No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats (17-11-6, 9-8-5 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 12 Brown Bears (8-16-5, 5-13-4 ECAC Hockey)
ECAC Hockey Championship First Round • Mar. 2-4, 2012 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center • Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Brown: 11-4-3
Record At Home vs. Brown: 9-1-1
Record vs. Brown In ECAC Hockey Tournament: 4-0-0
Last Time QU Faced Brown: W, 4-1 (Feb. 24, 2012 - Hamden, Conn.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Brown: W, 4-1 (Feb. 24, 2012 - Hamden, Conn.)
Current Streak vs. Brown: Won 1; Undefeated in seven straight (4-0-3)
Current Streak vs. Brown At Home: Won 3
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/quinnipiac/
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ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round
5th-Seed Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will host 12th-Seed Brown on March 2-4 in a best-of-three game series for the First Round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats finished the year at 17-11-6 overall, for head coach Rand Pecknold's 16th winning season in 18 years behind the Bobcats' bench, while also posting a 9-8-5 ECAC Hockey mark, good for 23 points and fifth place in the league standings. Brown finished the regular season at 8-16-5 overall and 5-13-4 in league play.
ECAC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
FIRST-ROUND (Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4 - Best-of-three)
No. 12 Brown at No. 5 Quinnipiac
No. 11 Princeton at No. 6 Yale
No. 10 Rensselaer at No. 7 Clarkson
No. 9 Dartmouth at No. 8 St. Lawrence
QUARTERFINALS (Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11 - Best-of-three)
TBD at No. 1 Union
TBD at No. 2 Cornell
TBD at No. 3 Harvard
TBD at No. 4 Colgate
FRIDAY, MARCH 16 (SEMIFINALS)
Semifinal No. 1 - 4 p.m.; Semifinal No. 2 - 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 (THIRD-PLACE & CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Third-Place Game - 4 p.m.
Championship Game - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac and Brown have faced each other in the opening round of the ECAC Hockey tournament twice, with the Bobcats sweeping the Bears in 2008 and against in 2011. Last season, Quinnipiac defeated Brown in both games of their best-of-three set, 4-0, while in their previous meetings, Quinnipiac won 7-6 in overtime and 7-1.
The Bobcats In The ECAC Hockey Tournament
Since joining ECAC Hockey in 2005-06, Quinnipiac is the only program among the league's 12 members to win a postseason series in each season. The Bobcats have compiled a 19-13 record all-time and have advanced past the first round in each season to the tune of a 12-2 mark in six series dating back to their inaugural season.
On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for this weekend's series. 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. America One will broadcast the webstream at B2LiveTV.com.
Last Time Out For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac posted a 1-0-1 mark last weekend to clinch the fifth seed in this weekend's ECAC Hockey Tournament. The Bobcats' edged Brown, 4-1, on Friday, Feb. 24 before finishing up the regular season with a 2-2 tie against Yale on Saturday, Feb. 25.
All-Time Against Brown
Quinnipiac and Brown have squared-off 18 times since their first meeting on Jan.6, 2006, with Quinnipiac posting a 11-4-3 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 seven games, posting a 4-0-3 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 8-16-5 overall and 5-13-4 in ECAC Hockey. Brown is 0-8-2 in its last 10 games, 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 (6-13-19), Matt Lorito (4-12-16) and Dennis Robertson (2-13-15) round out the Bears top-five scorers. In goal, Mike Clemente is 7-13-3 with a 2.72 goals-against average with a .904 save percentage.
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey freshman Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on Wednesday, Feb. 29, as announced by the league office. The award is Peca's second of the season after he won the honor on Oct. 24, 2011.
Quinnipiac's February Athlete of the Month
Peca also had an impressive month, leading the team with 12 points on a goal and 11 assists, while also posting a team-best four multiple-point games. He had a pair of assists against Harvard before recording a one-goal, two-assist performance in a 7-6 win at Clarkson. His other multiple-point games came against Brown (4 assists) and Yale (2 assists), respectively.
Peca had an unbelievable weekend against Brown and Yale as he became the first Quinnipiac player in University history to record an assist on six consecutive goals and also the first to record an assist on every goal the Bobcats scored on the weekend.
Keep It Going, Kid
Peca is currently a finalist for the ECAC Hockey's Rookie of the Year award and currently sits at 30 points in his first season, good for second place among all Bobcat skaters, on the power of 23 assists. Peca is just the fourth player in program history to reach 30 points in his first season and the fifth to reach 20 assists. The last player to hit both marks was Bryan Leitch in 2005-06.
Jones' Note, Part 1
Kellen Jones teamed with Peca to factor into all four of Quinnipiac's goals in its 4-1 victory against Brown on Friday. The second-year Bobcat tallied two goals and two assists in the win. For the year, Kellen is one of three Bobcats with 30 points to date, and is the only Quinnipiac skater to reach double figures in goals (12) and assists (18).
Jones' Note, Part 2
Kellen's twin brother, Connor, currently leads Quinnipiac in assists (26) and points (35), both career highs in his young career. Connor also leads Quinnipiac with 11 multiple-point games after posting identical one-goal, one-assist nights against Brown and Yale last weekend. More than half of his 35 points, 18 to be exact, have come in his last 14 games played.