Eric Hartzell Blanks Robert Morris As No. 18 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Rolls To 4-0 Win

HAMDEN, Conn. – Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) had a goal and an assist while Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) recorded his sixth career shutout to lead the nationally-ranked No. 18 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team to a 4-0 win against Robert Morris at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac improves to 2-0-0 with the win while Robert Morris opens the season at 0-1-0.

Hartzell won his 30th career game th a 15-save effort against the Colonials. Hartzell has now given up just one goal in 180 minutes in goal across the Bobcats' first two games.

Jeremy  Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Cory HIibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.) also scored for the Bobcats, while Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) had two assists. Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) was also credited with
an assist.

Goodman put Quinnipiac on the board with his first goal of the season just under nine minutes into the second period. Robert Morris lifted the puck out of their zone before it was intercepted by Barron just below the blue line. Goodman skated in front of the Robert Morris goal and tipped the puck past Colonials' goalie Eric Levine to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.

With under four minutes to play in the period, it was Hibbeler with the goal to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) broke up the play in the face-off circle to the left of Levine before RMU took control. Hibbeler collected the puck above the blue line, carried it into the Colonials' zone and put a shot on goal. The puck bounced off the skate of a Robert Morris defended before Clay Harvey tipped the puck back to Hibbeler. Hibbeler one-timed the puck between the pads of Levine to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.

After the start of the second period, with the two teams skating 4-on-4 after a pair of penalties, Barron scored for his second point of the game when he took a pass from Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) in the face-off circle to the left of Levine and fired a shot over the goalies' right shoulder to give Quinnipiac a three-goal lead. Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) was also credited with an assist.

Moments later Langlois scored a short-handed goal on a pass from Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) to give Quinnipiac a 4-0 lead. Harvey blocked a shot deep in the Bobcats' defensive zone, sending the puck up the ice. He out-skated the Colonials defense and took control of the puck in the Colonials defensive zone. He found Langlois trailing the play and centered a pass to the senior forward in the slot, who tipped the puck by Levine for the goal.

Quinnipiac and Robert Morris resume play on Sunday, Oct. 14  at 12 p.m. with the second game of their two-game series at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Immediately following the Bobcats' game against the Colonials, the Bobcats will host a St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving event on Lender Court.

Contact: Ken Sweeten, kenneth.sweeten@quinnipiac.edu