HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac senior Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) scored midway through the second-overtime of the Bobcats' Quarterfinal match-up at High Point Solutions Arena to lift the No. 1 Bobcats to a 3-2 win against Cornell. The win clinches the best-of-three series and sends Quinnipiac to the ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinals for the second time since the Bobcats joined the league in 2005-06. The Bobcats will face tournament No.7-seed Brown on Friday Mar. 22 at 4 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Bui's goal came off of a cross-ice pass from Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) after Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn.) took control of the puck in the Bobcats' defensive zone and moved it up-ice. Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) scored the game-tying goal to force overtime while Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) scored the Bobcats' first goal to put Quinnipiac on the board. Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) picked up his NCAA-leading 26th victory with a 29-save performance.
Cornell got on the board first when Braden Birch scored his second goal of the season just :48-seconds into the game. A Cornell odd-man rush created the opportunity as Joakim Ryan fed Dustin Mowry, who then put the puck on Birch's tape in the slot. Birch's back hand rattled around the cage to give the Big Red a 1-0 lead.
Quinnipiac tied the game midway through the second period on a goal by Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) on a blast from the point. Tolkinen's second goal in as many nights came on a turnover in the Big Red's defensive zone after the Cornell defense knocked down a shot by Quinnipiac's Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland). A Cornell skater attempted to the clear the puck but instead put it right on Tolkinen's stick just below the blue line.
Cornell retook the lead a little more than a minute later when Brian Ferlin picked of a Quinnipiac pass in front of the Big Red's bench. Ferlin split two defenders and skated in on Hartzell, snapping a shot over the Bobcats goalie's shoulder to give the Big Red a one-goal lead, 2-1, which stood through the remainder of the period.
With 1:01 remaining in regulation and Cornell clinging to a one-goal lead, Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) scored his fifth goal of the year on a mad scramble in front of Cornell's goal. Jordan Samules-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) tipped the puck out to Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) who carried the puck out in front of Cornell's goal. Langlois had the puck knocked off his stick to Harvey who was denied on his first attempt by Cornell goalie Andy Iles, but was able to poke the puck home on the rebound.
After battling through one overtime, and almost half of the second, Bui found the back of the net to beat Cornell's Andy Iles, who had stopped 60 of Quinnipiac's 63 shots in the game. Bui took a pass in the neutral zone and took off down ice. All alone, Bui pulled the stick back wide to his left, waiting for Iles to commit and then pulled it back to his right before flipping the puck on net with his back hand.