March 18, 2014

No. 5 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Takes on No. 14 Colgate in ECAC Hockey Semifinals from Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (24-8-6, 12-6-4 Hockey) vs.
Colgate University Raiders (19-12-5, 13-6-3 ECAC Hockey)
ECAC Hockey Championship Semifinals
Date: Friday, Mar. 21, 2014
Time: 7:37 p.m.
Location: 1980 Rink - Herb Brooks Arena - Lake Placid, N.Y.
All-Time Against Colgate: 14-13-2
All-Time Against Colgate In ECAC Hockey Tournament: 4-5-0
All-Time Against Colgate from Neutral Site: 0-1-1

ECAC HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
Nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac will travel to Lake Placid, N.Y. on Friday, Mar. 21 to take on No. 14 Colgate in the 2014 ECAC Hockey Championship Semifinals at the 1980 Rink at Herb Brooks Arena. 

LIVE ON AMERICA ONE
All three games of this weekend's series will be available live on AmericaOneSports.com as part of the ECAC Hockey video stream package.

TELEVISION
ECAC Hockey has partnered with Fox College Sports (FCS) to televise the 2014 semifinals and championship game March 21-22 at the 1980 Rink - Herb Broks Arena, Lake Placid, N.Y. Production shall be arranged by USA World Events, LLC. Eric Frede will be the play-by-play announcer with Cap Raeder providing color commentary and Sonny Waltrous on the sideline. Games will be on DirecTV as well. The channel location will be released the week of the championship. FCS Atlantic on all other cable subsribers. A link to the FCS channel finder to locate availability in your area is available above.

ON THE AIR
In addition to AmericanOneSports, Quinnipiac's SEmifinal game against Yale is availalbe on AM 1220 WQUN featuring Bill Schweizer with the play-by-play and Chris Kotsopoulos with the color commentary.

QUINNIPIAC IN THE ECAC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
The Bobcats are 27-18 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 11-13 all-time following its series sweep against Yale last weekend.

ALL-TIME AGAINST COLGATE
Quinnipiac and Colgate have played each other 29 times since the Bobcats joined ECAC Hockey for the 2005-06. Included in the all-time series are three posteason series that has produced a 4-5-0 record against the Raiders in postseason play. Colgate took a 2006 series, 2-1, before Quinnipiac won three overtime games in the 2009 ECAC Hockey First Round at High Point Solutions Arena. In 2011-12, Colgate ended Quinnipiac's season with a 2-1 series win in Hamilton, N.Y.

SCOUTING THE COLGATE RAIDERS
Colgate advanced to Lake Placid after sweeping an ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Series at home against St. Lawrence last weekend. The Raiders are currently ranked 14th nationally and enter the ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend with a record of 19-12-5 overall. Colgate started the year at 7-9-2 over its first 13 games but has gone 12-3-3 in its last 18 and are 6-1-2 in its last nine games entering the league Semifinals. Colgate's top five scorers are all sophomores, led by twin brothers Tyson (9-22-31) and Tylor (14-15-29) Spinks. Mike Borkowski (8-20-28) is third, followed by leading goal-scorer Darcy Murphy (18-9-27) and Kyle Baun (10-14-24). Freshman goalie Charlie Finn is 15-6-4 with a 2.38 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

THE LAST TIME THEY MET
On Feb. 22, Nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac was defeated by No. 19 Colgate, 3-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Tylor Spink scored twice for Colgate while Connor Jones accounted for Quinnipiac's only tally.

ALL-TIME IN THE ECAC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
With its Quarterfinal Series sweep of Yale, Quinnipiac continues its run as the only team in ECAC Hockey to have won a postseason series since the Bobcats' entered the league in 2005-06. Quinnipiac has all but one team in the league in the postseason - its travel partner, Princeton. Quinnipiac is 27-18 in eight postseasons, advancing to the ECAC Hockey Championship game in 2007.

HOW QU GOT HERE: THE YALE SERIES
Quinnipiac swept its ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals Series against Yale last weekend, taking the first game, 6-2, before responding with a 5-3 win on Saturday. The Bobcats saw Travis St. Denis and Sam Anas both post multiple-goal games in the series, with St. Denis scoring twice in the first game and once in the second game, while Anas had the second two-goal game for a freshman in Quinnipiac history.

SCOUTING THE FIELD

THE NO. 2 UNION COLLEGE DUTCHMEN
Union advanced to the 2014 ECAC Hockey Semifinals with a series sweep at home against Dartmouth, while Cornell used three games - including overtime in Game 3 - to knock-off Clarkson and advance to Lake Placid. Union is currently ranked No. 2 nationally, and received 14 first-place votes in the latest USCHO.com poll. The Dutchmen are currently 26-6-4 after capturing the 2014 Cleary Cup for the second time in three seasons. Quinnipiac and Union split their regular-season series, with both teams winning their home games. Union is undefeated in its last 13 games (12-0-1) and have outscored its opponents, 44-18, with shutouts in four of its last six games. Goalie Colin Stevens is 22-4-2 with a 1.95 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Daniel Carr leads Union in goals (20) and points (40) with 20 assists while Daniel Campini checks-in with 18 goals and 15 assists. Mat Bodie leads the team with 25 assists with four goals for 29 points while freshman Mike Vecchione has 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points. Quinnipiac is 13-11-3 all-time against Union and 4-3-0 all-time in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.

