No. 7 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (24-9-6) vs.
No. 10 Providence College Friars (21-10-6)
NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Division I Championship East Regoinal
Date: Mar. 28, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Webster Bank Arena • Bridgeport, Conn.
All-Time In The NCAA Tournament: 3-2
All-Time Against Providence: 2-3-1
Last Meeting: T, 3-3 (Nov. 27, 2013, High Point Solutions Arena • Hamden, Conn.)
Nationally-ranked No. 7 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will face off against No. 10 Providence in the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship East Regional on Friday, Mar. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Quinnipiac received the No. 6 seed in the national tournament while Providence landed the No. 11 seed.
ALL-TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Quinnipiac will make its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history, including their second straight after advancing to the National Championship game in 2013.
• Before last season, the Bobcats had advanced to the NCAA Tournament just once all the way back in 2002 where they won the MAAC Championship and lost to Cornell in the NCAA First Round game, 6-1, from Worcester, Mass. • The 2013 NCAA Tournament saw the Bobcats earn the No. 1 overall seed and win three straight games to advance to their first Frozen Four and finish as the National Runner-up to Yale in the Championship game.
• The Bobcats are 3-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament as they beat Canisius, Union and St. Cloud State in 2013 for their three NCAA Tournament wins in program history.
ALL-TIME AGAINST PROVIDENCE
• Quinnipiac and Providence have faced each other seven times, with the last meeting coming earlier this season on Nov. 26 in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie from the High Point Solutions Arena. The Friars picked up the equalizer in the third off a power-play goal from Brooks Behling while their sophomore goalie Jon Gillies posted a season-high 45 saves to give his team a chance to secure the tie.
• Before this season's meeting, the Friars took the first two match-ups in 2001 and 2004, while Quinnipiac has lost just once out of its last four games against PC.
• The two teams have never met in the postseason or on a neutral surface before while the Bobcats own the overall advantage with a 4-3-1 all-time record against Providence.
SCOUTING THE PROVIDENCE FRIARS
• The Friars, who will be making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, are 9-15 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. In Providence's last tournament appearance, the Friars fell, 4-1, to Wisconsin in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Friars highest finish came during the 1984-85 season, when Providence finished second overall after falling, 2-1, to Rensselaer in the championship game.
• This will be the Friars' first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2001 as they come into the postseason with a record of 21-10-6 on the season, finishing third in the regular season Hockey East standings with an 11-7-2 league mark. A sweep of Maine in the best-of-three quarterfinal series advanced Providence to the Hockey East semifinal round for a program-record third straight season. Their 21 wins are the most since the 2000-01 season, when the Friars finished with 22 wins.
• They enter the weekend with the 10th-best winning percentage (.649) of any team in the nation while their biggest key to success is their sophomore goalie Jon Gillies. Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Coming off an incredible freshman season wherein he earned the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Rookie of the Year honors and became just the 17th Friar to be named an All-American, Gillies hasn't suffered through a sophomore slump as he is currently 18-8-5 overall with a 2.20 GAA and .929 save percentage with three shutouts. His numbers for the 2013-14 season nearly match his marks from his All-American season in 2012-13 where he posted an 18-12-6 record with five shutouts, 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage. He played in 32 out the Friars' 37 games, missing five due to his starting role for the Team USA World Juniors Team that advanced to the quarterfinal round in Dec. 2013. Gillies started in four of the five games for Team USA at the World Juniors Championship held in Sweden, posting two wins against the Czech Republic and Slovakia before falling to Canada and Russia.
• The player that makes the Providence offense go is their junior forward Ross Mauermann who comes in with 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists) in 37 games. He ranks within the Top 25 in the nation in terms of goals per game (0.51) while he is tied for the 11th-most game-winning goals (five) in the nation. The Providence offense as a whole ranks 23rd in the country at 2.30 goals per game while their scoring defense is their calling card, coming in at 10th nationally with a 2.30 GAA. Providence is a disciplined team averaging just 10.2 penalty minutes and their penalty kill is one of the best in the nation, operating at an 87.0 percent clip, 3rd-best of any team in the country. Despite their penalty killing proficiency, the Friars sit 53rd nationally with just a 13.9 percent power play.
2013 NCAA REGIONAL RECAP
• Quinnipiac's first NCAA Division I tournament win in University history came against Canisius. The Bobcats defeated The Griffs on the strength of three goals in the final 12 minutes of the third period to cap off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the No. 20 Golden Griffins.
• Kevin Bui slid home the game-winner with less than six minutes remaining to complete the comeback win over Canisius.
• Powered by a natural hat trick from Matthew Peca, the nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated No. 13 Union, 5-1, in the East Regional Final to advance to the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pa. Peca also added an assist while Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Kellen Jones scored. Eric Hartzell stopped 18 of Union's 19 shots-on-goal.
