February 28, 2014

No. 8 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Faces Clarkson On Saturday, Mar. 1 at 7 PM

No. 8 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (22-8-5, 12-6-3 ECAC Hockey) at
Clarkson University Golden Knights (18-14-3, 11-9-1 ECAC Hockey)
Date: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y.
All-Time Series vs. Clarkson: 11-7-1
All-Time Series at Cheel Arena: 5-3-0
Last Meeting vs. Clarkson: W, 6-3 (Feb. 7, 2014, Hamden, Conn.)
Current Streak vs. Clarkson: Won 4

REGULAR SEASON WRAP-UP
Nationally-ranked No. 8 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will face Clarkson at Cheel Arena on Saturday,  Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats clinched a bye in the ECAC Hockey Tournament first round with an 8-0 win at St. Lawrence on Friday. 

ON THE AIRWAVES
Live audio for the Bobcats' weekend set at St. Lawrence and Clarkson is available on AM 1220 WQUN, featuring Paul "The Jet" Pacelli with the play-by-play and Todd Caroll with the color commentary.

POLL POSITION
Quinnipiac was dropped to eighth in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll and seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, both released on Feb. 24, 2014. This marks the 19th consecutive week that the Bobcats have been ranked in the top 10 nationally.

THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
With its 8-0 win at St. Lawrence on Friday, Quinnipiac has clinched a bye in the first round of the upcoming ECAC Hockey Championship tournament. If Quinnipiac defeats Clarkson, a Colgate loss or tie gives the Bobcats the second seed in the tournament; a Quinnipiac tie and a Colgate loss would produce the same result. Any other scenario would place the Bobcats in the third seed. 
WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT?
Quinnipiac saw a number of milestones and records passed on Friday night as the Bobcats rolled to an 8-0 win against St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y.
  • Peca scored twice and assisted on four more goals to tie Jed Holtzman's record for single-game points. Holtzman had six assists in a 13-2 win against Fairfield in the MAAC Quarterfinals on Mar. 13, 1999.
  • Peca's six points are the most in a single game in NCAA hockey this season, while he is just one of 12 players with five or more points in a game this year. 
  • Matthew Peca became the first Quinnipiac junior since Brandon Wong in 2008-09 to reach 100 points in his junior year. Peca also became the 37th Quinnipiac player all-time and 23rd player at the Division I level to reach the 100-point mark.
  • Michael Garteig stopped all 24 shots on goal by St. Lawrence for his sixth shutout of the season. In doing so, he broke Eric Hartzell's record for shutouts in a season.
  • Quinnipiac was 5-for-6 on the power play against St. Lawrence. The Bobcats five power play goals were the most in a single game in program history. The Bobcats had four power play goals in a single game nine times in their history.
  • Quinnipiac is currently the only team in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey to feature four players - Peca, Connor Jones, Kellen Jones and Jordan Samuels-Thomas - with 100 career points. The last Quinnipiac team to feature four 100-point scorers in their line-up was the 2000-01 team that featured Chris Cerrella, Jed Holtzman, Terry Harris and Chad Poliquin.
ALL-TIME AGAINST CLARKSON
Quinnipiac and Clarkson have met 18 times since the Bobcats joined ECAC Hockey in 2005-06, with Quinnipiac holding a 11-6-1 edge in the all-time series, including a 6-3 win on Feb. 7, 2014. The Bobcats are undefeated in their last six games (5-0-1) against the Golden Knights and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 meetings. Quinnipiac is 5-3-0 all-time at Clarkson's Cheel Arena, including three straight on the Golden Knights' home ice.

SCOUTING THE CLARKSON GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 18-14-3, including a 11-9-1 record in league play following a 3-1 win against Princeton on Friday night. Clarkson is still in the hunt for a first-round bye, and can grab the No. 4 seed in the ECAC Hockey tournament with a win against the Bobcats, coupled with a loss or tie by Cornell. Clarkson can also tie and clinch the No. 4 seed with a Cornell loss and a Yale loss or tie. The Knights opened the year as one of college hockey's biggest surprises, posting a 12-3-1 record through their first 16 games. Since then, Clarkson is 5-10-2 and are 2-7-1 in its last 10 games. They enter the weekend winless in their last four games, of which they have been held scoreless twice. Clarkson senior Allan McPherson leads the Golden Knights in goals (11) and points (24) while Ben Sexton's 17 assists are a team-high. In goal, Steve Perry is 8-8-2 with a 2.40 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

THE LAST TIME THEY MET
On Feb. 7, Matthew Peca scored twice to lead the No. 3 Bobcats to a 6-3 win against No. 14 Clarkson at High Point Solutions Arena. The memorable moment of the game came when Connor Jones scored just 10 seconds into regulation to became the first player in NCAA history to do so in two games in his career. Travis St. Denis had four assists in the game, while Kellen Jones had a goal and an assist. Cory Hibbeler and Bryce Van Brabant also scored in the Bobcats' win.