HAMDEN, Conn. - The No. 4 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Brown University, 2-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I. Quinnipiac loses their second straight game to fall to 7-2-0 in league play and 12-3-0 overall while Brown wins its fourth straight contest to improve to 4-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in ECAC Hockey action.
Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.)scored Quinnipiac's only goal of the game, making him the 11th player in Quinnipiac history to reach the mark, and the sixth at the Division I level. It places him in a tie for 10th place all-time and 5th on the Division I goals-scored chart. The goal also makes Wong the second player this season, along with Eric Lampe, to score a goal in four consecutive games. Sophomore Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) finished with 29 saves in the game.
Both teams played to a scoreless tie through the first two periods of play, with Brown outshooting Quinnipiac, 25-13, including a 17-6 edge in the first period. Quinnipiac sophomore goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) was able to turn back all 25 shots he saw through the first two frames.
Brown scored the game's first goal at the 3:56 mark of the third period on a blast by Jeff Buvinow with assists from Aaron Volpatti and Devin Timberlake. Timberlake dropped the puck off behind the net where it was picked up by Volpatti. Volpatti came around the net and faked the wrap-around attempt before connecting with Buvinow in the slot. Buvinow's slap shot beat Clarke to the bottom right corner.
The Bears scored less than a minute-and-a-half later on a one-timer from Sean Connauton on a pass from Jordan Pietrus. Jarred Smith handled the puck to the right of the net before hooking up with Pietrus. Pietrus then sent a pass to Connauton at the point. His shot beat Clarke glove side to give Brown a two-goal lead.
Wong answered with his team-leading 11th goal of the season with 13:28 remaining in the game. Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) put a shot on goal, which was turned away by Mike Clemente. Wong picked the puck up in the crease and banged it home to cut the Bears' lead in half. Freshman Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) made the initial pass to Hansen and was credited with an assist.
The Bobcats return to action on Thursday, Dec. 10 when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on the College of Holy Cross in a non-conference match-up set for a 7 p.m. start. Quinnipiac will then host American International College on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The game will be Quinnipiac's final game before they travel to Harvard on Dec. 29.