Brandon Wong's Game-Winning Goal Gives Men's Ice Hockey 4-3 Series Win Against Colgate
HAMDEN, Conn. Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) scored his second game-winning, overtime goal of Quinnipiac's Bank of America ECAC Hockey Tournament First-Round Series against Colgate as the Bobcats took the third and decisive game, 4-3. All three games in the series went to overtime. Quinnipiac, winners of eight of nine first-round games in Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey Tournament history, advances to the tournament quarterfinals for the fourth time in as many years.
Wong had missed the final 11 games of the regular season before scoring the game-winner in the first game of the series on Friday night. Following a loss, in overtime on Saturday night, the junior wing provided the deciding point when he received the puck from linemate Jean-Marc Beaudoin as he streaked towards the net through the left face-off circle. Wong faked his first shot then banged home the goal over the shoulder of Colgate's Charles Long.
Quinnipiac goalie Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) was impressive in net as he recorded 39 saves in the win. Fisher now has 58 victories to his credit, one short of the Quinnipiac career record 59 wins by Jamie Holden. Quinnipiac led 3-2 after the second period and improve to 16-0-0 this season in games in which it has led after the second period. The Bobcats also hold a 36-game unbeaten streak (33-0-3), leading after two frames, dating back to the Bobcats loss to Clarkson in the 2007 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship.
Greg Holt (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) scored the game's first goal less than four minutes into the first period. Mark Nelson (Prince George, B.C.) connected with Chris Myers (Wallaceburg, Ont.), who dropped a pass back to Holt at the point.His one-timer beat Colgate goalie Charles Long to the far post to put Quinnipiac on top, 1-0. The goal was Holt's second of the series and fourth of the season while Myers picks up his fourth assist of the year.
The lead was short lived as Colgate scored twice in the next six minutes. The Raiders' first goal of the game came at the 4:06 mark by Brian Day. Jason Fredericks started the play, getting the puck to Peter Bogdanich. Bogdanich then connected with Day in the slot. His shot beat Quinnipiac goalie Bud Fisher (Peterborough, Ont.) glove side to tie the game. They would score again, this time on the power play, at the 9:39 mark on a back hand shot by Jason Williams as he cut across the crease. Williams was assisted on the play by Day and Tom Riley.
Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) scored his first goal of the series, a night after he had a pair of assists. Dan Henningson (Edmonton, Alb.) controlled the puck along the right wing and passed the puck to Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.). Heichman put a shot on goal that was stopped and collected by Atkinson. Atkinson's back handed shot beat Long to tie the game at 2-2. The goal was Atkinson's third of the season while Henningson is credited with his 11th assist and Heichman with his 10th.
Quinnipiac scored on the power-play at the 9:58 mark of the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) handled the puck along the wing and passed out to Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) at the point. Hansen unleashed a shot on goal that was stopped by Long. The puck dropped in front of him where Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) collected the rebound and flipped the puck to the far post to give Quinnipiac the lead. It was the second night in a row that Lampe scored the go-ahead goal, this one his 13th of the season. Hansen picked up his team-best fourth point of the series, all on assists, while Leitch picks up his 44th assist of the year.
Austin Smith, who had a hat trick and one assist in Colgate's win in the second game of the series, scored the tying goal with just over four minutes to play in regulation. Smith was assisted on the play by Francois Brisebois and Ethan Cox. After Fisher stopped a flurry of shots, the puck drifted across the crease where Smith picked it up and punch through the goal mouth to tie the game at 3-3.
Wong's goal came at the 13:13 mark in overtime on assists from Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) and Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Que.).
Quinnipiac advances to the Bank of America ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals where they will face the field's fourth seed, St. Lawrence University. The Bobcats and the Saints hit the ice on Friday, March 13 in Canton, N.Y. for a best-of-three series.