PROVIDENCE, R.I –The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team played to a 2-2 tie against Brown in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Meehan Auditorium. With the tie, Quinnipiac goes to 12-7-5 overall and 4-4-4 in ECAC Hockey play while Brown moves to 6-7-2 overall and 3-4-1 in league action. The Bobcats overcame a two-goal, first-period deficit to come back and tie the game. The last time Quinnipiac completed that feat was against Cornell in the second game of the 2011 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. Quinnipiac runs its unbeaten streak in ECAC Hockey play to five games at 4-0-1.
"Brown is a good hockey team," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "They play very well at home, we knew they were going to be tough. We had a bad first period, but I think that we battled down the stretch in the second and third period."
Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) and Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) scored for Quinnipiac while Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) records 26 saves in the tie. Hartzell has now held Quinnipiac's opponents to two or fewer goals in 10 of his last 11 starts.
"Hartzell played well," Pecknold said. "We would've liked to get the win but we'll take the three-point weekend."
Brown took a 1-0 lead 13:35 into the first period after the Bobcats were whistled for successive penalties, putting the Bears on a 5-on-3 power play. Sophomore Dennis Robertson scored on a one-timer from the point on a pass from Jack Maclellan. Matt Lorito also had an assist on the play. It was Maclellan with his team-leading ninth goal of the year to give the Bears a two-goal lead at the 18:40 mark of the first period on a pass by Lorito. Lorito set the play up when he skated down the left half wall and fed Maclellan on the opposite post. Maclellan deked Hartzell and then backhanded a shot past the Bobcats' goalie. Ryan Jacobson also had an assist on the goal.
Late In the second period, Quinnipiac scored twice in less than two minutes to tie the game heading into the second intermission. Peca (cut Brown's lead in half with his fifth goal of the year at the 16:56 mark before Tolkinen scored on the power play to tie the game at the 18:20 mark.
Just six seconds after coming off the power play, Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) skated down ice and centered the puck to Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia). Jones then slid the puck behind him to Peca who blasted a shot from the slot to the opposite post to put Quinnipiac on the board. The point is Curries third of the weekend and fourth point in his last three games. Peca's goal snaps a four-game scoreless streak for the freshman.
Back on the power play moments later, Quinnipiac tied the game when Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) scored his third goal of the season on a one-timer from the point. Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) dug the puck out the corner to the left of the Brown goal and sent it to the right half-wall to Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.). Barron's pass found Tolkinen's tape, who unleashed a blast that beat Brown goalie Marco De Felippo stick side.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Jan. 13 when it hosts Cornell at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 14 against Colgate at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
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