SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was eliminated from the ECAC Hockey Tournament following a 2-1 loss in the third game of its Quarterfinal match-up against No. 17 Union. Quinnipiac's season end with an overall record of 20-18-2, including a 14-13-0 mark in ECAC Hockey. The Bobcats also drop to 16-11 all-time in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.
"I thought my guys played hard," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "I thought Dan Clarke was good tonight. I give Union a lot of credit, and Corey Milan was great."
Union got on the board first with a goal at the 2:01 mark. Off the draw, Wayne Simpson took control of the puck in the neutral zone, skated past the Quinnipiac defense and was one-on-one with Bobcats goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.). Simpson was forced to take a tough angle by the Quinnipiac defense and flipped a backhanded shot on goal, which Clarke kicked away. Mike Schreiber picked up the pick behind the net and fed Simpson in the slot. Simpson's one-timer from just above the face-off circle beat Clarke, stick-side, to give Union a 1-0 lead.
Union took a two-goal lead just 1:04 into the third period when the Dutchmen benefitted from a scrum in Quinnipiac's crease. Union had several opportunities to convert, as Kelly Zajac sent a pass to Luke Cain, who put a shot on goal. Clarke denied him, but Jeremy Welsh was there to pick up the rebound and bang the puck home to give Union a 2-0 lead with most of the third period to play.
Reese Rolheiser (Edmonton, Alb.) put Quinnipiac on the board with less than five minutes to play in the game when he tipped a shot by Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) out in front of the Union net. Zack Currie (Victoria, B.C.) sent a pass to Langlois, who one-timed a shot on Corey Milan in goal. Rolheiser re-directed the shot from the right post to the opposite post for Quinnipiac's first goal. Rolheiser had missed 15 games to any injury before being inserted into the line-up on Saturday night. The freshman wing has now posted four goals on the year, while Langlois registers his 12 assist, and 20th point of the season. Currie picks up his fourth assist of the year.
"We had some good chances," Pecknold said. "Unfortunately, we had zero power plays. We average five or six a game, and that's a big part of our game. We weren't allowed to utilize that tonight. I'm proud of my team - I thought our seniors played great. We dressed 11 freshmen tonight and came a goal from the final four teams in the league."
For Quinnipiac, Clarke tallied 33 saves while his counterpart, Union's Corey Milan stopped 30 of the 31 shots on goal by Quinnipiac.