Quinnipiac Blanks Brown in First Game of Tournament
HAMDEN, Conn. - Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored the second fastest goal in Quinnipiac and ECAC Hockey Tournament history just 15 seconds into the Bobcats' 4-0 shutout of Brown in the first game of their best-of-three ECAC Hockey Tournament First-Round series at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac junior goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) stopped 22 shots for the shutout, the fourth all-time for Quinnipiac in the ECAC Hockey tournament.
Quinnipiac also improved to 17-11 all-time in ECAC Hockey Tournament history, including an 11-2 mark in the First Round, with a 9-2 record at the TD Bank Sports Center for the opening round. The Bobcats go to 14-13-8 on the season while Brown drops to 10-15-5 for the year.
The goal was the fastest at Quinnipiac since Ryan Olson scored 10 seconds into the Bobcats tilt with American International on Oct. 28, 2000. It was also the second fastest in ECAC Hockey Tournament history, trailing Yale's Ryan Steeves and Cornell's Doug Ferguson, who both scored 14 seconds into their playoff game in 2004 and 1966, respectively.
Four different Bobcats scored as Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec), Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) joined Langlois in lighting the lamp. 10 different Bobcats collected points on the night, including Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.), who pushed his team-leading assist total to 16. The Bobcats are now 13-2-4 when they score the first goal.
Barron helped put the Bobcats on the board when he chipped the puck out of the neutral zone to Langlois who took off down ice. As several Quinnipiac skaters diverged on Brown goalie Michael Clemente, Langlois banged home his team-leading 16th goal of the season to put Quinnipiac out in front, 1-0.
Bouharevich sent Quinnipiac into the first intermission with a two-goal lead with his seventh marker of the season at the 12:56 mark. Sophomore Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) sent a pass to sophomore Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.) who attempted to tip it past Clemente. The puck was loose in the crease behind the Bears' goalie when Bouharevich was able to pick it up and send it home.
In the second period, sophomore Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) rushed the net before dropping a pass to junior captain Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Zurevinski hooked up with Hansen, who blasted the puck past Clemente to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead. It was Kellen Jones' goal, on a pass from twin brother Connor, that finally chased Clemente in favor of Anthony Borelli.
Clarke stymied the Brown offense for most of the game as the Quinnipiac back-check dominated play and continuously cleared pucks out the zone. In the end, Quinnipiac out-shot Brown 27-22.
The Bobcats and Bears are back in action on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center for Game 2 of the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series. Should Quinnipiac defeat Brown, they would advance to the ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals for the sixth straight season, while a Brown win would bring the third and deciding game back to the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m.