No. 17 Quinnipiac Hosts Vermont on Saturday

No. 17 Quinnipiac Hosts Vermont on Saturday

No. 17 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
University of Vermont Catamounts (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM EST
Location: TD Bank Sports Center (Hamden, Conn.)
All-Time vs. Vermont: 0-2-0
Last Meeting: L, 1-5 (11/26/2016, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Live Links: Live Video (ESPN3) | Live Stats | Twitter
Game Notes: Quinnipiac | Vermont

Nationally-ranked No. 17 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey will host Vermont for a non-conference match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats enter the weekend with a record of 0-1-1 after a season-opening 1-1 tie at No. 13 Boston College on Friday, Oct. 7 and a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 2 Boston University in their home opener on Sunday, Oct. 9. Vermont split a season-opening series against Colorado College and stand at 1-1-0.

All of Quinnipiac's home games will be featured on ESPN3 through the 2017-18 season, with Bill Schweizer providing the play-by-play and Rich Coppola with the color commentary. 
Quinnipiac fans can follow the Bobcats on Twitter and Instagram @QU_MIH, or tap into live coverage, as announced on Twitter, on Facebook @QUMENSHOCKEY.

Quinnipiac and Vermont have faced each other twice, most recently in the championship game of the 2016 Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with the Catamounts taking that game, 5-1. Quinnipiac won the first match-up, all-time, on Dec. 30, 2007 with a 4-1 victory in the championship game of the Catamount Classic.


  • Quinnipiac sophomore Alex Whelan (Ramsey, New Jersey) scored Quinnipiac's first two goals of the season, with his first of the year coming in a 1-1 tie at No. 13 Boston College and his second of the year against No. 13 Boston University to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
  • Dating back to last season, Whelan has now scored in six of his last eight games played.
  • The Bobcats' sophomore currently checks in with eight goals and four assists in 38 career games.


  • First-year Bobcat Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) currently leads the Bobcats with two assists in his first two career games. Tufto set-up Whelan's first goal of the season before picking up the secondary assist on Bo Pieper's go-ahead goal against Boston University.


  • Junior John Furgele (Glen Mills, Pennsylvania) transferred to Quinnipiac from the University of New Hampshire and sat out last season. Furgele, playing in his first game since the 2015-16 season, picked up his first point as a Bobcat on Whelan's goal at BC.


  • Senior Landon Smith (Greenwood Village, Colorado) picked his first point of the season on Bo Pieper's goal against Boston University for his 60th career assist and his 98th career point.
  • Smith entered the season ranked second in active career points among all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players.
  • His 60th career assist puts him 18th in Quinnipiac's Division I history and 37th all-time.
  • Smith also leads all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players in career games played and consecutive games played (124).


  • Senior Bo Pieper (Roseville, Minnesota) found the back of the net against BU to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
  • Pieper's goal was his first of the season, and 22nd of his career.
  • Pieper has also logged a lot of game-time, as he played in his 122nd career game on Sunday, Oct. 9, which ranks second to Landon Smith among active NCAA Division I men's ice hockey student-athletes. It is also the second-longest active career games-played streak.
  • Sunday's loss to Boston University was the first game in which Pieper had scored a goal in that Quinnipiac had lost. Prior to the game against the No. 2 Terriers, Quinnipiac was 19-0-1 in games in which he scored.


  • Coming off a career season in 2016-17 in which he ranked second in goals (11) and points (27) among all Bobcats, junior Craig Martin (Trail, British Columbia) picked up his first point of the year on Whelan's goal against BU to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
  • Last season, Quinnipiac was 14-3-0 when Martin registered a point, and 9-1-0 when he had an assist.


  • Quinnipiac sophomore Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) started Quinnipiac's first game of the season in goal, coming away with a 1-1 tie after a 25-save performance.
  • For his career, Shortridge is 13-7-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.
  • Freshman Keith Petruzzelli (Wilbraham, Massachusetts) got the nod against No. 2 Boston University and posted a 31-save performance in a 3-2 overtime loss.