October 9, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Opens Season With 4-2 Win Against Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) scored twice to lead Quinnipiac to a 4-2 win against nationally-ranked No. 17 Ohio State University in the Bobcats' season opener at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) and Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) added goals for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats open the year at 1-0 while Ohio State goes to 0-1.

"This was an incredibly exciting experience," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "It was exciting in that we played 10 freshmen and beat a nationally-ranked team. It felt like a team, like a family in that locker room. Everyone stepped up - it was just great."

Lampe scored the game's first goal, and the Bobcats first of the season, just under four minutes into the first period. Quinnipiac had struggled to that point to get the puck out their zone until they broke up a Buckeyes' rush. Lampe picked up the loose puck just above the blue line in the Ohio State defensive zone, skated between the face-off circles, faked left and went to the back hand to beat OSU' s Dustin Carlson to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.

"[Eric] Lampe was great," Pecknold said. "I think he was one of the better players on the ice tonight. He played both ways and I'm really proud of him."

Ohio State followed with a pair of special-team goals, one shorthanded, and one on the power play. After Quinnipiac took a pair of penalties at 11:15 and 11:25, respectively, Ohio State stood with a 5-on-3 advantage. Zac Daple fed Shane Sims at the point, who passed to the right to Matt Bartkowski. Bartkowski touch-passed it back to Sims who one-timed a shot through traffic to beat Quinnipiac freshman Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) to tie the game.

With a little more than a minute to play, and playing with a man down, John Albert, the Buckeyes returning leading scorer from a year ago, broke up a failed Quinnipiac clear, carried it into the Quinnipiac zone and beat Hartzell to the far post to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead.

Both teams were even in the second period, with Hartzell shining in his first collegiate game. The freshman goalie stopped 10 shots in the first period before allowing two goals and then denying several shots from Ohio State from point blank range. Hartzell smothered 12 shots in the second period to keep Quinnipiac within a goal heading into the final frame.

Lampe scored less than thirty seconds into the third period when he skated behind the Buckeyes net, wrapped around and was initially stopped by Dustin Carlson. Lampe was able to punch it past Ohio State's goalie to tie the game at 2-2. Zurevinski and Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) were credited with assists.

Wong scored 17 seconds later when he received a pass on the wing from Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) dropped a pass off to the senior center in the right face-off circle. Wong went top shelf on Carlson to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead. Zurevinski scored on a power-play when Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) fed Wong to the left of Ohio State's goal. Carlson stopped Wong's shop, sending to the right of the goal where Zurevinski collected it and put it home.

In goal, Hartzell posted 30 saves in net for Quinnipiac, including the last 22 shots he saw from the Ohio State offense. Quinnipiac was without their senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin, who stayed home in Hamden for the birth of his and wife Candace's first child, son Roderick.

Quinnipiac and Ohio State wrap-up their two-game series on Friday, Oct. 9 when they hit the ice at the Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio at 7:05 p.m.