Game #24: #2/2 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-3-3, 11-0-1 ECAC Hockey ) vs
University of Connecticut Huskies (9-10-2, 6-8-1 AHA)
JAN. 22, 2013 • 7 PM
High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.
QU All-Time vs. UConn: 11-10-2
Last Time...QU Faced UConn: W, 4-1 (Nov. 1, 2008 - Hamden, Conn.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. UConn: Won 3
An Old Rivalry Revisited
Nationally-ranked No. 2/2 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will host the University of Connecticut on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.
On The Airwaves
Paul "The Jet" Pacelli and Todd Carroll will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for the game on Saturday night. 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.
On The Tube
Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play and will be joined alongside by color analyst Rich Coppola for Tuesday's game between the Bobcats and Huskies on WCCT-TV. Bill Mecca will provide the sideline report, right from the Bobcats' bench.
Comcast - Channel 7
AT&T UVerse - Channel 11
Dish Network, DirecTV - Channel 20
Live audio and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Last Time Out
On Saturday, Jan. 12, Quinnipiac headed into the second intermission trailing 2-0 before three third period goals gave the Bobcats a 3-2 come-from-behind-win against No. 16 Union. Mike Dalhuisen, Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Kellen Jones scored for the Bobcats.
What's Up NextFollowing the Bobcats' tilt against UConn on Tuesday, Jan. 22, Quinnipiac will have its final idle weekend until the end of the regular season. They will then play at Brown on Feb. 1 and at Yale on Feb. 2, followed by a trip on Feb. 8-9 to Cornell and Colgate, respectively.
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team's incredible season progressed with its highest ranking in program history, as announced on Monday, Jan. 21. In addition to be the top team in the PairWise Rankings, Quinnipiac is ranked 2nd in the USCHO.com Division I Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls. The Bobcats are also the only other team - besides top-ranked Minnesota - to receive first place votes, with three in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and two in the USCHO.com Division I poll.
The PairWise Rankings
The nationally-ranked Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team, currently on a NCAA-leading 16 game unbeaten streak (14-0-2), jumped to first in the PairWise Rankings. Quinnipiac is currently a NCAA Division I-best 10-2-2 against teams under consideration. It is the second time in program history that the Bobcats have held down the top spot in the PWR's. In 2009, Quinnipiac moved into the top spot after opening the season at 12-1-0.
Scouting The University of Connecticut Huskies
UConn is currently 9-10-2 overall and 6-8-1 in Atlantic Hockey after coming off a weekend split at home against Mercyhurst. UConn won the first game of the series, 5-4, before falling in the second game, 5-0. Senior Sean Ambrosie leads UConn with 18 points featuring a team-best 12 assists for the year. Jordan Sims checks in with 15 points (6-9-15) while Trevor Gerling leads the Huskies with seven goals to go along with four assists for 11 points. UConn has alternated goalies Garrett Bartus and Matt Grogan over the last six games. Bartus started the Huskies' 5-0 loss to Mercyhurst. For the year, he is 5-9-1 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.70 goals-against average. Grogan is 4-1-1 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.19 GAA.
All-Time Against UConn
Quinnipiac is 11-10-2 all-time against UConn, dating back to their first match-up on Feb. 17, 1990. The two teams have not met since Nov. 1, 2008 when Quinnipiac defeated the Huskies, 4-2, at the TD Bank Sports Center. All-time, Quinnipiac is 5-4-1 on its home ice against the Huskies.
Against The Best
Quinnipiac improved to 8-0-0 on the year against ranked opponents while also improving to 17-3-3 overall - good for a NCAA Division I leading winning percentage of .804.
The Nation's Best Winning Percentage
Quinnipiac is currently 17-3-3 overall, good for a NCAA Division I best winning percentage of .804, as well as 11-0-1 in ECAC Hockey, the best start for an ECAC Hockey team since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06.
Respect The Streak
Quinnipiac is also 14-0-2 in its last 16 games, giving the Bobcats the longest unbeaten streak in NCAA Division I hockey this season. In addition, it is the longest unbeaten streak in ECAC Hockey since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06 and the sixth longest in Division I hockey since Quinnipiac elevated from a Division III program in 1998-99.
