The Quinnipiac Bobcats have been searching for their early season
scoring touch and they found it Friday Feb. 26 against Brown in an 8-3
trouncing. Quinnipiac improved to
16-15-2 (10-11-0 ECAC) while the Brown Bears dropped to 8-16-4 (6-11-4 ECAC) on
The win was especially important
for the Bobcats as they clinch home ice in the first round of the ECAC
playoffs. Not to mention Greater New
Haven rival No. 5 Yale rolls into Hamden, Conn. Saturday night for the Bobcats
final regular season game.
was a word used several times in the post game conference as QU seems to have
regained it after the win.
“I thought we played with confidence, something we’ve been
lacking a little bit lately, but I think we played hard,” said Quinnipiac head
coach Rand Pecknold.
Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin got things started as he
cleaned up a mess in front of the net to put the Bobcats on the board less than
five minutes into the first period.
forward Eric Lampe had a breakaway on a through pass from freshman defenseman
Zach Davies and Lampe mishandled the puck forcing him behind the net. Lampe then fed it to sophomore forward Scott Zurevinski
who was streaking to the net. Zurevinksi
attempted to stuff the puck under the goaltender’s pads to no avail, but the
puck squirted out across the mouth of the net and Beaudoin poked it in as he
was falling backwards for the goal.
Lampe and Davies were credited with assists on the play
Brown came back with just over 11 minutes to play in the
period though. Forward David
Brownschidle scored for the Bears on an assist from winger Jarred Smith and defenseman
Jeremy Russell. Brownschidle received
the pass while he was posted out in front of the Bobcat net and tipped the puck
past sophomore goaltender Dan Clarke before he could get in position.
Quinnipiac struck back with about 4:30 left in the period, as freshman forward Jeremy Langlois buried a rebound off of Brown goaltender
Michael Clemente. Langlois was assisted
by senior forward Mike Atkinson on the goal.
Atkinson received a pass as he was streaking towards the Brown blue
line, Atkinson shielded the puck as he skated to the net and attempted a
backhanded shot that Clemente saved.
Langlois was right behind Atkinson and in position to bury the rebound
to put QU back on top with a score of 2-1.
The Bobcats nearly doubled their lead with just under two
minutes to go in the period when Beaudoin picked off a pass while on the
penalty kill. Beaudoin had an open lane
to the net and wristed a shot that went just over the crossbar.
Quinnipiac took its 2-1 lead over Brown heading into the
Senior forward Brandon Wong increased the Bobcats lead to
two less than a minute into the second period.
Wong was in his favorite spot just in front of the net and was in the
perfect place for a rebound. Wong batted
his stick into the crease and fought to get the puck over the red line for the
goal. Lampe and Beaudoin were credited
with the assists after dishing the puck from traffic to the right of the
The seniors were huge for the
Bobcats as one of the five seniors on the team had a hand in six of the eight
goals scored Friday.
“When [the seniors] play good, it’s rare that were going to
lose a hockey game,” Pecknold said.
The Bobcats finessed their way to the fourth goal of the
game midway through the second when QU had a 2-on-1 opportunity. Freshman winger D’Arcy Oakes skated in with
the puck and hesitated for a moment before dropping the puck back to sophomore
Spencer Heichman who deked Brown’s Clemente and buried the puck into the back
of the net. Freshman center Ben Arnt was
also credited with an assist.
Less than a minute later Arnt recorded another point as he
notched Quinnipiac’s fifth goal on the night.
Arnt was to the right of the net and wristed a shot past Clemente to
give QU the 5-1 lead. Arnt was assisted by
Langlois and freshman defenseman Loren Barron.
After the fifth goal by QU, Clemente was pulled in favor of senior Dan
The Bears nearly scored midway through the second period on
a golden opportunity. A Brown forward
received a pass in stride as he was coming out of the penalty box. The forward had nothing but the net in front
of him and fired a wrist shot, but Clarke flashed his early season dominant
form and gloved the puck out of the air as the fans erupted.
Quinnipiac continued to pour it on in the second with just
over eight minutes remaining. While on
the power play senior forward Greg Holt fired a shot from the point that found
its way through traffic and onto the stick of sophomore forward Scott
Zurevinski. With a defender
in his back pocket, Zurevinski tipped the puck and deflected it for the goal. Barron was credited with his second assist of
the night as QU lead 6-1
Freshman forward Francis Drolet struck back for the Bears
two minutes later on the power play when sophomore forward Bobby Farnham found
him alone crossing the mouth of the goal.
Drolet took the pass and backhanded it past Clarke for Brown’s second
goal to bring the score to 6-2.
It was only a matter of time as play was getting
increasingly chippy, but midway through the final frame, after a scuffle in
front of the QU net, Brown captain Jack Maclellan lost his temper and dropped
two Bobcats after the whistle. A total
of five players from the two squads were given game misconducts for roughing.
QU added insult to injury for the Bears when they netted
their seventh goal of the night with 11 minutes to play. Langlois scored his second goal of the night
on an assist in front of the net from Atkinson.
After the goal yet another series of brawls broke out after Brown’s
Michael Wolff threw a vicious slash on Langlois after the score.
The Bobcats tacked on their season high eight goal with just
under 10 minutes to go in the period. On
the power play, Beaudoin received a pass in front of the net and backhanded the
puck for his second goal of the game to bring the blowout to 8-2. Even after his standout game, Beaudoin still
deferred any praise.
“We got to give the young guys a lot of credit, they said we’re
winning this one for the seniors,” he said.
The Bears did notch their third goal of the game with just
over three minutes to go. Junior forward
Harry Zolnierczyk had an open shot and took a slap shot that beat Clarke glove-side. It was too little too late for Brown as the
goal brought the final score to 8-3.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday night in what has
become annually the most anticipated game in Hamden. Tickets have already sold out, in addition to
the 1000 plus standing room tickets sold. Faceoff is
set for 7:37 p.m.