November 20, 2010

Men's Ice Hockey Blanks Dartmouth, 2-0

Photos of QU vs. Dartmouth

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac sophomore Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped a career-high 31 shots on goal by Dartmouth for his second career shutout in a 2-0 win against the Big Green at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac improves to 6-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in ECAC Hockey while Dartmouth drops to 3-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in league play. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 50-0-4 in their last 54 games when leading after the second period.

"I'm certainly happy to get the win at home, I thought Eric Hartzell was really good tonight," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "I thought that Dartmouth out-played us for most of the game and then we played a little bit better in the third. Hartzell was really good, and that's what you need from a goalie every once and a while, for him to win a game for you."

Last weekend, Dartmouth scored an ECAC Hockey-best 13 goals in a weekend sweep of Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Hartzell, getting his second consecutive start, stopped everything the Big Green put on goal as he improved to 3-0-0 on the year. With the shutout, his goals-against average drops to 0.93 while his save percentage ascends to .967 on the year.

"It was a great effort by the team," Hartzell said. "You can't really ask for much more. We've done a great job preparing. We've had problems lately, but we've come together as a team. We played as a team tonight, and had a good night. I can't look at it as something I did, it was a total team effort."

Quinnipiac freshman John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) scored his first career goal with just over five minutes to play in the second period. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) started the play when he took control of the puck just above the blue line in the Bobcats' defensive zone. Langlois skated up-ice and found Dunbar, who glided in on Dartmouth's James Mello and scored to break the 0-0 tie.

With a 1-0 lead, junior captain Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to secure the ECAC Hockey league win for the Bobcats. Zurevinski blocked a shot in the Bobcats' zone, took control of the puck and took off down the ice.

"It was a good game, we definitely would have wanted a better start," Zurevinski said. "I think we got better as the game went on. I thought Hartzell played great, [He] got the shutout. He got us a win tonight."

Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 20 when it hosts Harvard at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.