January 30, 2009

Four-Goal Second Period Lifts Quinnipiac to 5-1 Victory over Bears

Jan. 30, 2009

Box Score

Providence, RI - Mike Atkinson broke a 1-1 tie with a short-handed goal four mintues into the second period, sparking a 4-0 Quinnipiac run, as the Bobcats (14-9-2, 7-4-2) cruised to a 5-1 win over the Brown men's ice hockey team (2-14-4, 2-9-3) on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.

The two teams went back-and-forth in the first period with both teams generating solid scoring chances and both goalies coming up with big saves to keep the game scoreless for the first 12 minutes of play.

Brown went up on a power-play at 12:13, but it was Quinnipiac that would take a 1-0 lead, as Eric Lampe scored a short-handed goal at 12:37. Brown, which was the only team in the country to have not allowed a short-handed goal yet this season, conceded its first man-down goal of the year as Lampe converted a two-on-one rush with Atkinson after a neutral-zone turnover by the Bears.

The lead was short-lived however, as junior Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB) knotted the game at 1-1 just 51 seconds later, converting on the power-play. After collecting the puck from senior Eric Slais (Fenton, MO) in the slot, Pietrus spun around and fired a quick shot that beat Dan Clarke stick-side high.

The Bobcats opened the game up with four straight goals in the second period, scoring a second short-handed goal, two power-play goals, and an even strength tally. Atkinson started the run with the short-handed goal just 3:58 into the period, knocking in the rebound of a shot by Jean-Marc Beaudoin. Less than two minutes later, Dan Henningson fired a shot from the right point on a Quinnipiac power-play that clanged off the cross-bar and in for the 3-1 lead at 5:38.

Things quieted down over the next 10 minutes, but David Marshall beat junior Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) with a one-timer from the left side off a centering feed from Bryan Leitch, giving Quinnipiac at 4-1 lead at 15:10. Beaudoin capped the run at 17:45 when he knocked in the rebound of his own shot from the edge of the crease with the Bobcats enjoying a two-man advantage.

Senior Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT) replaced Rosen, who finished with 24 saves, at the start of the third period and stopped all five shots he faced, including a break-away short-handed bid by Atkinson with 24 seconds remaining. The Bears return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host Princeton in a 4:00 p.m. contest.

QUINNIPIAC 1 4 0 x 5
BROWN 1 0 0 x 1

First Period - Q, Lampe (Atkinson), SH, 12:37; B, Pietrus (Slais, Volpatti), PP, 13:28. Penalties - Q, 2-4; B, 1-2.
Second Period - Q, Atkinson (Beaudoin), SH, 3:58; Q, Henningson (Hansen, Leitch), PP, 5:38; Q, Marshall (Leitch, Meyer), 15:10; Q, Beaudoin (Leitch, Henningson), PP, 17:45. Penalties - Q, 2-4; B, 5-10.
Third Period - No Scoring. Penalties - Q, 7-14; B, 3-6.

Saves
Q, Dan Clarke (59:20), 7-9-3-x - 19; B, Dan Rosen (40:00), 13-11-x-x - 24; Mark Sibbald (20:00), x-x-5-x - 5.