January 6, 2012

Bui and Barron Score To Lead Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey To 2-1 Upset of No. 20 Yale

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated No. 20 Yale, 2-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 12-7-4 overall and 4-4-3 in ECAC Hockey play while Yale drops to 7-6-1 overall and 4-3-0 in league action. The win is the first for the Bobcats' at Yale's Ingalls Rink since January 12, 2008, snapping a three-game losing streak on Yale's home ice. Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air the game on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

"I thought we played hard, Yale is a very good hockey team," Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. "We were a little shorthanded tonight with Russell Goodman out and Yuri Bouharevich out, who was on our penalty kill and a very physical, defensive forward, but I give our guys credit. They battled and played hard and came away with a good win."

Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) held Yale to just one goal after stopping 25-of-26 shots on goal, including the first 18 he saw on the evening. Hartzell has now held the Bobcats' opponent to two or fewer goals in nine of his last 10 starts. Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) and Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) accounted for both of Quinnipiac's goals, while Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) had assists on both tallies.  

"We came out and played hard," Hartzell said. "We came out the same way we do every game, with the mindset to play hard and get two points every night. The boys were great out in front, they dug a lot of pucks out from in front of me. It was a great team effort."

Bui scored the game's first goal with 1:31 remaining in the first period after a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. The senior wing scored his second goal of the year when he tipped in a rebound off a save by Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm on a shot by Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia). Cory Hibbeler (St.Louis, Mo.) won a face-off in the Bobcats' defensive zone, sending the puck behind him to Currie, who skated the length of the ice before flinging a back-hand shot on Malcolm. Malcolm was able to kick the puck away, but Bui was waiting on the door step to deposit the puck over Malcolm's shoulder and give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Just over a minute into the second period, Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) scored on the power play when Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) won a battle in the corner and left the puck for Currie to the left of Yale's goal. Currie then found Barron alone at the opposite point. Barron collected the puck and looked a defender off before sending his shot to the far post to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead.

Yale appeared to get on the board at the 4:50 mark of the second period, but had the goal waved off. Colin Dueck's shot got behind Hartzell, but only crossed the goal line after a player knocked the Bobcats' goal out of the place. The ruling on the ice stood after video review.

Yale's only goal of the contest came at the 8:11 mark of the third period to cut the Bobcats' lead in half. Brian O'Neill scored on the power play off a pass from Kenny Agostino. O'Neill deked Hartzell to his left and went backhanded to beat Hartzell, stick side. Tommy Fallen also had an assist on the play. Hartzell stopped Yale's first 18 shots on goal up to that point, before giving up the marker with 11:49 remaining in regulation.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 7 when it heads to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown at 7 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium. Quinnipiac returns home on Friday, Jan 13 to host Cornell and Saturday, Jan. 14 against Colgate at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. 

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)