HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team
held Brown scoreless for the second consecutive night, 4-0, to win
the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round Series at the TD Bank Sports
Center and advance to the league quarterfinals for the sixth
straight season. Quinnipiac's back-to-back shutouts against Brown
mark the second time in ECAC Hockey Tournament history that a team
held its opponent scoreless in a postseason series, matching
Browns' 2-0 and 1-0 wins against Harvard in 2009. Quinnipiac is now
11-2 all-time in the first round including a 9-2 record at the TD
Bank Sports Center for the opening round.
Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) kept the Bears off the board as he turned away all 26 shots that the Brown offense put on the sophomore goalie. It was Hartzell's second shutout of the season and third of his career. For the second straight night, four different Bobcats scored as Zack Currie (Smithers, British Columbia), Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.), Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.) all lit the lamp. Hansen also had an assist on the Bobcats' first goal.
Langlois had a goal waved off with five minutes left in the first period when Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) banged a shot off the cross bar that ricocheted and bounced off Scott Zurevinski's (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) helmet and arm before Langlois buried the puck in the back of the net. The referees cancelled-out the goal, ruling that Zurevinski had hand-passed the puck to Langlois.
Currie put the Bobcats on the board just 35 seconds into the second period. The sophomore defenseman scored his second goal of the season, and his first career postseason goal, on the power play just 35 seconds into the second period. Zurevinski worked the puck along the perimeter to Hansen who found Currie for the one-timer that beat Brown goalie Matt Clemente for a 1-0 lead.
Langlois was able to find his way onto the stat sheet less than two minutes later when Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) tipped the puck out of the neutral zone to Langlois, who took on goal. His blast bounced off the far leg pad of Clemente and trickled into the net to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead.
Midway through the third period, Hansen picked up his second point of the night with his second goal of the series. The senior assistant captain broke up a pass in the Bears' defensive zone and beat Clemente to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead. The goal ended Clemente's night, for the second straight game, early in favor of Anthony Borelli. Arnt added an insurance goal with less than six minutes to play as Corey Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.) and Brooks Robinson (Duncan, British Columbia) picked up assists.
Quinnipiac's opponent for the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals has yet to be determined as the tournament bracket is re-seeded after the first round. With No. 10 Harvard upsetting No. 9 Clarkson, if No. 5 Rensselaer beats No. 12 Colgate and No. 6 Princeton beats No. 11 St. Lawrence on Sunday, March 6, Quinnipiac will find itself in a best-of-three series against Yale on Mar. 11-13 at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. If either/both Colgate and/or St. Lawrence were to win on Sunday night, Quinnipiac could play No. 3 Dartmouth or No. 4 Cornell.