NCAA MEN'S ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats (30-7-5) vs. No. 4 Yale Bulldogs (21-12-3)
Series vs. Yale:10-5-2
Last Time QU Faced Yale: W, 3-0 (Mar. 23, 2013, Atlantic City, N.J.)
Current Streak vs.Yale: Won 3
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
The nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will face No. 4 Yale for the 2013 NCAA National Championship on Apr. 13, 2013 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The game is set for a 7 p.m. puck-drop and will be available live on ESPN.
ESPN's broadcast of the National Championship Game 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. 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.
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Last Time Out - Quinnipiac 4, St. Cloud State 1
The Bobcats' used three first-period goals to defeat St. Cloud State, 4-1, in the NCAA Frozen Four Semifinals. The Bobcats received goals from Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Ben Arnt, Jeremy Langlois and Kellen Jones, while Samuels-Thomas also added an assist. Zach Davies had two assists in the game and Eric Hartzell stopped 32 shots in goal for his 30th win of the season.
Scouting The Yale Bulldogs
Yale is currently 21-12-3 overall after posting a 12-9-1 record in ECAC Hockey. The Bulldogs advanced to the national championship game with a 3-2 overtime win against UMass Lowell in the other Frozen Four Semifinal game. The Bulldogs came out the West Region with a 3-2 OT win against Minnesota and a 4-1 win against North Dakota. Junior Jesse Root scored the game-winner in both games, and checks in with 11 goals and 11 assists for the year. The Bulldogs are led by Kenny Agostino (17-23-40), Andrew Miller (16-21-37) and Antoine Laganiere (14-13-27) as well as Tommy Fallen (7-16--23).
All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Quinnipiac is 10-5-2 all-time against Yale and are currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak against its Southern Connecticut rival. Quinnipiac won both regular season matches this season - 6-2 in New Haven and 4-1 in Hamden- before defeating Yale, 3-0, in the Third-Place Game of the ECAC Hockey Championship.
New Found Success
The Bobcats entered the NCAA East Regional having played one NCAA Tournament game all-time - a 6-1 loss to Cornell on Mar. 23, 2002. The Bobcats' 4-3 win against Canisius was their first NCAA Tournament win for any Quinnipiac team in the university's Division I era. The Bobcats are now 3-1 all-time in the national tournament.
That Was Fast
Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored just 1:49 into the Bobcats' game against St. Cloud State. The last QU skater to score in the first two minutes of a game was Connor Jones against Cornell on Mar. 16, 2013 in a 10-0 win.
JST In The NCAA
Samuels-Thomas also ranks among the top scorers in the tournament. The junior wing is tied for third in goals per game (1.00), and has scored in all three of Quinnipiac's NCAA Tournament games this year. All three of JST's goals have come on the power play, good for the tournament lead in that category.
The Bobcats' By The Numbers
Quinnipiac is averaging a tournament-best 4.33 goals per game on the power of a tournament-best 13 goals in three games. In addition, Quinnipiac has allowed just five goals in three games, for a 1.67 team GAA. The Bobcats' scoring margin of 2.67 is the tops in the NCAA Tournament.
Getting Hot At The Right Time
Quinnipiac entered the NCAA Tournament with their power-play hovering around 14%. In three tournament games, Quinnipiac is 4-for-12 for 33.3%.
Points From Everywhere
Quinnipiac currently features five of the top 12 scorers in the NCAA Tournament. With a goal against St. Cloud, Kellen Jones (2-3--5) is tied with Matthew Peca (4-1--5) for third overall at 1.57 points-per-game. Zach Davies (0-4--4), Connor Jones (1-3--4) and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (3-1--4) are all tied for eighth with 1.33 goals per game.
ECAC Hockey Defensive Defenseman of the Year Zach Davies set-up two goals in the Bobcats' 4-1 win against St. Cloud, giving him four points in three NCAA Tournament games. Davies' 1.33 points per game is the tops among all defensemen, and third overall, in this year's tournament.
Eric Hartzell Named AHCA/CCM Hockey First Team All-American
Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been named to the 2012-13 AHCA/CCM Men's Division I Hockey All-American First Team, as announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Friday, Apr. 12.Hartzell is the second AHCA All-American in the program's Division I history, joining current assistant coach and former captain Reid Cashman. Cashman was a three-time honoree by the coaches association and was an InsideCollegeHockey.com All-American along with Brandon Wong.
The Bobcats Against Ranked Opponents
Entering the Frozen Four, Quinnipiac is 15-0-0 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 1.62 goals per game, and also holds the nation's best penalty kill at 90.9 percent.
And One More
Quinnipiac has been at the top of the PairWise Rankings since Jan. 19, 2013 - a span of 20 games and 87 days, entering Thursday, Apr. 11's game.
Shaking the Rankings
The Bobcats improved to 20-3-1 against teams that have been ranked at one point during the season and 23-4-2 against teams ranked or receiving votes in 2012-13. Quinnipiac is 15-0-0 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 Union on Saturday, Quinnipiac's 29 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 16-1-1 when leading after the first period and 22-1-2 when leading after the second period.