No. 5 Bobcats Host No. 9 Yale For 12th Annual Heroes Hat Game Live on Fox College Sports, WCCT
No. 5 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-1-0, 3-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs
No. 9 Yale University Bulldogs (3-1-1. 1-0-1 ECAC Hockey)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series against Yale: 10-6-2
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Nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will host No. 9 Yale University for the 12th Annual Heroes Hat, also at 7 p.m., in a game televised on Fox College Sports (FCS Pacific) as well as WCCT-20, locally.
THE BOBCATS' LAST TIME OUT
On Friday night, The No. 5 Bobcats defeated Brown, 3-0, for its second consecutive shutout and ninth straight win. Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.), Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) all scored for Quinnipiac while Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) picked up his team-leading 14th point on Clifton's goal. Kellen Jones' goal was his 98th career point.
Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) picked up his second straight shutout, stopping all 20 of Brown's shots on goal through regulation, as his scoreless streak stands at 138:05, as his last goal allowed came just 1:55 into the third period in Quinnipiac's 7-2 win at Colgate on Friday, Nov. 1.
ALL-TIME AGAINST YALE
Quinnipiac and Yale have met 18 times in their all-time history, twice in the postseason including the 2013 NCAA National Championship Game. That game famously went to the Bulldogs, 4-0, who upset three No. 1 seeds in the tournament before capturing their first national championship. Prior to that, Quinnipiac held a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) against the Bulldogs. Quinnipiac is 4-2-1 all-time on their home ice, including a 4-1-1 mark at High Point Solutions Arena and a 0-1-0 makr in their only meeting at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
SCOUTING THE NO. 9 YALE BULLDOGS
Yale comes to Hamden following a 5-2 win at Princeton on Friday night with an overall record of 3-1-1, with its only loss of the year coming against ECAC Hockey travel partner Brown at the Liberty Invitational on Oct. 25. After a 3-2 non-conference win against Princeton on Oct.26, Yale tied St. Lawrence, 3-3, at home on Nov. 1 before doubling-up Clarkson, 6-3, on Saturday night. Anthony Day leads Yale with three goals and two assists for five points while Jesse Root checks-in with two goals and an assist. In goal, Patrick Spano is 3-0-0 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA.
ALL-TIME AT HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS ARENA
Since its first game on Jan. 28, 2007, Quinnipiac is 80-38-15 in 133 games at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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ON THE TUBE
Saturday night's game against No. 9 Yale will be available on Fox College Sports (FCS Pacific) as well as WCCT-20, locally. Bill Schweizer will provide the play-by-play with Rich Coppola with the color commentary and Bill Mecca with the sideline report.
ON THE AIR
Pinch-hitting for WQUN regular Bill Schweizer will be Paul "The Jet" Pacelli, who will be joined by Chris Kotsopoulos for the color commentary.
THE 12TH ANNUAL HEROES HAT
The 12th Anniversary of the Heroes Hat Championship is set for Saturday, November 9, 2013 when Quinnipiac hosts Yale at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m.
This year's game will mark the eighth time the Bobcats and Bulldogs battle for the award with Quinnipiac winning four of its previous six matchups, which included one tie. The Heroes Hat is presented to the winner of the game at High Point Solutions Arena. In the event of a tie in Hamden, it goes to the best overall record for that season.
The award was established in honor of those who risked or lost their lives following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It remembers Joseph Mascali (FDNY/Staten Island 5), father of Quinnipiac alumni Chris and Jenn Mascali.The "Heroes Hat" will be presented to the winning team by Mrs. Lori Mascali and her daughter Katie, who lost their husband and father, Joseph, while he was attempting to save lives on September 11. Joseph was also the father of Quinnipiac freshman golfer, Chris Mascali '05, Jennifer Mascali '02 and current freshmen Katie Mascali '14.
The UConn Hockey Family also was touched personally in the wake of the September 11 terrorists' attacks. Former Husky letterwinner Matt Jarret's (1996-2000) older sister Amy, 28, was a member of the United Flight Crew 175 that struck the second tower of the World Trade Center.
The Heroes Hat, created by Quinnipiac Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald, was originally presented to the winner of the Quinnipiac and UConn season series during its first four years from 2001-02 to 2004-05. The award was not presented during the 2005-06 season after Quinnipiac moved from Atlantic Hockey to ECAC Hockey. The Heroes Hat was revived the following year after bringing together new ECAC Hockey rivals, Quinnipiac and Yale.
At the time of the award's inception, Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said, "It is our hope that the Heroes Hat be a Connecticut sports tribute to the many heroes and their families involved in the September 11th tragedy."
