HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team lost to Brown, 4-1, in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Brown now leads the best-of-three series as they improve to 9-16-5 overall. Quinnipiac drops to 17-12-6 with the loss.
Quinnipiac scored a little more than halfway through the first period on the power play, but from there it was all Brown as the Bears rattled off four unanswered goals while out-shooting the Bobcats, 30-26. The Bobcats, who entered the game with the nation's second-best penalty kill, managed to squash all four Brown power plays, including a 5-on-3, but weren't able to put it together down the stretch.
Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) scored his ninth goal of the season, the most for a Quinnipiac defenseman since Reid Cashman netted 13 during the 2004-05 season. Currie's nine goals this year are the third most by a d-man since Dan Ennis scored nine in 2002-03. Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) also assisted on his seventh consecutive goal. Dating back to a four-assist night against Brown last Friday and a two-assist game against Yale, Peca has now had an assist on every goal that Quinnipiac has scored in its last three games.
"We were great last weekend," Peca explained. "Guys came out a little flat, maybe a little tired. I won't say that we were out-competed, but we need to be ready and play better in the playoffs."
Following Currie's goal 12:53 into the game, on assists by Peca and Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), on a brilliant pass, Kyle Quick netted his second goal of the season to tie the game with 3:26 to play in the first period. In the second period, Ryan Jacobson gave Brown the lead with his 12th goal of the year, with assists going to Jack Maclellan and Matt Lorito.
In the third, Chris Zaires scored off a rebound, with assists credited to Quick and Bobby Farnham, to give Brown a two-goal lead before Dennis Robertson won a face-off in Brown's defensive end and edged the puck into the neutral zone to Jacobson. Jacobson saw Farnham blow past a Quinnipiac defensive and sent a lead pass ahead of Farnham who netted an empty-net goal with less than three minutes to play.
Quinnipiac and Brown return to the ice for the second game of the best-of-three series on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.