THE NO. 13 CORNELL UNIVERSITY BIG RED
Cornell enters the weekend nationally-ranked as No. 13 and host an overall mark of 17-9-5. Brian Ferlin leads Cornell with 13 goals and 27 points, including the game-winner against Clarkson in Game 3 of its Quarterfinals Series win. John McCarron and Joel Lowry are tied for the team lead with 17 assists while both have scored seven goals. The Bobcats and Big Red have faced each other 27 times with QU posting a 10-15-2 record against Cornell. In the postseason, Quinnipiac is 5-3-0.

QUINNIPIAC POSTSEASON FIRST
On Friday, Mar. 14, Quinnipiac saw five different freshman tally their first career postseason points – the most in a single game in Quinnipiac's Division I postseason history.

SAM ANAS IN THE 20-GOAL CLUB
With 21 goals this year, Sam Anas is the fourth Quinnipiac freshman at the Division I level - joining Brandon Wong (27) as well as Brian Herbert and David Marshall (22) - to scored 20 goals in his first season.

THE 20-20 CLUB
Anas also joines Herbert as the only two freshman in Quinnipiac's Division I history to post 20 goals and 20 assists in their first season.

THE SAINT LEADS BOBCATS AGAINST YALE
Travis St. Denis posted his fourth two-goal game of the season in Game 1 against Yale on Mar. 14, before following with another goal in the series-clinching victory on Saturday, Mar. 15. St. Denis led Quinnipiac in goals (3) and tied for points (3) for the weekend. For the year, the second-year Bobcat bested his freshman numbers, scoring 15 goals and assisting on 13 more for 28 points. Last season, St. Denis registered eight goals and seven assists.

MATTHEW PECA NAMED ECAC HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey sophomore Matthew Peca was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday, Mar. 4. Peca had a memorable final weekend of the regular season, posting the only six-point performance this season in NCAA Division I hockey. Peca had two goals and four assists in the Bobcats' 8-0 win at St. Lawrence, and picked up his seventh point of the weekend on Quinnipiac's only goal in a 1-1 tie at Clarkson.

QU MEN'S ICE HOCKEY MILESTONE, NO. 4
With his six-point night, Peca tied the Quinnipiac record for points in a game, while also becoming the 37th player in QU history and the 23rd at the Division I level to reach the 100-point mark.

100-POINT FACTS
Quinnipiac is currently the only team in NCAA Division I ice hockey with four players on their roster with 100 career points, including Peca, Connor and Kellen Jones and Jordan Samuels-Thomas.

GOOD COMPANY
Peca became the first junior since Brandon Wong in 2008-09 to reach the century mark.

THE BEST IN THE LAND
For the week, Peca led all NCAA Division I players in points (7), assists (5), power play assists (3) and power play points (4) for the weekend. This season, Peca leads the Bobcats with 22 assists while ranking fourth with 34 points.

GARTEIG BREAKS HARTZELL'S SHUTOUT RECORD
In the Bobcats' 8-0 win at St. Lawrence, Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) broke Eric Hartzell's single-season shutout record with his sixth of the season. Garteig finished with 24 saves in the Bobcats' win, snapping a personal and team three-game losing streak.

CONSISTENT SCORING
Quinnipiac is one of six teams in NCAA Division I ice hockey to average 3.50 goals per game
as their 3.66 average ranks third nationally, while its 1.71 scoring margin is good for third nationally.

STRONG DEFENSIVELY
The Bobcats currently rank second in the country in scoring defense, as they are one of three teams in the nation - including UMass Lowell and Minnesota - to allow two goals or less per game. The Bobcats have allowed 74 goals in 38 games for a 1.95 team goals-against-average.

STAY IN THE MARGINS
Quinnipiac is in elite company with Boston College (1.78) and Union (1.53) as the only three teams in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey to outscore their opponents by 1.50 or more per game clip. Quinnipiac checks in with a 1.71 scoring margin, good for third nationally.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY
Quinnipiac's is second nationally in penalty kill percentage (89.9%) while its 22.9% on the power play puts them in sixth place. Quinnipiac ranks eighth in combined special teams (53.2%).

THREE OR MORE
Quinnipiac has produced three or more goals in 28 of its 38 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
Quinnipiac is currently one of seven teams whose defense has accumulated 90 or more points to date. The Bobcats' 91 points from its blue-line stars have come on the strength of 17 goals and 74 assists.

BREAKING LATE
Quinnipiac ranks sixth in the country, and first in ECAC Hockey, in third period points with 122, on the strength of 45 goals and 77 assists in the final frame. In addition, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 45-28, in the final 20 minutes.

BOBCATS IN THE MIDDLE
Through 38 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 56-23, in the second period of games. Quinnipiac's 56 second period goals and 1.47 goals per period are a national-best.