Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Downs Harvard, 5-4
HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac sophomore Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn.) scored twice, including the game-winner, to lead the Bobcats to a 5-4 ECAC Hockey win against Harvard at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac improves to 7-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in ECAC Hockey action while Harvard drops to 2-4-0 overall and 2-4-0 in league play. The Bobcats also remain undefeated at home against Harvard all-time at 4-0-2.
Arnt's two goals were his second and third of the season. Freshman John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) scored his second goal in as many nights, while Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) also scored. Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) ran his scoreless streak to almost 120 minutes before Harvard scored with less than a minute to play in the first period as he won his third straight game to improve to 4-0-0.
Dunbar scored on the Bobcats' first power-play opportunity of the game, taking a pass from Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) to score his second career goal. Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) also picked up an assist on the play after he found Zurevinski in the left face-off circle from the point. Bouharevich made it 2-0 just 40 seconds later when Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) sent a pass to Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan). Harvey found Bouharevich streaking down the halfboards. Bouharevich slipped a shot past Harvard goalie Kyle Richter to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead.
Connor Morrison scored for the Crimson with 57 seconds remaining in the first period to cut the Bobcats' lead in half. It last just under three minutes into the second period when Arnt scored his first goal of the game and second of the season, with an assist to Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia), to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 lead. Arnt won the face-off and sent it over to Currie on the draw, who skated around the net and sent it back to Arnt for the one-timer.
Jones added his team-leading fourth goal of the season at the 10:09 mark when D'Arcy Oakes (Shanty Bay, Ontario) skated through the slot and dropped a pass for Connor Jones. Jones then sent behind him, through his legs, finding brother Kellen's stick to give Quinnipiac a commanding three-goal lead, 4-1.
Harvard stormed back, scoring three times in the final 4:16 of the period, including a shorthanded goal by Hamden native Rence Coassin. Coassin's goal came less than 30 seconds after Colin Moore scored to move Harvard to 4-2. After Coassin's goal cut Quinnipiac's lead to one goal, 4-3, it was Alex Killorn with his third goal of the year to tie the game and send it into the second intermission tied, 4-4.
Arnt's third goal of the season came 5:12 into the final period when Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan connected with him from behind the Harvard goal in the slot. Arnt one-timed a shot past Harvard Ryan Carroll to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead that they would hold onto for the rest of regulation.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 when they host Princeton at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The game is part of the Quinnipiac Athletics television package and will air live on New England Sports Network (NESN) at 7:07 p.m.