The nationally-ranked No. 11/13 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team improved to 7-0-0 in ECAC Hockey with a 3-1 win against Princeton at the High Point Solutions Arena. The win matches the Bobcats' best start in league play in program history after the 2009-10 team was also perfect through its first seven ECAC Hockey games. The Bobcats' unbeaten streak - second longest in NCAA Divsion I hockey - improves to nine games (8-0-1) while Quinnipiac moves to 11-3-2 overall. Princeton drops to 3-5-3 overall and 2-2-3 in ECAC Hockey action.
Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) led the Bobcats with two goals while also assisting on Quinnipiac's game-winner. Langlois' mulitple-goal game is his fourth of the season and 13th of his career, both team highs. Langlois increased his career total to 53 goals, the most among all active NCAA Division I men's ice hockey players through Friday night's game.
In addition to his two goals, he also assisted on Russell Goodman's (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) fifth goal of the season. Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) also picked up his team-leading 10th assist of the season on the play. Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped 11 of Princeton's 12 shots on goal to improve to 11-2-2 on the season.
Langlois' first goal of the game came just 5:34 into the first period when he lifted the stick of a Princeton skater deep in the Tigers' defensize zone and stole the puck. Langlois toe-dragged across the crease and then went to the backhand to deposit his ninth goal of the season. It proved to be the only scoring for a majority of the period until the final minute of play.
With 58-seconds remaining in the first frame, Goodman scored his fifth goal of the year to match his career best, with assists going to linemates Harvey and Langlois. Langlois fired a shot on goal from the face-off circle that was kicked away by Princeton goalie Mike Condon. Harvey attempted a shot off a rebound but it was knocked away to Goodman in the slot who one-timed a shot past Condon to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. The goal proved to be Goodman's team-best fourth game-winning goal of the season, making him one of three players in the country with at least four game-winning goals to date.
Late in the second period, Princeton got on the board on a goal by Eric Carlson, with an assist credited to Tom Kroshus to pull the Tigers within a goal, 2-1. Quinnipiac managed to battle through the end of the second and most of the third before Langlois scored on an empty net to put the game out of reach with 38-seconds remaining in regulation.
The Bobcats head to Princeton, N.J. on Saturday, Dec. 8 to face the Tigers in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Hobey Baker Rink at 4 p.m. The Bobcats remain idle until the final weekend of December when it hosts Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 29-30 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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