December 9, 2010

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Defeats Harvard, 3-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated Harvard, 3-1, at the Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge, Mass. to end a four-game losing streak that dated back to Nov. 23. The ECAC Hockey win brings Quinnipiac to 8-8-1 overall and 4-5-1 in league play while Harvard drops its eighth straight game to fall to 2-8-0 overall and 2-7-0 in ECAC Hockey action.

Quinnipiac benefited from goals from a two-point night from Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.), who had a goal and an assist. Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) scored the Bobcats' first goal of the game, while John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) scored the go-ahead goal in the second period. Quinnipiac ran its unbeaten streak when leading after two periods to 61 games (56-0-5), dating back to the 2007 ECAC Hockey Tournament Champinship game against Clarkson. Goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped 34 shots in goal to improve to 5-1-0 on the season. The win was also Quinnipiac's first regular-season win at the Bright Hockey Center in program history.

"I thought that was a big win for us, we needed that after the last couple of weeks," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "I thought we did a nice job tonight, and I thought [Eric] Hartzell was very good tonight. He kept it simple."

Harvey put the Bobcats on the board with is fourth goal of the season nine minutes into the game. Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) handled the puck just above the blue line in the Bobcats' defensive zone and sent it up the boards. After a Harvard defenseman knocked the puck down, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) center a pass to twin brother Connor. Connor then found Harvey streaking to the slot when he picked up the pass and beat Harvard goalie Kyle Richter to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead that would stand through the first period.

Harvard tied the goal at the 5:06 mark of the second period when the Bobcats failed to clear the puck out of their defensive zone. Hartzell stopped the Crimson's first two shots before a shot by Eric Kroshus beat the sophomore goalie to tie the game. Alex Killorn picked up an assist on the play.

Dunbar put the Bobcats back out in front with his fourth goal of the year. Dunbar control of the puck in the neutral zone, dropped a pass to from Langlois, who gave it back to Dunbar. Dunbar skated to the post closest to him and slipped it past Richter to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead, 2-1, with a little more than 10 minutes to play in the second period.

Langlois added a goal of his own, his fifth of the season, at the 4:26 mark of the third period. Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) sent a pass to Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Hollan) who hooked up with Langlois. Bouharevich picks up his team-leading ninth assist and 12 point while Dalhuisen converts on his second assist of the season as Quinnipiac took a two-goal lead, 3-1.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 11 when they take on Providence at Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. at 2 p.m.