December 8, 2012

Eric Hartzell Leads #11/13 Men's Hockey to 3-0 Win Over Princeton, Bobcats Improve to 8-0-0 in ECAC Hockey

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PRINCETON, NJ – The nationally-ranked No. 11/13 Quinnipiac men's hockey team continued their landmark season on Saturday as they improved to 8-0-0 in ECAC Hockey with a 3-0 win over Princeton from Hobey Baker Rink. The win gives the Bobcats their best start in conference play in program history and increases their unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1) which is the second longest in Quinnipiac history. Quinnipiac improves to 12-3-2 overall and takes the season series with Princeton as the Tigers fell to 3-6-2 (2-3-3 ECAC Hockey).

Senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) picked up his 40th career victory in style with his ninth career shutout after saving all 18 Princeton shots. Senior Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) scored twice for his first career multi-goal game. Senior Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) scored the Bobcat's first goal while seniors Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) and junior Connor Jones (Montrose, B.C.) picked up assists in the victory.

Hartzell's shutout is his fourth of the season and supplants his name in the Quinnipiac record books joining J.C. Wells '01, Jamie Holden '05 and Bud Fisher '09 as the only goalies to win at least 40 games for the Bobcats. He also ties Fisher for the most career shutouts in a Bobcat uniform with nine.

The Bobcats defensive play was key all night as they killed off all four Princeton power play opportunities. Quinnipiac has now gone four straight games without allowing a power-play goal and have killed off 22 straight power play chances for their opponents over the past five games. 

After facing just 12 shots the entire game on Friday, Princeton came out with much more aggression and fired 10 shots on Hartzell in the first period alone. 

The Bobcats seized control in the second as they came away with a 14-3 advantage in shots-on-net and jumped out in front with Harvey's goal at 11:10. The faceoff in the Princeton defensive end was won by Langlois out to Goodman who shot on net. Condon was up to the task with Goodman's shot but the rebound was left out in front for Harvey who knocked home the game's first goal and his second of the season. Goodman's assist is his fourth and Langlois tallied his eighth of the year.

Hartzell came up big once again in the second with a save on Princeton's Matt Farris. The play developed quickly as a Tiger dump in was chased down and a bullet pass from the end boards was sent to Farris in front. His shot was denied by the quick pad leg of Hartzell and knocked away to prevent any rebound opportunity.

Another quick faceoff play led to the second Bobcat goal from Dalhuisen. After Connor Jones won the faceoff at the left circle, Dalhuisen fired a shot that made it through all the traffic in front and into the back of the net to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead. Dalhuisen's goal is his fourth of the year while Connor picks up his third assist.

Dalhuisen picked up his second goal early in the third at 4:08. Princeton controlled the puck along their defensive blue line but the Bobcats deflected a crossing pass attempt. The puck came out to Dalhuisen who skated in on a breakaway from the blue line. He faked the shot and went to his backhand for the unassisted goal.

Quinnipiac now enters their three-week break as the fall semester comes to a close but Bobcat fans will have plenty of opportunities to catch the men's team in action as they begin a series of seven straight home games between Dec. 29 – Jan. 22. The Bobcats will begin their home stand with a non-conference series with Nebraska-Omaha at the High Point Solutions Arena on Dec. 29-30.  

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu