Brown pulls off the upset, knocks off No. 4 Quinnipiac

Brown pulls off the upset, knocks off No. 4 Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Brown men's hockey team scored three goals in the first 3:07 of the third period and Luke Kania (Chicago, Ill.) made a career-high 47 saves as the Bears downed No. 4 Quinnipiac, 4-1, in Saturday's ECAC contest at Frank Perrotti Arena.
 
Brown (10-10-3, 7-6-3 ECAC) earned a four-point weekend and improved to 4-1 on the road over the last five games with an 8-3 record over the last 11 games. The Bears also picked up their third win over a ranked team this season. Quinnipiac moved to 21-6-11, 10-5-1.
 
"I think we are making strides every day as a program," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "I thought we did a lot of good things. I thought we were really good below the dots on them, possessed a lot of pucks, and we had good goaltending from Luke when we needed it. That's a big win for us. I couldn't't be happier for the guys and the effort they're putting in and it's good to see them rewarded."
 
Brent Beaudoin (Londonderry, N.H.) had two points with one goal, while Alex Brink (Hamilton, N.Y.), Chris Berger (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Jack Gessert (Novi, Mich.) also scored.
 
Kania set a career high with 47 saves, including 24 in the third period, while Andrew Shortridge made 25 stops in the loss for the Bobcats. 
 
Kania made 14 saves in a scoreless opening period, including two during a Quinnipiac power-play midway through the period, and then back-to-back stops with 1:24 remaining to keep the home team off the board.
 
Brown opened the scoring at 3:39 in the second period with its second power-play goal of the weekend. Justin Jallen (St. Paul, Minn.) had his shot blocked, but the puck came right to Beaudoin at the left circle, who buried the shot for his fifth tally of the season.
 
Brown scored twice within a 15-second span in the opening 1:05 of the third period. Brink tapped home his own rebound right in front, before Berger took advantage of a turnover 15 seconds later, scoring on another rebound for his fourth goal of the season and second in as many games.
 
Brogan Rafferty put the Bobcats on the board with a power-play goal at 2:07.
 
Nevertheless, the Bears answered right back one minute later, when Colin Burston (Winnipeg, Manitoba) worked the puck behind the net, and set up Gessert on the wraparound for the team's third goal in the first 3:07 of the third period.
 
Quinnipiac benefited from a power play at 17:04 and pulled Shortridge for the extra skater, but Kania made eight saves during the 6-on-4 attempt to keep the Bobcats off the board. Brown killed another penalty to close out the period and secure the win.
 
Beaudoin led the Bears with five shots.
 
Brown will host Cornell (2/15) and Colgate (2/16) next weekend.