No. 5 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-2-3, 6-1-2 ECAC Hockey) at
No. 11 Union College Dutchmen (9-3-2, 6-1-0 ECAC Hockey)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Messa Rink • Schenectady, N.Y.
All-Time Series against Union: 11-10-3
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No. 5 Quinnipiac University will head to Schenecady, N.Y. on Saturday, Dec. 7. to take on No. 11 Union at 7 p.m. at Messa Rink.
ON THE AIR
Bobcat fans can catch all the action on AM 1220 WQUN featuring Paul "The Jet" Pacelli with the play-by-play and Chris Kotsopoulos with the color commentary.
THE BOBCATS' LAST TIME OUT
Facing a two-goal deficit early in the first period, the No. 5 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team battled back and scored a 3-3 tie against Rensselaer. The Bobcats scored two goals in the second period while junior Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) scored the game-tying goal with 8:23 remaining in the third period to cap the come-from-behind result. Peca's goal was his fourth on the season while senior Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and freshman San Anas (Potomac, Maryland) proved the scoring for the Bobcats.
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
It was Quinnipiac's second time this season coming back to erase a two-goal deficit as they also did so back on Oct. 25, 2013 against Holy Cross.
STREAKING TO THE LEAD
Sam Anas' goal bumps his scoring streak up to five games as the nation's leading freshman scorer has now tallied a point in 13 out of the last 14 games.
ALL-TIME AGAINST UNION
Quinnipiac and Union have squared-off 25 times, most recently in the 2013 NCAA Tournament East Regional Final, which Quinnipiac won, 5-1, to advance to the Frozen Four. The Bobcats swept Union last season, including both regular-season match-ups. The Bobcats' 2012-13 run against the Dutchmen snapped a six-game winless streak against Union. Quinnipiac is 4-5-2 all-time at Messa Rink.
SCOUTING THE NO. 11 UNION DUTCHMEN
Union enters Saturday night's game anked 11th in the USCHO.com Division I poll and 14th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll with a record of 9-3-2 overall and 6-1-0 in ECAC Hockey. The Dutchment currently boast 12 points in ECAC Hockey play, good for 2nd place in the league standings to Quinnipiac's 13 points to date. After opening the year at 1-2-2 through its first five games, Union has won eight of its last nine games, with its lone loss in the span coming to Colgate, 5-3, on Nov. 8. Daniel Carr leads Union with seven goals and 15 points, while Shayne Gotishere checks-in with six goals and nine assists. Mat Bodie has passed out a team-best 14 assists while Kevin Sullivan has registered 13 helpers.
GARTEIG NAMED ECAC HOCKEY GOALIE OF THE MONTH
Sophomore Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) earned his second-straight ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month Award after posting a 7-1-2 record with a 1.59 GAA and a .917 save percentage for the month of November. Garteig led all ECAC Hockey goalies for the month of November in wins (7), goals-against-average (1.59), shutouts (3) and minutes played (605:22).
Sophomore goalie Michael Garteig currently leads the nation in games played (17), minutes played (1023:27), wins (13) and is second in goals-against average (1.64). Additionally, Garteig is one of six goalies, along with Denver's Sam Brittain, Miami's Ryan McKay, Northern Michigan's Mathias Dahlstrom, Notre Dame's Steve Summerhays and Providence's John Gillies, to post three shutouts to date.
ANAS NAMED ECAC HOCKEY ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Freshman phenom Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) led all ECAC Hockey freshman in goals (6), assists (10) and points (16), as well as power-play goals (2), shots-on-goal (47) and shots-on-goal per game (4.70) in the month of November to earn Rookie honors. In 8 ECAC Hockey games, in which Quinnipiac was 6-1-1, Anas led all freshmen in goals (4), assists (8), points (12), assists per game (1.00), points per game (1.50), power play goals (1), power play assists (3) and power play points (4).
TOP OF THE CHARTS
Quinnipiac's top line of twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones and freshman stand-out Sam Anas have combined for 27 of Quinnipiac's 63 goals for the year and 40 of the Bobcats 107 assists for 67 of 169 team points scored for the year. Over the last four games, of which Quinnipiac has scored 18 goals, Anas has lit the lamp five times, while Kellen has four goals.
SAM THE MAN
Freshman Sam Anas currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (13), power play goals (4), points (25), and game-winning goals (3).
Sam Anas saw a team-best eight game point streak come to an end on Nov. 16 against Dartmouth. Entering Friday night's game, Anas had registered a goal and an assist in four straight games, but withi a goal against RPI now has a point in 13 of his last 14 outings. In addition, Anas has thrown out six multiple-point games in that span, including a team-, season-high four points (1g, 3a) in a 7-2 win against Colgate on Nov. 1.
Anas is one of six players in NCAA Division I hockey to reach double-digit goals (13) and assists (12) to date. Also included on that list are St. Lawrence's Greg Carey (11-21--32), Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau (13-14-27), Miami's Riley Barber (10-15--25), Providence's Ross Mauerman (12-12--24) and St. Lawrence's Matt Carey (11-11--22).
Quinnipiac's top line of Sam Anas (13-12--25), Kellen Jones (8-14--22) and Connor Jones (6-14--20) make the Bobcats the only team in NCAA Division I ice hockey to feature three players with 19 or more points to date.
Quinnipiac is currently the only team in the country to feature three players with eight or more goals to date, all of whom rank in the top 30, nationally. Sam Anas ranks 2nd with 13, followed by Kellen Jones and Jordan Samuels-Thomas, tied for 30th with eight goals each.
THREE OR MORE
Quinnipiac has produced three or more goals in 17 straight games heading into Saturday night's game - the longest such streak in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey.
Through its first 18 games, Quinnipiac is one of four teams (along with New Hampshire, St. Lawrence and Union) in NCAA Division I hockey whose defensive players have accumulated 40 or more points. Bobcat blue-liners have tallied 11 goals and 35 assists for 46 points on the year.
In the third period alone, Quinnipiac is 3rd in the country with 57 points, on the strength of 21 goals and 36 assists in the final frame. In addition, Quinnipiac has scored more than twice as many goals as its opponents, 21-10, in the final 20 minutes.
AFTER THE FIRST
Additionally, Quinnipiac leads the country in goals (47), points (123), power-play goals (17), power play assists (32) and power play points (49) after the first period.
BOBCATS IN THE MIDDLE
Through 17 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 246
Nationally, Quinnipiac's freshman class ranks 5th in total points (52), sixth in assists (31) while its 21 goals by first-year Bobcats rank 4th. In addition, four of Quinnipiac's 13 game-winning goals have come from first-year Bobcats, second only to Minnesota's five freshman goals.