The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team tied Nebraska Omaha, 2-2, in the first of a two-game series at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Quinnipiac goes to 11-6-4 overall while UNO moves to 9-8-4 on the season.
Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) had his second-straight 30-save outing, stopping 34-of-36 shots on goal by the Mavericks. It was also Hartzell's ninth consecutive start in which the junior goalie held the Bobcats' opponent to two or fewer goals. Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) scored for Quinnipiac.
"I thought that we were sluggish at times. I expect us to play better tomorrow night," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "Eric Hartzell was outstanding. I thought he salvaged a tie for us tonight."
Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead on Russell Goodman's (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) third goal of the season, 8:39 into the game. Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.) started the play when he knocked the puck loose in the neutral zone and pushed it over to Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.). Langlois skated on net before falling the ice while maintaining control of the puck. With his back to Nebraska Omaha goalie John Faulkner, Langlois fired a behind-the-back pass, from the seat of his pants, to Goodman who was waiting on the opposite post to give the Bobcats a one-goal lead.
Quinnipiac maintained the lead until the 16:04 mark when Brent Gwidt scored his fifth goal of the season. Johnnie Searfoss picked up his seventh assist of the year when he set Gwidt up, off a two-on-one, for the game-tying goal.
With less than a minute to play in the second period, Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) scored his fifth goal of the season to break a scoreless second period and give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) pushed the puck up-ice to Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia). Jones carried the puck into the UNO zone before sending the puck to Bouharevich at the opposite face-off circle. Bouharevich's wrist shot beat Faulker to the opposite corner to give the Bobcats a one-goal lead.
Ryan Walter tied the game at 2-2 with his seventh goal of the season at the 11:42 mark of the third period. Jayson Megna sent a pass to Zahn Raubenheimer, who blasted a shot from the half boards. Hartzell deflected the first shot, but Walter picked up the rebound in the slot and fired it past Hartzell to tie the game.
Quinnipiac will conclude its two-game series against Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3:07 p.m. (EST) at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The Bobcats resume ECAC Hockey play at Yale on Jan. 6 and Brown on Jan. 7 before returning home on Jan. 13-14 to host Cornell and Colgate, respectively.