#5 Bobcats' ECAC Hockey Match-ups Against #8 Dartmouth and Harvard This Weekend Can Be Seen Live on NESN

Game #20 : #5 Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-3-2, 8-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
#8 Dartmouth Big Green (8-3-2, 4-1-1 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Dartmouth: 10-7-1
All-Time vs. Dartmouth at Home: 8-2-0
The Last Time...QU Faced Dartmouth: W, 2-1 (Feb. 4, 2012, Hamden, Conn.) 

Game #21: #5 Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-3-2, 8-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs 
Harvard Crimson (4-5-1, 3-3-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Harvard: 6-8-3
All-Time vs. Harvard at Home: 4-0-3
The Last Time... QU Faced Harvard: L, 3-6 (Feb. 3, 2012, Cambridge, Mass.)

A Return To ECAC Hockey Play
Nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will return to ECAC Hockey action when it hosts No. 8 Dartmouth on Friday, Jan. 4 and Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 5, with both games set for a 7 p.m. start. 

On The Tube
Both games this weekend can be seen live on New England Sports Network (NESN). Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play with Rich Coppola providing color commentary and Billy Mecca with 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. 

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 on television. 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. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1) with two-game sweep of Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday, Dec. 29 (5-4) and Sunday, Dec. 30 (3-1). 

What's Up Next
Following this weekend's series against Dartmouth and Harvard, Quinnipiac will host Rensselaer on Jan. 11 and Union on Jan. 12. Quinnipiac will thenplay its final non-conference game of the season against UConn on Jan. 22. 

Poll Jumping
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team continued to climb in the national rankings after bringing its NCAA leading unbeaten streak to a program record 12 games (11-0-1). Following a pair of wins against No. 12/13 Nebraska-Omaha, Quinnipiac moved to 5th in the USCHO.com Division I poll, as announced on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll was not compiled this week. As of Dec. 17, the last time it was published, Quinnipiac was ranked 9th. The Bobcats have now been ranked in both polls for the last four weeks, while also holding down a spot in USCHO's Top 20 for the sixth straight week. 

Against The Best
Quinnipiac improved to 6-0-0 on the year against ranked opponents while also improving to 14-3-2 overall - good for a NCAA Division I leading winning percentage of .789.

Respect The Streak
The Bobcats' 12-game unbeaten streak is also its longest since 2004-05 and is the longest in college hockey this season.All-Time Best RankingThe Bobcats' ranking this week is their highest since Nov. 30, 2009 when they reached the No. 4 slot in the USCHO.com poll and the 6th spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

Scouting The Dartmouth Big Green
Dartmouth is currently 8-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the ECAC Hockey standings, good for second place behind the Bobcats. Dartmouth was also ranked 8th in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, released on Monday, Dec. 31, following a 4-1 win against No. 2 New Hampshire on Sunday, Dec. 30 in the first game of the Ledyard Classic holiday tournament. Dartmouth followed that performance with a 3-2 loss to UMass in the championship game, snapping a three-game win streak for the Big Green. Dartmouth opened the year with a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) that saw a win and a tie against nationally-ranked Yale and a win against nationally-ranked Union. Dartmouth is 3-3-1 in its last seven games and boasts the seventh-best scoring offense (3.46 goals-per-game), 12th-best scoring defense (2.23) and hold the sixth best scoring margin (1.23) in teh country.  In addition, Dartmouth sits just ahead of Quinnipiac on the penalty kill at 94.3% (50-53) for second in the nation. Tyler Sikura leads Dartmouth in goals (8), assists (11) and points (19), while his 1.46 points-per-game rank fifth nationally.  Sikura's goals and assists per game also rank 10th nationally. Matt Lindblad (5-10-15) is averaging 1.25 PPG, good for 14th nationally, while Eric Robinson (8-5-13) checks in tied for 37th in NCAA Division I hockey. Robinson and Sikura also rank 10th in goals per game while Sikura and Lindblad rank 10th in assists per game.  In goal, Cab Morris has played a majority of the minutes for the Big Green, posting a 5-2-1 record with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. 

