Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Good Evening, Hockey Fans: Week of December 4th

Bardreau Named to the Preliminary World Juniors Roster
Sophomore forward and Fairport native Cole Bardreau was named to the preliminary roster for the US National Junior Team. The final roster will be narrowed down to 7 defensemen and 13 forwards (currently there are 9 and 15 listed respectively). Bardreau attended the summer camp which was narrowed down from forty-some players. The camp is mid-December, beginning in the training camp for the New York Rangers, moving to Helsinki before the tournament begins in Russia on December 26th. A few more articles have been written on Bardreau as well: D&C Article; D&C Blog post; NCAA Article.
There are a few other ECAC names on the list as well as players from across the NCAA and the CHL. Here's a look at the whole roster.

Big Red Faceoff
There was an excellent season-ending episode of Big Red Faceoff last night, and they even posted a clip of Cornell's own Jess Brown interviewing the team at Skate with the Big Red online. Check it out here if you missed it.

Continue reading on WAFT.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend Recap vs. Princeton

The Bobcats swept travel partner Princeton this past weekend (tumblr)
By: Mark Pierson

The Quinnipiac Bobcats and Princeton Tigers faced off for a weekend home and home series starting Friday night at the Bank in a game televised on NESN.

The announced crowd of 3,237 wouldn’t have to wait long as Jeremy Langlois stole a puck from a Princeton defender down low at 5:34 and skated in alone on Tiger netminder Mike Condon, depositing the puck in the back of the net. With just under a minute left in the first, Russell Goodman would shoot through traffic from the slot and put another past Condon giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead in a period where they limited the Tigers to 5 shots.

In the second we saw another potent display from the Quinnipiac defense, limiting Princeton to only 2 shots in a period where the Bobcats were in the box 3 times. To say to PK is potent would be an understatement. However, one of those shots was able to pinball off a couple of bodies, Hartzell’s upper arm, and the far post to pull the Tigers within one at 2-1, keeping them in a game that was a lot closer on the scoreboard than it was on the ice.

Just over 4 minutes into the third, Tiger James Kerr crushed Zach Tolkinen along the far side boards and was sent to the showers putting Quinnipiac on a 5 minute all-you-can-eat power play. Unfortunately, the weakest part of Quinnipiac’s game continued to struggle and Princeton was able to kill off the major. Less than a minute after the teams returned to full strength, Jordan Samuels-Thomas was whistled for interference giving the Tigers a man-advantage and the opportunity to seize the momentum. Luckily, the strongest part of Quinnipiac’s game, the nation’s 3rd-best penalty kill, was up to the task and ket Princeton from capitalizing.

Continue reading on FTNTTB.

ECAC Hockey in the National Polls (December 10, 2012)

After two ties on the road, Union has dropped in the polls (USCHO)


Quinnipiac: up 4 spots to #9
Dartmouth: stays at #10 for second consecutive week
Cornell: down 1 spot to #12
Union: down 2 spots to #14
Yale: stays at #15 for third consecutive week
Harvard: up 2 spots to #18
Colgate: received 35 votes after receiving 1 vote
SLU: received 0 votes after receiving 2 votes

USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine
Quinnipiac: up 2 spots to #9
Dartmouth: down 1 spot to #11
Cornell: up 1 spot to #12
Union: down 2 spots to #13
Yale: #15 for second consecutive week
Harvard: received 9 votes after receiving 3 votes

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Ryan Haggerty (ECAC Hockey)
The good news from last weekend? RPI picked up their first league point with a tie against Princeton and is no longer looking at a donut in their ECAC points column.

The bad news? That one point is all they got, and they continue to sit in last place in the 12-team league. Without going back to look, I’m going to guess that we might have done a tag-and-run with 12th place in the recent past but haven’t actually stayed there for a six-game span like this.

