March 28, 2013

No. 1 Bobcats Face Canisius In NCAA Tournament East Regional In Providence, R.I. On Saturday, Mar. 30 On ESPN3, NESN

NCAA TOURNAMENT EAST REGIONAL  
No. 1 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (27-7-5) vs.  No. 4 Canisius Golden Griffs (19-18-3)
Date: Mar. 30-31, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM; East Regional Final on Mar. 31: 6:30 PM
All-Time Series vs. Canisius: 15-7-4
Last Time QU Faced Canisius: T, 2-2 (Jan. 17, 2011; Buffalo, N.Y.)
Last Quinnipiac Win Against Canisius: W, 7-3 (Jan. 16, 2011; Buffalo, N.Y.)

NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament East Regional
The nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will take on the No. 20 Canisius College Golden Griffs in the first game of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament East Regional on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dunkin Donut Center in Providence, R.I. 

Bobcats & Griffs Available On ESPN3, NESN
The Bobcats' match-up against the Golden Griffs will be available live on NESN throughout the Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island area, in addition to ESPN3 all over the world. Should Quinnipiac advance, the Regional Final would be available on ESPNU on Sunday, Mar. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

ESPN Talent
The broadcast will feature ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross with the play-by-play and former Los Angeles Kings head coach Barry Melrose with the color commentary.

On The Airwaves
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN on Saturday. Bobcat fans can access the live audio stream on the web at www.WQUN.com and the live video stream on the web at necfrontrow.com or by clicking the "Audio" or "Video" 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, video and statistics can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Last Time Out
Following a 4-0 loss to Brown on Friday, Mar. 22 in the ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinals, Quinnipiac responded with a spirited 3-0 win against Elm City rival Yale on Saturday, Mar. 23 in the Third-Place Consolation Game. Eric Hartzell recorded his program-record 10th career shutout while Kevin Bui had a goal and an assist. 

Scouting The Canisius Golden Griffs
Canisius is currently 19-18-5 overall and are ranked 20th in the USCHO.com Division I poll. The national ranking is the first in Canisius' program history, following its first-ever Atlantic Hockey Championship. The Golden Griffs have now won eight straight following a 7-2 win against Mercyhurst in the league championship on Saturday, Mar. 23. Kyle Gibbons leads Canisius in goals (20), assists (22) and points (42). Gibbons had two goasl and four assists this past weekend en route to Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week honors. Gibbons ranks 24th nationally with 1.02 points per game and 20th in NCAA Division I hockey with 0.49 goals per game. Goalie Tony Capobianco won the league's Goalie of the Week award after posting a Atlantic Hockey tournament record 235 saves while posting a 1.99 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage. Preston Shupe (16-12-28), Mitch McCrank (5-16-21), Cody Freeman (12-8-20) and Patrick Sullivan (7-13-20) round out Canisius' 20-point scorers. 

All-Time Against The Golden Griffs
Quinnipiac and Canisius have met a total of 26 times since the Bobcats joined the Division I ranks in 1998, with Quinnipiac winning 15 of those games. Overall, QU is 15-7-4 all-time against the Griffins. In the all-time series, Quinnipiac has lost back-to-back games against Canisius just once (Jan. 9-10, 2004) and posted a series-best six-game winning streak from Dec. 1, 2001 to Mar. 15, 2003. The Bobcats are 11-1-0 all-time on their home ice against Canisius and 4-4-4 as the road team. In two neutral site games, the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals and the 1999 MAAC Hockey Semifinals, Quinnipiac is 0-2-0.

Hartzell Breaks Program's Shutout Record
Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) recorded his program-record 10th career shutout in a 3-0 win against Yale in the ECAC Hockey Tournament Consolation Game. Hartzell's 30-save performance led Quinnipiac to the win in the ECAC Hockey Tournament's Third-Place game and also gave him his 27th win of the year. Hartzell's 10th career shutout passes Bud Fisher '09, who had nine for his career. It is also Hartzell's fifth clean sheet of the season, also a program record.

Fourth Line Shines
Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) scored the Bobcats' third goal of the game against Yale on Saturday, Mar. 23, while also setting up Cory Hibbeler with the Bobcats' second goal of the game, for his second career multiple-point game. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Ontario) scored Quinnipiac's first goal of the game. 

Bobcats Back On Top
The Bobcats retained their USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and also returned to the top spot in the USCHO.com Poll a day after the Bobcats were announced as the top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac was voted out of the top spot in the USCHO.com poll on Mar. 18, but returned to the No. 1 ranking after receiving 26 of the 50 first-place votes. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, Quinnipiac sits in the No. 1 spot for the seventh straight week, tied with Minnesota, as both teams received 473 votes, with Quinnipiac grabbing 16 of the 34 first-place votes.

Some More No. 1's
Quinnipiac currently features the nation's best team goals-against average, allowing just 1.62 goals per game, and also holds the nation's best penalty kill at 91 percent. 
And One MoreQuinnipiac has been at the top of the PairWise Rankings since Jan. 19, 2013 - a span of 17 games and 71 days. 

Shaking the Rankings
The Bobcats improved to 17-3-1 against teams that have been ranked at one point during the season and 20-4-2 against teams ranked or receiving votes in 2012-13. Quinnipiac is 12-0-0 on the year against opponents ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls at the time of the game. 

