Quinnipiac University Bobcats rolling through ECAC




















A Team on the Rise

Last season, the Quinnipiac men’s hockey team finished in 5th place in the ECAC. Their team was far from a powerhouse in the conference.

But that was last season and that story is no more.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats are the top dogs in ECAC hockey. The Bobcats hold a 10-3-2 record overall on the season and dominant 6-0 record in the ECAC. After suffering an embarrassing 2-1 loss to American International, one of the worst teams in collegiate hockey, the Bobcats began to roll. Since the loss on November 6th, QU has gone 7-0-1. Oh and AIC hasn’t won a single game since narrowly defeating Quinnipiac.

Quinnipiac is undefeated in conference play, defeating the likes of Colgate, Cornell, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Union and Rensselaer. 3 of those teams were ranked higher than Quinnipiac at the end of last season (Colgate, Cornell and Union).

Recipe for Success

The Bobcats have been winning both dominantly and efficiently. The team’s defense is among one of the best in college hockey with senior goaltender Eric Hartzell (who was recently named Hogan Hockey/ ECAC goalie of the month) in between the pipes. Over the course of the month Hartzell went undefeated, going 6-0-1 with a .933 save percentage and a 1.27 goals against average. Hartzell has not allowed more than 2 goals over the course of last month.

The scary part is Hartzell isn’t the only weapon the Bobcats posses. Quinnipiac’s offense deserves just as much credit for the success the team has seen this year. In their 10 wins this season, the Bobcats have outscored their opponents 36-10.

The top scorer for the Bobcats this season is senior Jeremy Langlois who has 8 goals and 6 assists for 14 points in 14 games. Not far behind him is fellow senior Russell Goodman who has 4 goals and 3 assists on the season.

Even Quinnipiac’s special teams has been showing vast improvement as the season progresses. The penalty kill unit has been particularly impressive as of late. In their most recent game, the Bobcats squared off against conference opponent Rensselaer. The teams were all knotted up at 1 after two periods of play. That tie was broken when breakout sophomore Matthew Peca grabbed the game-winner in the third period with a 5-on-3 shorthanded goal.

Another display of their dominance would be their 4-0 trouncing of Union College. USCHO.com predicted it’d be a tight game but that Union would pull away with the victory. Boy were they wrong. Union couldn’t seem to get anything going for them as senior Jeremy Langlois scored twice and Hartzell slammed the door on the Dutchmen.

The Bobcats have one of the most complete teams in the ECAC. They’re climbing their way through the college hockey ranks, now sitting at 13 in the USCHO Poll and 8 in the PairWise Rankings. Even ESPN broadcaster and cawlidge hawkey expert John Buccigross has them ranked in his top ten teams in that nation (along with conference rival Yale University).


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Looking Ahead

On Friday, December 7th, the Bobcats will face off against another conference opponent in Princeton University. Quinnipiac will be looking to keep their undefeated streak alive as they square off against the 5th ranked team. Princeton has posted a 3-4-3 record this year and a 2-1-3 record in the conference.

Statistically, Quinnipiac is the better team. And truthfully, the Bobcats should have no problem doing away with this team.

Tune into NESN at 7:00 pm on Friday night to watch the battle of the big cats as the Quinnipiac Bobcats face off against the Princeton Tigers.



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