September 4, 2013

OverTheBoards.net Ranks Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey's Incoming Class As 8th Best In College Hockey

OverTheBoards.net has ranked Quinnipiac men's ice hockey's 2013-14 incoming class of student-athletes as the 8th best in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey.

OverTheBoards.net's
2013-14 College Hockey Recruiting
Class Rankings 

Rank Team
1.  Boston College
2. Minnesota
3.  North Dakota
4.  Michigan
5.  Boston University
6.  Minnesota-Duluth
7.  Harvard
8.  Quinnipiac
9.  Providence
10.  Northeastern

The website highlights incoming freshman Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, Alberta), who was also selected in this summer's NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 14th pick of the 7th Round (195, overall). In regards to Quenneville, the website notes, "Game-breaking forward will make a home for himself in the Bobcat's offensive zone very quickly. Quenneville oozes (almost too much) confidence and has a knack for scoring timely goals."

In addition to Quenneville, Quinnipiac will also feature NHL Draft 5th Round selection Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) - chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes - and older brother, Tim. Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.), Thomas Schutt (Chanhassen, Minn.) and Jason Stephanik (Monroe, N.Y.) join Tim Clifton as incoming forwards. Joe Fiala (Verona, Wisc.), Brayden Sherbinin (Kelowna, British Columbia), Derek Smith (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia) will join Connor on the blue line. Brady Rouleau (Lethridge, Alberta) will compete for playing time in goal for the Bobcats. 

Quinnipiac heads into the 2013-14 season after advancing to the 2013 National Championship Game for the first time in program history. The Bobcats captured its first ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship, clinching the Cleary Cup by the largest margin in league history. The Bobcats also won their first NCAA Tournament game in program history before capturing the NCAA Tournament East Regional Championshipi to advance 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.

Last season, Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold's 19th season behind the Bobcats' bench proved to be the most successful of his career as he was honored with the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year Award and the New England Hockey Writers Association Clark Hodder Coach of the Year Award. Pecknold currently ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I head coaches with 367 career wins. 

Quinnipiac opens the season on Sunday, Oct. 6 when it hosts St. Mary's for an exhibition game at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. After traveling to Alaska for the Kendall Hockey Classic on Oct. 11-12, the Bobcats will face UMass Lowell in Lowell, Mass. on Oct. 18 before hosting the Riverhawks on Oct. 19 for its home-opener.