#9 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Returns To The Ice To Host #12/13 Neb.-Omaha On Dec. 29-30
All-Time Series vs. UNO: 2-1-1
Record vs. Nebraska-Omaha at Home: 2-0-0
Last Time QU Faced Nebraska-Omaha: L, 1-4 (Dec. 31, 2011)
Current Streak vs. UNO: Lost 1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Closing The Year
No. 9/9 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will host nationally-ranked No. 12/13 Nebraska-Omaha for a two-game series on Dec. 29-30, with both games set for a 12 p.m. start, at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Quinnipiac has climbed to its highest rankings - No. 9 in the USCHO.com Division I poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll - since the 2009-10 season. The Bobcats have now been ranked in both polls for the last three weeks, while also holding down a spot in USCHO's Top 20 for the fifth straight week.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac ran its unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-1) while also remaining perfect in ECAC Hockey play with a pair of wins against Princeton on Dec. 7-8. Quinnipiac defeated Princeton at home on Dec. 7, 3-1, before completing the sweep on Saturday, Dec. 8 with a 3-0 win at Hobey Baker Rink.
What's Up Next
Following this weekend's two-game set against the Maverick's of Nebraska-Omaha, Quinnipiac will play five games in January - all at home. The Bobcats host Dartmouth and Harvard on Jan. 4-5, respectively, followed by RPI on Jan. 11 and Union on Jan. 12. Quinnipiac will they play its final non-conference game of the season against UConn on Jan. 22.
On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for both games against Nebraska-Omaha 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 audio and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Set Your Dials
Three of Quinnipiac's five games in the month of January can be seen live. The Bobcats will host Dartmouth on Jan. 4 and Harvard on Jan. 5, with both games available on NESN-HD. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Quinnipiac's game against UConn can be seen on WCCT-TV, where available.
Scouting the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
Nebraska-Omaha comes to Hamden this weekend with an overall record of 11-6-1, including a 7-4-1 record in WCHA play. The Mavericks are currently ranked 12th in USCHO.com Division I poll and 13th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Nebraska-Omaha has split its last three series against Minnesota, St. Cloud and Minnesota State after sweeping three-straight series from Michigan Tech, Minnesota-Duluth and Alabama-Huntsville. Ryan Walters leads the team in goals (10), assists (16) and points (26), as well as three power-play goals. Dominic Zombo checks in with seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points while Josh Archibald has tallied seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points. In goal, John Faulkner is 9-2-1 with a .897 save percentage and a 2.61 goals-against average. Anthony Stolarz has seen some playing time as of late, holding a .911 save percentage and a 2.15 goals-against average.
All-Time Against Nebraska-Omaha
Quinnipiac and Nebraska-Omaha have played four times, with the Bobcats holding a 2-1-1 edge. Quinnipiac swept the first two games of the series, 3-2 and 4-3 on Dec. 30-31, 2010 in Hamden, Conn. The two teams would meet against in 2011, with both playing to a draw in the first game, 2-2 on Dec. 30, 2011, before UNO responded with a 4-1 on Dec. 31.
Sweeps WeekIn taking both games of its two-game, home-and-away series against Princeton, Quinnipiac swept its first opponent of the season. The Bobcats took the first game of the series, 3-1 at home, before playing the Tigers on their own ice, 3-0.
Quinnipiac currently boasts the top-ranked defense in the country, allowing just 1.47 goals per game. Quinnipiac has allowed two or fewer goals in each of its last 11 games, including three shutouts.
Put The Biscuit In The Basket
While the Bobcats have shown quite a bit on defense, its offense has improved as of late. Quinnipiac has scored three or more goals in eight of its last 10 games, including four games with four or more goals.
Quinnipiac has not allowed a power-play goal in four straight games, and has given up just one in its last six contests. For the year, Quinnipiac penalty kill ranks third nationally at 94.8% (73-77).
Bobcats Showing Depth
Of the 22 skaters to hit the ice for Quinnipiac, 20 have registered a point, with 16 of those 22 scoring a goal in Quinnipiac's first 17 games.
Quinnipiac senior Jeremy Langlois currently leads ECAC Hockey in goals (7) and points (11) in league play for a 1.38 point-per-game average.
Senior Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) currently ranks 10th in ECAC Hockey points with four goals and four assists for eight points. Goodman's three game-winning goals also rank second in league play.
Langlois scored twice in the Bobcats' 3-1 win against Princeton, giving him his team-leading fourth multiple-goal game of the season and 14th of his career. On the following night, a 3-0 win against the Tigers, Mike Dalhuisen picked up his second career two-goal game to lead the Bobcats. It was the first time this season that two different players scored twice in back-to-back games.
The Goal Scorer
Langlois' two goals against Princeton give him 53 for his career - the second most among all active NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players. In addition, Langlois is one of five active players with 50 career goals.
Active Leading Goal Scorers, NCAA Division I
1. 54 Jordan George, Bemidji
2. 53 Jeremy Langlois,Quinnipiac
3. 52 Anders Lee, Notre Dame
T4. 50 Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud
Danny Kristo, North Dakota
Senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) recorded his fourth shutout of the season against Princeton on Dec. 8, which was also his ninth career clean-sheet and his 40th career win. Hartzell now joins. Hartzell's 40 career wins rank fourth all-time at Quinnipiac.
The Big Goalie
Eric Hartzell is currently tied with Notre Dame's Steven Summerhays with a Division I - leading 12 wins for the year. Hartzell's .812 winning percentage (12-2-2) rank second among all Division I goalies. His 1.29 goals-against average also ranks second while his .937 save percentage is good for 11th nationally.
Respect The Streak
Quinnipiac's 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) is the second longest in program history and just the fourth time the Bobcats have gone 10 or more games without a loss.
Longest Unbeaten Streaks In Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey History
11 11/1/97 - 12/13/97 (10-0-1)
11 11/25/84 - 1/18/85 (11-0-0)
10 11/9/12 - 12/8/12 (9-0-1)
10 12/1/07 - 1/19/08 (9-0-1)
College Hockey News Team of the Week
Quinnipiac was honored by CollegeHockeyNews.com as the national Team of the Week, as announced by the website on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Quinnipiac shocked No. 7/8 Union, 4-0, on Friday, Nov. 30 on the Dutchmen's home ice before breaking a 1-1 tie late against Rensselaer to pull out a 3-1 win and extend its unbeaten streak to eight games. In addition, the first place Bobcats ran their perfect ECAC Hockey record to 6-0-0.
Hogan Hockey/ECAC Hockey Monthly Awards
Eric Hartzell was named the Hogan Hockey/ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month for November, as announced on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Senior Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) was also nominated for Player of the Month while freshman Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) was nominated for Rookie of the Month.
Matthew Peca scored the game-winner against RPI on Saturday, Dec. 1, while the Bobcats were on the penalty kill, skating 3-on-5. In Quinnipiac's Division I history, there have been 11 shorthanded, game-winning goals. Peca joins Mike Atkinson as the only players to score two shorthanded, game-winning goals in their careers while Peca is the first to do it three times. To date, Peca has the last three - on Saturday against RPI; Oct. 20 against Ohio State; and against Robert Morris on Oct. 22, 2011.
It's Been A Long Time
The Bobcats' 3-2 OT win against Colgate on Nov. 9 was thier first overtime win since Quinnipiac beat Union in the ECAC Hockey Tournament on Mar. 3, 2010. (That game last five overtimes and stands as the longest game in NCAA history.)
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