All-Time Against Dartmouth
Quinnipiac is 10-7-1 all-time against Dartmouth since their first meeting on Oct. 30, 2004 in Hanover, N.H. The Bobcats are 8-2-0 on their home ice, including a 6-2-0 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats have won three straight on their own sheet, with their last loss at home to the Big Green coming in the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round when Dartmouth took Game 2, 6-3, on Mar. 6, 2010. 

Scouting The Harvard Crimson
Harvard is currently 4-5-1 overall including a 3-3-0 mark in ECAC Hockey. The Crimson will play at Princeton on Friday, Jan. 4 before coming to High Point Solutions Arena on Saturday, Jan. 5. Harvard opened the year at 4-2-0 but have gone 0-3-1 in its last four games including a pair of shutouts at the hands of Colgate (1-0 on Nov. 17) and UMass Lowell (5-0 on Dec. 10). Freshman Jimmy Vesey leads Harvard in goals (5) and points (8) while Tommy O'Regan has passed out a team-high six assists to go along with one goal for seven points. Alex Fallstrom has two goals and three asssists for five points while Kyle Criscuolo's three goals and one assist have all come in ECAC Hockey play. In goal, Raphael Girard is 4-5-1 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. 

All-Time Against Harvard
Quinnipiac is 6-8-3 all-time against Harvard, dating back to the Bobcats' first ECAC Hockey game in program history at the Hartford Civic Center on Nov. 4, 2005, a 5-2 win for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac is 4-0-3 all-time against Harvard on its home ice, including a 3-0-3 record at the TD Bank Sports Center. 

Arnt Earns ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Honors
Senior Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn.) was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Arnt tallied a team-best two goals and one assist in a two-game series sweep of Nebraska Omaha, while also coming away from the two-game set as the only Bobcat to score in both games. Arnt had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats' 5-4 win on Saturday before following with a one-goal performance on Sunday. For the season, Arnt has four goals and four assists for eight points.

Big Ben
Arnt's two-point game on Saturday was his first of the season and his first since Jan. 16, 2011 when he tallied two assists in a win against Canisius. 

Everybody's Doing It
The Bobcats' 5-4 win against UNO on Saturday, Dec. 29 marked the first time since Feb. 24, 2012 that Quinnipiac featured three players with multiple-point games as Jordan Samuels-Thomas had two goals and an assist while Matthew Peca also had a goal and an assist. 

UNO Series Recap
In addition to Arnt's big weekend, Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) added a goal and an assist in the series while Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Windsor, Conn.) scored twice on Saturday, while also assisting on a third goal in the game. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had three assists for the weekend, while leading goal-scorer Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) had an assist in each game. Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) and Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) also had goals.

Another Monster Month
For the month of December, Eric Hartzell was 5-0-0 with a .941 save percentage and a 1.40 goals-against average. The 6-4 goalie stopped 111 of opponents 118 shots on goal. In three ECAC Hockey games, Hartzell was 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and a .962 save percentage. At RPI on Dec. 1, Hartzell stopped 21 of 22 in a 3-1 win. In a weekend series against Princeton, he stopped 11 of 12 in a 3-1 win at home before posting an 18-save shutout - his fourth of the season and 9th of his career to pull him into a tie for the most in QU history. Against No. 12/13 Nebraska-Omaha, Hartzell stopped 33 of 37 in a 5-4 win before dominating play with a 28-save effort in a 3-1 for the series sweep. 

Where The Big Goalie Ranks
For the year, Hartzell is 14-2-2 (.833 winning percentage, 1st NCAA) with a .935 save percentage (13th-NCAA) and a 1.43 GAA (3rd-NCAA).
No Clay PigeonClay Harvey was the only player in the Bobcats' line-up to register a point in all five games in the month of December. The senior wing currently boasts a team-best six-game point streak. All three of the fourth-year Bobcats' goals for the year came in the month, while he also added two assists to increase his team-leading assist total to 11. Harvey opened the month with a goal in a 3-1 win against RPI. In a two-game series against Princeton, a pair of 3-1 and 3-0 wins, Harvey had an assist in the first game in a goal in the second. This past weekend, he set-up the game-winning goal in a 5-4 win against #12/13 Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday, Dec. 29 before scoring the Bobcats' first goal in a 3-1 win against UNO on Sunday, Dec. 30.

