Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey
|Head coach||Rand Pecknold|
24th season, 485–297–89 (.608)
|Alternate captain(s)||Scott Davidson|
|Arena||Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena at the People's United Center|
Surface: 200' x 85'
|Colors||Navy and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|2002, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|Conference regular season championships|
|1999, 2000, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019|
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.
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. 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. In 2002 The Braves won the team's first playoff series, winning the MAAC Playoff Championship with a 6–4 win over Mercyhurst. 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. Quinnipiac faced off against Cornell in the first round of the East Regional, held in Worcester, Massachusetts. Quinnipiac's run into the NCAA Tournament ended early in a 1–6 loss to the Big Red. The game was the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the Braves. Quinnipiac finished the 2001–02 season 20–13–5, marking the team's fourth consecutive season with at least 20 wins.
In 2003 the MAAC Hockey league split off from the main athletic conference to form Atlantic Hockey. After two years in Atlantic Hockey Quinnipiac left to join the ECAC, replacing Vermont who left the league for Hockey East 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. The Bobcats moved into the new 3,386-seat TD Bank Sports Center (then known as TD Banknorth Sports Center) in 2007.
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.
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.
As of January 11, 2019.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|2||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||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||Michael Lombardi||Freshman||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||187 lb (85 kg)||1998-08-20||Barrington, Rhode Island||West Kelowna (BCHL)||—|
|5||Brandon Fortunato||Senior||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1996-06-07||North Hills, New York||Boston University (HEA)||—|
|6||Dan Nybondas||Sophomore||D||6' 6" (1.98 m)||208 lb (94 kg)||1996-10-12||Espoo, Finland||HIFK U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)||—|
|7||Marcus Chorney||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-09-16||Hastings, Minnesota||Amarillo (NAHL)||—|
|8||Alex Whelan||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||212 lb (96 kg)||1997-07-20||Ramsey, New Jersey||Jersey (USPHL)||—|
|10||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||Wyatt Bongiovanni||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1999-07-24||Birmingham, Michigan||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|12||Daniel Winslow||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1997-09-26||Fairfield, Connecticut||Jersey (NCDC)||—|
|13||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||D. J. Petruzzelli||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1997-01-08||Wilbraham, Massachusetts||Springfield (NAHL)||—|
|15||Luke Shiplo||Senior||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||174 lb (79 kg)||1995-05-31||Oakville, Ontario||Vernon (BCHL)||—|
|16||William Fällström||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-02-03||Stockholm, Sweden||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|17||Cam Boudreau||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-11-27||Salem, New Hampshire||Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)||—|
|18||Nick Jermain||Junior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||174 lb (79 kg)||1996-06-07||Norwalk, Connecticut||Merritt (BCHL)||—|
|19||T. J. Friedmann||Freshman||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-02-27||St. Louis, Missouri||Victoria (BCHL)||—|
|20||Craig Martin||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||182 lb (83 kg)||1995-03-15||Trail, British Columbia||Trail (BCHL)||—|
|22||Scott Davidson (A)||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||1995-06-04||Trail, British Columbia||Chilliwack (BCHL)||—|
|23||Zach Metsa||Freshman||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1998-10-19||Delafield, Wisconsin||Central Illinois (USHL)||—|
|24||Matthew Cassidy||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||182 lb (83 kg)||1999-07-31||Medford, New Jersey||Brooks (NAHL)||—|
|25||Brogan Rafferty||Junior||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||191 lb (87 kg)||1995-05-28||Dundee, Illinois||Bloomington (USHL)||—|
|26||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||Desi Burgart||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-09-28||North Vancouver, British Columbia||Surrey (BCHL)||—|
|28||Joe O'Connor||Sophomore||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||1996-03-16||Hamden, Connecticut||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|29||Odeen Tufto||Sophomore||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1997-01-09||Chaska, Minnesota||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|31||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||Josh Mayanja||Sophomore||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1997-08-16||Framingham, Massachusetts||South Shore (USPHL)||—|
|35||Andrew Shortridge||Junior||G||6' 4" (1.93 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||1995-04-26||Anchorage, Alaska||Vernon (BCHL)||—|
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