January 4, 2011

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ties No. 19 Princeton, 1-1

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team tied nationally-ranked No. 19 Princeton, 1-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J. Quinnipiac goes to 4-5-2 in ECAC Hockey action and 10-9-2 overall while Princeton goes to 10-5-1 overall and 6-3-1 in league play.

Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak against ranked opponents to three games following a two-game sweep of No. 8 Nebraska Omaha last week. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored the Bobcats only goal while Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped 34 of Princeton's 35 shots on goal. The Bobcats and Hartzell held a Princeton offense to a single goal following eight consecutive multiple-goal games in which the Tigers were averaging close to four goals per game.

Langlois led the Bobcats in scoring for the month of December with four goals and four assists for a team-best eight points. The sophomore kicked off the New Year with his eighth goal of the season at the 7:09 mark of the second period to break a scoreless tie and give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead.. Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.) wrapped the puck around the boards behind Princeton goalie Mike Condon. The puck bounced off the boards just above the face-off circle where it was piced up by John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta). Dunbar flipped the puck with his back hand over the Tigers' defense to the far post where Langlois was waiting to bang it home. Dunbar picked up his fourth assist while Arnt was credited with his second of the year.

Princeton tied the game with just under six minutes to play in the second period at the 15:40 mark when Derrick Pallis scored his fourth goal of the season. Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was solid up until that point, stopping the first 22 shots by Princeton on goal before Pallis scored. Hartzell stopped senior Mike Kramer twice on a pair of amazing saves. He also thwarted two breakaways, including one by Andrew Ammon, in the final seconds of the second period to send the game to the second intermission knotted at 1-1.

Both teams played to a scoreless tie over the third period and the five-minute overtime.

Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend for a pair of ECAC Hockey tilts when it hosts Colgate on Friday, Jan. 7 and Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 8. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start at the TD Bank Sports Center.