HAMDEN, Conn. - Zach Hansen's (White Bear Lake, Minn.) first goal of the season gave the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team a 3-2 win against nationally-ranked No. 8/9 Nebraska Omaha at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden. Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac completes the two-game series sweep to improve to 10-9-1 on the season while the Mavericks drop to 12-7-1.
Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) gave the Bobcats' a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first and second periods, respectively. The two-goal outing was the first of Goodman's career, and the second in as many nights for the Bobcats following Scott Zurevinski's (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) two-goal performance in the series' first game.
Hansen's power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie with less than four minutes to play in regulation on a blast from the point. The senior defenseman took a pass from Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) and one-timed a shot on goal. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) had UNO goalie Mike Taffe screened, allowing the puck to find the back of the net. Barron had two assists in the game, a day after a one-goal, three-assist performance on Thursday night.
Sophomore goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) turned in another amazing performance with a 44-save showing to improve to 7-2-0 on the year. On Thursday night, Hartzell turned back 53 of Nebraska Omaha's 56 shots on goal. For the weekend, Hartzell stopped 96 of 101 total shots on goal.
Goodman's first goal of the game came with a little more than a minute to play in the first period. At the 18:55 mark, Barron hooked up with Langlois who sent a pass over to Goodman on the wing. The second year forward blasted a shot past Nebraska Omaha's John Faulkner to give Quinnipiac 1-0 after one period. His second goal of the game, and fourth of the season, came midway through the second period on the power play at the 9:54 mark. Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) grabbed the puck in the Bobcats' defensive zone and sent it up-ice to Goodman. Goodman skated behind the Mavericks' defenseman and beat Faulkner with a back-hand shot to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead.
Less than two minutes later, Quinnipiac turned the puck over in front of Hartzell, allowing Joey Martin to convert on his fifth goal of the season, to cut the Bobcats' lead in half. Martin picked up his second point of the game on the power play with five minutes to play in the second frame. At the 15:07 mark, Martin hooked up with Matt White to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the final period.
Despite being outshot 14-8 in the third period, Quinnipiac took advantage of a power play with less than five minutes to play in the game. For the game, Nebraska Omaha outshot Quinnipiac 46-35. Quinnipiac managed to convert on 2-of-6 power play opportunities, giving them four power-play goals in the series.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Monday, Jan. 3 when they travel to Princeton, N.J. for an ECAC Hockey match-up against Princeton at 7 p.m. at Hobey Baker Rink.