CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Harvard, 2-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Bright Hockey Center. Quinnipiac goes to 8-10-3 in ECAC Hockey while Harvard improves to 8-7-6 in league play.
The loss for the Bobcats means that Quinnipiac must win or tie Dartmouth on Saturday night in Hanover, N.H. in order to secure home-ice advantage for the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament, set to begin next weekend. A loss would drop Quinnipiac into 9th place in the league standings, meaning they would have to travel for the first round of the league tournament.
Assistant captain Andy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.) put the Bobcats out in front with his third goal of the season. Meyer started the play, controlling the puck as he skated into Harvard's defensive zone. After passing across ice to freshman Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alb.), Meyer received the pass back from Bui. His shot, from just above the left face-off circle, traveled through traffic and beat Crimson goalie Ryan Carroll top-shelf. Bui's assist was his second of the year.
Harvard responded just over three minutes later at the 12:02 mark. Michael Killorn started the play, sending the puck to Ryan Grimshaw. Grimshaw then hooked up with Biega at the point, where his shot on goal beat Quinnipiac senior goalie Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) to tie the game, 1-1. The goal was Biega's sixth of the season. Grimshaw's assist was his second while Killorn picked up his eighth.
Alex Biega scored at the 19:32 mark to give Harvard a 2-1 lead. Doug Rogers dumped the puck into the left corner of the Bobcats' zone, which was dug out by Brian McCafferty. McCafferty then sent the puck out to the point where Biega was waiting. His one-timer skipped off the ice in front of Fisher and beat the senior goalie, five-hole, to give the Crimson the lead heading into the third period. McCafferty was credited with his seventh assist of the season, while Rogers picked up his 14th of the year.
At the 10:42 mark of the third, Harvard's Michael Mauro was called for hitting from behind, a five-minute major and a game misconduct, putting the Bobcats on the power play. Quinnipiac enter the game ranked 9th nationally with a man-advantage, after scoring 37 goals in 184 opportunities for 20.1 percent.
With just under two minutes remaining on power play, Quinnipiac had its best opportunity of the period when Matt Sorteberg (Anoka, Minn.) hit the pipe. Quinnipiac put another rush on the net but failed to convert on the power play. Harvard managed to kill the penalty, allowing just three shots on goal.
Harvard had a chance at taking a two-goal lead with three minutes to play when Daniel Moriarty and Killorn broke out on an odd-man rush. Two-on-one, Moriarty's pass to Killorn gave him an opportunity to score from the doorstep, but Fisher was able to smother Killorn's one-timer.
The Bobcats had one more opportunity when the puck found the back of the Crimson net that seemingly tied the game at 2-2, but was waved off after the referee ruled that the puck was kicked into the net.
The Bobcats close out the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 28 when they face Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. at 7 p.m.