Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Nationally Ranked RPI and Union This Weekend

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University vs. No. 9/10 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University vs. No. 11/12 Union College
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.

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Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Bill Schweizer - play-by-play
Todd Carroll - color commentary

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011
Paul Pacelli - play-by-play
Chris Kotsopoulos - color commentary

Big Weekend For The Bobcats
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host a pair of nationally-ranked opponents in No. 9/10 Rensselaer on Friday, Feb. 4 and No. 11/12 Union on Saturday, Feb. 5. Both games at the TD Bank Sports Center are tabbed for a 7 p.m. start. Bobcat fans should refer to the Official Athletics Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for up-to-the-minute schedule changes as well as news, scores and highlights.

All-Time Against Rensselaer
Quinnipiac and RPI have met 15 times since their first match-up on Oct. 16, 1999, with the Bobcats posting a 5-6-4 all-time record against the Engineers. The Bobcats lost the first four meetings before posting a seven-game undefeated streak (5-0-2) against Union from 2006 through 2009. Quinnipiac has not defeated RPI in their last three meetings (0-2-1) and are 1-1-3 all-time on their home ice against the Engineers.

Scouting The Engineers
RPI is currently 17-6-3 overall and 9-5-0 in ECAC Hockey, good for fourth place in the league standings. The Engineers are currently ranked 9th in the USCHO.com and 10th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I polls. RPI has won eight of its last 10 games, including five straight. In that run was a win agianst then nationally ranked No. 1 Yale last week. RPI is led by Chase Polacek, who has totaled 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points this season. Nick Bailen (8-19--27) and Tyler Helfrich (12-14--26) give the Engineers a trio of 20-point scorers. In all, RPI boasts 10 players to reach double figures this season. Allen York has played 95% of the minutes in goal for the Engineers this season, posting a 16-6-3 mark with a .932 save percentage and a 1.86 goals against average.

All-Time Against Union
Quinnipiac and Union have faced each other 18 time since their first match-up on Dec. 3, 2000, with the Dutchmen winning nine games in the all-time series, which also featured one tie. Last season, the two teams squared off in the ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals, with the Dutchment winning the last two games to advance. Quinnipiac took the first game in the series, a five overtime thriller that ended with a goal from Greg Holt that capped off the longest game in college hockey history. Quinnipiac is 4-3-0 all-time on its home ice against Union.

Scouting The Dutchmen
Union is currently 18-7-3 overall and 10-3-1 in ECAC Hockey play, good for second place in the league standings. The Dutchmen are currently ranked 11th in the USCHO.com and 12th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I polls. Winners of eight of their last 10 games, Union has won three straight, including a win over previous ranked No. 1 Yale. Union is led by a core of seven 20-point scorers, headlined by Jeremy Walsh (13 goals - 17 assists -- 30 points), and followed by Daniel Carr (15-13--28), Kelly Zajac (8-18--26), Josh Jooris (8-17--25), Wayne Simpson (9-13--22), Mat Bodie (4-18--22) and Adam Presizniuk (8-13--21). Keith Kinkaid has logged close to 90% of the minutes in goal for the Dutchment, posting a 17-7-2 record (.692 win percentage) with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

Dynamic Duo
Jeremy Langlois joins Scott Zurevinski as the only two players on the Bobcats' roster with multiple two-goal games this season.

Let's Check The Leaderboard
Langlois currently leads the Bobcats in goals (13) and points (18) while second-year defenseman Loren Barron leads all Quinnipiac skaters with 13 assists. Scott Zurevinski checks in behind Langlois (11-6--17), followed by freshmen twins Connor (7-9--16) and Kellen Jones (5-11--16).

Good Company
Barron is the first Quinnipiac defenseman to lead the team in assists since former All-American Reid Cashman did it in 2006-07. Cashman led the team in apples all four years at QU.

Stay Hot Langer
Langlois led Quinnipiac to a 3-1-3 record for the month of January with a team-best seven goals for a team-leading seven points for the month.

Let's Keep It Going Boys
Quinnipiac finished up the first half of the season with a 5-2 loss to Providence on Dec. 11. Since then, the Bobcats are 5-3-1 in nine games and have outscored their opponents 27-17.

Streak Worth Noting
The Bobcats' five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) is their longest since November of last season.

Against Ranked Teams
With No. 11/12 Union and No. 9/10 RPI coming to Hamden this weekend, Quinnipiac will face its fifth and sixth nationally-ranked opponent this season. The Bobcats are 4-3-1 in eight games against teams ranked in the national polls.

Best At Closing It Out
Quinnipiac currently holds the longest active unbeaten streak when leading after the second period in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. The Bobcats are 54-0-5 in their last 59 games in that situation dating back to March 17, 2007. Miami was previous unbeaten in 81 straight games (78-0-3) dating back to March 9, 2007 before giving up a lead in the third period in a loss to Notre Dame on Dec. 3, 2010.

Getting Ahead Early
Quinnipiac is 12-1-3 this season in the 16 games in which it has scored first.

At The Bank
Quinnipiac is 45-29-7 (.604) in 79 games all-time at the TD Bank Sports Center.