No. 8 Bobcats Face Sacred Heart In UConn Hockey Classic Championship Game On Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 PM at XL Center

No. 8 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-3-4, 6-2-2 ECAC Hockey) vs. 
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (5-12-0, 4-7-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Date: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
Time: 7 PM
Location: XL Center • Hartford, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Sacred Heart: 22-7-4/18-2-2 DI
Last Meeting: W, 6-1 (12/9/11; Hamden, Conn.)

The nationally-ranked No. 8 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will take on Sacred Heart in the Championship Game of the UConn Hockey Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. 

Bobcat fans can catch all the action on AM 1220 WQUN featuring Bill Schweizer with the play-by-play and Todd Carroll with the color commentary. 

Quinnipiac is 2-0-1 in the UConn Hockey Classic all-time after Sunday night's 2-2 tie against UMass. The Bobcats shoot-out win places them in the Championship Game for the second time in UConn Hockey Classic play. Quinnipiac won its only other tournament appearance in 2008. Quinnipiac defeated Merrimack, 4-3 in overtime, to advance to the UConn Hockey Classic Championship Game where it defeated Air Force, 4-2. 

Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart have met on the ice 33 times since their first match-up on Dec. 12, 1993 – a 7-5 Quinnipiac win in Milford, Conn. – and last played in 2011. The Bobcats hold the advantage in the all-time series, 22-7-4, including a 18-2-2 mark at the Division I level. Quinnipiac took the last three meetings between the two teams, and eight the last 11 match-ups. The Bobcats are 13-2-2 all-time on its home ice.

Sacred Heart enters Monday night's game with a record of 5-12-0 overall including a 4-7-0 mark in Atlantic Hockey play. The Pioneers defeated UConn in the second game of the UConn Hockey classic on Sunday night after three second period goals powered SHU to a 3-0 win. Spencer Graboski set-up the first two goals, scored by Coltyn Hansen and Chad Filteau with Ben Lake scoring the third. Alex Vazzano picked up the shutout win in goal after stopping 29 shots. For the year, Justin Danforth leads Sacred Heart in assists (11) and points (13) while Drew George has scored a team-best five goals to go-along with five assists for 10 points.  

Quinnipiac knocked-off UMass in the opening game of the UConn Hockey Classic by virtue of shoot-out. The Bobcats and Minutemen played to a 2-2 tie through regulation and a five-minute overtime period on the power of Kellen Jones' NCAA-leading third shorthanded goal of the season -and 10th overall - and Tim Clifton's first collegiate goal. Jordan Samuels-Thomas was the first participant in the shoot-out, beating UMass' Steve Mastalerz five-hole to stake the Bobcats to an 1-0 lead. After UMass' Mike Perreira missed wide, Quinnipiac freshman stand-out Sam Anas deked Mastalerz out of position and scored the would-be game-winner on a virtually empty net before UMass' Adam Phillips' bid was also off the mark. 

Kellen Jones' first period goal came with a Bobcat in the penalty box, putting the senior assistant captain into a four-way tie for the NCAA lead with three shorthanded goals on the year. The last time Quinnipiac featured a player with three shorthanded goals in the season was in 2007 when Jean-Marc Beaudoin tallied four and Eric Lampe scored three. Shawn Mansoff's five shorties in 1999 are the program record.  

Freshman Tim Clifton scored his first career goal in Quinnipiac's tie against UMass on Sunday night, making him the 16th different Bobcat to score a goal this season.  

Following Monday's tilt at the XL Center, Quinnipiac will return home on Friday, Jan. 3 to host Maine in a non-conference match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. That game can be seen live on NESN at 7 p.m. The Bobcats then travel to Harvard on Tuesday, Jan. 7 for a mid-week ECAC Hockey match-up before returning home for a three-game homestand. The Bobcats host Union and Rensselaer on Jan. 10-11 before hosting Merrimack on Friday, Jan. 17 for the first contest of a two-game set that includes a trip to the Warriors home ice on Saturday, Jan. 18.