Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey

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Quinnipiac Bobcats
Quinnipiac Bobcats athletic logo
UniversityQuinnipiac University
ConferenceECAC Hockey
Head coachRand Pecknold
24th season, 485–297–89 (.608)
CaptainChase Priskie
Alternate captain(s)Scott Davidson
ArenaFrank Perrotti, Jr. Arena at the People's United Center
Capacity: 3,086
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationHamden, Connecticut
ColorsNavy and Gold
         
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament appearances
2002, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
2002, 2016
Conference regular season championships
1999, 2000, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
Current uniform
ECAC-Uniform-Quinnipiac.png

The Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Quinnipiac University. The Bobcats are a member of ECAC Hockey. They play at the People's United Center in Hamden, Connecticut.[1]

History[edit]

Quinnipiac College began sponsoring men's ice hockey as a varsity sport for the 1975–76 season. The program joined as an independent NCAA Division II team. The team played as an independent Division II team until 1998, when the program joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and transferred to Division I.[2] The Braves won the MAAC Regular Season Championship in their first season in the league. The trend continued as Quinnipiac won the title the follow two seasons.[2] In 2002 The Braves won the team's first playoff series, winning the MAAC Playoff Championship with a 6–4 win over Mercyhurst.[3] With the win, Quinnipiac received an automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, the first NCAA post season appearance in program history.[3] Quinnipiac faced off against Cornell in the first round of the East Regional, held in Worcester, Massachusetts.[4] Quinnipiac's run into the NCAA Tournament ended early in a 1–6 loss to the Big Red.[5] The game was the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the Braves.[6] Quinnipiac finished the 2001–02 season 20–13–5, marking the team's fourth consecutive season with at least 20 wins.[7]

The Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team battles Dartmouth College at the then-named TD Banknorth Sports Center, February 2007. Quinnipiac student section is on right.

In 2003 the MAAC Hockey league split off from the main athletic conference to form Atlantic Hockey.[8] After two years in Atlantic Hockey Quinnipiac left to join the ECAC, replacing Vermont who left the league for Hockey East[9] and changed their name to the Bobcats. QU was chosen over a number of applicants in large part to the university's commitment to build a new multipurpose sports arena to replace the civic-owned Northford Ice Pavilion.[9] The Bobcats moved into the new 3,386-seat TD Bank Sports Center (then known as TD Banknorth Sports Center) in 2007.[10]

The 2012-13 season has brought Quinnipiac to national prominence. The program reached a new high becoming the number one team in the country on February 11, 2013 in both the USCHO.com poll and USA Today College Hockey poll. Quinnipiac retained the ranking the following week despite losing their first game as the top ranked team to St. Lawrence University as the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams also fell the same weekend. The Bobcats also won their first ever Cleary Cup presented to the ECAC regular season champion. On March 24, 2013, the Bobcats received the number one overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Bobcats won the East Region with wins over Canisius (4-3) and Union (5-1) to advance to the school's first ever Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pa. In the national semifinals, Quinnipiac defeated St. Cloud State (4-1) to advance to the national championship game against archrival Yale. The Bobcats fell 4-0 to Yale to end the 2012-13 as the national runner-up.

In the 2013-14 season the Bobcats once again reached the NCAA tournament yet were defeated in the first round by Providence College 4-0. The team finished the season with a 24-10-6 record.

Quinnipiac once again had a successful 2014-15 season when they won their second ECAC regular season title in 3 years but lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to North Dakota 4-1. The team finished the season with a 23-12-4 record.

The 2015-16 season saw Qunnipiac set a school record for wins with 32 along with winning their 3rd ECAC regular season title in 4 years and winning the ECAC tournament championship for the first time. Quinnipiac blew through the East Regional with wins over RIT 4-0 and UMass Lowell 4-1 to capture the regional championship and advance to the Frozen Four in the Tampa for the 2nd time in 4 seasons. In the national semifinals the Bobcats withheld a late charge by Boston College to win 3-2 and advance to the second national championship game in program history. Once again Quinnipiac was denied a national championship this time at the hands of North Dakota in a 5-1 defeat. The team finished the season with a record of 32-4-7.

Rivals[edit]

Since moving to the ECAC, Quinnipiac's biggest rival has been the Yale Bulldogs. The rivalry is dubbed the War on Whitney Avenue as the two campuses are separated by a mere 8 miles on Whitney Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut to New Haven, Connecticut. The rivalry has reached its highest point in 2013 as both the Bobcats and the Bulldogs rank in the top 10 nationally and are 1 and 2 in the ECAC standings. Quinnipiac holds a 9-5-2 all-time record against the Bulldogs. The winner of the final game between the two teams receives the Heroes Hat which honors those who risked their lives during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The two teams met on April 13, 2013 for the fourth time in the 2012-13 season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to play for the national championship. Quinnipiac won the previous three meetings by a combined score of 13-3, but was upset in the national championship game, 4-0.

