March 10, 2014

No. 6 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Leads ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Series Against No. 16 Yale, 1-0; Bobcats Go For Series Sweep At 7 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (23-8-6, 12-6-4 Hockey) vs. 
Yale University Bulldogs (17-10-5, 10-8-4 ECAC Hockey) 
ECAC Hockey Championship Quarterfinals
Date: Saturday, Mar. 15 (Game 2); Sunday, Mar. 16 (Game 3- If Necessary)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Against Yale: 12-6-3
All-Time Against Yale In ECAC Hockey Tournament: 2-0-0
All-TIme Against Yale At High Point Solutions Arena: 5-1-2  

GAME ONE RECAP
Four unanswered goals in the first 30-plus minutes of play for the No. 6 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey helped built an unsurmountable lead for the Bobcats as they downed No. 16 Yale, 6-2, in Game One of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series from the High Point Solutions Arena. Five Bobcats scored, including a pair from sophomore Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia), as Quinnipiac improves to 23-8-6 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 17-10-5. In addition to St. Denis' two-goal night, Quinnipiac saw five different freshman tally their first career postseason points – the most in a single game in Quinnipiac's Division I postseason history. Tim Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) scored the game's first goal, while his younger brother Connor scored the Bobcats' last marker. Sandwiched in-between were goals by St. Denis, Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta). Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.)had two assists while Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) picked up his 23rd win of the season with a 17-save outing.

ECAC HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT RECAP
2014 ECAC HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST-ROUND
(Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10 - Best-of-3)
No. 12 Princeton at No. 5 Clarkson (Clarkson won series, 2-1)
No. 11 Harvard at No. 6 Yale (Yale won series series, 2-0)
No. 10 Darmouth at No. 7 Renssealer (Dartmouth won series, 2-1)
No. 9 Brown at No. 8 St. Lawrence (St. Lawrence won series, 2-1)

QUARTERFINALS (Friday, March 14 - Sunday, March 16 - Best-of 3)
No. 10 Dartmouth at No. 1 Union (Game 1: Union 3, Dartmouth 0)
No. 8 St. Lawrence at No. 2 Colgate (Game 1: Colgate 2, St. Lawrence 1)
No. 6 Yale at No. 3 Quinnipiac (Game 1: Quinnipiac 6, Yale 2)
No. 5 Clarkson at No. 4 Cornell (Game 1: Cornell 2, Clarkson 1)

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (SEMIFINALS - Lake Placid, N.Y.)
SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES- Lake Placid, N.Y.)

QUINNIPIAC IN THE ECAC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
The Bobcats are 26-18 all-time in the ECAC Hockey Tournament - last year advancing to the league Semifinals. The Bobcats lost to Brown before defeating Yale, 3-0, in the ECAC Hockey Championship Consolation Game - which is the only time Quinnipiac and Yale have met in the ECAC Hockey postseason. In 2012-13, Quinnipiac took its quarterfinal series against Cornell, 2-1. The Bobcats are the only team in ECAC Hockey to win a postseason series in each year since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06. The Bobcats all-time Quarterfinals series record improved to 10-13 all-time following last night's win against Yale. 

ALL-TIME AGAINST YALE
Quinnipiac and Yale have met 21 times since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey in 2005-06 with the Bobcats posting an 12-6-3 record in the all-time series. Quinnipiac is 1-0-1 this year against the Bulldogs in 2013-14. Quinnipiac and Yale have met once in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, with the Bobcats taking a 3-0 decision in the 2014 ECAC Hockey Consolation Game. Their only other meeting in the postseason came in last year's NCAA National Championship, which went to the Bulldogs by virtue of a 4-0 win. The Bobcats own a 5-2-2 record all-time on their home ice, including a 5-1-2 record at High Point Solutions Arena.

SCOUTING YALE UNIVERSITY
Yale advanced to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals by sweeping Harvard, 4-0 and 2-1 on Mar. 7-8, in the first round of the league tournament. The Bulldogs are currently 17-9-5 overall while also compiling a 10-8-4 record in ECAC Hockey. The Bulldogs rank 16th in the latest national polls and have posted a record of 5-1-1 in its last seven games. Three Bulldog seniors sit atop of Yale's scoring leader board, led by Jesse Root's 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points - all team-highs. Kenny Agostino is tied with Root for the team lead with 14 goals while also adding 16 points, making him and Root the Bulldogs' two 30-point scorers. Gus Young has eight goals with 11 assists for 18 points while sophomore Ryan Obuchowski has scored six times while assisting on 13 goals for 18 points. Mike Doherty is Yale's top-scoring freshman, checking-in with eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. In goal, freshman Alex Lyon is 14-19-5 overall with a 2.23 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Over his last eight games, Lyons is 5-2-1 with a .932 save percentage after stopping 177 of 190 shots on goal while positing a 1.84 goals-against average. 

THE LAST TIME THEY MET
Behind a 33-save shutout from sophomore goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia), nationally-ranked No. 4 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey defeated No. 14 Yale, 4-0, in front of a capacity crowd at Yale's Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn.Senior captain Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) had a goal and two assists to lead Quinnipiac while freshmen Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.), Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) and Tommy Schutt (Chanhassen, Minn.) also scored for the Bobcats. Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) and Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had assists in the win.