January 3, 2011 - 7 PM
Quinnipiac University (10-9-1, 4-5-1 ECAC Hockey) at
Princeton University (10-5-0, 6-3-0 ECAC Hockey)
at Hobey Baker Rink - Princeton, N.J.
On The Air -
Paul Pacelli - play-by-play
Chris Kotsopoulos - color commentary
Starting Off The New Year In Jersey
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will travel to Princeton, N.J. to take on the first-place Princeton Tigers in an ECAC Hockey showdown set for a 7 p.m. start at Hobey Baker Rink. Quinnipiac is 10-9-1 overall and 4-5-1 in ECAC Hockey play while Princeton is 10-5-0 overall and tied for first with Yale with 12 points at 6-3-0.
Paul Pacelli will have the play-by-play for Monday night's game at Princeton, available at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, with color commentary provided by 12-year NHL veteran Chris Kotsopoulos. Live stats and video are also available, courtesy of Princeton University.
All-Time Against Princeton
Quinnipiac is 5-8-0 against Princeton all-time, including a 3-3-0 mark at Hobey Baker Rink all-time. The Bobcats won the first three meetings between the two teams at the historic rink, but have not salvaged a victory there since Nov. 21, 2007, losing three straight. Quinnipiac won four of the first six meetings between the two teams but have won just once in the last seven games against the Tigers.
Scouting Princeton University
Princeton is currently 10-5-0 overall and 6-3-0 in ECAC Hockey, good for a tie for first place in the league standings with nationally-ranked No. 1 Yale. Princeton has won five straight games, including a two-game sweep of UMass Lowell and non-conference wins against Bowling Green and Connecticut to capture the Toyota Connecticut Hockey Classic. The Tigers have won eight of their last 10 games and 10 of their last 12. It is their first ECAC Hockey match-up since Dec. 4, a 5-1 win against St. Lawrence. Freshman Andrew Calof leads Princeton in points (16) and assists (14) while also scoring a pair of goals. Seniors Mike Kramer (4-9--13) and Taylor Fedun (4-7--11) are the only other Princeton skaters to reach double digit scoring totals so far. Matt Arhontas leads Princeton with seven goals. In goal, Sean Bonar and Mike Condon have split the minutes over the last 12 games with Bonar posting a 5-1-0 record with a NCAA-leading 1.16 GAA and a .950 save percentage while Condon is 4-2-0 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average.
Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped 97 of 101 shots on goal last week for a pair of wins against nationally-ranked No. 8/9 Nebraska Omaha. Hartzell stopped 53 of Nebraska Omaha's 56 shots on goal on Thursday. On Friday, Hartzell once-again stone-walled the opposition, stopping 44 of 46 shots on goal.
Loren Barron's four points against Nebraska Omaha on Thursday, Dec. 30 were a season-high for the Bobcats, and a personal best for the second year defenseman. Barron entered the two-game set against Nebraska Omaha with four points on the season before a six-point out burst in the series sweep.
Barron's four-point game was the first one at Quinnipiac since Eric Lampe did it against Harvard on Nov. 13, 2009.
Points In Two Nights
Barron's six-point effort against the Mavericks gave the defenseman the highest two-game total this season among all Bobcats skaters. He is also the first player to score six points in consecutive games since Jean-Marc Beaudoin did it against Brown and Yale on Feb. 26-27 last season. Beaudoin also had a three-point night his next game against Dartmouth on March 5.
More Barron Note
Barron's three assists against Nebraska Omaha make him the first Bobcat this season with a three-assist game. It's his second of his career, after doing so against Brown on Feb. 26 last season.
Russell Goodman scored twice in the Bobcats' 3-2 win against Nebraska Omaha on Friday, Dec. 31. Goodman's two goals were a career best, and just the second multiple-point game of his career.
On Thursday, Dec. 30, Scott Zurevinski scored twice in the Bobcats' win against UNO. On Friday, Dec. 31, Russell Goodman also lit the lamp twice. It was the first time this season that Quinnipiac received multiple-goal games on consecutive nights. Last season, Brandon Wong and Jean-Marc Beaudoin each had back-to-back two goal games. It was the first time since Nov. 14-15, 2008 when two different players did it. Matt Sorteberg scored twice against Union on Nov. 14 before Zurevinski scored twice against RPI on Nov. 15.
Hansen From The Point
Zach Hansen scored the game-winner against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, Dec. 31, his first goal of the season.
With their win against Nebraska Omaha on Thursday, Dec. 30, the Bobcats ran their unbeaten streak when leading after the second period to 57 games. The Bobcats are 52-0-5 when they have a lead heading into the final period since March 17, 2007.
Showing A Lot Of Hart(zell)
Quinnipiac sophomore Eric Hartzell had a career night against Nebraska Omaha on Friday night, stopping 53 of 56 shots on goal en route to his sixth win of the season. Hartzell stopped the first 40 shots he saw the Mavericks' offense before UNO got on the board in the second period. After letting up three of the next six shots, Hartzell slammed the door and stopped the last eight shots he saw on the night.
Hartzell's 53 saves against UNO was a career-best and the most by Quinnipiac goalie since Dan Clarke stopped 73 against Union in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals last season. It was the most in a regular season since Bud Fisher stopped 42 against Dartmouth on Feb. 28, 2009.
Jeremy Spoke In...
Jeremy Langlois tallied a goal and an assist Thursday's win, and added an assist in the Bobcats win on Friday, giving him six goals and five assists for 11 points for the year.
Getting Ahead Early
Quinnipiac is 9-1-0 this season in the 10 games in which it has scored first.
Thrice Is Nice
Quinnipiac is 6-1-1 in eight games in which it has scored three goals and 8-2-1 in games in which it has scored three or more.