The Cornell Big Red have also become a rival of Quinnipiac with the teams meeting in five ECAC Hockey Playoff series since the 2007 season having won in 2007 at Lynah Rink and in 2013 and 2016 in Hamden with the latter two coming with Quinnipiac as the ECAC number one seed and seasons in which Quinnipiac reached the Frozen Four. Cornell won series in 2011 and 2018 both at Lynah Rink. Quinnipiac is 3-2 in those series against Cornell with three of the series going the maximum three games. Things on the ice have been heated at times with a lot of physical play and both Rand Pecknold and Cornell head coach Mike Schafer jawing at each other as well.

Roster[edit]

As of January 11, 2019.[11]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Latvia Kārlis Čukste Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1997-06-17 Riga, Latvia Chicago (USHL) SJS, 130th overall 2015
3 Nova Scotia Peter Diliberatore Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2000-03-31 Bedford, Nova Scotia Salisbury (USHS–CT) VGK, 180th overall 2018
4 Rhode Island Michael Lombardi Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-08-20 Barrington, Rhode Island West Kelowna (BCHL)
5 New York (state) Brandon Fortunato Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-06-07 North Hills, New York Boston University (HEA)
6 Finland Dan Nybondas Sophomore D 6' 6" (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1996-10-12 Espoo, Finland HIFK U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)
7 Minnesota Marcus Chorney Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-09-16 Hastings, Minnesota Amarillo (NAHL)
8 New Jersey Alex Whelan Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1997-07-20 Ramsey, New Jersey Jersey (USPHL)
10 British Columbia Ethan de Jong Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-07-12 North Vancouver, British Columbia Prince George (BCHL)
11 Michigan Wyatt Bongiovanni Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-07-24 Birmingham, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
12 Connecticut Daniel Winslow Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-09-26 Fairfield, Connecticut Jersey (NCDC)
13 Florida Chase Priskie (C) Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-03-19 Pembroke Pines, Florida Salmon Arm (BCHL) WSH, 177th overall 2016
14 Massachusetts D. J. Petruzzelli Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-01-08 Wilbraham, Massachusetts Springfield (NAHL)
15 Ontario Luke Shiplo Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 1995-05-31 Oakville, Ontario Vernon (BCHL)
16 Sweden William Fällström Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-02-03 Stockholm, Sweden Fargo (USHL)
17 New Hampshire Cam Boudreau Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-11-27 Salem, New Hampshire Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)
18 Connecticut Nick Jermain Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 1996-06-07 Norwalk, Connecticut Merritt (BCHL)
19 Missouri T. J. Friedmann Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-02-27 St. Louis, Missouri Victoria (BCHL)
20 British Columbia Craig Martin Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1995-03-15 Trail, British Columbia Trail (BCHL)
22 British Columbia Scott Davidson (A) Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1995-06-04 Trail, British Columbia Chilliwack (BCHL)
23 Wisconsin Zach Metsa Freshman D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-10-19 Delafield, Wisconsin Central Illinois (USHL)
24 New Jersey Matthew Cassidy Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1999-07-31 Medford, New Jersey Brooks (NAHL)
25 Illinois Brogan Rafferty Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1995-05-28 Dundee, Illinois Bloomington (USHL)
26 Netherlands Guus van Nes Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-02-14 Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)
27 British Columbia Desi Burgart Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-09-28 North Vancouver, British Columbia Surrey (BCHL)
28 Connecticut Joe O'Connor Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1996-03-16 Hamden, Connecticut Brooks (AJHL)
29 Minnesota Odeen Tufto Sophomore F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-01-09 Chaska, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
31 Massachusetts Keith Petruzzelli Sophomore G 6' 5" (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-02-09 Wilbraham, Massachusetts Muskegon (USHL) DET, 88th overall 2017
33 Massachusetts Josh Mayanja Sophomore G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-08-16 Framingham, Massachusetts South Shore (USPHL)
35 Alaska Andrew Shortridge Junior G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1995-04-26 Anchorage, Alaska Vernon (BCHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quinnipiac Bobcats, Union Dutchmen play 5-overtime hockey game, longest in NCAA history - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2010-03-13. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  2. ^ a b "Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived November 22, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "2002 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  5. ^ [2] Archived December 8, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Statistics :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  7. ^ "Bobcat hockey looking for repeated success | The Quinnipiac Chronicle". 2002-10-10. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  8. ^ "Atlantic Hockey : ATLANTIC HOCKEY HISTORY". Atlantichockeyonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  9. ^ a b "Quinnipiac Officially Admitted to ECAC :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  10. ^ Holtz, Jeff (2007-01-27). "Arena Fit for Quinnipiac's Ambition". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "2018–19 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Quinnipiac Athletics. Retrieved January 16, 2016.

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