No. 4 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Faces Princeton For Two-Game ECAC Hockey Series This Weekend
No. 4 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-1-1, 5-0-1 ECAC Hockey) vs
Princeton University Tigers (2-7-0, 1-5-0 ECAC Hockey)
Date: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
Time: 7:00 PMLocation: Hobey Baker Rink • Princeton, N.J.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series against Princeton: 9-8-1
Record at home against Princeton: 4-5-0
Record on the road against Princeton: 5-3-1
2012-13 Record vs. Princeton: 2-0-0
Current Streak: Won 4
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Nationally-ranked No. 4 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will play ECAC Hockey travel partner Princeton University in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Bobcats will head to historic Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J. on Friday, Nov. 22 before hosting the Tigers on Saturday, Nov. 23 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start.
THE BOBCATS' LAST TIME OUT
Quinnipiac extended its NCAA leading unbeaten streak to 12 games with a 3-1 win agaisnt Dartmouth in Hamden on Saturday, Nov. 16. Alex Barron (Glendora, Calif.) assisted on all three Quinnipiac goals. The career night for the junior defenseman added to his two assists on Friday night to give him five for the weekend, and eight for the year. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta), Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) all scored for the Bobcats. In goal, Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) won his NCAA-best 11th game of the year with a 20-save performance against Dartmouth.
ON THE AIR
Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopoulos will have the call on AM 1220 WQUN for both games this weekend. 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.
WATCH IT LIVE
All of Quinnipiac's home games for the 2013-14 season will be available, free, on YouTube.com. Quinnipiac fans can visit youtube.com/quinnipiacathletics or click the "Video" link on QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
ALL-TIME AT HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS ARENA
Since its first game on Jan. 28, 2007, Quinnipiac is 81-38-16 in 135 games at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center.
ALL-TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
Since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey in 2005, the Bobcats are 9-8-1 all-time against Princeton, including wins in their last four meetings. Quinnipiac is 5-3-1 all-time at Hobey Baker Rink and 4-5-0 on its home ice.
SCOUTING THE PRINCETON TIGERS
Princeton enters the weekend series with a record of 2-7-0 overall and 1-5-0 in ECAC Hockey. Both of Princeton's wins this season have come against Dartmouth, including a season-opening 3-2 overtime win at the Liberty Invitational on Oct. 25 and a 5-4, come-from-behind win against the Big Green last weekend, giving Princeton just one win in its last seven games. The Tigers have allowed four or more goals in five of its last seven games, including three games of five or more goals allowed. Junior Tucker Brockett leads Princeton in assists (9) and points (11) while senior Andrew Ammon has scored a team-high five goals. In goal, senior Sean Bonar is 2-5-0 with a 3.42 GAA and a .889 save percentage.
USCHO.COM DIVISION I POLL
Quinnipiac continued its ascension in the USCHO.com Division I poll, moving up to No. 4, with two first-place votes on Nov. 18. The Bobcats were ranked 10th in the initial poll on Sept. 30, before dropping to 14th following a weekend split at the Kendall Hockey Classic. Since their season-opening loss, Quinnipiac's Division I leading 12-game unbeaten streak has moved them into the top five .
USA TODAY/USA HOCKEY MAGAZINE DIVISION I POLL
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 4th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, recently released on Nov. 18. The Bobcats success in that poll has mirrored the USCHO.com poll as Quinnipiac moved up from 11th to 4th over the last nine weeks.
SHOTS SHOT SHOTS
Entering the weekend, Quinnipiac has outshot 11 of its 13 opponents. In the one game in which the Bobcats' were outshot, Quinnipiac produced a 4-1 win against Alaska. Quinnipiac has unleashed 43-or-more shots in five of its last eight games, while also holding its opponent to 20-or-fewer shots in six of its last nine games.
SHOTS ON GOAL
To date, Quinnipiac leads the nation in fewest shots-on-goal allowed per game at 20.15 while they have outshot their opponent by 185 shots over 13 games for a Division I -best 14.23 per game clip. In relation, the Bobcats also post a national-best 1.54 goals-against average.
Quinnipiac is currently on a NCAA Division I leading 12-game unbeaten streak, in which the Bobcats are 11-0-1, and more than halfway to the program record of 21 unbeaten games (18-0-3), set in 2012-13. Quinnipiac leads all Division I schools in most wins (11), fewest losses (1) and winning percentage (.885).