Following the game, members of the Mascali family will be on hand to present the award to the winning team.
BOBCATS SWEEP ECAC HOCKEY WEEKLY AWARDS
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey program swept the ECAC Hockey awards as announced by the league office on Nov. 5, 2013. Connor Jones earned Player of the Week honors while Sam Anas grabbed his second-straight Rookie of the Week award and Michael Garteig was named Goalie of the Week. It is also the first time since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey that the Bobcats have won all three awards in the same week. The last ECAC Hockey team to do it was RPI on Mar. 6, 2013 when Nick Bailen won Player of the Week while Jason Kasdorff grabbed Goalie and Rookie honors. Yale was the last ECAC Hockey team to have three different players win all three awards in a week, on Jan. 15, 2013.
ECAC HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Connor Jones had three goals and an assist in a pair of wins at Colgate (7-2) and No. 14 Cornell (3-0). In addition, Jones was the only player in the country to score the game-winner in both games last weekend. For the year, Jones has registered five goals and six assists for 11 points.
QUINNIPIAC'S NEWEST MEMBER OF THE 100-POINT CLUB
Against Colgate, Jones had two goals and an assist to become the 34th player in Quinnipiac history, and 20th at the Division I level, to reach 100 career points.
ONE IN TEN
Connor Jones is one of 10 active players in the country with 100 career points.
ECAC HOCKEY GOALIE OF THE WEEK
Michael Garteig pushed his winning streak to eight games with a win at Colgate before his first career shutout against No. 14 Cornell to the tune of 23 saves at Lynah Rink. For the week, Garteig was 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .943 save percentage. For the year, the reigning ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month is 9-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
ECAC HOCKEY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Sam Anas continued his hot play with a team-leading five point weekend in a pair of wins against Colgate and No. 14 Cornell. In a 7-2 win against Colgate, Anas had a goal and three assists while he also picked up an assist in the Bobcats' 3-0 win against Cornell. For the year, Anas has scored seven goals and assisted on seven more for 14 points - good for 4th nationally, 2nd in ECAC Hockey and the most among all freshman skaters in DI hockey.
ECAC HOCKEY AWARDS HISTORY
Anas is also the first player in ECAC Hockey to win the rookie award in consecutive weeks since Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) did it on Feb. 28 and Mar. 6, 2012. He is also just the seventh player - joining Peca, Cornell's Brian Ferlin, St. Lawrence's Greg Carey, Harvard's Louis Leblanc, Clarkson's Paul Karpowich, RPI's Mathias Lange and Yale's Alec Richard - to win back-to-back weekly rookie honors since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey in 2005-06.
THE NEW GUY HAD A PRETTY GOOD WEEKEND
Nationally, Anas' five points were the most among all Division I skaters last weekend while his four assists also led the country in this weekend's games.
SAM THE MAN
Freshman Sam Anas currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (7), points (14), power play points (6, 3g, 3a) and game-winning goals (3).
THE LIFE OF SMITTY
Derek Smith currently ranks in goals (2) among all freshmen defensemen in the NCAA, third in assists (4) and second in points (6).
Twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones bear just as much resemblance off the ice as they do standing next to each other in the locker room. As Connor became the 20th player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach the 100-point mark, Kellen currently sits on 98 career points. Connor has totaled 39 goals and 63 assists for 102 points to date, while Kellen has found the back of the net 38 times while assisting on 59 goals.
IF THE TREND CONTINUES...
Through nine games, Kellen has tallied three goals and nine assists for 12 points, second only to freshman stand-out Sam Anas. Kellen also had four straight multiple-point games entering the weekend as well as in five of his last seve onutings.
THE COMEBACK KID
With Quinnipiac tied or trailing, Kellen Jones has totaled the second most points (8) among all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players. Jones has scored three goals and assisted on five more when the Bobcats are behind or tied up.
Two of Jones' three goals have come with the Bobcats' shorthanded, the most in DI hockey.
THIS TEAM CAN PASS
Quinnipiac has had 13 players collect multiple assists in a game, the most in DI men's ice hockey.
Through its first nine games, Quinnipiac's defensive players have accumulated seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points - good for 4th among all NCAA Division I teams.
Quinnipiac currently leads NCAA Division I ice hockey in second period (14) and third period (14) goals. Additionally, it's 28 goals after the first period also lead all of college hockey.
Quinnipiac is currently 13-59 (22.0%) on the power play, while its 13 power-play goals are the 2nd most in college hockey.