January 10, 2010

No. 11 Men's Ice Hockey Loses To Union, 2-1, In Overtime

HAMDEN, Conn. - The No. 11 Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to No. 17 Union College, 2-1 in overtime, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 13-7-1 overall and 7-6-0 in ECAC Hockey. Union improves to 12-4-6 overall while remaining undefeated in ECAC Hockey play at 6-0-3 to move into first place in the league standings.

Luke Cain scored the game-winning goal for Union in overtime, slipping a wrap-around attempt past Quinnipiac's Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) to give Union the win. Mario Valery-Trabucco scored the game-tying goal less than eight minutes into the second period. Quinnipiac led early in the game, 1-0, on a goal by Eric Lampe (Madison, Wis.).

Lampe became the third Quinnipiac player to reach the double-digit mark in goals with his 10th of the season, a power play marker with five minutes to play in the first period. Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) and assistant captain Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) were credited with assists on the play. Beaudoin hooked up with Wong who attempted a wrap-around but was stopped by Union's Corey Milan. Lampe crashed the net and was able to punch the puck past Milan to give Quinnipiac 1-0 lead through the first period of play.

Union tied the game with a power-play goal at the 7:29 mark of the second period when Jason Walters broke up a Quinnipiac clear and put a shot on Bobcats' goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario). The puck dribbled across the crease where it was picked up on the far post by Union's Mario Valery-Trabucco and punched home to tie the game at 1-1.

Both teams played through a scoreless third period, sending the game to overtime. For Quinnipiac, it was its fifth overtime game of the year, while Union had played nine overtime periods heading into tonight's game. At the 2:19 mark of overtime, Luke Cain scored the game winner when he dug the puck out from behind the Quinnipiac and attempted the wrap-around. Cain was able to stuff the puck between Clarke's pads for the game winner.

Clarke finished with 30 saves for the game, including 10 in the third period. His counterpart, Union goalie Corey Milan tallied 23 saves for the win.

Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when they host nationally-ranked No. 15 St. Cloud State in a two-game series on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. puck drop.