String of Unanswered Goals Propels Bobcats over AIC

String of Unanswered Goals Propels Bobcats over AIC
The No. 9/13 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team scored three unanswered goals Saturday night to complete a comeback from a two-goal first period deficit to defeat the AIC Yellow Jackets, 3-2, to open the season with a weekend sweep.
AIC scored two goals in the first five minutes of Saturday's showdown but it did not last as Desi Burgart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) got the scoring started for the Bobcats late in the first period before Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) and Skyler Brind'Amour (Raleigh, North Carolina) tallied second period goals in the winning effort.
The Bobcats overcame a two-goal deficit for the first time since Dec. 30, 2015, when they trailed Princeton, 3-1, on the road before coming back to win that win, 4-3.
Keith Petruzzelli (Wilbraham, Massachusetts) settled in in front of his hometown crowd for an impressive 28-save performance as he picked up his second straight win.
Quinnipiac opened the season with back-to-back wins for a second straight season and the third time in the past five season.
Quinnipiac 3, AIC 2
Quinnipiac (2-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) | AIC (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
MassMutual Center | Springfield, Mass.
  • (2:23, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 0, AIC 1: The Yellow Jackets jumped out to the early lead as Jan Stefka fired a shot from the top of the offensive zone that deflected off Petruzzelli and into the net
  • (4:41, 1st period – PP) – Quinnipiac 0, AIC 2: AIC doubled its lead less than two minutes later on the power play as Luka Maver redirected home his first of the season with a redirection to take a 2-0 lead
  • (17:16, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 1, AIC 2: Burgart got the Bobcats back on the board as he intercepted a pass in the offensive zone and immediately fired the puck past Zackarias Skog's glove for the first Quinnipiac goal.
  • (3:03, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 2, AIC 2: Bongiovanni tied up the game early in the second period. After the Bobcats won a faceoff in the defensive zone, Peter DiLiberatore (Bedford, Nova Scotia) fired a pass through the neutral zone for Tufto who waited for Bongiovanni on the left wing where he beat Skog past the glove again.
  • (19:20.2, 2nd period – PP) Quinnipiac 3, AIC 2: Brind'Amour scored the first goal of his career with 39.8 seconds left in the second period as the Bobcats caught the Yellow Jackets on a change and the Bobcats scored on some tic-tac-toe passing from Tufto to Zach Metsa (Delafield, Wisconsin) to Brind'Amour.
  • Tufto picked up two assists for a second straight night as he assisted the Bobcats game-tying and game-winning goals.
  • He now has 27 multi-point games In his career and has recorded two-plus points in back-to-back games for the fifth time in the past two seasons.
  • Brind'Amour recorded his first career goal late in the second period for the game-winner Saturday.
  • Quinnipiac has had back-to-back games with first career goals for the first time since Nov. 9-10 of last season when Michael Lombardi (Barrington, Rhode Island) and Daniel Winslow (Fairfield, Connecticut) scored first career goals in back-to-back games.
  • Burgart recorded his first goal of 2019-20 and the fourth of his career with his first period tally to get the Bobcats on the board.
  • Bongiovanni also netted his first goal of the season after a 14-goal campaign last season
  • He is tied with Nick Jermain (Norwalk, Connecticut) for the third-most career goals on the team.
  • Metsa recorded an assist for a second straight night and now has points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
  • Petruzzelli settled in to have a strong performance Saturday night as he made __ saves to continue his strong start to the 2019-20 season.
  • The Bobcats overcame a two-goal deficit to win since for the first time in four years when they trailed the Princeton Tigers, 3-1, on Dec. 30, 2015, and came back to win, 4-3.
Head Coach Rand Pecknold
"It was a great resilient win tonight. Down 2-0, a little flat and AIC jumped us. They are a really well coached team, they play hard and we responded well in the second and third to get out of her with a big W.
"You have to be resilient if you want to win hockey games. I don't love our start, I didn't think we were prepared and I need to give AIC credit, they were good and all over us...We turned everything around in the second period and changed that by starting to win the battles ourselves and found a way to score some goals.
"Skyler had a big goal tonight and he gave us a big kill at the end too with Desi in the box. He hasn't probably had enough reps in the game so far and we had to throw him out there. He ate a puck for us, and he was great tonight."

  • The Bobcats return to Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena next weekend as Quinnipiac hosts Maine in a two-game series on Friday and Saturday for a pair of Alumni Weekend games.