HAMDEN, Conn. Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.), the nation's assists and points leader, had three assists to help Quinnipiac to a 5-1 win against Brown University in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 14-9-2 overall and 7-4-2 in league play. Brown drops to 2-14-4 overall and 2-9-3 in ECAC Hockey play.
"I thought our special teams were great tonight," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "Any time you get two shorties and two power play goals in a game, you have to be happy. I thought Mike Atkinson played great tonight, he had a hand in both shorthanded goals."
Quinnipiac entered Friday night's game ranked 7th nationally in combined special teams, scoring on 53.7% of their chances on the power play or the penalty kill. The Bobcats scored four of their five goals on special teams with two power play and two shorthanded goals. The last time Quinnipiac scored two shorthanded goals in the same game was February 6, 2007 when they defeated Bentley College, 6-1. Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) scored two shorthanded goals while Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) also added one late in the game.
Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.), Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) and Dan Henningson (Edmonton, Alb.) all added a goal and an assist in the Bobcats' win. The Bobcats also improved to 13-0-0 this season after when leading after the second period. In addition, Quinnipiac is 31-0-3 in their last 34 games with a lead after two periods.
Lampe put the Bobcats out in front with a shorthanded goal with just under eight minutes to play in the first period. Lampe's goal, his 10th of the season, came on a pass from Atkinson from the top of Brown's defensive zone. Lampe put a rush on Bears goalie Dan Rosen. After faking to his right, Lampe went to the back hand, slipping a shot past Rosen to give Quinnipiac the early 1-0 lead.
Brown's Jordan Pietrus tied the game with his third goal of the season. The power play goal started when Aaron Volpatti hooked up with Eric Slais. Slais then found Pietrus in the slot, who unleashed a one-timer that beat Quinnipiac freshman Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) in goal.
Quinnipiac scored their second shorthanded goal of the night with a little more than 16 minutes to play in the second period. Atkinson streaked down the middle of the ice before dropping a pass off to Beaudoin on the right flank. Beaudoin faked a shot, drawing Rosen out of the net. Beaudoin then slashed across the crease before losing control of the puck. It was picked up on the doorstep by Atkinson, who scored his second goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, at the 14:22 mark, Quinnipiac scored a power-play goal to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead, 3-1. Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) pass from the right face-off circle to Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.), who was just below the blue line in the Bears' zone. Hansen passed across the ice to Henningson who unleashed a one-timer that beat Rosen top-shelf over his left shoulder. The assist was Hansen's ninth of the year, while Leitch picks up his NCAA Division I leading 33rd assist.
David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season with five minutes to go in the second period. Leitch picked up his 34th assist of the year when he received a pass from Andrew Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.) before hooking up with Marshall. Meyer's assist was his sixth of the year. The goal also extended Marshall's point-scoring streak to 18 games.
Beaudoin scored 2:15 remaining in the second period on a 5-on-3 advantage. The Bobcats moved the puck around Brown's zone as Henningson dished to Beaudoin to the right of Rosen. Beaudoin passed it back out to Leitch who put a shot on goal. Rosen's deflection was collected by Beaudoin, who flipped the puck past the junior goal to give Quinnipiac a 5-1 lead. The goal was Beaudoin's 11th of the season, while Leitch picked up his 35th assist of the year. Henningson logged his eighth helper of the season.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 31 when head to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale University in an ECAC Hockey match-up that can be seen live from Ingalls Rink on the New England Sports Network (NESN) at 7 p.m.