February 21, 2010

Men's Ice Hockey Falls To No. 16 Union, 7-3

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to nationally-ranked No. 16 Union College, 7-3, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. Quinnipiac drops to 15-15-2 overall and 9-11-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Union improves to 18-8-6 overall and 12-4-4 in league action.

Brock Matheson put Union on the board at the 4:39 mark of the first period with his fifth goal of the season. Christiansen won the face-off and passed the puck to Jason Shaffer who sent the puck to Matheson. Matheson's shot through traffic beat a screened Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) to give Union a 1-0 lead early in the game. Shaffer's assist was his fourth of the year while Christiansen picks up a point in his first game action of the season.

Jason Walters scored at the 15:38 mark to give Union a two-goal lead with just under five minutes to play in the first period. The goal was Walters' 16th of the season with an assist going to Mike Shreiber. Following a turnover in the neutral zone, Shreiber pushed the puck up-ice to Walters who took a shot from the point. The puck beat Clarke five hole to give Union a 2-0 lead.

After Mathieu Cadieux (Oshawa, Ont.) replaced Clarke in goal, Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) put the Bobcats on the board with his ninth goal of the season. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) dug the puck out of the corner behind the Union goal and sent a pass out to Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Sask.) at the point. Goodman's shot was wide and was picked up behind the net by Atkinson. Atkinson skated out to the left of Union goalie Keith Kinkaid and put a shot on goal, beating the goalie to trim Union's lead to 2-1.

Greg Holt (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) tied the game less than seven minutes into the second period with his eighth goal of the season. Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Sask.) started the play with a pass to Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Sask.) in the slot. Harvey put a shot on goal that was stopped by Kinkaid and collected by Holt. Holt punched it through the goal mouth to tie the game at 2-2.

Union regained the lead less than three minutes later when Christiansen scored his first goal of the season, with an assist going to Jon Lareau. Lareau put a shot on Cadieux that was kicked out between the face-off circles. Christiansen picked up the puck and flipped a shot through traffic that beat Cadieux to give Union a 3-2 lead with 11 minutes to play in the period.

Shaffer picked up his second point of the night with his first goal of the year with just under four minutes to play in the second period. Lareau and Schreiber also picked up their second points of the night after Shaffer's shot through the scrum in front of Cadieux found the back of the net to give the Dutchmen a 4-2 lead. Union added a goal in the first minute of the 3rd period when Jeremy Welsh blasted a shot past Cadieux on the power play to give Union a three-goal lead with 19 minutes to play in the game. Stephane Bolleau and Nolan Julseth-White were credited with assists.

Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) scored his team-leading 16th goal of the year at the 12:12 mark of the third period to pull the Bobcats within two goals. Holt dug the puck out from behind the Union goal and fed Wong in the slot. Wong skated from left to right in front of Kinkaid before wristing a shot in net to make the score 5-3.

Mario Valery-Trabucco added a goal for Union with just under three minutes to play to give Union a three goal lead, 6-3. Valery-Trabucco goal was unassisted. Walters and Adam Presizniuk were credited with assists on the goal. Andrew Boute added a goal in the closing minutes to give Union the four-goal lead and 7-3 win.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Feb. 26 when it hosts Brown University at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. That night, the Bobcats will honor their graduating seniors as part of Senior Night festivities. On Saturday, Feb. 27, Quinnipiac hosts Yale in the final regular-season game of the 2009-10 season in a game that can be seen live on the New England Sports Network (NESN) at 7:37 p.m.