HANOVER, N.H. Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored once and assisted on three others as the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated Dartmouth, 4-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) scored twice as Quinnipiac improves to 9-10-3 overall, good for 21 points in the league standings and the No. 7 seed in the upcoming ECAC Hockey Tournament. With the win, and a loss by Rensselaer, Quinnipiac will host No. 10 Colgate next weekend in a best-of-three-games series at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
"We battled tonight and played well," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "Our team was focused from the start and this was a great win for us."
Senior goalie Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) stopped 42 shots on the night, including 21 in the third period. The 42 saves were a season-high for Fisher, and one shy of his career-high.
Quinnipiac jumped on the board early in the game, scoring on a power play at the 3:34 mark. Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.), the nation's leader in assists and points, dropped the puck behind the Dartmouth net, where David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) collected it. Marshall then sent a pass to Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) in front of the Dartmouth net, where his shot was stopped by Dartmouth goalie Jody O'Neil. Lampe fought through the scrum just outside of the crease and collected his own rebound, before it was knocked loose and picked up by Marshall. Marshall then converted on his 18th of the season and his 70th of his career. Lampe's assist was his 11th of the year .
With the goal, Marshall became the first player in the Bobcat's Division I history to score 70 goals for a career and the sixth all-time at Quinnipiac. Marshall also converted on his 40th point of the year, making Quinninpiac the second team in the nation to feature a pair of 40-point scorers.
Leitch's assist on the play was his 40th of the year, making him the first player in the Bobcats' Division I history and just the second player at Quinnipiac all-time to record 40 helpers in a single season. The last Quinnipiac player to pass out 40 assists in a year was Todd Johnson, who recorded 42 during the 1986-87 season. In addition, Leitch recorded his 50th point of the season, making him the fourth player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach the 50-point mark and the first since the 1999-2000 season.
Quinnipiac took a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the second period. The Bobcats had a 5-on-3 opportunity before Marshall was whistled for hooking. After Dartmouth got a player back, creating a 4-on-4 scenario, Matt Sorteberg (Anoka, Minn.) scored his fourth goal of the season on an assist from Leitch. Leitch handled the puck to the left of the Dartmouth net and passed out to Sorteberg at the point. After Sorteberg dropped a pass off back to Leitch, Leitch returned it to the senior defenseman at the point. Sorteberg's slap shot beat O'Neil stick side to put the Bobcats out in front, 2-0.
Dartmouth pulled within a goal at the 14:22 mark of the second period. Connor Shields scored his ninth goal of the season after receiving a pass from Kyle Schussler, who picked up his first collegiate point with the helper. Shields flipped a back-handed shot on Quinnipiac starter Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) that bounced off the senior's blocker, rolled across the crease and trickled into the goal to cut Quinnipiac's lead to one goal, 2-1.With 2:54 remaining in regulation, Leitch scored his 11th goal of the season when he intercepted an attempted clear in front of the Dartmouth goal. Leitch's shot bounced off the cross bar and in to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead, 3-1. Marshall added an empty net goal with less than a minute to play on an empty net, on an assist from Leitch, to push the Quinnipiac lead to 4-1.