• Matthew Peca was named the NCAA East Regional Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals and assisting on another. Connor Jones and Eric Hartzell were named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team. Jones had a goal and three assists while Hartzell was 2-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .905 save percentage.
• Peca's natural hat trick in the first period against Union in the East Regional Final was compiled in a mere 3:12 for the fastest hat trick in NCAA Tournament history. He also became just the 17th player to record a hat trick in a NCAA Tournament Regional game all-time.
QUINNIPIAC AND THE 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD
• Quinnipiac has more 100-point scorers (Kellen Jones, Connor Jones, Matthew Peca and Jordan Samuels-Thomas) than anyone other participant in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
• Kellen Jones ranks sixth in career games played (156) out of all student-athletes in this year's tournament.
• Connor Jones currently ranks third in career power-play goals (24) among all NCAA Tournament student-athletes.
• Goalie Michael Garteig ranks third in career goals-against average (1.90) among the 16 regular starting goalies in this year's bracket.
• Quinnipiac is the only team in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament to feature four players (Peca, Samuels-Thoams, Jones & Jones) that enter the tournament averaging a point or more per career NCAA game.
• Quinnipiac has the third highest-scoring senior class (54-90-144) among all 16 schools.
• The Bobcats also have the third highest-scoring freshman class (41-71-122).
• Quinnipiac features the fifth most points scored by its defensemen (17-75-92) out of the 16-team field.
QU ACTIVE SCORING LEADERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Kellen Jones and Matthew Peca both come in with the most points among active scoring leaders for the Bobcats in the NCAA Tournament. Jones (2-3-5) and Peca (4-1-5) each have five points in four games in the National Tournament. Connor Jones (1-3-4) and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (3-1-4) come in right behind the two with four points each while Zach Tolkinen, Bryce Van Brabant and Travis St. Denis each picked up one assist during the 2013 NCAA Tournament run for Quinnipiac.
THE BOBCATS AGAINST THE 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD
Quinnipiac enters the NCAA Tournament with a record of 4-3-1 against teams currently playing in this year's tournament. The Bobcats faced UMass Lowell (2-0-0), Union (1-1-0), Colgate (1-2-0) and Providence (0-0-1).
SCOUTING THE NCAA EAST REGIONAL
THE NO. 1 UNION COLLEGE DUTCHMEN
• Armed with one of the most talented rosters in all of Division I, the Union College Dutchmen (28-6-4) just received the No. 1 ranking in the USCHO poll for the first time in program history.
• The Dutchmen are coming off their third-straight Whitelaw Cup title and moved into the No. 1 spot after spending the past two weeks in the No.2 position.
• Union features a bevy of All-Conference performers as six Dutchmen were named All-ECAC Hockey. Senior defenseman Mat Bodie (4-28-32), senior forward Daniel Carr (22-23-45), junior defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (8-21-29) and junior goalie Colin Stevens (24-4-2, 1.96 GAA, .931 Save %) all were named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team. Junior forward Daniel Ciampini (19-16-35) was named to the Second Team All-ECAC Hockey while freshman forward Mike Vecchione (12-19-31) was named to the All-Rookie Team. The four First Team selections for Union is a school record.
• In addition to the All-Conference team selections, Union's Gostisbehere was named to Co-Player of the Year and Co-Best Defensive Defenseman of the Year in the ECAC Hockey as well as becoming just the second player in program history to have been named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to college hockey's top player.
• Head coach Rick Bennett, currently in his third season with the team, has been the guiding force to Union's dominance in the ECAC Hockey the last three seasons as he manned the helm for all three title runs in conference play, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three years as well. Union advanced to their first ever Frozen Four in 2012 with wins over UMass Lowell and Michigan State in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
• The Dutchmen feature a balanced scoring attack with 13 players registering double digit points and six players totaling at least 10 goals on the season. Twelve different players have at least one game-winning goal while feature a Top 10 scorer in the nation in Carr (1.29 points per game average). Bodie is the third-highest scoring defenseman in the country (0.89 points per game) while his 28 assists are the second-most for any blue liner in the nation. Vecchione is the ninth-highest scoring freshman in the country (0.91 points per game). Their junior goalie Stevens has blossomed into the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year in his first season as the Dutchmen's primary starter. He has the best winning percentage of any goalie in the country (.833, 24-4-2) while his goals against average (1.96) and save percentage (.931) both rank 5th in the NCAA while he is tied for 2nd with six shutouts.
• Union is one of just two teams in the country to have a Top 5 scoring offense (3.68) and defense (2.08) while they enter the tournament tied with Minnesota State for the longest unbeaten streak (13 games, 12-0-1).
