February 24, 2012

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Brown For Senior Night On Friday, Feb. 24; Yale For Heroes Hat On Saturday, Feb. 25 On SNY At 7 PM

Quinnipiac Bobcats (16-11-5, 8-8-4 ECAC Hockey) vs
Brown Bears (8-15-4, 5-12-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center • Hamden, Conn.

Series vs. Brown: 10-4-3
Record At Home vs. Brown: 8-1-1
Last Time QU Faced Brown: T, 2-2 (Jan. 7, 2012 - Providence, R.I.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Brown:  W, 4-0 (3/5/11-ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round - Hamden, Conn.)
Current Streak vs. Brown: Tied 1; Undefeated in six straight (3-0-3)
Current Streak vs. Brown At Home: Won 2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Free Video (Available on iPhones, iPads, Androids, Kindle Fires, PC & Macs): QuinnipiacBobcats.tv
Live Stats:
http://livestats.prestosports.com/quinnipiac/
Live Stats (Available on all mobile devices): Collegehockeyinc.com

Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-10-5, 7-7-4 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Yale Bulldogs (12-13-2, 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 • 7:07 PM
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center • Hamden, Conn.

Series vs. Yale:7-5-1
Record At Home vs. Yale: 3-2-1
Last Time QU Faced Yale: W, 2-1 (1/6/12 - New Haven, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Yale: W, 2-1 (1/6/12 - New Haven, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Yale At Home: 4-3; 2/27/10
Current Streak vs. Yale: Won 1
Current Streak vs. Yale At Home: Lost 1
Television: SportsNet NY (SNY)
Audio
: AM 1220 WQUN
Free Video (Available on iPhones, iPads, Androids, Kindle Fires, PC & Macs)
: QuinnipiacBobcats.tv
Live Stats:
http://livestats.prestosports.com/quinnipiac/
Live Stats (Available on all mobile devices): Collegehockeyinc.com

Senior Night And The Heroes Hat
It will be an eventful weekend at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center, as the men's ice hockey team hosts Brown on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. with pre-game Senior Night festivities included. On Saturday, Feb. 25, all of New Haven County's hockey enthusiasts will have their eyes focused on the Bank as Yale comes to town for a 7 p.m. tilt in a game that can also be seen live on SportsNet New York (SNY).

Senior Night
Quinnipiac will honor Yuri Bouharevich, Kevin Bui, Dan Clarke, Mike Glaicar, Spencer HeichmanJake Whiting and Scott Zurevinksi on Friday, Feb. 24 as the senior class plays their final regular-season games as High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. 

                                                                                                          Heroes Hat
The 10th Annual Heroes Hat game between Quinnipiac and Yale is set for a 7 p.m. start at High Point Solutions Arena. Quinnipiac won the first eight Heroes Hat before Yale won last season's match-up. The presentation of the Heroes Hat will take place following the game. The Heroes Hat was established in honor of those who risked or lost their lives following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It remembers Joseph Mascali (FDNY/Staten Island 5), father of former Quinnipiac golfer Chris Mascali '05, Jennifer Mascali '02 and current sophomore Katie Mascali '14.

Don's Hat Rack
Bobcat fans attending Saturday night's game are encouraged to bring a hat to donate to Don's Hat Rack. Don's Hat Rack was created in 1999 in memory of Donald Perrotti who lost his battle to cancer. The hat rack is located in Yale New Haven Children's Hospital where Don spent 6 years of his life.

Check Your Dials
Saturday night's game against Yale will air live on SportsNet New York (SNY), where available. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play, accomopanied by Rich Coppola with the color commentary. As always, Bill Mecca will have the sideline report.

On The Airwaves
Paul Pacelli 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.

Multimedia
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 its third-straight ECAC Hockey weekend with a 3-1 win against Rensselaer on Friday, Feb. 17 before a 5-2 loss to Union on Saturday, Feb. 18.

All-Time Against Brown
Quinnipiac and Brown have squared-off 17 times since their first meeting on Jan.6, 2006, with Quinnipiac posting a 10-4-2 record against the Bears. The two teams traded wins over their first four games, with the home team winning each. Quinnipiac then won five straight in the match-up before Brown won two straight. Quinnipiac has held the edge in the last six games, posting a 3-0-3 mark, which also included a pair of 4-0 victories in a sweep of last season's ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series. Quinnipiac is 8-1-1 all-time at home, including a 6-1-1 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center, and 2-3-2 all-time at Brown's Meehan Auditorium.

Scouting The Bears
Brown is currently 8-15-4 overall and 5-12-3 in ECAC Hockey. Brown has won just once in its last 10 games (1-8-1), with its last win coming against Union, 3-2, on Jan. 21. Jack Maclellan leads the Bears  in goals (15), assists (14) and points (29), while Ryan Jacobson checks in with 10 goals and eight assists for the year. Bobby Farnham (6-12-18), Matt Lorito (4-12-16) and Dennis Robertson (2-12-13) round out the Bears top-five scorers. In goal, Mike Clemente is 7-13-2 with a 2.76 goals-against average with a .903 save percentage.