Bobcats' Head Coach Rand Pecknold Named ECAC Hockey's Tim Taylor Coach of the Year
At the annual ECAC Hockey Awards Reception, held on the eve of the league championship tournament, Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold was honored as the Tim Taylor Coach of the Year by ECAC Hockey. Pecknold boasts a career record of 363-236-66 (.595), good for ninth among all active NCAA Division I coaches. Pecknold was previously honored as the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year in 2005 and is a two-time Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year finalist (2002, 2005). Yale head coach Keith Allain and RPI head coach Seth Appert were the other two finalists for ECAC Hockey's top-coaching honor.

Congrats Rand!
Quinnipiac Head Coach Rand Pecknold earned his 350th career win on Saturday, Dec. 29 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 364 career wins.

Active NCAA Division I Coaches (Updated Mar. 26 2012) 

Rank #of Wins Head Coach, Team  
1 935 Jerry York, Boston College
2 897 Jack Parker, Boston University
3 770 Red Berenson, Michigan
4 623 Don Lucia, Minnesota
5 592 George Gwozdecky, Denver
6 518 Dick Umile, New Hampshire
7 453 Rick Gotkin, Mercyhurst
8 367 Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame
9 364 Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac
10 350 Bob Daniels, Ferris State


Eric Hartzell Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior Eric Hartzell was honored as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year as well as the Goalie of the Year, while also garnering All-ECAC First Team honors.

Select Company
The last goalie to win ECAC Hockey Player of the Year honors was Princeton's Zane Kalemba in 2009.

Hartzell By The Numbers
Hartzell's latest honors come after the Hobey Baker Award and All-American candidate was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month for November, December and January. The Bobcats goalie currently boasts a program record 26 wins and the second-best winning percentage (.792) in NCAA Division I ice hockey. In addition, Hartzell has a .934 save percentage (T-7th NCAA)and a 1.52 goals-against average (3rd NCAA). Hartzell's GAA and win percentage also lead ECAC Hockey while his save percentage ranks third in the league.

Zach Davies Named ECAC Hockey's Best Defensive Defenseman
Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) was given the Best Defensive Defenseman in ECAC Hockey, earning Third Team honors. Davies earns the top defenseman honor after a year that saw the senior Bobcat emerge as a dominating force on the blue line for the nation's top defense. Davies led a defensive unit that currently leads NCAA Division I ice hockey in goals-against (1.59) and has only allowed more than two goals in just four of its 37 games to date. Davies also ranks among the national leaders in blocked shots (54-1.46/game) and plus/minus (+15). 

Jeremy Langlois Named To All-ECAC Hockey Third Team
Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) was also named to the ECAC Hockey Third Team. Langlois currently leads Quinnipiac in assists (18) and points (30) while also scoring 12 goals. For his career, the senior center has scored 55 goals and assists on 44 more for 99 career points heading into the ECAC Hockey Semifinals this weekend with the NCAA Division I Regional next weekend.  He is the Bobcats' active leader, and ranks among the national leaders, in multiple-goal games with four this year and 13 for his career. 

One More Langer
Jeremy Langlois entered Quinnipiac's Quarterfinal Series against Cornell with 97 career points. His two assists in the series leave him just one point shy of becoming the 19th player in Quinnipiac's Division I history, and 33rd all-time, to reach 100 career points.

Quinnipiac's 20-Win Facts
With a win at Cornell on Friday, Feb. 8, Quinnipiac posted its 12th, 20-win season in its 15th year at the NCAA Division I level. 

All-Time Wins
Quinnipiac's 27 wins this season tie the program record, set in 1999-00 when Quinnipiac went 27-6-3. 

No Place Like Home
With its win against Cornell last Sunday, Quinnipiac tied the program record for home wins (15). Quinnipiac previously won 15 games on its home ice in 1998-99. The mark is the most at High Point Solutions Arena, passing last season's total of 13 wins.  

Road Warriors
Quinnipiac is currently 11-1-2 in 12 games on the road this season, giving the Bobcats their most wins away from home since they joined ECAC Hockey in 2005-06. The record for road wins in a season is 13, set during the 1999-2000 season. 

Best Season Ever
Quinnipiac's 17 ECAC Hockey wins are the most by the Bobcats since they joined the league in 2005-06. 

Protecting A Lead
To date, Quinnipiac is 13-1-1 when leading after the first period and 18-1-2 when leading after the second period. Bobcats Showing DepthOf the 23 skaters to hit the ice for Quinnipiac, 21 have registered a point, with 19 of those 21 scoring a goal in Quinnipiac's 39 games to date.

50-Win Club
Eric Hartzell picked up his 50th career win on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a 2-1 victory against Clarkson. Hartzell is the fourth goalie in Quinnipiac history to hit the 50-win mark, joining J.C. Wells (59), Jamie Holden (59) and Bud Fisher (58). His 55 career wins rank third among active NCAA Division I goalies. 

Record Breaking Season
Hartzell's win against Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 16 was his 22nd of the season, passing J.C. Wells record of 21 in 1998-99, for the most in a single-season in program history. To date, that total has increased to 27. 

Tempe's Finest
Senior Jeremy Langlois is seventh in program history in career goals scored. His 55 career goals are four shy of the top five. 

Respect Your Elders
The 2012-13 Men's Hockey senior class has proven to be one of the most productive in program history. The seniors have played the most games combined than any senior class in program history, and rank fourth in goals and assists, and fifth in points. 

Defense Wins Games
Quinnipiac has allowed more than two goals in a game just three times since Nov. 1, 2012. In addition, Quinnipiac has allowed the fewest goals (32) in ECAC Hockey games this season while their team defense (1.59 goals-per-game) ranks first nationally.