November 30, 2012

No. 16 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Travels To No. 7/8 Union and Rensselaer

Game #14 : #16 Quinnipiac at #7/8 Union  
Nov. 30, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Messa Rink (Schenectady, N.Y.)


QU All-Time vs. Union:
9-10-3
Last Time...
QU Faced Union: L, 2-5(Feb. 18, 2012, Schenectady, N.Y.)
QU Defeated Union: W, 3-2 (5OT) (Mar. 12, 2010, Schenectady, N.Y.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. Union: Lost 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN (Bill Schweizer, Chris Kotsopoulos)
Video: UnionAthletics.tv
Live Stats: livestats.prestosports.com/union/

Game #15:  #16 Quinnipiac at Rensselaer
Dec. 1 2012 • 7 p.m.
Houston Field House (Troy, N.Y.)


QU All-Time vs. Rensselaer:
7-5-6
Last Time... 
QU Faced Rensselaer: W, 3-1 (Feb. 17, 2012, Troy, N.Y.)
QU Defeated Rensselaer: W, 3-1 (Feb. 17, 2012, Troy, N.Y.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. Rensselaer: Won 2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN (Bill Schweizer, Chris Kotsopoulos)
Video: rpitv.org/
Live Stats: livestats.prestosports.com/rensselaer/

Complete Game Notes In PDF Format

Bobcats In The Capital District
No. 16 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will travel to New York's Capital District to take on No. 7/8 Union and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively, with both ECAC Hockey match-ups set for a 7 p.m start. 

Poll Jumping
The Bobcats jumped two spots to No. 16 in the USCHO.com Division I poll and also received the 16th-most votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) with a road win at Providence, 2-0, and a tie at UMass. Connor Jones scored twice agaisnt Providence, with a pair of assists from twin brother Kellen, while Bryce Van Brabant and Mike Dalhuisen scored against UMass. 

What's Up Next
Following this weekend's action at Union and RPI, Quinnipiac will host Princeton on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena before traveling to the Tigers' Hobey Baker Rink on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats are then idle until Dec. 29-30 when they host Nebraska Omaha for a two-game, non-conference series. 

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for Tuesday's game at Providence. 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 audio and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Scouting the No. 7/8 Union College Dutchmen
Union is currently 8-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in ECAC Hockey play. The Dutchmen are ranked 7th in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and 8th in the USCHO.com Division I poll. Union opened the season with a 4-1 loss to Merrimack, but have lost just once in its last 10 games (8-1-1) - a 3-2 loss to Dartmouth on Nov. 10. Last weekend, Union swept Penn State, 2-0 and 4-1. Seniors Kyle Bodie and Wayne Simpson lead the Dutchmen, who carry four double-digit scorers and seven players with nine points or more. Bodie boasts a team-best 12 assists to go along with three goals for a team-high 15 points while Simpson has scored a team-best seven goals to pair with six assists for 13 points. In goal, Troy Grosenick has logged 2/3 of the minutes between the pipes, posting a 5-1-1 record with a 2.20 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Colin Stevens filled in for Grosenick while the latter was injured, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 1.08 GAA and a .951 save percentage. Both figures rank 2nd among all Division I goalies. 

All-Time Against Union
In 22 meetings all-time against Union, Quinnipiac is 9-10-3, but have not defeated the Dutchmen in their last six match-ups. Quinnipiac's last win against Union was a memorable one, 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 Dutchmen, 2-2, on their home ice on Dec. 2, 2011 and are 4-5-2 all time in Schenectady.

Scouting The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers
RPI is coming off a non-conference, weekend sweep of Mercyhurst, 4-2 and 4-1, that snapped a seven-game stretch that left the Engineers without a win. Prior to last weekend, RPI's last win came against Ferris State on Friday, Oct. 12. The Engineers are currently 3-1-1 for the year at Houston Field House. Jacob Laliberte leads RPI in goals (5) and points (11) while his six assists rank second in the RPI line-up. Matt Neal leads that category, with seven helpers for the year to go-along with three goals for 10 points. Senior Nick Bailen checks-in with four goals and five assists for nine points. In goal, Bryce Merriam and Scott Diebold have split time. Merriam is 1-3-1 with a .889 save percentage and a 3.47 GAA while Diebold is 1-2-1 with a 3.35 GAA and a .867 save percentage. Freshman Jason Kasdorf got his first career start last weekend, holding Mercyhurst to one goal in 60 minutes while stopping 30 of 31 shots on goal. 

