HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost in overtime, 4-3, to St. Lawrence University in an ECAC Hockey contest at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 14-13-2 overall and 7-8-2 in ECAC Hockey. St.Lawrence improves to 15-11-3 overall and 7-7-3 in league play.
David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) tied the Quinnipiac Division I career goals scored record, which was previously held by Chris Cerrella '01, and Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.), the nation's assist and point leader, passed out three helpers in the Bobcats' loss.
St. Lawrence struck first when Brock McBride scored just 53 seconds into the game to give the Saints an early 1-0 lead. McBride was denied on a wrap-around by Quinnipiac goalie Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) but was able to push the puck out from under Fisher.
The Bobcats responded with a pair of unanswered goals to close out the first period. Marshall's scored team-leading 16th goal of the season came at the 8:42 mark on assists from junior Sami Liimatainen (Riverside, Ill.) and Leitch. Liimatainen handled the puck just below the blue line in the Saints' defensive zone before rimming the puck behind the net. Leitch picked up the puck just below the right face-off circle and sent a pass across the ice to Marshall in front of the goal. Marshall was stopped on his first attempt, but his shot off the rebound beat St.Lawrence's Alex Petizian, top-shelf. With the tally, Marshall tied the Quinnipiac Division I career goals record, previously set by Chris Cerrella '01.
Chris Myers (Wallaceburg, Ont.) scored his fifth goal of the season with just under five minutes to play in the first frame. Leitch once again started the play, hooking up with Dan Henningson (Edmonton, Alb.) behind the St. Lawrence net. Henningson skated out to the face-off circle where he found Myers waiting to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
St. Lawrence's Kevin DeVergilio scored at the 1:20 mark of the second period after being fed by Jared Ross and Zach Miskovic. Miskovic connected with Ross as he streaked towards the goal before receiving the pass in the slot. Ross the flipped a shot on goal that bounced off Fisher's chest and was scooped up by DeVergilio and deposited in the Bobcats' goal to tie the game, 2-2.
At the 10:51 mark, freshman Scott Zurevinski (Saskatook, Saskatchewan) skated through the Saints' back check where he dropped off a pass to Leitch on the wing. Leitch then found sophomore Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) for a one-timer that gave the Bobcats a 3-2 lead with less than half the third period to play.
Alex Curran tied the game for St. Lawrence at the 11:43 mark of the third. Curran took control of a Quinnipiac turnover before putting a shot on net that appeared to be smothered by Fisher. He was able to poke it through to tie the game and ultimately send it to overtime.
Just over a minute into the extra frame, Jared Ross took control of an attempted Quinnipiac clear along the boards to the left of Fisher. Ross' shot through traffic was able to beat Fisher to give St. Lawrence the overtime victory.
Quinnipiac will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 14 when they host Clarkson University at 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.