Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Wins Three NCAA Statistical Championships
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team has been named the NCAA Statistical Champion in scoring defense, penalty-kill percentage and winning percentage. The Bobcats completed the most successful season in program history, advancing to the NCAA National Championship Game.
The Bobcats finished the season with an overall record of 30-8-5, good for a NCAA-leading .756 winning percentage, while also leading the country with the most wins (30) and fewest losses (8) in Division I ice hockey. Quinnipiac posted a 21-game unbeaten streak from Nov. 9, 2012 through Feb. 9, 2013.
Quinnipiac also killed 91.1% (164-180) of the penalties it was whistled for, good for the national lead. The Bobcats allowed just four goals on the penalty kill in its final 17 games, killing 55-of-59 (93.2%) of penalties called against them on its way to the National Championship Game.
In 43 games, Quinnipiac held its opponents to just 72 goals - the fewest goals allowed in NCAA Division I ice hockey - for a 1.67 per game average. Quinnipiac gave up three or more goals in eight of its 43 games. Quinnipiac faced five of the top 20 scoring teams in the country in 2012-13, holding St. Cloud State to one goal in one game; Nebraska-Omaha to five goals in two games; Robert Morris to four goals in two games, including one shutout; Union to three goals in three games, also including one shutout; and Colgate to seven goals in three games.
Quinnipiac won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history when it knocked-off Canisius, 4-3, before topping Union, 5-1, in the NCAA East Regional Final to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in program history. The Bobcats rolled over St. Cloud State, 4-1, before losing to Yale in the National Championship Game, 4-0.
Individually, head coach Rand Pecknold was named the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year and the New England Hockey Writers' Association Clark Hodder Coach of the Year while also recognized as a finalist for the prestigious Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year award. Eric Hartzell was named a Hobey Baker Award "Hobey Hat Trick" Finalist and was honored as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year as well as earning AHCA/CCM Hockey All-American Honors as well as USCHO.com Player of the Year, while also earning ECAC Hockey First Team Honors. Zach Davies was named the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman and also named to the First Team while Jeremy Langlois earned Third Team honors.