"College Hockey Recruiting: Quinnipiac hockey program won't be a one-hit wonder" by Jeff Cox, SB Nation (July 10, 2013)
The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was featured on SB Nation's Western College Hockey Recruiting Blog. The article, "Quinnipiac hockey won't be a one-hit wonder" was written by Jeff Cox on July 10, 2013.
The article highlights the recruiting efforts of head coach Rand Pecknold and his staff, consisting of Bill Riga, Reid Cashman and Dan Meyers in building the squad that advanced to the NCAA Championship Game in 2013.
The Bobcats return a solid core of veterans for 2013-14, including their top line of twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario). Last season's goal-leader Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) will also return, as well as captain Cory Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.). In addition, 2013 NHL Draft picks Connor Clifton and Peter Quenneville headline a talented incoming class.
In 2012-13, the Bobcats won their first ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship before winning the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, capturing the NCAA Tournament East Regional Championship and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four. The Bobcats finished the season as the National Runner-up, with a 30-8-5 record that featured a 17-2-3 mark in ECAC Hockey. Quinnipiac's 2012-13 season also featured the program's first time first No. 1 national ranking and a program-record 21-game unbeaten streak. In addition, Quinnipiac led the nation in scoring defense, penalty killing and overall winning percentage. The Bobcats also featured a Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" Finalist in Eric Hartzell, who went on to sign with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Bobcat hockey upperclassmen will travel abroad for the first time in program history visiting Italy and Switzerland from Aug. 11-21. Quinnipiac fans can follow their favorite Bobcats on their European tour by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics,www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for daily updates from overseas.