Men's Ice Hockey Picked To Finish 6th In ECAC Hockey Preseason Polls
2011-12 ECAC Hockey Men's Coaches Preseason
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The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team was picked to finish sixth in both the 2011-12 ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches and Media Association Polls, while also receiving one first place vote in the Coaches poll. Quinnipiac was 16-15-8 last season and return nine of its top 10 scorers from a year ago.
“We’re excited to get the year going,” head coach Rand Pecknold said. “Last year was a little disappointing. We had a young team - a lot of freshmen and sophomores - and we played in a lot of close games. We had enough ties to last a couple of years but I think that will help us in the long run. We have some experienced, talented players up front and I hope for a successful year.”
In the Coaches poll, Yale was picked to finish first with 117 points and nine first-place votes, followed by Union with 107 points and two first-place votes. Cornell was tabbed third with 97 points with Rensselaer slotting into the fourth spot with 85 points. Dartmouth was fifth with 76 points while the Bobcats grabbed the sixth spot with 70 points and the remaining first-place vote. Harvard (65), Princeton (51), St. Lawrence (43), Colgate (31), Clarkson (23) and Brown (22) filled out the remaining field.
In the media poll, Yale was once again the first pick, earning 432 points and 25 first-place votes, followed by Union with 397 points and 11 first-place votes, Cornell with 356 points and five first-place votes and Dartmouth with 303 points and the remaining first place vote, with Rensselaer taking the fifth spot with 281 points. After Quinnipiac in sixth place with 239 points, Princeton (206), St. Lawrence (173), Clarkson (164) , Colgate (152), Brown (134) and Harvard (129) filled out the remaining spots on the medias’ list.
The Bobcats received four votes in the first poll of the season and were among six ECAC Hockey schools in the first nationally rankings of the new year. In 2010-11,the Bobcats advanced to the ECAC Hockey Tournament quarterfinals for the sixth time in as many years. Since joining ECAC Hockey for the 2005-06 season, Quinnipiac is the only team to win a tournament series in each of the last six seasons.
The Bobcats will return 23 letter winners from last year's team including nine of its top 10 scorers. Second-year captain Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) was the only Bobcat to reach double figures in goals (14) and assists (11) on his way to a team-high 25 points. 2010-11 team Most Valuable Player, as well as 2009-10 team Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) continued to develop as one of the top offensive threats in ECAC Hockey with a team-leading 18 goals as a sophomore. Sophomore twins Connor and Kellen Jones also placed in the top-five in the Bobcats line-up in scoring, combining for 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points between the two of them. Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) became the first defenseman to lead all Quinnipiac players in assists (18) since former three-time All-American and first-year assistant coach Reid Cashman.
The Bobcats also return two proven, veteran goalies in Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) and Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.), who have each spent time among the national leaders in all goalie categories over the last two years.
The Bobcats also welcome newcomers Jack Callahan (Red Bank, N.J.), Danny Federico (Acton, Mass.) Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Alberta) and Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) while Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Windsor, Conn.), a transfer from Bowling Green, will join the Bobcats in 2012-13.
The Bobcats are in action this weekend when they host Acadia University for an exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac will open the regular season on the road when they head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State in a two-game series on Oct. 7-9. Quinnipiac is 3-1 against the Buckeyes on their last four meetings over the previous two seasons, including a weekend sweep of Ohio State in 2009-10.
ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches Coaches' Poll (First Place Votes In Parentheses)
- Yale (9) 117
- Union (2) 107
- Cornell 97
- Rensselaer 85
- Dartmouth 76
- Quinnipiac (1) 70
- Harvard 65
- Princeton 51
- St. Lawrence 43
- Colgate 31
- Clarkson 23
- Brown 22
- Yale (23) 432
- Union (11) 397
- Cornell (3) 356
- Dartmouth (1) 303
- Rensselaer 281
- Quinnipiac 239
- Princeton 205
- St. Lawrence 173
- Clarkson 164
- Colgate 152
- Brown 134
- Harvard 129