PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey scored three first period goals to jump out to an early lead Friday night as the Bobcats defeated the Brown Bears, 4-1, at Meehan Auditorium and clinched a first round bye in the ECAC Hockey Playoffs.
Quinnipiac needed just two points heading into the weekend to clinch the first round bye and the Bobcats secured it with the victory Friday night.
Alex Whelan (Ramsey, New Jersey) recorded the Bobcats first shorthanded goal of the season midway through the first period while TJ Friedmann (St. Louis, Missouri) and Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) each tallied goals in the final two minutes of the first period to add key insurance goals for the Bobcats.
Nick Jermain (Norwalk, Connecticut) added an empty-net goal with 32.6 seconds left in regulation to cap off the victory for the Bobcats to complete his second multi-point game of the season.
Quinnipiac 4, Brown 1
Quinnipiac (24-7-2, 13-6-2 ECAC Hockey) | Brown (11-12-5, 8-8-5 ECAC Hockey)
Meehan Auditorium | Providence, R.I.
- (9:29, 1st period – SH) – Quinnipiac 1, Brown 0: Whelan gave the Bobcats the lead after Ethan de Jong(North Vancouver, British Columbia) created a turnover in the defensive zone and shifted the puck up through the neutral zone. A Brown defenseman could not control the puck and Whelan took it from the blue line into the slot where he beat Brown goaltender Luke Kania blocker side.
- (18:09, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 2, Brown 0: Friedmann tallied his second goal of the season from inside the slot to double the Bobcats lead. Zach Metsa's (Delafield, Wisconsin) shot from the right point was knocked down by Joe O'Connor (Hamden, Connecticut) in front and kicked by Scott Davidson (Trail, British Columbia) to Friedmann who shifted to his left before beating Kania
- (19:00, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 3, Brown 0: Tufto added his 15th goal of the season just 51 seconds later as Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) picked the pocket of a Brown defenseman just inside the offensive zone. He chased down the puck in the left faceoff circle where he hit Tufto with a pass in the slot who beat Kania top shelf over his glove with a snapshot.
- (11:25, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 3, Brown 1: The Bears spoiled the shutout bid with 8:35 to play in the third period as Colin Burston broke up a play in the neutral zone and gave the puck up to Brent Beaudoin who skated in and drew the defense before feeding Michael Maloney on the weak side.
- (19:27.4, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 4, Brown 1: Peter DiLiberatore (Bedford, Nova Scotia) started the play in the defensive zone when he shifted it up to William Fällström (Stockholm, Sweden) at the blue line. Fällström chipped the puck up where Jermain chased it down and swiped the puck from center ice down into the empty net.
- Quinnipiac clinched a bye in the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament for the first time since the 2015-16 season
- Jermain recorded a pair of points for his second multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist
- Jermain now has seven points on the season, including five points in his last seven games
- Tufto's 15th goal of the season moves him into fifth in ECAC Hockey and gives him points in eight of the last nine games
- He also has 42 points on the season, recording a career-high to surpass his 41 points from his freshman season
- Friedmann's goal was his second of the season after recording his first at Clarkson on Feb. 1
- Whelan's shorthanded goal was the first of his career and first for Quinnipiac on the season
- Whelan now has 11 goals on the season while his tally was his 50th career point
- Shortridge lowered his national best GAA to 1.41 while his save percentage continues to lead the nation at .944.
- de Jong picked up his 15th assist of the season on Whelan's shorthanded goal for his 24th point, still the second-most by an ECAC Hockey rookie this season
- Davidson recorded an assist on Friedmann's goal to give him points in three of the past four games
- Bongiovanni tallied an assist on Tufto's goal to give him points in four of the last five games while his 23 points on the season rank third among ECAC Hockey freshmen
- O'Connor's assist was his third of the season and first since an assist against UMass on Dec. 7 at home
- Fällström tallied his 12th point of the season and 19th point as he tallied his second point in the last three games
- DiLiberatore tallied an assist for a second straight game as he recorded his 13th helper of the season to remain first among ECAC Hockey freshmen defensemen
- Quinnipiac closes out the regular season Saturday night against the Yale Bulldogs with a chance to at least share the Cleary Cup with a win or tie as well as a Cornell loss or tie (if Quinnipiac wins)
- Puck drop at Ingalls Rink in New Haven is scheduled for 7 p.m.