The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team scored three first period goals Saturday night to jump out to a 3-1 lead and managed to hang on to a 4-3 win to earn a series split against the Maine Black Bears at Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena.
Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) tallied two points with a goal and an assist to lead the Bobcats while Ethan Leyh (Anmore, Michigan), Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) and Michael Lombardi (Barrington, Rhode Island) all added goals for the Bobcats in the win.
Bongiovanni tallied his goal just 3:20 into the third period to provide a key insurance goal that served as the game-winning goal against the Black Bears.
Keith Petruzzelli (Wilbraham, Massachusetts) came on strong in the third period and made 12 of his 22 saves to stave off Maine to earn his third win of the season.
Despite a late push from the Black Bears, the Bobcats held a 38-23 advantage in shots on goal.
Quinnipiac 4, Maine 3
Quinnipiac (3-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) | Maine (3-2-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)
Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center | Hamden, Conn.
- (3:22, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 0, Maine 1: Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup tallied his first of two goals Saturday night early in the game as JD Greenway dumped off a pass for Schmidt-Svejstrup in the neutral zone and he fired a shot from the left circle past Petruzzelli
- (4:00, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 1, Maine 1: Lombardi answered just 38 seconds after the Black Bears to tie the game as Peter DiLiberatore (Bedford, Nova Scotia) passed the puck into the offensive zone and it was tipped by Desi Burgart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) before Lombardi collected the puck and threw it on net to beat Maine's starting goaltender Matthew Thiessen
- (6:17, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 2, Maine 1: Quinnipiac took the lead 2:17 later on Leyh's second goal of the season as William Fällström (Stockholm, Sweden) created a turnover in the offensive zone that went right to Leyh for the snap shot
- (7:02, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 3, Maine 1: de Jong tallied his first goal of the season just 45 seconds later as Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) backhanded the puck to de Jong who skated it net front and beat Thiessen to knock him out of the game
- (8:26, 2nd period – PP) – Quinnipiac 3, Maine 2: The Black Bears got a goal back as Schmidt-Svejstrup scored his second of the game with a one-timer from just above the left faceoff circle.
- (3:20, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 4, Maine 2: Bongiovanni netted his third goal of the season with a one-timer off a faceoff win from Tufto and beat Swayman for the first time Saturday.
- (11:59, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 4, Maine 3: Tralmaks pulled the Black Bears back within a goal as he redirected a centering feed from Tim Doherty to beat Petruzzelli with just over eight minutes remaining in the period.
- Bongiovanni tallied a goal and an assist for his first two-point game of the 2019-20 season
- His goal was gives him a tally in three straight games, the longest goal streak on the team
- Leyh found the back of the net for the second time this season and now leads all Quinnipiac freshmen with two goals
- de Jong scored his first goal of the season and recorded his first point Saturday night
- Lombard also recorded a goal and now has points in back-to-back games after picking up an assist Friday night
- Tufto recorded two assists for his third two-point game of the 2019-20 season
- He now has 18 career multi-assist games and 28 multi-point games while his six assists are tied for third in the nation
- DiLiberatore recorded a point for fourth straight game, the longest streak on the team, as he tallied his third assist of the season.
- Burgart picked up his first assist of the season and second point as he tipped the pass to Lombardi on his goal
- Fällström recorded his first assist of the season with a helper on Leyh's goal one season after recording 13 assists as a freshman.
- The Bobcats are back in action with a single game next week against the Vermont Catamounts on Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Following Sunday's game will be Quinnipiac's Skate with the Bobcats
- For more information on Quinnipiac men's ice hockey, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram, @QU_MIH.