All-Time Best Ranking
Quinnipiac's No. 2 ranking in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll is its highest in program history. Entering this season, the Bobcats' highest ranking fell on Nov. 30, 2009 when they were fourth in the USCHO.com Poll and sixth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
The Goal Leader
Quinnipiac senior Jeremy Langlois scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season against RPI. The goal snapped a five-game goal-less streak for the center. he goal was Langlois' team-leading 11th of the season and 54th of his career, moving past Bryan Leitch '09 for the 8th most career goals in Quinnipiac's Division I history and 15th all-time.
Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been announced as a nominee for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Quinnipiac fans can support their favorite Bobcats' goalie by visiting hobeybakeraward.com and voting today. Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting phase opens at noon CT on Monday, January 7. Visit the Hobey Baker website: www.hobeybakeraward.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey icon and follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of 77 college hockey players. This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 10, 2013. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 22 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.
Hartzell Featured In Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd"
Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) is featured in the Jan. 21, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, released on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the immensely popular "Faces In The Crowd" section.
Eric Hartzell ECAC Hockey's December Goalie of the Month
Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month for December on Jan. 3, 2013. The honor was Hartzell's second consecutive Goalie of the Month award after he also took home the honor for November. For the month of December, Hartzell was 5-0-0 between the pipes with a .941 save percentage and a 1.40 goals-against average. The 6-4 goalie stopped 111 of 118 shots faced on goal. In three ECAC Hockey games, Hartzell was 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and a .962 save percentage.
Eric Hartzell Named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week
Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Hartzell's honor is the second of the season and third of his career. Hartzell picked up victories against No. 8 Dartmouth on Friday, Jan. 4 when he stopped 27 of the Big Green's 29 shots on goal in a 3-2 overtime victory. He followed that with a 21-save performance in a 6-2 win against Harvard on the following night.
Where He Ranks
For the year, Hartzell is 17-2-3 (.841 winning percentage, 2nd NCAA) with a .933 save percentage (11th-NCAA) and a 1.48 GAA (2ndNCAA).
California...Knows How To Party...
Against Harvard and Dartmouth, Quinnipiac senior defenseman Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) led the Bobcats with four points – one goal, three assists. Barron had two assists on Friday, Jan. 4 in the Bobcats' 3-2 overtime win against Dartmouth. Barron's second assist on the night came on a pass to set-up Jordan Samuels-Thomas with the game-winner. On Saturday, Jan. 5, Barron had a goal and an assist in Quinnipiac's four-goal win against Harvard.
Blue Line Special
Barron currently leads all Quinnipiac defenseman in points (11) and assists (8). His 45 career assists are second among all active Bobcats.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas' (Windsor, Conn.) highlight-reel, game-winner in overtime against No. 8 Dartmouth was the junior wing's third game-winning goal of the season, and Quinnipiac's second overtime win of the year.
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.
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.
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 352 career wins.
Active NCAA Division I Coaches (Updated Jan. 20, 2012)
Rank #of Wins Head Coach, Team
1 927 Jerry York, Boston College
2 888 Jack Parker, Boston University
3 760 Red Berenson, Michigan
4 614 Don Lucia, Minnesota
5 585 George Gwozdecky, Denver
6 513 Dick Umile, New Hampshire
7 445 Rick Gotkin, Mercyhurst
8 357 Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame
9 354 Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac
10 340 Mike Shafer, Cornell
Protecting A Lead
Through last weekend game, Quinnipiac is 8-0-0 when leading after the first period and 11-0-1 when leading after the second period.
The Bigger They Are...
Quinnipiac is currently 8-0-0 against ranked opponents this season, knocking off Maine, Cornell, St. Lawrence, Dartmouth and Union and Nebraska-Omaha (twice).
Quinnipiac currently boasts the second-best defense in the country, allowing just 1.61 goals per game. Quinnipiac has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of its last 17 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 13 of its last 16 games, including six games with four or more goals.
Bobcats Showing Depth
Of the 23 skaters to hit the ice for Quinnipiac, 21 have registered a point, with 17 of those 23 scoring a goal in Quinnipiac's 23 games to date.
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 54 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
56 Danny Kristo, North Dakota
3. 54 Jeremy Langlois,Quinnipiac 54
Anders Lee, Notre Dame
5. 53 Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud
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 44 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.