Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Travels To RPI And No. 8/8 Union This Weekend

Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-10-5, 7-7-4 ECAC Hockey) atRensselaer Engineers (8-19-3, 5-10-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 • 7 PM

Houston Field House • Troy, N.Y.
Series vs. RPI: 6-5-6
Record At Houston Field House vs. RPI: 4-3-2
Last Time QU Faced RPI: W, 3-2 (Dec. 3, 11, Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against RPI:  W, 3-2 (Dec. 3, 11, Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against RPI On The Road:  Nov. 15, 2008 (W, 5-1)
Current Streak vs. RPI: Won 1; Undefeated (2-0-1) in three straight
Current Streak vs. RPI On The Road: Tied 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Video: America One
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Courtesy of Rensselaer Athletic Communications
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Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-10-5, 7-7-4 ECAC Hockey) at#8/8 Union Dutchmen (17-6-7, 11-3-4 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 • 7 PM

Messa Rink • Schenectady N.Y.
Series vs. Union: 9-9-3
Record At Messa Rink vs. Union: 4-4-2
Last Time QU Faced Union: T, 2-2 (OT) (Dec. 2, 2011 - Hamden,Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Union: March 12, 2010 (3-2 (5 OT) ECAC Hockey Quarters, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Union On The Road: March 12, 2010 (3-2 (5 OT) ECAC Hockey Quarters, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Current Streak vs. Union: Tied 2
Current Streak vs. Union On The Road: Tied 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: Courtesy of Union Athletic Communications
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Down The Stretch
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will travel to New York's Capital District for its final road trip of the 2011-12 regular season. The Bobcats will face Rensselaer on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Houston Field House and nationally-ranked #8/8 Union on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., which is also being aired live on Time Warner Cable.

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for both games this weekend. Bobcat fans can access the live audiostream on the web at www.WQUN.com or by clicking the "Audio" link at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Audio is also available on all mobile devices/smart phones from the official Quinnipiac Athletics app, as well as Shoutcast and TuneIn Radio.

Live video, audio and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Last Time Out For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac split a second-straight ECAC Hockey weekend with a loss to St. Lawrence on Friday, Feb. 10 before bouncing back with a wild 7-6 win at Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 11. Quinnipiac staged a comeback that unfortunately fell short against St. Lawrence, erasing a four-goal deficit to score three times in the third period to pull within a 4-3 loss. On Saturday night at Clarkson, Quinnipiac overcame Golden Knights' leads of 2-0 and 6-4 before scoring the game's last three goals in a 7-6 win.

All-Time Against Rensselaer
The Bobcats won the last meeting between the two teams when Yuri Bouharevich sniped the puck past RPI goalie Scott Diebold with two seconds on the clock to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 win at home on Dec. 3. To date, Quinnipiac is 6-5-6 in 17 games all-time against the Engineers, and are currently riding a three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2) against RPI. At Houston Field House, Quinnipiac is 4-3-2 all-time.

Scouting The Engineers
Rensselaer is currently 8-19-3 overall and 5-10-3 in ECAC Hockey play. The Engineers are led by Brock Higgs, who has posted a team-best 16 assists to go along with a team-leading 18 points. Nick Bailen slots in behind Higgs on the scoring list with five goals and 12 assists for 17 points, while CJ Lee and Ryan Haggerty are tied for the team lead with six goals apiece. In goal, Bryce Merriam is 7-14-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

All-Time Against Union
In 21 meetings all-time against Union, Quinnipiac is 9-9-3, but have not defeated the Dutchmen in their last five match-ups. Quinnipiac's last win against Union was a memorable on, as the Bobcats won a five-overtime thriller, 3-2, in the first game of the 2009-10 ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals in the longest game in college hockey history. The Bobcats tied the Dutchment 2-2, on their home ice on Dec. 2, and are 4-4-2 all time in Schenectady.

Scouting The #8/8 Dutchmen
Nationally-ranked No. 8/8 Union, also in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings, is 17-6-7 overall and 11-3-4 in ECAC Hockey play. Union is riding a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) and lost just once, 3-2 to Brown on Jan. 21, in their last 10 games. The Dutchmen are led by Kelly Zajac, who has tallied team highs in assists (29) and points (37). Wayne Simpson (16-12-28), Jeremy Welsh (19-8-27), Daniel Carr (12-14-26), Mat Bodie (8-15-23) and Kyle Bodie (4-17-21) are the Dutchmen's top offensive threats. In goal, Troy Grosenick is 14-4-3 with a NCAA Division I leading 1.58 goals against average and a .940 save percentage.

Highway To Kell
Kellen Jones led Quinnipiac to a wild 7-6 ECAC Hockey win against Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 11 when he totaled a career-best five points, including his first career hat trick.

Hat Trick Facts
Jones' three-goal performance was the Bobcats' second hat trick of the season, following Jeremy Langlois' three-timer against Canisius on Oct. 15, and 26th all-time while Jones' five points were the most this season. In a back-and-forth battle against the Golden Knights, Jones scored twice in the second period to pull Quinnipiac within a goal before tying the game late in the third period. He also assisted on the game-winning goal from Loren Barron.

Five Point Facts
Jones' five-point night was the first at Quinnipiac since Nov. 14, 2008 when Bryan Leitch had three goals and two assists in a win at Union.

For the year, Kellen is the only player in the Bobcats' line-up to reach double digits in goals (10) and assists (15) to date, while his 25 points are second among all Quinnipiac skaters.

The OTHER Jones
Not to be out-done by twin Kellen, Connor Jones had a goal in the Bobcats' 4-3 loss to St. Lawrence and three assists in Quinnipiac's 7-6 thriller at Clarkson. Jones leads the team in points (31) and assists (24) as well as multiple point games (8).

It's Like A Fresh(man) Start
In a wild 7-6 ECAC Hockey win against Clarkson on Saturday night, Matthew Peca had a goal and two assists for a career-best three points. Peca scored the game-tying goal to end the first period and also assited on two of Kellen Jones' three goals, including the game-tying goal with less than six minutes to play in regulation. The first-year Bobcat has accumulated seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points this season.

The Goal Scorer
Jeremy Langlois found the back of the net in both of Quinnipiac's games last weekend, and has now scored in four of the Bobcats' last six games. With 19 goals on the year, Langlois has surpassed his career-best of 18 from 2010-11 and sits a goal short of becoming the first Bobcat to reach the 20-goal mark since 2008-09 when David Marshall tallied 22 markers.

Elite Company
Quinnipiac is one of 13 NCAA Division I schools to have at least 11 players reach double-digit point totals to date. The 11 are the most among all ECAC Hockey schools as well.

The Defensemen Are Getting Offensive
Quinnipiac is one of five teams in the nation - along with Ohio State, UMass, Merrimack and North Dakota - to feature four or more defensemen to reach double figures in scoring.

Everybody Gets One
20 Different Quinnipiac skaters have scored for the Bobcats this season, the second most in NCAA Division I hockey.

The Penalty Kill Is Working
Quinnipiac is currently tied for second on the penalty kill, their highest ranking since Quinnipiac finished the 2004-05 season ranked 4th in the nation.