The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the first period Saturday night as the Bobcats defeated the Rensselaer Engineers, 3-1, to complete a weekend sweep in the first home weekend of ECAC Hockey play.
Alex Whelan (Ramsey, New Jersey), William Fällström (Stockholm, Sweden) and Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) all scored their first goals of the season while Karlis Cukste (Riga, Latvia) had a career-high three assists to lead the Bobcats in the victory.
After Rensselaer took the initial lead just 1:10 into the game, the Bobcats scored two goals in the next 3:24 and didn't look back as they held on for the second weekend sweep of the season.
Tufto's goal later in the third period provided a key insurance goal for the Bobcats as he extended his point streak to a career-best eight games.
Keith Petruzzelli (Wilbraham, Massachusetts) was stellar between the pipes once again as he allowed just one goal and made 23 saves for his sixth win of the season. Petruzzelli has now allowed one goal or fewer in back-to-back starts.
Quinnipiac 3, Rensselaer 1
Quinnipiac (6-4-1, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) | Rensselaer (4-5-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey)
Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center | Hamden, Conn.,
- (1:10, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 0, Rensselaer 1: Will Reilly initially put the Engineers ahead in the opening minutes of Saturday night's game after he received a pass at the right point from Mike Gornall and beat Keith Petruzzelli for the game's first goal
- (2:18, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 1, Rensselaer 1: Whelan tied the game just 1:08 after Rensselaer's goal as he tipped home a shot from the left point from Cukste.
- (4:34, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 2, Rensselaer 1: The Bobcats took the lead for good two minutes later as Fällström put home a rebound off the end boards on a Zach Metsa (Delafield, Wisconsin) blast from the right point to make it 2-1.
- (14:28, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 3, Rensselaer 1: Tufto added a key insurance goal on a breakaway off a pass from Whelan as he held off a Rensselaer defender and slid the puck through starting goaltender Owen Savory's five-hole.
- Whelan recorded his first goal of the season and first multi-point game of the season
- With a goal and an assist, Whelan now has 12 multi-point games in his career and first since the ECAC Hockey Tournament on March 16 against Brown.
- Fällström tallied his first goal of the season and extended his point streak to four games, the longest point streak of his career.
- Fällström also continued his dominance at the faceoff dot as he won 11 of the 14 faceoffs he took.
- Tufto extended his point streak to a career-best eight games with his first goal of the season Saturday night.
- Tufto now has 13 points on the season and 96 in his career, pulling within four of becoming the 41st player in program history to record 100 points in a career.
- Cukste recorded assists on all three goals to give him his first career three-assist game and extend his point streak to three games.
- He is the 10th ECAC Hockey skater to record three assists in a game this season and second defenseman to do so.
- Petruzzelli was stellar between the pipes for a second straight night as he made 23 saves on RPI's 24 shots, allowing just one goal for a second straight now.
- Metsa picked up an assist to give him points in back-to-back games and now has five assists on the season.
- Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) recorded an assist to extend his current point streak to three games, his second-longest point streak of the season.
- Nick Jermain (Norwalk, Connecticut) skated in the 100th game of his collegiate career, the 90th player in program history to play 100 games
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Rand Pecknold
"That was a good win tonight. Our first period was excellent and we lost a little energy as the game moved along but RPI is a very good team, well coached and to get the win at home, that was a good weekend for us."
- Quinnipiac hits the road again next weekend where the Bobcats will face #3/4 Cornell and Colgate in another ECAC Hockey weekend.
- Puck drop Friday night against the Big Red is set for 7 p.m. at Lynah Rink before the Bobcats travel to Hamilton, New York, to face the Raiders at 7 p.m. at Class of 1965 Arena.
- For more information on Quinnipiac men's ice hockey, visit gobobcats.com/mih and follow the team on Twitter and Instagram, @QU_MIH.