Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Quinnipiac's odd season so far -- the best and worst

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under College hockey Updated: November 6, 2012 - 12:52 AM

Quinnipiac is an ECAC team in Hamden, Conn. It has an enrollment of 8,200.

And this season it is on the top of the nation in one special teams category and at the bottom in another.

The Bobcats are the second most penalized team, 20.17 minutes per game. But it hasn't hurt them much because the 3-2-1 Bobcats have killed off 26 of 26 penalties. Their penalty kill has been perfect.

Quinnipiac's power play has not been quite as good. It is zero for 24. Hard to believe either of those numbers. Especially on the same team.

Gophers coach Don Lucia always says that a goalie has to be a team's best penalty killer and the Bobcats have a good netminder. He is senior Eric Hartzell of White Bear Lake. He played for Sioux Falls of the USHL for three seasons before college. His father, Kevin, coached the Stampede during that time.

Hartzell has a 1.66 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.

His backup is freshman Jacob Meyers, of Chanhassen, who hasn't played yet this season. He played for the Alexandria Blizzard the past two seasons.

Two other Minnesotans on Quinnipiac are junior defenseman Zach Tokinen, who has a team-high 23 minutes in penalties, and junior forward Ben Arnt of Oakdale.

Tolkinen went to Centennial High School and played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL before college. Arnt, who played for North St. Paul in High School, was with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL from 2007-09.

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