March 6, 2010

Men's Ice Hockey Downs Dartmouth, 3-2, In Game 1 Of ECAC Hockey Championship First-Round Series

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University seniors Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) and Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) scored their 100th career points on the same goal to help Quinnipiac to a 3-2 win against Dartmouth in the first game of the ECAC Hockey Championship First-Round Series at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac takes a 1-0 lead in the series, and improves to 9-1 all-time in the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament, including a 7-1 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Beaudoin had a hand in all three Bobcat goals for the night, assisting on the first two goals before scoring what would stand-up to be the game-winner. Lampe and Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) both scored, while also picking up assists. Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Sask.) also picked up assists.

"I'm happy to get the win in the first game of the series," Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. "It's tough to come back and win two. We're excited to have one under our belts, but we have to play better tomorrow night."

Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) stopped 23 of 25 shots on goal for the win. Two of Quinnipiac's three goals came on the power play. Clarke made several key saves in the win for the Bobcats, including a blocker save on a shot by Dartmouth leading-scorer Adam Estoclet late in the game.

"We hung in there and weathered the storm," Pecknold said. "Clarkie played great. I think he stole the game for us. Our power play - we were 2-for-3 - and Clarkie were the two reasons we won that game."

Dartmouth scored early in the second period to take a one-goal lead with most of the second frame to play. Nick Walsh handled the puck along the half-boards between the Dartmouth bench and the Quinnipiac goal. Walsh flipped a pass along the boards where it was picked up by Doug Jones behind the Bobcats' goal. Jones fed Dustin Walsh in the slot who wristed a shot over the shoulder of Quinnipiac's Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) to give Dartmoutha 1-0 lead.

Minutes later, Quinnipiac found themselves with a 5-on-3 advantage. Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) took a shot from the point that was kicked away by Dartmouth goalie James Mello to his right. Beaudoin picked up the rebound in the corner to the right of the Dartmouth goal and sent a pass across-ice to Wong. Wong roofed a shot over Mello's left shoulder to tie the game at 1-1. For Wong, it was his team-leading 18th goal of the season, while Hansen picked up his 16th assist.

Quinnipiac took the lead 5:31 into the third period when Lampe scored his 12th goal of the season. Lampe was set-up on the play by Beaudoin and Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Sask.). Zurevinski picked up his 14th assist of the season, while Beaudoin picked up his 20th of the season.

At the 9:33 mark, it was Beaudoin getting in on the action as he scored his 13th goal of the year on the power play. Wong sent the puck behind the goal where it was picked up by Lampe. Lampe skated out in front of the Dartmouth goal and sent a pass across the crease to Beaudoin, who one-time a shot past Mello to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 lead.

Beaudoin's goal and Lampe's assist on the play gave each player 100 career points, making them the 17th and 18th players to reach the 100-point plateau in Quinnipiac's Division I history. For Beaudoin, he now has 11 points in his last four games, including three points in each of his last three games.

"Things are going Johnny's way," Pecknold said. "He's a great player, he played great offensively and was once-again great on the power play."

Dartmouth's leading goal-scorer Scott Fleming netted his 21st goal of the year on assists from Estoclet and Matt Reber with less than two minutes to play.

Quinnipiac goes for the sweep on Saturday, March 6 when they host Dartmouth for the second game of the best-of-three series at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. at 7 p.m. ­­­