No. 7 Quinnipiac Bobcats (16-3-5, 7-2-3 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Rensselaer Engineers (8-9-4, 3-4-3 ECAC Hockey)
Date:Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. RPI: 8-5-8
Last Meeting: T, 3-3 (12/6/13, Troy, N.Y.)
Last Meeting in Hamden: T, 1-1 (1/11/13)
The nationally-ranked No. 7 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will host Rensselaer on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena.
ON THE AIR
Bobcat fans can catch all the action on AM 1220 WQUN featuring Bill Schweizer with the play-by-play and Chris Kotsopoulos with the color commentary.
FREE LIVE VIDEO AVAILABLE
A free, live videostream is available for all of Quinnipiac Athletics' home contests for the 2013-14 season. Bobcat fans can visit the Official YouTube page of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, or click the "Video" link on the schedule at QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
THE LAST TIME THEY HIT THE ICE
In a battle of a pair of Top 10 NCAA teams on Friday night at High Point Solutions Arena, it was the No. 7 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team knocking-off No. 4 Union, 2-1. Quinnipiac senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) had a goal and an assist to lead Quinnipiac, while Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) also scored his seventh goal of the season, and 16th of his career. Sophomore Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) stopped 27 of Union's 28 shots on goal for his NCAA-best 16th victory of the season.
With the win on Friday night, Quinnipiac snapped Union's 10-game unbeaten streak while also ending the Dutchmen's streak of 13 consecutive games with three goals scored. The Bobcats also handed Union its first road loss of the season while improving to 4-1-2 against ranked teams this season. Lastly, it was the first time this season - through Union's first 18 games - that they had been held scoreless over the first two periods of play.
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.
ALL-TIME AGAINST RENSSELAER
Quinnipiac and RPI have faced each other 21 times, with the Bobcats posting a 8-5-8 record all-time against the Engineers. Quinnipiac and RPI skated to a 3-3 tie on Dec. 6, 2013. Quinnipiac has lost to RPI at home once in nine meetings, posting a 2-1-5 record. Eight of the 21 games in the all-time series have gone to overtime, with all seven ending in a time.
SCOUTING THE RPI ENGINEERS
RPI comes to Hamden with a record of 8-9-4 overall and 3-4-3 in ECAC Hockey play following a 2-1 loss to Princeton on Friday night. The Engineers are currently receiving votes in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I polls. Entering the weekend, RPI is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games, including back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Ferris State last weekend and a loss and a tie against Denver on Dec. 13-14, and a pair of losses to Union - all teams ranked in the top 20. Ryan Haggerty boasts and ECAC Hockey leading 18 goals to go along with eight assists for 26 points, ranking him among the national leaders. Senior Brock Higgs checks in with 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points while Matt Neals eight goals and 12 assists gives RPI a trio of 20-point scorers. Jacob Laliberte has assisted on a team-leading 14 goals, while scoring four more for 18 points. In goal, Scott Diebold is 7-7-4 overall with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED - Dec. 6, 2013
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) provided additional scoring for the Bobcats. 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.
NEXT UP FOR THE BOBCATS
The Bobcats will play a home-and-home against Merrimack, hosting the Warriors on Friday, Jan. 17 for the first contest of a two-game set that includes a trip to Merrimack's home ice on Saturday, Jan. 18.
MILESTONE WATCH, NO. 3
With two goals and three assists in his last four games, Jordan Samuels-Thomas now has 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points through 24 games played. For his career, JST has 47 goals and 49 assists for 96 career points. With four more points over the Bobcats final 14 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.
With 27 saves in a 2-1 win against No. 4 Union, Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) picked up his NCAA-leading 16th win of the season. Garteig also leads the nation with a 1.73 goals-against average as well as four shutouts. He's also tops in the country in minutes played (1456:48).
Quinnipiac ranks fourth in the country in third period points with 77, on the strength of 28 goals and 9 assists in the final frame. In addition, Quinnipiac has scored almost twice as many goals as its opponents, 27-15, in the final 20 minutes.
AFTER THE FIRST
Over the second and third periods combined, Quinnipiac leads the country with an NCAA-leading 60 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 24 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 32-13, in the second period of games. Quinnipiac's 32 goals are a national-best while its seven game-winners in the middle frame are also the most in college hockey.
ALL-TIME AT HIGH POINT SOLUTIONS ARENA
Since its first game on Jan. 28, 2007, Quinnipiac is 84-39-17 in 140 games at High Point Solutions at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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.