If I may keep the fortunately-unfortunately pattern going, I’ll point out that the boys actually played quite well most of the time this past weekend, with “most of the time” being of course the operative phrase. They stayed out of the penalty box, with only five minors total for the two nights (compared to a total of 20 for the four previous games!) and actually mounted a fair amount of offense, with more speed and passing than I’ve come to expect from the Engineers lately.

Continue reading on RPI Hockey. net

Thursday, December 6, 2012

ECAC Power Rankings (Week 5)

Rankings compiled by Luke Devoe

Here is the fifth installment of FTNTTB's ECAC Power Rankings. The rankings will appear each week on the blog. Ten ECAC sportswriters have taken part in the rankings this week and teams have been rated on a 1-12 point scale. If you are interested in sending in your rankings for future weeks tweet me @QUHockeyBlog by Tuesday of the week of the poll. We will aim to get the rankings posted Wednesday of each week.

No rationale this week due to time constraints, but needless to say after a 6-0-0 league start, ECAC writers are very high on the Bobcats. Cornell seems to be sneaking back into relevance and Yale is primed to make the Whitney War a thing to see this season!

First place votes in parenthesis
1.) Quinnipiac- 119 points (9) Highest/Lowest Ranking 1/2

2.) Dartmouth- 105 points (1) Highest/Lowest Ranking 1/4

3.) Yale- 100 points Highest/Lowest Ranking 2/4

Check out the complete rankings on FTNTTB.

Were the NCAA Tournament to Happen Today...

While it is still early on in the season, what better time than while the Big Red are on a long break to look at the pairwise rankings and an interesting, if inevitably meaningless, exercise to see where college hockey is right now. If nothing else, this will be something to look back at to see the differences between where the pairwise was halfway through the season and where it ends up in late March.

So, if we were at the end of the season, here are the teams who would make it in (assuming that the highest-ranked team within each conference wins the conference title):

1. Boston College (Hockey East Champion)
2. University of New Hampshire
3. Dartmouth College (ECAC Champion)
4. Yale University
5. Boston University
6. Notre Dame (CCHA Champion)
7. Miami University
8. Quinnipiac University
9. Western Michigan University
10. University of Denver (WCHA Champion)
11. Cornell University
12. Union College
13. University of North Dakota
14. Harvard University
15. University of Minnesota
16. Niagara University (Atlantic Hockey Champion) *

*As Niagara is tied with Ohio State for #16, Niagara wins that tie-breaker because otherwise no AHA teams would be represented.
To break that down further...
One seeds would be the first four listed: BC, UNH, Dartmouth, and Yale.
Two seeds would be the second four: BU, Notre Dame, Miami, and Quinnipiac.
Three seeds would be the third four: WMU, Denver, Cornell, and Union.
Four seeds would be the final four: North Dakota, Harvard, Minnesota, and Niagara.

Check out the entire analysis on WAFT.

Umass & Weekend Recap

By Mark Pierson

Capital District Sweep On Friday November 30th, Quinnipiac traveled to Schenectady, NY to face the #8 ranked Union Dutchmen. The 1st period saw long stretches of fast-paced back and forth action, a total of 23 shots on net (11 for Q, 12 for U), and even a few power plays, yet remained scoreless. The first couple of minutes of the 2nd looked like it would be more of the same. 

However, at the 3:20 mark Union's Daniel Ciampini took a ill-advised cross checking penalty that seemed to put the Dutchmen back on their heels. The momentum shifted to the Bobcats even though they couldn't convert on the power play. 

Quinnipiac took over and were dictating play all over the ice. Finally at the 15:21 mark, Jeremy Langlois lit the lamp with the 50th goal of his career. He is one of only 2 active D-I players with 50 and becomes the 10th D-I Bobcat to do so. The goal came on a nice feed from behind that net that was one-timed by Troy Grosenick. 

Less than 2 minutes later, Travis St. Denis would take a Langlois rebound and bury it for a 2-0 Quinnipiac lead heading into the intermission. It was a period dominated by the Bobcats who limited Union to a total of 5 shots while putting up 15 of their own.

Read the entire recap on FTNTTB.