The Quinnipiac Bobcats have had quite the start to the season. The team is currently 3-1-1 in the first month of play with wins against the likes of Maine and Ohio State.
A big reason for this early season success is in the program set up by head coach Rand Pecknold. It was a very busy off-season for the 18 year Bobcat coach, as he was offered a prominent position of head coach at Umass Amherst in the Hockey East.
Pecknold declined the offer in order to prevent his family from relocating and to continue the progress he has made coaching at Quinnipiac. It seems as if he made the right decision given the potential his team has this year.
Senior forward Jeremy Langlois is leading a very potent offense with a line 3-2-5 , despite missing a game due to injury. Sophomore forward Matthew Peca is also showing a lot of potential early in the season.
Between the pipes senior goaltender Eric Hartzell has been steller aside from a tough preformance against Robert Morris, in which he allowed two goals against on 16 shots before getting pulled.
Hartzell had a huge opening game against Maine, as he turned away 31 of 32 shots against in a very tightly contested 2-1 overtime victory. The goaltender will be crucial as the season rolls along and his play could put him in the running for a professional tryout following the year.
The Bobcats have been hit a bit by the injury bug early in the season with players like junior Connor Jones missing a few games. With a bulky schedule ahead that may be a concern for Pecknold, but it seems that he should be returning shortly.
Quinnipiac has a bit of an easier schedule ahead of the first weekend of ECAC play in next weekend, as the team will be facing Colgate in a non-conference tilt this Saturday in the Cape Cod Collegiate Hockey Classic and AIC midweek at home. Look for the Bobcats to continue to bolster its non-conference record.