January 6, 2014

No. 7 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Resumes ECAC Hockey Play At Harvard On Tuesday, Jan. 7

No. 7 Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-3-4, 6-2-2 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Harvard Crimson (5-7-2, 2-6-2 ECAC Hockey)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Bright Hockey Center • Cambridge, Mass.
All-Time Series vs. Harvard: 8-9-3
Last Meeting: W, 3-2 (Nov. 15, 2013; Hamden, Conn.)
Last Meeting in Cambridge: L, 1-2 (Mar. 1, 2013)

The nationally-ranked No. 7 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will travel to Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to take on Harvard at the Bright Hockey Center at 7 p.m. 

ON THE AIR
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. 

THE LAST TIME THEY HIT THE ICE
Quinnipiac senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) knocked home the game-winning goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation to push the nationally-ranked No. 8 Bobcats past Maine, 2-1, in a non-conference match-up at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden, Conn. Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) set-up both goals while sophomore goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) backstopped the Bobcats with 29 saves on 30 Maine shots. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) beat Maine goalie Martin Ouellette for his 11th marker of the year while Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) and Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) also had assists.

ALL-TIME AGAINST HARVARD
Quinnipiac and Harvard will meet for the 21st time on Tuesday night. The Bobcats are  8-9-3 all-time against Harvard in 20 games, including a 3-2 win on Nov. 15 at High Point Solutions Arena. Quinnipiac and Harvard's first meeting dates back to the Bobcats' first ECAC Hockey game in program history at the Hartford Civic Center on Nov. 4, 2005, a 5-2 win for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac is 6-0-3 all-time against Harvard on its home ice, including a 4-0-3 record at the TD Bank Sports Center, and 2-9-0 at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center. Quinnipiac's last win on the Crimson's home sheet, 3-1, came on Dec. 8, 2010.

SCOUTING THE HARVARD CRIMSON
Harvard enters Tuesday's ECAC Hockey match-up with a record of 5-7-2 overall and 2-6-2 in ECAC Hockey play. After opening the season at 2-0-1, Harvard won just three times over its last 11 games (3-7-1). In the mix is a 9-3 exhibition win against the Russian Red Stars. Sophomore Jimmy Vesey leads Harvard in goals (9) and points (13) while Brian Hart has a team-high seven assists with one goal for eight points. Kyle Criscuolo has scored seven goals and three assists for 10 points. In goal, Raphael Girard is 4-4-1 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. 

THE BOBCATS AGAINST HOCKEY EAST
With Friday night's win against Maine, Quinnipiac is 4-0-2 in six games against Hockey East competition this season. The Bobcats swept UMass Lowell on Oct. 18-19 before tying Providence on Nov. 27. The Bobcats then defeated UMass, 6-1, on Dec. 29. Quinnipiac is 6-0-3 in nine games against Hockey East schools over the last three seasons, with its last loss to a Hockey East team , 5-2 at Providence, coming on Dec. 11, 2010.

THAT LOOKED FAMILIAR
Jordan Samuels-Thomas' game-winner with a little-more-than-a-minute to play in regulation in Maine may have looked familiar to Bobcat fans. Last season, in Quinnipiac's season-opener, JST scored with less than two minutes to play in a 2-1 win at Maine. It was his second game-winner of this season after leading Quinnipiac with five game-winners a year ago.

THE SAINT
Sophomore Travis St. Denis tallied eight goals and assisted on seven more for 15 points in 41 games played in his first season in 2012-13. This year, through 22 games, St. Denis has scored eight goals and assisted on six more. 

IT'S A GAME OF STREAKS
St. Denis' name hadn't appeared on the scoresheet until Quinnipiac's seventh game of the season...which sparked St. Denis to tally seven points (5g, 2a) over his next six games. He then saw a five-game scoreless streak, before totaling seven points (3-4) over the Bobcats last six games. 

BOUNCE BACK YEARS
St. Denis isn't the only Bobcat likely to pass his 2012-13 total. Senior assistant captain Kellen Jones had 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 43 games last season. This year, through 22 games, Kellen has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points. 

