HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Robert Morris, 8-5, behind a third period that saw the Colonials net five goals. Quinnipiac drops to 13-9-2 overall while Robert Morris goes to 5-12-4.
Quinnipiac jumped on the board first when Scott Zurevinski (Sasktatoon, Saskatchewan) scored his eighth goal of the season at the 13:51 mark. Greg Holt (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) threw a backhand shot on net that went wide and bounced off the boards behind Robert Morris' goalie Wes Russell. Heichman then collected the puck just below the left face-off circle and dished it off to Zurevinski who was streaking towards the net. Zurevinski's one-time put the Bobcats out in front 1-0.
Robert Morris tied the game at the 16:31 mark on a power-play goal by Nathan Longpre. Longpre took a pass from Chris Margott in the right face-off circle and blasted a one-timer past Quinnipiac goalie Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) to knot the game at 1-1.
Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) scored with less than two minutes to play in the first period on the power-play. Andrew Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.) controlled the puck just below the blue line in the Colonials' zone before passing out to Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) at the point. Hansen's missed shot was collected by Beaudoin who went top-shelf to beat Russell and give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead. The goal was Beaudoin's ninth of the season. Meyer and Hansen convert on their fifth and eighth assists, respectively.
David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season to extend his Quinnipiac Division I record point-scoring streak to 17 games. Marshall's goal came less than 30 seconds into the second period when Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) controlled the puck along the boards on the right flank. Leitch hooked up with Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) behind the Colonials' goal, who then caught Marshall streaking towards the net. Marshall's one-time gave Quinnipiac a two-goal lead at 3-1.
Robert Morris was quick to respond at the 1:57 mark when Margott scored their second power-play goal, in as many chances, to cut Quinnipiac's lead to 3-2. Margott was set up on the play by Denny Urban. Margott's goal was his ninth of the season while Urban pick up his 14th assist of the year.
Robert Morris tied the game at the 16:16 mark when Jason Towsley scored on a break away to tie the game at 3-3. Kusheneriuk took control of the puck in the Colonials' zone before sending the puck up the ice to Towsley who was one-on-one with Fisher.
Robert Morris opened the third period with four goals in the periods' first four minutes. Cody Crichton scored on a rebound after Scott Kobialko's shot was blocked by Bud Fisher at the 3:02 mark. Fisher's night ended after Kushneriuk scored at the 3:27 mark. The Colonials third goal in 52 seconds was by Margott from Longpre to give Robert Morris a 6-3 lead. The Colonials extended their lead to four goals when Trevor Lewis scored off a rebound after Kushneriuk was denied by Clarke.
Beaudoin scored his second goal of the game at the 8:10 mark after Dan Henningson (Edmonton, Alb.) dug the puck out of the corner and fed Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.). Atkinson's found Beaudoin on the far post, where him one-timer on Russell cut the Robert Morris lead to three goals, 7-4, with just under 12 minutes to play in the game.
Chris Myers (Wallaceburg, Ont.) edged Quinnipiac closer, 7-5, with just under nine minutes to play when he took a pass from Zurevinski fed Lampe behind the Colonials' goal. Lampe found Myers in the slot where his first shot was initially stopped by Russell. Myers then punched the goal past Russell to trim Robert Morris' lead to two goals. Margott added an empty net goal for the hat trick.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Jan. 30 when it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown University in a ECAC Hockey match-up set for a 7 p.m. start at Meehan Auditorium. On Saturday, Jan. 31, the Bobcats take on Elm City rival Yale University. The Bobcats and Bulldogs are scheduled to hit the ice at 7 p.m. at Ingalls Rink in a league game that can be seen live on the New England Sports Network (NESN).