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
Quinnipiac, at 6-0-1, is one of 11 teams unbeaten on its home ice this season. They have outscored their opponent, 23-11, producing a 1.71 goals-per-game margin.
Away from the friendly confines of High Point Solutions Arena, Quinnipiac is 4-1-0 and are one of six teams in NCAA Division I hockey with a winning percentage of .800 or better on the road. The Bobcats also lead the country with a .967 (29-30) penalty kill on their opponents ice. Of the 19 teams to face 30-or-more power plays in their opponent's barn, Quinnipiac leads the nation with one power-play goal allowed.
A year ago, Quinnipiac opened the season without a power play goal until its 10th game of the year. To date, Quinnipiac is 14-for-74 on the power play and are one of six teams with 14 or more power play goals. In addition, last year's top penatly-kill unit is at it again, with a 92.2 PK%, second best in the nation. Prior to Yale's power-play goal in the 2nd period, Quinnipiac had killed 32 consecutive penalties over the previous five games. In total, Quinnipiac has killed an NCAA-leading 59 penalties this year.
Through its first 13 games, Quinnipiac is one of six teams in NCAA Division I hockey whose defensive players have accumulated 30 or more points. Bobcat blue-liners have tallied eight goals and 24 assists for 31 points on the year.
Quinnipiac is currently third in third period goals (16) and is second in second period goals (15) goals, and one of three teams, along with Boston College and Colgate, to tally 40 or more total points (16g, 26a, 42pts) in the final frame.
Nationally, Quinnipiac's freshman class ranks 5th in total points (35) and assists (21) while its 14 goals by first-year Bobcats rank 4th. In addition, four of Quinnipiac's 11 game-winning goals have come from first-year Bobcats, second only to Minnesota's five freshman goals.
ONE IN A DOZEN
Connor Jones is one of 12 active players in the country with 100 career points. Connor currently has 39 goals and 65 assists for 104 points in 127 career games.
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 99 career points. Kellen has found the back of the net 39 times while assisting on 60 goals in 130 career games.
IF THE TREND CONTINUES...
Through 13 games, Kellen has tallied four goals and a team-leading 10 assists for 14 points, second only to freshman stand-out Sam Anas.
THE COMEBACK KID
With Quinnipiac tied or trailing, Kellen Jones has totaled the 15th-most points (9) among all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players. Jones has scored three goals and assisted on six more when the Bobcats are behind or tied up.
Two of Jones' three goals when trailing have come with the Bobcats' shorthanded, the most in DI hockey. In addition, he is one of seven players in NCAA Division I hockey with two shorthanded goals.
SAM THE MAN
Freshman Sam Anas currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (8), points (16), game-winning goals (3), total shots (50) and shots per game (3.85).
THE POTOMAC KID
Sam Anas is currently one of 29 players, nationally, with two or more three-point games. Anas had a goal and two assists for a three-point night against Alaska on Oct. 12 and a goal and three assists for four points against Colgate.
Brayden Sherbinin became the second Quinnipiac player in program history, joing classmate Derek Smith, to score on the first shot, of the first shift, of his collegiate career. Sherbinin put Quinnipiac on the board with his first career mark against Harvard in a 3-2 victory on Friday, Nov. 15.
Sophomore goalie Michael Garteig currently leads the nation in games played (13), minutes played (782:45), wins (11) while ranking second in goals-against average (1.53). Additionally, Garteig is one of nine goalies, out of the 125 to see time between the pipes this season, with two or more shutouts to date, and one of 14 with a shutout on the road.
ECAC HOCKEY GOALIE OF THE WEEK
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey goalie Michael Garteig was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Tuesday, Nov. 19. It is Garteig's third honor of the year, after being honored on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5Quinnipiac's NCAA leading unbeaten streak reached 12 games this weekend, and Michael Garteig was been between the pipes for every minute of it. This weekend, Garteig improved to 11-1-1 on the year with a 31-save performance in a 3-2 win against Harvard on Friday and a 19-save outing in a 3-1 win against Dartmouth.For the weekend, he posted a 2-0-0 record with a 1.50 GAA and a .943 save percentage after stopping 50 of 53 shots on goal. He was also the only ECAC Hockey goalie to start two games and post a sub-2.00 GAA (1.50) and a save percentage over .900% (.943).