HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac junior Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Quinnipiac defeated Colgate, 3-2, in the first game of the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac can clinch the series on Saturday, March 7 to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. Quinnipiac improves to 7-0 all-time in the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round and 4-0 in overtime in the league tournament. In addition, it was Quinnipiac's fifth straight home win in postseason play.
[Wong] was rusty and didn't play a lot," said Pecknold. "He is what he is...a goal scorer.
That's why we have him in the lineup. He's got a ways to go, but he
brings another element to our lineup and I'm glad we had him out
"He [Wong] was rusty and didn't play a lot," said Pecknold. "He is what he is...a goal scorer. That's why we have him in the lineup. He's got a ways to go, but he brings another element to our lineup and I'm glad we had him out there."
Wong had missed Quinnipiac's last 11 games and had not suited up since Jan. 22 when he left an 8-5 loss to Robert Morris with an injury. The goal was Wong's eight of the season and his 100th career point, making him the 29th player all-time at Quinnipiac and the 16th at the Division I level to reach the century mark.
David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) had a goal and assist while Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) had two assists in the win.
In goal, Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) turned back 31 shots whiel allowing three goals. Fisher allowed both Colgate goals in the first period before turning away the final 20 shots he saw over the final 50 minutes in goal.
Colgate scored the first goal of the game at the 5:09 mark of the first period. After a face-off in Colgate's defensive zone, a Quinnipiac defenseman failed to clear the puck before it trickled out to the slot where Raiders' Tom Riley was waiting. Riley collected the puck and poked it through traffic and past Bobcats' goalie Fisher to give Colgate the early 1-0 lead.
Colgate took a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal with two minutes to play in the first frame. After Quinnipiac freshman Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was called hooking, giving the Raiders a man-advantage, David McIntyre passed from behind the Bobcats' net to Jason Fredricks just above the left face-off circle. Fredericks then found Peter Bogdanich at the point. Bogdanich's slap shot beat Fisher, glove-side, to give Colgate a two-goal lead. The goal was Bogdanich's fifth of the year while McIntyre was credited with his 22nd assist. Fredricks picked up his ninth.
Quinnipiac pulled within a goal at the 6:37 mark of the second period. Marshall hooked up with Hansen, whose one-timer was blocked by a Colgate defender. The puck bounced out through the crease where Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alberta) was waiting. His shot was on a virtually empty net as Raiders' goalie Charles Long appeared to lose the puck after Hansen's shot. Beaudoin's goal was his 13th of the year, while Marshall was credited with his 22nd and Hansen with his 13th.
Quinnipiac tied the game at the 3:54 mark of the third period. After Colgate's Sean Carty was whistled for hitting from behind, the Bobcats found themselves on the power play for the next five minutes. After Quinnipiac took control of the puck in Colgate's defensive zone, Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) sent the puck around the boards and picked it up just below the blue line. He sent the puck across the ice to Hansen, who unleashed a one-timer on net. Marshall was able to re-direct the shot from in front of the goal, beating Long to tie the game at 2-2. The power-play goal was Marshall's 21st of the season, while Hansen picked up his second assist of the night and 13th of the season. Leitch's assist was his 43rd of the season.
Colgate's Brian Day appeared to have the game-winner just under six minutes into overtime, but was whistled for slashing on the play. Day committed the penalty on Hansen, collected the puck and banged home the shot from just outside of the crease. Colgate's celebration was stopped by the slashing call as play resumed.
At the 10:29 mark, and with the puck in Colgate's defensive zone, freshman Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Que.) knocked the puck loose from a Colgate defender and sent it to Beaudoin. Beaudoin then put a shot on goal that was stopped by Long. Wong collected the puck and missed on his first attempt, but collected the puck a second time to score the game-winner.
Quinnipiac will host Colgate in the second game of their ECAC Hockey Tournament First-Round match-up on Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.