All-Time Against Rensselaer
The Bobcats swept RPI last season, defeating the Engineers, 3-2, at home on Dec. 3, 11. before winning at Houston Field House, 3-1, on Feb. 17, 2012. To date, Quinnipiac is 7-5-6 in 18 games all-time against the Engineers, and are currently riding a four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) against RPI. At Houston Field House, Quinnipiac is 5-3-2 all-time.
Shutout FactsAgainst Providence last week, Goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped all 24 of the Friars' shots on goal for his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career. Hartzell is now tied with Jamie Holden for second in career shutouts at Quinnipiac, trailing Bud Fisher's program record of nine. 

The Bryce Is Right
Quinnipiac sophomore Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Ontario) scored his first goal of the season in the Bobcats' 2-2 tie at UMass. Van Brabant now has a goal and two assists for the year, as well as five goals and five assists for 10 points for his career.

Get The Point?
Against UMass, Mike Dalhuisen  (Nymegen, Holland) scored the game-tying goal seven minutes into the third period before the Bobcats put the clamps on the game to hold down a tie on the road. Dalhuisen's three goals are a team-high among all defenseman. 

Good Week Hartzy
Hartzell had a solid week for the Bobcats, posting a 1-0-1 record with a 0.96 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage. He allowed two goals against UMass after blanking Providence and stopped 51 of 53 shots on goal. 

Pretty Good Month Too
For November, Hartzell is currently 5-0-1 with a 1.47 GAA and a .922 save percentage heading into the final game of the month on Friday against Union. Hartzell has allowed nine goals over six games, four of which have come on the power play. 

The Connecticut Kid
Jordan Samuels-Thomas, a native of Windsor, Conn., got off to a slow start to his Bobcat career. Despite scoring the game-winner in the Bobcats' season-opener at Maine, it served as his only point in his first six games. Since then, Samuels-Thomas has two goals and four assists in the last seven games.

Welcome Back Connor
Quinnipiac junior assistant captain Connor Jones missed six straight games prior to last weekend with an injury. In his first weekend back, Jones posted two points with an assist against Clarkson and his first goal of the year against No. 16 St. Lawrence. He followed with a two-goal performance against Providence, giving him three goals in his last two games. 

TWIIIIIINS
Kellen Jones set-up both of twin brother Connor's goals in the Bobcats win at Providence. Kellen now has four assists, to go along with a goal, for five points on the year. 

Lucky Number 13
Freshman Zach Luczyk, number 13 in your programs, found his way into the scoring column at Providence for his first career point. Luczyk set-up Connor Jones on the latter's second power play goal of the game. 

Everybody's Getting In On This
Of the 22 different players that have skated for Quinnipiac over its current six-game unbeaten streak, 21 have picked up a point in that span. 

All-Time Goals Scored
Langlois' 49 career goals put him in a tie for 10th place at the Division I level and 17th all-time at Quinnipiac with Matt Froehlich '05. 

Active National Leaders
Jeremy Langlois is one of 13 active players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with 40 career goals. Langlois currently ranks second among all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players with 49 career goals. Only one active player, nationally, has reached 50 career goals in Bemidji State's Jordan George (52).

The Saint
Freshman stand-out Travis St. Denis led Quinnipiac in scoring last weekend, totaling four points - all on assists- in wins against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. St. Denis posted back-to-back two-assist outings for the weekend. 

Nice Job Rook
St. Denis' weekend in the North Country made him the first Bobcat with a four-point weekend to his credit this season. 

We Got A Couple Of First Timers Here!
Four different Bobcats scored their first goals of the season this at Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Zach Davies scored against Clarkson, while Alex Barron, Connor Jones and Zach Currie lit the lamp against St. Lawrence. Additionally, Kevin Bui and Dan Federico scored their first points of the season - both tallying two assists apiece against St. Lawrence. 

The Trip Up North
Quinnipiac knocked off Clarkson, 5-2 on Nov. 16, and St. Lawrence, 6-2 on N-ov. 17, for its first weekend sweep in the North Country since 2008.

Spell Broken
Quinnipiac's 6-2 win against St. Lawrence snapped a four-game losing streak to the Saints, which was Quinnipiac's longest active winless streak against an ECAC Hockey opponent to date. 

WE'RE STREAKING
Quinnipiac's six-game unbeaten streak is the Bobcats' longest since the 2009 season when Quinnipiac rattled off eight consecutive wins from Nov. 6-28. 

Giant Killers?
Quinnipiac improved to 3-0-0 against ranked opponents with a 6-2 upset of No. 16 St. Lawrence. Quinnipiac previously defeated then-ranked No. 16 Maine, 2-1, to open the season and No. 4 Cornell on Nov. 10. 

CONTACT: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)