HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team scored two second period goals to come back from an early two-goal deficit but the Maine Black Bears responded and took the first game of the weekend of the weekend series, 4-2, at Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena.
Joe O'Connor (Hamden, Connecticut) scored his first goal of the season in the first two minutes of the second period and Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) added his second of the season with a power-play tally as the Bobcats attempted a comeback.
Despite the two second period goals, Maine answered with the go-ahead goal just under three minutes later and added insurance goal midway through the third period to put the Black Bears back up by two goals.
The Bobcats battled throughout the third period as they peppered Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman with 17 shots to outshoot the Black Bears, 17-2, but could not get anything to go to pull back within a goal.
Quinnipiac 2, Maine 4
Quinnipiac (2-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) | Maine (3-1-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center | Hamden, Conn.
- (8:49, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 0, Maine 1: The Black Bears got on the board near the midway point of the period as Eduards Tralmaks put home a rebound from a Levi Kleiboer.
- (00:46, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 0, Maine 2: Tralmaks scored his second of the game as he corralled a JD Greenway shot off the boards and tallied a wraparound goal to double the Black Bears' lead.
- (1:59, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 1, Maine 2: O'Connor pulled the Bobcats back within a goal just 1:13 later with his first of the season as Skyler Brind'Amour (Raleigh, North Carolina) hit him with a pass on the backdoor from the slot.
- (9:06, 2nd period – PP) – Quinnipiac 2, Maine 2: The Bobcats tied the game midway through the second period as Peter DiLiberatore (Bedford, Nova Scotia) hit Bongiovanni at the right point with a pass where he one-timed it off the far post past Swayman.
- (11:57, 2nd period – PP) – Quinnipiac 2, Maine 3: After Brind'Amour had a shot go off the crossbar, Mitchell Fossier collected the rebound and skated end-to-end where he put the puck on net and Tim Doherty managed to put home the puck to take the lead for the Black Bears.
- (9:47, 3rd period – PP) – Quinnipiac 2, Maine 4: Adam Dawe scored his lone goal of the game off a feed from Tralmaks with Fossier picking up the secondary for his fourth point of the night.
- Bongiovanni scored for a second straight game as he rifled home his first power-play goal of the season
- He has picked up his sophomore season with two early goals after 14 as a freshman in 2018-19
- O'Connor scored in his first action of the 2019-20 season for his sixth career goal after three goals last season
- DiLiberatore registered a point for a third straight game with an assist on Bongiovanni's power-play goal and now has two of his three points on the power play
- DiLiberatore's three-game point streak is the third such streak of his career
- PJ Fletcher (Dana Point, California) recorded the first point of his collegiate career with the secondary helper on Bongiovanni's goal and provided a key screen in front on the tally
- Brind'Amour picked up a point for a second straight night as he tallied his first collegiate assist on O'Connor's goal.
- Lombardi also recorded his first point of the 2019-20 season with the secondary assist on O'Connor's goal as he created a neutral zone turnover that led to the goal for his 10th career point.
- Matthew Fawcett (Lincoln, Rhode Island) made his collegiate debut Friday night for the Bobcats, the eighth different freshman to play in a game this season.
- The Bobcats outshot the Black Bears, 33-18, Friday night including a 17-2 edge in the third period.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Rand Pecknold
"Swayman was excellent, he was excellent the whole game. He made saves the whole game when we had chances. The big part of that game too is when Brind'Amour hits the crossbar there and they go down in score...we need to do a better job of getting traffic in front of him and taking away his eyes but he's a good goaltender.
"There was a lot of positives tonight at times. We had good spurts where we competed and battled and played to our identity but it just wasn't consistent. In the end, the thing that killed us the most besides Swayman was that we took three O-Zone penalties and they scored on two of those. You can't take O-Zone penalties and win hockey games."
- Quinnipiac and Maine conclude their two-game series on Saturday night with puck drop once again set for 7 p.m.