TROY, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated Rensselaer, 3-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y. The Bobcats improve to 8-7-4 in ECAC Hockey and 16-10-5 overall while RPI drops to 5-11-3 in league play and 8-20-3 overall.
Three different players turned in multiple-point performances as Cory Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.) and Reese Rolheiser (Edmonton, Alberta) had a goal and an assist each and Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) had two assists. Zach Currie's (Victoria, British Columbia) power-play goal in the second period stood as the game-winner whiel Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped 25 of 26 shots on goal for the win.
"I thought we competed hard tonight," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "It wasn't perfect, but we battled. I think both teams battled tonight. We were fortunate to get two goals out of [Corey] Hibbeler's line. Usually, I'd be happy with a goal in a weekend, but two in one game is great. They played great tonight."
Quinnipiac entered Friday night's game tied with Michigan for 2nd in NCAA Division I hockey on the penalty kill (89.4%). The Bobcats kept their penalty-killing streak alive as they denied all five RPI, man-advantage opportunities. The last power play goal allowed by the Bobcats came on Jan. 14 in a 7-1 win against Colgate. Quinnipiac has now posted five consecutive games without a power-play goal allowed.
RPI's Zach Schroeder put the Engineers on top with his sixth goal of the season on an assist from Matt Tinordi at the 9:10 mark of the first period. Rolheiser scored his second goal of the year just 23 seconds later when Hibbeler grabbed a loose puck in the Engineers' defensive zone and tipped it over Rolheiser who blasted a shot from the right of RPI's Bryce Merriam to tie the game.
After RPI's Nick Bailen was called for a cross check at the 18:54 mark, Quinnipiac capitalized with a power play goal from Zach Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) who scored on a one-timer from the point. The Bobcats worked the puck through the Engineers' zone – each skater getting a touch – before Barron took a pass from Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) and sent the puck to the point to Currie to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.
With less than four minutes to play in the second period, Hibbeler re-directed a slap shot from Barron to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. Barron was credited with his second assist of the game, and 11th of the season, on the play. Rolheiser also picked up his second point of the game with an assist after winning the face-off and sending the puck to Barron.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 when it takes on nationally-ranked No. 8/8 Union at the Achilles Center in Schenectady, N.Y. The game can be viewed on Time Warner Cable at 7:07 p.m.