HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team tied Brown, 2-2, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the tie, Quinnipiac goes to 13-13-6 overall and 6-9-5 in ECAC Hockey play while Brown goes to 8-13-5 overall and 6-11-2 in league action.
Quinnipiac entered the game trailing Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey standings by a point. The Bobcats now need four points, with two games remaining against nationally-ranked Union and RPI, to secure home ice for the ECAC Hockey Tournament first round.
Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) both scored for the Bobcats, while Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped 29 of 31 shots on goal, including a penalty shot in overtime by Brown's Harry Zolniercyzk.
The Bobcats used a pair of power play goals in the first period to jump out to an early 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Zurevinski put Quinnipiac on the board at the 4:22 mark when Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) put a shot on goal off a pass from Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec). Zurevinski punched the puck past Brown's Mike Clemente to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats doubled their lead at the 14:19 mark when Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored his fifth goal of the season, also on the power play. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) handled the puck above the left face-off circle and passed across ice to twin Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia). Connor saw Goodman sneak behind Kellen into the slot and delivered a perfect pass to Goodman's tape. The sophomore forward slipped the puck past Clemente to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead, 2-0.
Dennis Robertson's sixth goal of the year at the 17:09 mark of the second period cut the Quinnipiac lead in half as Zolnierczyk and Jesse Fratkin assisted Robertson on the power-play goal. Mark Hourihan tied the game less than four minutes into the third period with assists going to Mike Juola and Matt Wahl.
Zolnierczyk's penalty shot came just under three minutes into overtime. With the Bobcats on the power play, Zolnierczyk broke up a pass in the neutral and took off down ice. A Bobcat defender attempted to swipe at the puck from behind and ultimately took Zolnierczyk down.
Zolnierczyk skated on Hartzell, went the backhand and then brought it back, sending a shot at Hartzell's chest. The 6-4 goalie stopped the shot as the puck bounced off his chest and drifted towards the opposite face-off circle.
Quinnipiac's Clay Harvey had an opportunity late in overtime when he collected a rebound off a shot by Zurevinski. With almost an entirely open net, traffic in the crease resulted in the net coming out of the place and stopping play.
Quinnipiac is back in action next weekend with its final two games of the regular season. The Bobcats will face No. 7 Union at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. before taking on No. 14 Rensselaer on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y.