HAMDEN, Conn. – Brogan Rafferty (Dundee, Illinois) scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday night but his power-play tally was not enough as the No. 4/4 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team fell to the Brown Bears, 4-1, in ECAC Hockey play.
One night after blanking the Yale Bulldogs, the Bobcats fell to snap their five-game winning streak dating back to Jan. 19 with a 4-3 victory over Boston University.
Brown led Saturday night's game 1-0 heading into the third period of play before exploding for three of the period's four goals in the first 3:07 of the period to extend their lead to 4-1. Rafferty scored his goal 2:07 into the third period after two Brown goals within 15 seconds of each other, but Brown's Jack Gessert answer extra a minute after Rafferty to regain the three-goal lead.
The Bobcats recorded nearly shots shots for a second consecutive night as they outshot the Bears, 48-29. Despite giving up the three early third period goals, the Bobcats held a 25-13 edge in shots in the final frame.
Quinnipiac 1, Brown 4
Quinnipiac (21-6-1, 10-5-1 ECAC Hockey) | Brown (10-10-3, 7-6-3 ECAC Hockey)
Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center | Hamden, Conn.
- (3:39, 2nd period - PP) – Quinnipiac 0, Brown 1: Beaudoin put the Bears up 1-0 early in the second period with a power-play goal. Max Gottlieb worked the puck to Justin Jallen on his right for a one-timer. Chase Priskie (Pembroke Pines, Florida) blocked the shot but it took an unfortunate deflection to Beaudoin on the left side for one-timer that beat a sprawling Shortridge.
- (0:50, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 0, Brown 2: The Bears doubled their lead in the first minute of the final period as Alex Brink jammed home a rebound off an initial shot from Tony Stillwell from low in the left faceoff circle
- (1:05, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 0, Brown 3: Chris Berger scored just 15 seconds later to give Brown a 3-0 lead as Brown kept the puck in its offensive zone off the forecheck as Tommy Marchin fed Berger for the goal
- (2:07, 3rd period - PP) – Quinnipiac 1, Brown 3: The Bobcats got a goal back just over a minute after Brown's third goal as Rafferty rifled home a power-play goal for his fourth tally of the season. Priskie passed the puck from the left wing to Rafferty at the point who shifted it to Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) on his right. Tufto faked a shot to create space before hitting Rafferty with the puck for the one-timer.
- (3:07, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 1, Brown 4: Brown answered exactly a minute later to regain the three-goal lead as Jack Gessert scored his first of the night as he put home the puck off a pass from Colin Burston from behind the net.
- Quinnipiac finished the weekend with 98 shots on goal, its most in a single weekend since recording 102 against Maine in a weekend series from Dec. 8-9, 2017.
- Rafferty scored his fourth goal of the season to tie his career-high, with the goal good for his third power-play goal of the season
- His goal was his first since Nov. 16 at Cornell while he now has points in three of his last five games
- Tufto recorded another assist to extend his point streak to four games
- His assist was his 24th of the season, tied for the third-most in the nation and tied for the most in ECAC Hockey while his 37 points are also tied for third in the nation
- Priskie also extended his point streak with an assist, giving him his third six-game point streak of the season
- He is now tied for seventh in the nation with 35 points and is second among defenseman, while his total is the fourth most by a defenseman in a single-season in program history
- Priskie also recorded 12 shots on goal in the game, the most by a Bobcat in a single-game this season while Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) had eight shots on goal
- Karlis Cukste (Riga, Latvia) and Priskie each recorded three blocks Saturday night
- The Bobcats remain second in ECAC Hockey play with 21 points and a 10-5-1 league record. Cornell is in first with 24 points (11-3-2) while Clarkson (10-6-0) and Harvard (9-5-2) are tied for third with 20 points.
- The Bobcats hit the road next weekend with a trip to the Capital City region to face Union and Rensselaer.
- Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Friday night against Union at Messa Rink while the Bobcats face the Engineers Saturday night at Houston Field House at 7 p.m.