraska, the Huskies lost in the championship game of the Stampede, 6-2, to Clarkson. They then lost the first game of a two-game set against Miami, 6-3, before tying the Hawks, 1-1, in the second game of the series. They defeated Minnesota on Oct. 22 before losing their last time out, 2-1, against the Gophers. Garrett Roe leads the Huskies with one goal and a team-high five assists for a team-leading six points, while Drew LeBlanc (1-4-5) sits in second. 13 different players have scored for St. Cloud through its first six games, including Tony Mosey, Jared Festler and Ben Hanowski, each with a team-leading two goals.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, 3,891 packed the seats at the TD Bank Sports Center for the Bobcats' 3-1 win against Holy Cross. The crowd was the largest in the arena's history against a non-conference opponent.
In a 3-1 win against Holy Cross on Saturday, Kellen Jones scored his first two career goals. Jones leads the team in goals (2), assists (3) and points (5).
Goalie Dan Clarke picked up where he left off after an impressive sophomore season in which he was named the Bobcats' Most Valuable Player. Through four games in 2010-11, Clarke is 3-1-0 for a .750 winning percentage, second in ECAC Hockey. Clarke is also ranked third in ECAC Hockey in goals-against average (2.00) and fourth in save percentage (.925).
Quinnipiac is 48-0-4 in its last 52 games in which it has led heading into the third period. It's last loss when leading after two periods came on March 17, 2007 against Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey Championship.
Keeping Up With The Joneses
In a 3-2 win against Bentley, Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) combined for four points between the two of them, with Connor scoring his first career goal while also picking up an assist. Kellen had an assist on Connor's and Russell Goodman's (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) power-play goals.
Speaking of the Jones boys, Connor is tied for the team lead in goals (one) and points (three), the latter with twin Kellen. Kellen currently leads the Bobcats with three assists.
Through Quinnipiac's first four games, Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.), Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) and Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) are all tied for the team lead at +2.
Connor and Kellen Jones are two of 19 first-year NCAA Divsion I men's ice hockey players to average a point per game through last weekend's games.
Through Quinnipiac's first four games, the Bobcats have blocked 73 of their opponents' shots. Spencer Heichman and Scott Zurevinski are both tied for the team lead with eight while Zach Davies sits in second with seven. Loren Barron, Yuri Bouharevich, Jeremy Langlois and Mike Glaicar each have six blocked shots to their credit.
Head coach Rand Pecknold picked up his 175th career home win on Saturday, Oct. 23 in a 3-1 victory against Holy Cross.
Quinnipiac is 40-23-7 (.621) in 70 games all-time at the TD Bank Sports Center.