December 31, 2011

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Falls To Nebraska Omaha, 4-1

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The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team lost to Nebraska Omaha, 4-1, in the final game of its two-game series at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Quinnipiac goes to 11-7-4 overall while UNO improves to 10-8-4. 

The Bobcats' loss snaps a six-game unbeaten streak, in which Quinnipiac was 4-0-2, for the third longest streak in NCAA Division I hockey. Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) scored Quinnipiac's only goal of the game, late in the first period. 

Nebraska Omaha used a man-advantage less than two minutes into the game to jump out front, 1-0, on a power-play goal from Jayson Menga. Terry Broadhurst carried the puck up-ice and connected with Bryce Aneloski, who pushed the puck across ice to Jayson Menga. Menga one-timed a shot past Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, MInn.) for the early lead.

The Bobcats answered with a power-play goal of their own when Quinnipiac was awarded a face-off deep in the Mavericks' zone. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) won the draw, sending the puck to the half boards to Currie. Currie walked the puck between the face-off circles and wristed a shot past UNO's Ryan Massa to tie the game. Jones' assist was his team-leading 14th of the season.

With less than two minutes to play in the first period, Brent Gwidt scored his second goal of the series to give UNO a one-goal lead through the first period of the play. Johnnie Searfoss skated down the right side of the ice and reversed the puck to the opposite face-off circle to Gwidt for the one-timer.

Matt White accounted for the only tally of the second period with a short-handed goal at the 14:27 mark of the period. The Bobcats, on the power play, turned the puck over in the UNO defensive zone and Menga took possession just above the blue line. Menga turned and hit White's tape, which was just extended past the Quinnipiac skater. White was one-on-one with Hartzell before flipping a back-hand shot past the Bobcats' goalie to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. Searfoss added an empty-net goal with 1:10 remaining in the game. 

Quinnipiac returns to ECAC Hockey play next weekend when they travel to Yale on Friday, Jan. 6 and Brown on Jan. 7, with both games set for a 7 p.m. start. Quinnipiac returns home on Jan. 13-14 when it hosts Cornell and Colgate, respectively.