No.  4 Bobcats to Take On College Hockey’s Best in Northern Ireland

No. 4 Bobcats to Take On College Hockey’s Best in Northern Ireland

The Weekend:

Friday, Nov. 25 | 9:00 AM EST | No. 4 Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-1-2, 6-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs. Dartmouth Big Green (1-4-1, 1-3-1 ECAC Hockey)
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Saturday, Nov. 26 | 10:00 AM EST or 2:00 PM EST | No. 4 Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-1-2, 6-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs. No. 17 UMass OR No. 13/14 UMass Lowell
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HAMDEN, Conn. —

For the first time since 2019, the Friendship Four is back at the SSE Arena in Northern Ireland and the No. 4 Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey program is one of three ranked teams in attendance at the only college hockey tournament held outside of the United States.

The Bobcats will face fellow ECAC member Dartmouth on Friday in a non-league contest and will take on either No. 17 UMass or No. 13/14 UMass Lowell out of Hockey East, depending on both games’ results.

BOBCATS AT THE FRIENDSHIP FOUR

  • The Bobcats return to Belfast for the first time since 2016, where they made the final before falling to Vermont.
  • Nick Jermain scored the deciding tally in the shootout against St. Lawrence, propelling the Bobcats to the final. Kyle Hayton had 37 saves in net during that contest.
  • Craig Martin scored the lone tally in Saturday’s final.

GONE STREAKING

  • Currently at seven in a row, the Bobcats are currently tied for the nation’s longest winning streak.
  • Fellow ECAC Hockey member Harvard joins Quinnipiac, Atlantic Hockey’s RIT and Hockey East’s Merrimack at the top of that leaderboard.
  • Quinnipiac has also won four in a row on the road, one off Harvard and Niagara’s stretch.

DROPPIN’ DIMES

  • First Year Sam Lipkin dished a career-high four assists last Saturday night, en route to the Bobcats’ 4-0 victory over Yale. It is one of six such performances by a player in NCAA hockey this season and one of three by a first-year player (Karsen Dorwart and Tiernan Shoudy from Michigan State).
  • Lipkin is the first Bobcat first-year to reach that milestone since Matthew Peca recorded that number against Brown on Feb. 24, 2012. He also leads the team currently with seven helpers on the year.

J-QUILLAN

  • Sophomore forward Jacob Quillan has taken off in his second season with the Bobcats, already besting his 2021-22 point output with 12 on the current campaign. He also has six goals on the year, more than double what he totaled a season ago.
  • His multi-goal game against Cornell was the first of his collegiate career and his fourth multi-point contest, three of which have come this season.

EXPERIENCE

  • The Bobcats have one of the most experienced rosters in the country, with four players inside the Top 15 among active career leaders in appearances.
  • Ethan de Jong currently sits at 155 appearances, good for second in the country, tied with Bowling Green’s Alex Barber. The same squad’s Taylor Schneider enters the weekend with 158 career appearances, the most in the country.
  • For the Bobcats, Jacob Nordqvist (149), Zach of the Mets (148) and Michael Lombardi (146) all sit inside the Top 15. They combine to make Quinnipiac the only school in the country to have four inside the Top 15 in appearances.

A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN

  • Graduate forward Ethan de Jong is atop the national leaderboards, sitting with 115 career points, seven better than Penn State’s Ashton Calder, who currently sits at 107.
  • The forward has also played 155 games, which is good for second in the country.

SHUTTIN’ IT DOWN (AND OUT)

  • Sophomore Yaniv Perets is in a league of his own, currently leading the country among active players with 14 in 42 appearances during his college career.
  • Perets broke the program’s single-season shutouts record, becoming the first person ever to reach double digits in that category with 11. He is five shy of the program’s career record, set by Michael Garteig (19).

PICKED TO THREE-PEAT

  • After securing its sixth in program history, the Bobcats were picked to three-peat and win the Cleary Cup once again, according to the ECAC Coaches’ Poll, announced by the league office on Sept. 21.
  • The squad received eight of a possible 12 first-place votes, securing 118 total points. They finished nine points ahead of second-place Harvard, who secured the other four selections to top the league.
  • Captain Zach of the Mets and sophomore goaltender Yaniv Perets were selected to the ECAC Men’s Preseason All-League team as well.
  • Metsa ranked second in the nation for assists by a defenseman in 2021-22, while Perets finished No. 1 nationally in goals-against average and shutouts.

BOBCATS WITH THE PROS

  • Eight current Bobcats participated in NHL Development Camps this summer, as Yaniv Perets (Philadelphia Flyers), TJ Friedmann (St. Louis Blues), Zach of the Mets (Buffalo Sabres) and Skyler Brind’Amour (Edmonton Oilers) will bring that experience back to Quinnipiac.
  • The four incoming Bobcats were invited Sam Lipkin (Arizona Coyotes), Collin Graf (Florida Panthers), Charles Alexis Legault (Ottawa Senators) and Chase Clark (Washington Capitals).

USA! USA! USA!

  • Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold will lead Team USA at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship starting Dec. 26, 2022 in Canada. They will open with Latvia that night at 5:00 PM AST and play Slovakia, Switzerland and Finland as part of Group B.

To stay updated with the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team, follow us on Twitter/Instagram @QU_MIH or visit www.gobobcats.com.

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