QUIET, GOOD YEAR
Junior Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) has matched his 2012-13 point total, scoring his first career goal against Colgate on Nov. 1 while also totaling 10 assists from the blue line. Federico's assist on Samuels-Thomas' game-winner against Maine on Friday night gave him his fifth assist in his last six games. Federcio leads the team, and ranks second in ECAC Hockey, as well as the national leaders, with 35 blocked shots. 

HOT SHOTS
In the UConn Hockey Classic Championship, Quinnipiac out-shot Sacred Heart, 54-12, including a 25-0 edge in the second period and a 35-3 advantage over the final 40 minutes of play. It was the third time this year that Quinnipiac put 50 shots on goal while QU's 42-shot differential was the highest this season for the Bobcats.

SHOT TOPPER
Quinnipiac's 774 shots-on-goal across its first 22 games rank fourth in NCAA Division I hockey. While its 35.18 shots on goal per game rank fifth nationally, the Bobcats leads the nation in shots-on-goals allowed per game (20.23), shots-on-goal margin (+329) and shots-on-goal margin per game (14.95). The Bobcats are the only team outshooting its opponents by double digits, as Minnesota's 9.44 ranks second. 

SPECIAL TEAMS
Quinnipiac's 123 power-play opportunities are the most nationally and its 26 power play goals rank second while its 21.7% power-play percentage ranks 17th nationally. 

KILLIN' IT
Quinnipiac's opponents have scored eight times in 99 power play opportunities for a .081 power-play against percentage, the lowest in NCAA Division I hockey. Quinnipiac's .919 penalty kill percentage (91-99) leads the nation. 

IN-SEASON TOURNEY SUCCESS
Quinnipiac's 2013 UConn Hockey Classic win was the Bobcats' ninth in-season tournament championship since QU joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1998-99. Quinnipiac previously won the UConn Hockey Classic in 2008-09; the University of Vermont Catamount Cup in 2007-08 as well as the Quinnipiac Cup each season from 2000-01 through 2005-06.

UCONN HOCKEY CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Quinnipiac had three players honored on the UConn Hockey Classic All-Tournament team, headlined by freshman Tim Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) who was the only player in the Classic to score in both games he played in. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), with a goal and an assist over two games, and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.), with two assists in Monday night's win, were also honored.

SAM THE MAN
Freshman Sam Anas currently leads all first-year NCAA Division I players in goals (13), points (26) and game-winning goals (3), while his 13 assists rank second nationally. He also has a Division I best 81 shots on goal. 

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 eight 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).

ANAS NAMED HOCKEY COMMISSIONERS ASSOCIATION NHC ROOKIE OF THE MONTH 
Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas has been named the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) National College Hockey Rookie of the Month, as announced by the HCA on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

FAST COMPANY
Anas is one of 18 players in NCAA Division I hockey to reach double-digit goals (13) and assists (13) to date. He is also one of two freshman, along with St. Lawrence's Matt Carey, to do so to date. 

TOP OF THE CHARTS
Quinnipiac's top line of twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones and freshman stand-out Sam Anas have combined for 31 of Quinnipiac's 76 goals (40.5%) for the year and 44 of the Bobcats 113 assists (38.9%) for 75 of 203 team points (37.6%) scored for the year. 

THROW HIM A JONES
Kellen Jones' first period goal against UMass on Sunday, Dec. 29 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.  

NEXT UP FOR THE BOBCATS
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.  

JONES BROS. LAND IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior assistant captains Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) were recently featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" in the Dec. 16, 2013 issue of SI. The Jones Bros. join former men's soccer Graciano Brito as well as former men's ice hockey goalie Eric Hartzell and women's ice hockey stand-out Kelly Babstock as Quinnipiac student-athletes honored by Sports Illustrated.

CONNOR LENDS A HAND
Connor Jones currently leads Quinnipiac with 16 assists through 22 games for a 0.73 per game average. He also leads the Bobcats in plus/minus (+14), shots on goal (102) and face-off percentage (.585). 

MILESTONE WATCH, NO. 3
With a goal and two assists in his last two games, Jordan Samuels-Thomas now has nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points through 22 games played. For his career, JST has 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 career points. With seven more points over the Bobcats final 15 regular-season games (plus postseason), Samuels-Thomas would join Connor and Kellen Jones in Quinnipiac's 100 Point Club as the 36th member all-time and 22nd in Division I history. 

