Sunday’s NCAA East Regional Final between Quinnipiac (28-7-5, 17-2-3 ECAC) and Union will be the third matchup between the two teams this season. Union defeated defending national champions Boston College, 5-1, in the game that followed Quinnipiac’s 4-3 win over Canisius.
Both Quinnipiac and Union are members of the ECAC Conference. The Bobcats beat the Dutchmen (22-12-5, 10-8-4 ECAC) in both of the previous games, and lead the all-time series, 11-10-3.
Quinnipiac won the ECAC regular-season championship, with Union finishing in fourth place behind Rensselaer and Yale. Union has played well lately, riding a seven-game win streak into Sunday’s game. The Dutchmen last lost at Cornell, 4-2, on February 23. Their win streak includes the entire ECAC Tournament, which Union won, defeating Dartmouth in the quarterfinals, Yale in the semifinals, and Cornell in the championship game. Quinnipiac finished third in the tournament.
The two teams met in Schenectady, N.Y. early this season, near the beginning of the Bobcats’ 21-game unbeaten streak. Quinnipiac senior goaltender Eric Hartzell shut out the Dutchmen, on November 30, in the 4-0 victory that included two goals by senior Jeremy Langlois.
Quinnipiac and Union met again, this time on January 12 at Hamden’s TD Bank Sports Center. Two first period power-play goals provided the Dutchmen with an early two-goal lead and put the Bobcats’ unbeaten steak in serious jeopardy. Union held a 2-0 lead into the third period, when Quinnipiac struck three times to keep their streak in tact, 3-2.
The Bobcats and Dutchmen play Sunday night at 6:30 with a trip to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh on the line. The game, live from Providence’s Dunkin Donuts Center, can be seen on ESPNU, and heard on AM 1220 WQUN.