No. 1 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey To Face Union In NCAA East Regional Final On ESPNU
NCAA Tournament East Regional Final
No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats (28-7-5, 17-2-3 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 13 Union Dutchmen (22-12-5, 10-8-4 ECAC Hockey)
Mar. 31, 2013 • 6:30 pm • Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, R.I.
QU All-Time vs. Union: 11-10-3
Last Time...QU Faced Union: W, 3-2 (Jan. 12, 2012 - Hamden, Conn.)
Current Quinnipiac Streak vs. Union: Won 2
2012-13 vs. Union: 2-0-0
The nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will face No. 13 Union in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final on Sunday, Mar. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. The game can be seen live on ESPNU.
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 Sunday night. 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.
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 - No. 1 Quinnipiac 4, No. 20 Canisius 3
Quinnipiac scored three unanswered goals in a thrilling, come-from-behind win against Canisius in the East Regional's first game. Canisius led, 3-1, to start the third period before the Bobcats rattled off three-straight goals in a six-minute-28-second time frame. Connor Jones had a goal and an assist, while Matthew Peca scored the first of the Bobcats' three third period goals. Jordan Samuels-Thomas tied the game before Kevin Bui picked up a rebound in front of the Griffs goal and deposited his fourth goal of the season to give the Bobcats the win.
New Found Success
The Bobcats entered Saturday night's game having played one NCAA Tournament game all-time - a 6-1 loss to Cornell on Mar. 23, 2002. The Bobcats win puts them at .500 all-time (1-1-0) in the NCAA tournament. It is also the first NCAA Tournament win for any Quinnipiac team in the university's Division I era.
No Booing Bui
Bui, a fifth-year senior, entered the season with three goals in 36 career games. In the last month, Bui scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against Cornell to send Quinnipiac to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and then scored in a 3-0 win against Yale in the consolation game of the ECAC Hockey tournament.
The Conn Man
Connor Jones, with a goal and an assist on Saturday night against Canisius, is one of 12 players in the 2013 NCAA Tournament to have a multiple-point game.
Postseason Scoring Leaders
With five games in the ECAC Hockey Tournament and one NCAA Tournament game, Connor Jones leads all Quinnipiac players with three goals and four assists for seven points. Matthew Peca (2g,4a), Kellen Jones (3g,3a) and Ben Arnt (1g,5a) all slide in behind Connor with six points apiece. Kevin Bui (3g, 2a) has five points in six games.
Spreading It Around
Through six postseason games, 18 of the 19 skaters to appear in a game for Quinnipiac have registered a point, with 14 of those 18 tallying multiple points.
All-Time Against Union
In 24 meetings all-time against Union, Quinnipiac is 11-10-3.With a win in their first meeting this year, 4-0, Quinnipiac snapped a six-game losing streak against the Dutchmen. The Bobcats also defeated Union on Jan. 12, 2013, when it overcame a 2-0 deficit to enter the third period to score three times in the final frame for the win. Prior to this season, 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.
Union is currently 22-12-5 overall including a 10-8-4 ledger in ECAC Hockey player this season. Union is currently tied with UMass Lowell for the longest unbeaten streak in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey at seven games (7-0-0). On Saturday, Junior forward Josh Jooris scored two goals and the Union College men's ice hockey team advanced to the NCAA East Regional Final with a 5-1 win over defending NCAA champion Boston College. Wayne Simpson leads Union with 16 goals and 19 assists for a team-best 35 points. Simpson and Daniel Carr are tied for the team lead with 16 goals, while Carr has also assisted on 16 goals for 32 points. Kyle Bodie checks in with a team-high 24 assists to go along with nine goals for 33 points. In goal, Troy Grosenick is 17-9-5 with a 2.02 GAA and .929 save percentage. Union features teh 11th best team scoring offense (3.13) and the fifth best team-GAA (2.05). Union ranks third nationally on the power play (23.8) and seventh on the penalty kill (87.3).
The Bobcats Against Ranked Opponents
With a 4-3 win against No. 20 Canisius on Saturday, Mar. 30, Quinnipiac improves to 13-0-0 against teams ranked in the Top 20 this season.
Some More No. 1's
Quinnipiac currently features the nation's best team goals-against average, allowing just 1.65 goals per game, and also holds the nation's best penalty kill at 91.1 percent.
And One More
Quinnipiac has been at the top of the PairWise Rankings since Jan. 19, 2013 - a span of 18 games and 74 days.
Shaking the Rankings
The Bobcats improved to 18-3-1 against teams that have been ranked at one point during the season and 21-4-2 against teams ranked or receiving votes in 2012-13. Quinnipiac is 13-0-0 on the year against opponents ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls at the time of the game.
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.
With a victory against Canisius on Saturday, Quinnipiac's 28 wins this season break the program wins 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.
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' 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 365-236-66 (.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.
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.
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.
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.
Bobcats Showing Depth
Of 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.
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 56 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 28.
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.