Thursday, March 1, 2012

Quinnipiac ready for Brown

Here's a few quick notes out of Quinnipiac today...
  • Jeremy Langlois, the team's leading goal scorer with 16, will miss his fourth straight game with an injury on Friday. Coach Rand Pecknold said Langlois would be re-evaluated Saturday, but seemed resigned to the fact that the Bobcats would be without him for the series and that Langlois may be ready the following weekend should the team advance.

  • No other significant injuries to report.

  • Quinnipiac doesn't reveal starting goaltenders. But a decision has been made for Friday, Pecknold said. He also added splitting Eric Hartzell and Dan Clarke worked well a year ago, and said it's a possibility that could happen again this season. Based on, well, everything, I would expect to see Hartzell Friday.

  • The Jones brothers and Matthew Peca have become one of the most dangerous lines in the ECAC. Against Yale last Saturday, with Langlois out, Pecknold split the line up to start in an attempt to balance scoring. But he soon realized, "they're too good not to be together". Peca had perhaps his best game of the season against Brown last Friday. Expect to see the trio all weekend.

  • Quinnipiac has a streak of six straight opening-round series wins, dating back to its inaugural year in the ECAC. But Pecknold is well aware of the nature of the league, especially low seeds making deep playoff runs. "We can't expect to just show up and beat them," Pecknold said. "Everyone is fired up for the playoffs, and Brown would be fired up wherever they went. The fact that we just beat them (Friday) will probably only add to (Brown's motivation)."

Heading over to Yale later this afternoon...check back for an update.


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