Tigers Stopped in Home Opener
PRINCETON, N.J. (11/1/11) - Quinnipiac's eight-game experience
showed as the Bobcats handed the Princeton men's hockey team a 5-2
loss in the home opener at Baker Rink on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Quinnipiac entered the game at 6-2 and ranked No. 19 in the country. Princeton on the other hand opened its season last weekend at the Ivy Shootout, going 0-1-1.
The Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the first half, despite receiving two five-minute majors and a game misconduct.
Russell Goodman lit the lamp at 11:03 when Connor Jones won a clean face off and drew the pick back to Goodman who one-timed it over the goal line. Scott Zurevinski made it 2-0 at 16:50 when he tallied a short-handed goal during Princeton's second five-minute power play. It was a two-on-one after a breakup in the Bobcat zone. Matthew Peca came racing down the right boards and and sent a cross ice pass to Zurevinski who put it past Bonar.
Kellen Jones gave Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead at 7:27 of the second when he fired a shot from just inside the right circle as he was skating down in transition.
Junior Will MacDonald put Princeton on the scoreboard at 16:46 with his first goal of the season. Sophomore Eric Carlson had two shots saved as he tried to stuff the puck in on the right side. MacDonald got the puck free and put it away. Sophomore Matt Farris would earn his first of two assists on the goal, as he sent the puck down low for Carlson.
After a number of shots were thrown aside by Bonar, Quinnipiac broke through as Bryce Van Brabant got help from Zurevinski at 12:50 of the third.
Junior Eric Meland made it a 4-2 game less than a minute later when he scored on a Rob Kleebaum rebound with Farris once again delivering the puck from near the blue line.
The Tigers pulled Bonar for the extra skater with 1:55 remaining but Quinnipiac would break up a pass in the neutral zone and Yuri Bouharevich iced the game.
Bonar would finish the game with 27 saves. Dan Clarke stopped 25 for Quinnipiac, who had a 32-27 advantage in shots.
Princeton was 0 for 3 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
The Tigers travel to Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend, Nov. 4-5.