Congrats Rand!
Quinnipiac Head Coach Rand Pecknold earned his 350th career win on Saturday with the Bobcats' 5-4 defeat of Nebraska-Omaha. The only head coach in Quinnipiac's Division i history, Pecknold ranks ninth among all active coaches witih 351 career wins.

Active NCAA Division I Coaches  
1 925 Jerry York, Boston College
2 886 Jack Parker, Boston University
3 759 Red Berenson, Michigan
4 610 Don Lucia, Minnesota
5 582 George Gwozdecky, Denver
6 510 Dick Umile, New Hampshire
7 442 Rick Gotkin, Mercyhurst
8 356 Jeff Jackons, Notre Dame
9 351 Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac
10 339 Mike Shafer, Cornell

"When I Come Back Like Jordan..."
Jordan Samuels-Thomas snapped a four-game scoreless streak with a three-point game against Neb.-Omaha on Saturday. The senior wing had two goals and an assist for a season-best three points. Samuels-Thomas also snapped a seven-game goal-less streak. He last scored - twice - against Clarkson on Nov. 15, 2012.

Multiple-Point Scorers
Against Neb.-Omaha on Saturday, Dec. 29, Samuels-Thomas, Ben Arnt and Matthew Peca gave Quinnipiac three multiple-point scorers in the same game for the first time this season. The last time Quinnipiac accomplished the feat was on Feb. 24, 2012 in a 4-1 win against Brown when Peca, Connor Jones and Kellen Jones all had multiple points in the same game.

Atta Boy, Harvs
Senior Clay Harvey picked up his 11th assist of the year against Neb.-Omaha. Quinnipiac's assist leader, Harvey's previous season-best was six as a freshman in 2009-10. Entering this season, Harvey had 13 career assists. 

No Booing Bui
Kevin Bui scored his first goal of the season against Neb.-Omaha to give Quinnipiac the lead at the end of the second period. It was his first goal since March 4, 2012.  The fifth-year senior entered this season with 38 career games to his credit. This season, Quinnipiac is 9-0-2 in the 11 games in which he has suited up. 

The Big Goalie
With a pair of wins this weekend, Eric Hartzell is now the NCAA Division I leader with 14 wins for the season. Hartzell's .833 winning percentage (14-2-2) leads all Division I goalies. His 1.49 goals-against average ranks third and his .937 save percentage is good for 13th nationally. 
Protecting A LeadThrough Saturday's game, Quinnipiac is 7-0-0 when leading after the first period and 9-0-1 when leading after the second period. 
The Bigger They Are...Quinnipiac is currently 6-0-0 against ranked opponents this season, knocking off  Maine, Cornell, St. Lawrence, Union and Nebraska-Omaha, twice. 

Sweeps Week
In 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.

Top-Ranked Defense
Quinnipiac currently boasts the second-best defense in the country, allowing just 1.58 goals per game. Quinnipiac has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of its last 13 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 10 of its last 12 games, including five games with four or more goals. 

Bobcats Showing Depth
Of the 23 skaters to hit the ice for Quinnipiac, 20 have registered a point, with 17 of those 23 scoring a goal in Quinnipiac's 19 games to date.
Offensive LeaderQuinnipiac senior Jeremy Langlois currently leads ECAC Hockey in goals (7) and points (11) in league play.
Multiple-Goal GamesLanglois 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. 56 Jordan George, Bemidji
2. 53 Jeremy Langlois,Quinnipiac
3. 52 Anders Lee, Notre Dame 
4. 51 Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud 
5. 50 Danny Kristo, North Dakota

Shutout Facts
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 42 career wins rank fourth all-time at Quinnipiac. 

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.