PRINCETON, N.J. - The No. 11 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Princeton University, 4-3 in overtime, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 13-5-1 overall and 7-4-0 in league play. Princeton improves to 6-8-2 overall and 3-6-1 in ECAC Hockey action.
Freshman wing D'Arcy Oakes (Shanty Bay, Ont.) scored twice in the second period, becoming the sixth Quinnipiac player this season to score two or more goals in a game. It also marks the ninth time, in 18 games this season, that the Bobcats featured a player with multiple goals. Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.), Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) and Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) all had two games with two or more goals apiece. Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) and Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) have also had a multiple-goal game.
For Princeton, Dan Bartlett had a hand in all four of Princeton's goals, including the game-winner in overtime, with a hat trick while assisting on the Tigers' third goal.
Bartlett scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season to put Princeton out in front, 1-0, just 4:09 into the second period. Matt Arhontas sent the puck deep to Mike Kramer who put a shot on goal. The shot was stopped by Quinnipiac goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) but Bartlett was able to collect the rebound and punch it past the sophomore goalie to this right.
Bartlett tacked on his second goal, this time on the power play, a little more than two minutes later to give Princeton a 2-0 lead. Sam Sabky handled the puck along the goal line next to the Quinnipiac goal before sending it out to Kevin Lohry at the point. Lohry unleashed a shot on goal from above the right face-off circle that Bartlett tipped past Clarke to give Princeton a two-goal lead.
D'Arcy Oakes (Shanty Bay, Ont.) responded with his second goal of the season to cut the Princeton lead in half, less than a minute after Bartlett's goal. Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), making his collegiate debut, connected with Oakes, who was crashing the net. Goodman collected his first point of his collegiate career on the play.
At the 10:14 mark, Kramer scored on a pass from Bartlett to give Princeton a 3-1 lead with less than half of the period to play. Bartlett handled the puck deep in the zone before connecting with Kramer. Kramer's first shot was stopped but he was able to collect the rebound and score.
With forty-two seconds remaining in the period, Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) dug the puck out of the corner to the left of the Quinnipiac bench before sending it up-ice to Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn.) Arnt then spied Oakes heading up the middle of the ice. Arnt's pass was tipped but landed between the blue line and the face-off circle. Oakes caught the bouncing puck, dropped it on the ice and then sniped a shot to the opposite corner to beat Princeton's Allen Reynolds to pull the Bobcats within a goal, 3-2.
Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) tied the game at 3-3 at the 7:13 mark with his ninth goal of the season on an assists from senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) and Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.). Lampe sent the puck along the boards to Beaudoin, who was waiting just above the goal line in the corner behind the Princeton goal. The senior captain centered a pass to Zurevinski in the slot. Zurevinski then skated across the crease and had his first shot stopped by Reynolds before collecting it and roofing a shot to tie the game. Zurevinski scored eight goals over his first 11 games played this season and had gone five games without a goal before the equalizer.
In overtime, it was a blast by Bartlett with 2:15 to play in the game that gave Princeton the 4-3 win. Bartlett was assisted on the game-winner by Sabky and Tyler Fedun.
Quinnipiac returns home on Jan. 8 when it hosts Rensselaer in the first of six straight home games for the Bobcats. The Bobcats hosts RPI on Friday night at 7 p.m. before hosting No. 17 Union College on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac then hosts No. 15 St. Cloud State on Jan. 15-16 before hosting Niagara on Jan. 22-23. Bobcat fans may purchase tickets by calling the TD Bank Sports Center ticket office at 203-582-3905. Fans can also visit the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com, for ticket office hours of operation and online purchases.