Bruisin’ Bobcats

After going over a month without a conference win, Quinnipiac  will start the post-exam portion of their schedule having not lost a conference game in a month.

Including a pair of non-conference wins, the Bobcats have taken nine of a possible ten points to close out the first semester.

Yes, they’ve beaten the likes of RPI, Princeton, and one-win Sacred Heart from Atlantic Hockey, but points are points.

The  latter portion of their streak has come without their three top scorers, as twins Connor and Kellen Jones, along with Jeremy Langlois,  missed Sunday’s game against Princeton. The Jones twins have been out since QU’s 3-2 win over RPI on Dec. 3

The Bobcats open up the second half of the year with a pair of games at Nebraska-Omaha, and then run the gauntlet with a road game at Yale and a pair of home games against travel partners and league leaders Cornell and Colgate.

QU is currently in third place, but has played the second most conference games of any ECAC team behind Princeton.

Colgate, Merrimack skate to a draw

I thought there would be a lot more goals  in this one, but two of the best from the ECAC and Hockey East skated to a 1-1 draw Saturday in Hamilton, NY.  The Raiders’ Robbie Bourdon scored his sixth of the year midway through the second period to tie it, but that capped the scoring on the night. Union will get a crack at Merrimack this Saturday in North Andover.

A Festivus for the rest of us

Four ECAC teams. Two non-conference games. St. Lawrence and Clarkson, along with Union and RPI, met at Lake Placid for the Festivus Faceoff Saturday.

No Festivus miracles to be found, as both St. Lawrence and Union won by three goals each. These types of tournaments are always fun, but I just think its odd to have a third of the ECAC  play and have no conference points come out of it.


Eight is a magic number

Five teams currently have exactly eight points in conference play: Yale, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Union, and Harvard. Clarkson and St. Lawrence have each played nine games, while Harvard, Union, and Yale have played eight, seven, and six, respectively.

While the unequal number of games make the standings a bit skewed, everything looks wide open outside of Cornell and Colgate heading into 2011.

Outside of these top two teams and  last-place RPI, a hot or cold weekend by any of  the teams third through eleventh could drastically alter the standings.