THE NO. 14 UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT CATAMOUNTS
• The 16th-ranked Vermont men's hockey team will face No. 1 Union in the East Regional of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Friday. The Catamounts earned the No. 13 overall seed while Union received the No. 3 seed as the 16-team field was revealed.
• UVM will be making its sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history, the most of any team in the East Regional, and first since 2009-10.
• With an overall record of 20-14-3 (10-10-0 HEA), UVM is in the midst of its first 20-win season since 2008-09 when it reached the NCAA Frozen Four for the second time in school history. That season, the Catamounts beat Yale and Air Force in Bridgeport, Conn. to advance to the national semifinals against Boston University.
• After just an 11-win campaign in 2012-13 and picked to finish just ninth in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll, Vermont proved their doubters wrong by finishing seventh in the conference in 2013-14 with a 10-10 mark in league play. They also bested annual powers Notre Dame, Boston University and UMass in the Hockey East standings and were one of five Hockey East teams to make the NCAA Tournament field, the most of any conference in the nation.
• The Catamounts are a disciplined hockey team and have played their best hockey of the season down the stretch, winning eight of their last 13 games overall, holding opponents to less than two goals a game over the last third of the season. Vermont has scored 103 goals this season, with 20 different players notching at least one goal on the season, the most of any team in the country.
• The Catamounts may have one of the most-balanced scoring lineups in the country as 22 of their 23 skaters to lace it up this season have registered at least one point, including their two starting goalies who have combined for three assists on the year.
• Chris McCarthy is the Catamounts' main threat on offense as he ranked 31st nationally with 1.08 points per game and 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) on the season.
• Vermont also features freshman Mario Puskarich who leads the nation with seven game-winning goals and ranks 49th with 0.97 points per game (19-16-35).
• Michael Paliotta headlines the Catamounts' blue liners with the 12th-best scoring average among defenders in the nation at 0.73 points per game and 27 points (5 goals, 22 assists) in 2013-14. Even with the balanced offensive attack, the Catamounts' main strength is their defense as it comes in as the 8th-best in the country (2.27 GAA). Their penalty kill is the 7th-best in the nation at 85.8 percent but their power play has struggled all year with a 15.7 percent conversion success with the man advantage.
• Their sophomore goalie Brody Hoffman has led the Catamounts' second half success with a 2.01 GAA for the season (7th-best in Div. I) in addition to a .927 save percentage (13th-best in Div. I) and .583 winning percentage.
Quinnipiac is one of five teams in NCAA Division I ice hockey to average 3.50 goals per game as their 3.62 average ranks fourth nationally.
The Bobcats and UMass Lowell are the only two teams to hold teams to fewer than two goals per game entering the NCAA Tourament. The Bobcats' 1.97 per-game average is a product of holding the opposition to 77 goals in 39 games.
STAY IN THE MARGINS
Quinnipiac is in elite company with Boston College (1.78) and Union (1.61) 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 1.64 scoring margin, second to Boston College.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY
Quinnipiac's is second nationally in penalty kill percentage (90.1 %) while its 22.7% on the power play puts them in sixth place. Quinnipiac ranks 10th in combined special teams (53.0 %).
THREE OR MORE
Quinnipiac has produced three or more goals in 28 of its 39 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.
Quinnipiac ranks seventh 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, 45-29, in the final 20 minutes.
BOBCATS IN THE MIDDLE
Through 39 games, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponents, 58-24, in the second period of games. Quinnipiac's 58 second period goals and 1.49 goals per period are a national-best. They also lead the country in second period power play goals (23), power play assists (44) and power play points (67).
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 NAMED ECAC HOCKEY CO-ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) was named the 2014 ECAC Hockey Co-Rookie of the Year, sharing the award with St. Lawrence's Gavin Bayreuther, as voted on by the league's office.
• Anas is the third Quinnipiac player - joining Bryan Leitch in 2006 and Brandon Wong in 2007 – honored as a recipient of the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year award.
• On Thursday, Mar. 20, Anas was named to the ECAC Hockey Third Team as well as the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team.
KELLEN JONES AND SAM ANAS EARN ALL-ECAC HOCKEY HONORS
Kellen Jones and Anas were named to the All-ECAC Hockey Second Team while Anas earned All-Rookie Team honors, as announced by the ECAC Hockey league office.
• Jones finished the regular season with career-highs in goals (18) assists (21) and points (39 and finished with the third-most points (39) among all ECAC Hockey players.
• Jones led NCAA Division I hockey with four shorthanded goals and is one of five players nationally with at least 18 goals and 23 assists.
• Jones also tallied 13 multiple-point games which led the Bobcats, while also ranking second in ECAC Hockey.
• Earlier this season, Jones also became the 21st player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach the 100-point mark, and 35th player all-time, while currently tallying 53 goals and 74 assists for 127 points in 156 games played.