HAMDEN, Conn. Greg Holt's (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) goal with 3:04 remaining helped the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team tie No. 7 Yale, 3-3, in regulation in front of the largest crowd in Quinnipiac history of 4,673 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats' mark in ECAC Hockey now stands at 8-8-3 and 15-13-3 overall, while Yale is now 19-5-2 overall this season with a 14-3-2 mark in conference play with the tie.
"They [Yale] are very good. Backman and Arcobello are dynamic," said Pecknold. "They do a lot of things well. It's a tough team to play against and I was really impressed with Yale."
Yale's Matt Nelson got the Bulldogs on the board first nearly seven minutes into the first period. Ken Trentowski broke into the offensive zone along the left boards before leaving a drop pass for Nelson just above the circle. Nelson fired a wrist shot over the blocker of Quinnipiac freshman goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) for his third goal of the season.
At the 12:36 mark, Marc Arcobello scored his 13th goal of the season to give the Bulldogs an early two-goal lead. Arcobello received a pass from Brian O'Neill and put a rush on Clarke. Arcobello was denied on his first attempt, but was able to push the puck past the freshman netminder to give Yale a 2-0 lead.
Chris Myers (Wallaceburg, Ont.) scored in his third consecutive game to cut into Yale's lead, 2-1, with just under three minutes to play in the first period. Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) received a pass from assistant captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) just above the left face-off circle and put a shot on goal. Yale's Alec Richards stopped Atkinson, but Myers collected the puck and slipped it past the Bulldogs' goalie.
The Bobcats evened the game at 2-2 on Spencer Heichman's (Yorba Linda, Calif.) sixth goal of the season just 2:34 into the second period. Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) moved the puck through the neutral zone to Holt at the far blueline. Holt carried the puck into the high slot before passing the puck to a streaking Heichman along the right side. The freshman winger fired the puck into the top of the net past an outstretched Richards for the equalizer.
Yale regained the lead, 3-2, on a one-timer from Arcobello with 11:13 remaining in the second period. With Yale on the power play, Trentowski found Arcobello just below the faceoff circle to the right of Quinnipiac netminder Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ontario) who entered the game in relief of Clarke midway through the first. Nick Jaskowiak also earned an assist on the play.
With the Bobcats on the power play, Fisher made three saves on Yale odd-man rushes. Jeff Anderson intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and came in a breakaway. Anderson brought the puck to his backhand but was denied by the left pad of Fisher along the ice. Sean Backman had a slapshot from the top of the left circle, but Fisher was there again for the glove save. The senior Quinnipiac goaltender also turned away a shorthanded chance from Brian O'Neil, forcing the wing to shoot wide from the high slot after leaving the crease to challenge the shot.
Holt tied the game with just over three minutes remaining in regulation on his second goal of the season. The junior wing received a pass at the blue line and shielded the puck with his right arm as he held off a Yale defender in the slot. He slipped the puck off the outside of Richards' left pad as the Bulldog netminder moved from post-to-post. Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was credited with an assist on the play after passing the puck to Holt from just inside the Bobcats' defensive zone. Heichman also picked up an assist on the tying goal.
Yale was unable to capitalize on a Quinnipiac penalty late in overtime as the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Fisher stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced in 52:24 of action, while Richards also finished with 29 saves in the game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday night when they host Brown in their final home game of the regular season. Prior to the game, Quinnipiac will recognize eight seniors playing in front of their home crowd for the final time.