PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated Robert Morris, 4-1, in a non-conference match-up at RMU Island Sports Center. The Bobcats improve to 6-2-0 overall while Robert Morris drops to2-3-0.
Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Arizo.) set-up Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) with the game-winner, in the first period, before adding an empty-net goal in the closing minutes of regulation. Langlois' goal was his team-leading eighth of the season. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) scored the game's first goal while Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) added an empty net goal.
Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) stopped 18 of 19 shots on goal and held Robert Morris scoreless through the second and third periods to improve to 4-1-0 on the season. Quinnipiac topped the 40-shot mark for the seventh time in eight games, outshooting Robert Morris, 42-19.
Quinnipiac took an early lead when Jones won a face-off in the Colonials' defensive zone, sending the puck back to Mike Glaicar (Kamloops, British Columbia). Glaicar unleashed a shot from the point that found the post off of Robert Morris goalie Brooks Ostergard's right shoulder and landed in the crease behind the Colonials' goalie. Jones, who moved to the slot after winning the draw, saw the puck and punched it in to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. The assist was Glaicar's first point of the season.
Just under two minutes later, the Bobcats found themselves playing with two men-down on the wrong end of a 5-on-3 power play. RMU's Cody Crichton handed the puck along the half boards, feeding Andrew Blazek between the face-off circles. His shot was stopped by Quinnipiac goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario), but the rebound was played by Adam Brace, who scored his second goal of the year.
Twenty-seven seconds later, Quinnipiac still a man-down, took the lead when Langlois took control of the puck in the neutral zone and skated on goal. Peca snuck in through the back door where he received a pass from Langlois in the slot. His one-timer, on a virtual wide-open net, gave Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead. The assist gives Langlois a point in each of Quinnipiac's first eight games, giving him the longest point streak to open a season since Eric Lampe recorded a point in the Bobcats first eight games in 2009-10.
In the final minutes, and trailing by a goal, Robert Morris opted to pull its goalie. Quinnipiac took advantage as Langlois and Bouharevich both scored on the empty net.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 1 when they travel to Princeton, N.J. for its first ECAC Hockey match-up of the season when they face Princeton at 7 p.m. at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink.They will then play at Dartmouth on Friday, Nov. 4 and Harvard on Saturday, Nov. 5.