All-Time Against Yale
Quinnipiac is 7-5-1 all-time against Yale dating back to its first meeting against the Bulldogs on Jan. 8, 2006. Quinnipiac lost that game, 4-3, before rattling off five straight wins. Since the 2009-10 season, Yale holds the advantage with wins in four of the last seven meetings between the two teams, which also features two ties. Quinnipiac's last win against Yale came on earlier this season when the Bobcats upset the Bulldogs, nationally-ranked 20th at the time, 2-1 at Ingalls Rink. Quinnipiac's last win on its home ice came in a 4-3 decision on Feb. 27, 2010.

Scouting The Bulldogs
Yale was a consensus preseason Top-10 selection in the USCHO.com Division I and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I polls, and were ranked 20th when the Bobcats defeated the Bulldogs at Ingalls Rink earlier this season. Yale is currently 12-13-2 overall and 9-10-1 in ECAC Hockey play. Following its loss to Quinnipiac, Yale went 1-4-1 in its next six games through Jan. 27, but have won four of its last seven games, including at weekend sweep against Dartmouth, 5-3, and Harvard, 7-1, in their latest ECAC Hockey action. Brian O'Neill paces the Bulldogs' offense with a team-best 18 goals and 36 points while Andrew Miller leads Yale with 24 assists to go along with six goals. Kenny Agostino is close behind with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points while Antoine Laganiere has tallied 10 goals and 13 assists. In goal, Jeff Malcolm is 9-11-2 with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

ECAC Hockey Tournament Scenarios:
With the final weekend of ECAC Hockey play here, here is a look at the playoff scenarios as they stand now:

TEAM POSSIBLE SEEDING WHAT THEY NEED
UNION 1-2 clinched bye, needs 3 pts to clinch No. 1 seed
CORNELL 1-2 clinched bye, needs 4 pts to clinch No. 1 seed
COLGATE 3-7 clinched home ice, needs 2 pts to clinch bye
CLARKSON 3-8 clinched home ice, needs 3 pts to clinch bye
HARVARD 3-9 needs 4 pts to clinch bye, 1 pt to clinch home ice
QUINNIPIAC 3-9 needs 2 pts to clinch home ice
ST. LAWRENCE 3-9 needs 3 pts to clinch home ice
YALE 4-9 needs 2 pts to clinch home ice
DARTMOUTH 5-11  
PRINCETON 9-12 will travel first round
RENSSELAER 9-12 will travel first round
BROWN 10-12 will travel first round
  • Union and Cornell will be the top two seeds with the positioning to be determined this weekend. Six teams are still vying for the final two first-round byes with three (Colgate, Harvard, Clarkson) controlling its own destinies. It has been determined that Princeton, RPI and Brown will finish in the bottom four and will be on the road the first weekend of postseason play.
  • The top four teams get first-round byes, while No. 5-8 host No. 9-12, winners advance to No. 1-4 for quarterfinals.

Two Grinders, For The Road
Perpetual-work-horses-in-motion Cory Hibbeler and Reese Rolheiser led the Bobcats' offense in their ECAC Weekend split at Rensselaer and Union. Hibbeler and Rolheiser both had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats' 3-1 win against RPI, while Hibbeler found the back of the net against Union, while Rolheiser picked up an apple.

The Offensive Defenseman
Zack Currie scored what stood up as the game-winner against RPI, for his defense-leading eighth goal of the season. Currie's eighth goal is the most by a Quinnipiac defenseman since Matt Sorteborg scored eight times during the 2004-05 season.

Before You Ask...
The Quinnipiac record for goals by a defenseman is held by Wade Winkler, who scored 14 times during the 2002-03 season. Reid Cashman's 13 goals in 2004-05 rank 2nd while Dan Ennis slots into the third spot with nine, also in the 2002-03 season.

Actually...They're All Getting In On It
For the first time in Quinnipiac history, defensemen Loren Barron (7-11-18), Currie (8-7-15), Zach Tolkinen (3-10-13) and Zach Davies (2-11-13) give the Bobcats four blue-liners ranked among the team's top-10 scorers.

The Bobcats At The Bank
Quinnipiac is 57-33-11 (.599) in 101 games at the TD Bank Sports Center, since its first game, a 7-0 win against Holy Cross, on Jan. 28, 2007. Quinnipiac's 100th Men's Ice Hockey Game at the TD Bank Sports Center will fall on Feb. 3, 2012 against Harvard.

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.

Double-Double
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.

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 third (89%) on the penalty kill, their highest ranking since Quinnipiac finished the 2004-05 season ranked 4th in the nation.