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).

GART ATTACK
Sophomore goalie Michael Garteig currently leads the nation in games played (22), minutes played (1331:48), wins (15) and shutouts (4). Additionally, Garteig is one of six goalies, along with Denver's Sam Brittain, Maine's Martin Ouellette,Miami's Ryan McKay, Northern Michigan's Mathias Dahlstrom, Notre Dame's Steve Summerhays and Providence's John Gillies, to post  at least three shutouts to date. 

TOP LINE
Quinnipiac's top line of Sam Anas (13-13--26), Kellen Jones (11-15--26) and Connor Jones (7-16--23) make the Bobcats one of six teams in NCAA Division I ice hockey - along with Boston College, Mercyhurst, New Hampshire, Northeastern and Rensselaer - to feature three players with 20 or more points to date. 

THREE OR MORE
Quinnipiac has produced three or more goals in 20 of its 22 games played this year, while it also produced an 18-game streak from Oct. 12 through Dec. 7, the longest in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. 

OFFENSIVE DEFENSE
Through its first  22 games, Quinnipiac is one of six teams (along with Denver, Ferris State, New Hampshire, St. Lawrence and Union) in NCAA Division I hockey whose defensive players have accumulated 50 or more points. Bobcat blue-liners have tallied 11 goals and 41 assists for 52 points on the year.

BREAKING LATE
Quinnipiac ranks fifth in the country in third period points with 71, on the strength of 26 goals and 45 assists in the final frame. In addition, Quinnipiac has scored more than twice as many goals as its opponents, 26-13, in the final 20 minutes.  

AFTER THE FIRST
Over the second and third periods combined, Quinnipiac leads the country with an NCAA-leading 57 goals in the final 40 minutes of play, 20 of which have come on the power play, also a national best. 

BOBCATS IN THE MIDDLE
Through 22 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 31-11, in the second period of games. Quinnipiac's 31 goals are a national-best while its seven game-winners in the middle frame are also the most in college hockey.

YOUTH  MOVEMENT
Nationally, Quinnipiac's freshman class ranks 5th in total points (57), sixth in assists (34) while its 23 goals by first-year Bobcats rank 4th. In addition, four of Quinnipiac's NCAA-best 14 game-winning goals have come from first-year Bobcats, second only to Minnesota and Northeastern's five freshman goals. 

ALL-TIME AT HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS ARENA
Since its first game on Jan. 28, 2007, Quinnipiac is 83-39-17 in 139 games at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center. 

FRESHMAN 10-GOAL SCORERS
With his second period goal against Princeton on Nov. 23, Sam Anas became the 10th Quinnipiac freshman in the program's Division I history to score 10 goals and the first since Scott Zurevinski totaled 11 goals in 2008-09.

KELL OF A PLAYER
On Friday, Nov. 22 at Princeton, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) hit the century mark with 11:38 left in the 2nd period on the power play after receiving a pass from twin brother Connor. Connor scored his 100th career point in a 7-2 win against Colgate on Nov. 1. In addition to becoming the 21st player in Quinnipiac's Division I history, Kellen is the 35th player all-time.

TWIN IT TO WIN IT
Connor and Kellen Jones are the fifth set of brothers in NCAA history to tally 100 career points each while playing together and the first since St. Lawrence's Pete and Tim Lappin in 1988. Before the Lappins, Ohio State's Paul and Perry Pooley (1981-84), Ferris State's Peter and Paul Lowden (1983-87) and Cornell's Doug and Dave Ferguson (1964-67) all tallied 100 points apiece playing together.

POLL POSITION
Quinnipiac is currently ranked 7th in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, released on Jan. 6, 2014. 

GARTEIG'S SHUTOUT FACTS
After a 3-0 win at Princeton, Michael Garteig became the first goalie in Quinnipiac history - dating back to 1975 - to record three shutouts in the same month. Garteig posted clean sheets against Cornell on Nov. 2, Brown on Nov. 8 and Princeton on Nov. 22.