Saturday, March 5, 2011

Two goalies, two shutouts, one sweep

Lets wrap up the Quinnipiac-Brown series.

  • Sitting the goaltender who pitched a shutout the night before is odd. In the playoffs, it's unheard of. But Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold told his goalies on Tuesday that Dan Clarke would start Friday and Eric Hartzell on Saturday against Brown. Both came through with shutout wins, which makes Pecknold look brilliant...because it worked. Had Hartzell stunk it up, Quinnipiac fans might be calling for his head right now. Pecknold understands that, and might go back to his old policy of informing his goalie the night before that he's going to play. But, he may just stick with what's working. He told Clarke and Hartzell last weekend that they would split time at Union and RPI despite the importance of that series to their home-ice chances, and both came through.

  • Said Pecknold, "“It’s a little unorthodox. But we made the decision on Tuesday. Usually, I wait to tell the goalies until the day before the game. The previous week, we actually told them on Sunday that they would each get a game and it worked, so we went with it again. I don’t know if I want to do that all the time because it does open yourself up (to second-guessing) but we trust both of them.”

  • Quinnipiac held a team meeting after a rough couple of outings against Yale and Brown two weeks earlier, and got some things ironed out. "We had a multitude of players looking at things with a "glass is half empty" type thing."

  • Quinnipiac's opponent is to be determined for the quarterfinals. We know they'll be on t he road, but it won't be at Union. Harvard, seeded lower, will face the higher seed. So, the Bobcats will be at Yale if the two higher seeds win their game three's Sunday; at Dartmouth if one higher and one lower seed wins tonight and at Cornell if both lower seeds pull of the upsets. Should be interesting, and a Yale-Quinnipiac series could be bedlam in New Haven.


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