December 5, 2009

No. 4 Men's Ice Hockey Falls To No. 10 Yale, 7-4

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No.4 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to No. 10 Yale University, 7-4, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. The loss snaps the Bobcats' eight-game winning streak and also hands them their first ECAC Hockey loss of the year. Quinnipiac now stands at 12-2-0 overall and 7-1-0 in league play while Yale improves to 6-3-2 overall and 3-1-2 in ECAC Hockey action.

Quinnipiac was led by senior assistant captain Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) who turned in his second straight two-goal game. Freshman Loren Barron (Glendora, Ca.) and senior Greg Holt (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) also scored for the Bobcats while Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) had two assists in the loss. Three of Quinnipiac's four goals came on the power-play, with Quinnipiac posting a 3-for-5 showing with a man advantage.

For Yale, Denny Kearney and Sean Backman each scored twice for the Bulldogs, with both of Kearney's goals coming in the final five minutes of play as part of a four-goal run by Yale to close the game.

The first period featured four power play goals between the two teams as both nationally-ranked programs battled to a 2-2 at the end of the period. Quinnipiac entered the game ranked 7th nationally on the power play at 26.4% while Yale was ranked 19th at 20.6%. The Bobcats scored on both power-play opportunities in the first period, while Yale was 2-for-4.

The Bulldogs took an early lead, scoring just over three minutes into the game. Backman scored his first goal of the match-up assists by Brian O'Neill and Tom Dignard. Bobcats' freshman Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) answered with his third goal of the season. The play started when Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) hooked up with Lampe, who crashed the net. Lampe's shot was stopped by the Bulldogs' goalie, Jeff Malcolm. The puck drifted out of the crease where it was picked up by Barron, who roofed a shot to beat Malcolm and tie the game.

The Bobcats took a one-goal lead seven minutes later when Wong scored his ninth goal of the season. Greg Holt (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) started the play, sending the puck to Lampe to the left of Malcolm. Lampe attempted a wrap-around shot that was denied by Malcolm. Malcolm failed to control the puck, allowing Wong to punch it past the freshman netminder to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.

Yale tied the game less than a minute later when Dignard rotated the puck to Mark Arcobello at the point. Arcobello blasted a pass to O'Neill who tipped it past Quinnipiac goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the first intermission.

Jeff Anderson gave Yale a 3-2 lead just 32 seconds into the second period. After a Bobcat turnover in the neutral zone, Anderson skated one-on-one with Clarke. Anderson had the puck knocked off his stick by Bobcats freshman Zach Davies, but was able to regain control as he approached the net and flip it over Clarke's pad to give the Bulldogs a one-goal lead.

Holt tied the game with just under five minutes to play in the period with a shot from the point. Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Que.) controlled the puck in the right face-off circle before the puck was knocked loose by a Yale defender. Bouharevich poked the puck out to Holt, who one-timed a shot through traffic. The puck rattled in off the left post for the senior forwards' third goal of the season.

Wong put Quinnipiac on top with 13:36 to play in the game with the Bobcats' third power-play goal of the night. Holt held the puck along the boards in front of the Bobcats' bench and sent it across ice to Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.). Hansen delivered a pass to Lampe to the left of the goal who re-directed the puck to Wong. Wong's shot bounced over Malcolm's pad and trickled over the goal-line for the senior forward's 10th goal of the season.

Yale captain Ryan Donald tied the game at the 11:26 mark with a blast from the point off a face-off. Andrew Miller won the draw, sending the puck back to Donald. Donald's shot through traffic found the top left corner of the goal to knot the score at 4-4.

Both teams played to a draw over the next seven minutes before Denny Kearney put Yale back out in front with less than five minutes to play. Miller connected with Broc Little, whose initial shot was blocked by Clarke. After the puck slid loose, Kearney took control and flipped a shot past Clarke. Backman scored his second goal of the game minutes later when Yale took control of the puck in the neutral zone and headed up-ice on an odd-man rush. O'Neill skated on goal and then sent the puck to the slot for Backman whose one-timer beat Clarke to give Yale a two-goal lead. Kearney scored on an empty net to seal the game.

Quinnipiac will look to bounce back when it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown University in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Meehan Auditorium at 7 p.m. With Brown's 3-1 win against Princeton, the Bears have now won three straight games.