HAVE MERCY: The National Title in Numbers

Matt Mugno

The numbers that drove the Bobcats to win it all:

0: The conference championships won by each team. Surprisingly, both programs did not win their respective conference tournaments prior to the NCAA tournament but they clearly played like the best teams in the nation.

It also represents the number of shots Yaniv Perets faced in overtime and the number of goals the “Three of a Kind” line and “Seven’s” line scored against the Bobcats’ all-time goaltender. 

1: The first NCAA title in Quinnipiac University history. Ever. In the 94-year history of the school, it has never won a national title under the college sports member-led organization. 

3: It took Rand Pecknold three trips to finally reach National Championship glory. This program is his. Pecknold recounted how far the program has grown.

3:28: the time that was remaining in the game when Pecknold called a timeout to pull to organize a power-play and pull Perets. He notoriously did so early in the 2022 NCAA Allentown Regional Final and QU lost, sparking controversy in the decision. On the biggest stage. It paid off. Genius call, pure crazy? The trophies in Hamden regardless. 

5: The number of goals Quillan recorded was the most by any player in a single tournament in NCAA history. Between the ECAC and NCAA, seven goals and two assists, for nine points. In the 2021-2022 season: two goals, nine assists, for 11 points all season. What is the nutritionist feeding these guys? 

10: The seconds it took for Quillanpiac to score the overtime goal.

11: The goal drought Quillan had from 1/20 to 2/24. He came into the playoffs not scoring a goal since 1/14. 

22-0-0: The amount of games Bob Mozko has held a 2-0 lead and won a game this season. Add a single loss to that stat line…

12/10: The York Hill Boys line was united at parts before this date, but on Dec. 10, it remained a line for a full 60 minutes. Step aside “Three of a Kind Line” and for that matter put them right with “The Coneheads” and “The “Legion of Doom.” Step aside, “The York Hill Boys” line was underestimated in comparison to the accolades and fan fair of their opposition’s offensive talent. Their histories leading up to the lines combustible blossom here.

13+23+29: Zach Metsa’s (23) dagger against Michigan made Bobcat Nation believe that they could really be the best team in the nation. The assists, “The Sherbrooke Boys” (13&29). 

   The Bobcats were down 2-0 in the title match in what’s become an instant classic Frozen Four contest. They need something, anything. Metsa batted the puck down to himself at the point and drove down the right lane and found Chrispohe Tellie to cut the lead. Captain Metsa would assist all three goals including the supernatural championship winner. 

59: Collin Graf’s goal stood for two ties. He tied the biggest game in Bobcat’s history. He also tied the all-time points record on that electric score (previously set by Bryan Leitch in 2008-2009).

6,700: At 27 years old, Rand Pecknold took the reins as head coach of Division 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats. His income from coaching in 1994 when he was hired was $6,700.

19,092: This makes the third-largest Frozen Four Championship attendance of all time. As in the college hockey ultimate supremacy tournament that began in 1948. 

808,000: The total number of viewers for the 2023 National Championship game alone. This tops the entire viewership totals of the 2022 tournament (818,000 in three games) and 2021 total (828,000 in three games.