The Quinnipiac University's 3-2 win against No. 17 Union not only gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series, but also finished as the longest game in NCAA Division I ice hockey history. The game, which ended with Greg Holt's goal at the 10:22 mark of the fifth overtime, lasted 150:22. Union and Yale's match-up from two years held the record after it lasted 141:32. The game was featured on several prominent media outlets, including ESPN.com, the New Haven Register, Timesunion.com, Collegehockeynews.com, The Troy Record and USCHO.com, among others.
In addition to the length of the game, Quinnipiac sophomore Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) broke the Quinnipiac and ECAC Hockey Tournament single-game record for saves with 73 against the Dutchmen. Clarke passed Justin Eddy's 58 against St. Lawrence on Nov. 3, 2000, and also passed Nick Boucher and Yann Danis' 66 saves from 2002 and 2003, respectively. Clarke's previous high of 44 saves came against Ohio State on Oct. 9 earlier this year.
The Bobcats trailed early in the game after Union scored twice in the first 10 minutes of regulation. They responded with a goal by Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Sask.) on a blast from the point to send both teams into the first intermission with the score, 2-1. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored less than two minutes into the second period to tie the score. From there, it was a show in goaltending by Clarke and Union's Keith Kinkaid, who turned away 52 shots in the game.
in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, Quinnipiac hits the ice at Messa
Rink at the Achilles Center against Union on Saturday, March 13 at
7 p.m. Should the Bobcats win tonight, they would advance to the
ECAC Hockey semifinals for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
If Union ties the series tonight, the two teams would square-off in
a decisive Game 3 on Sunday, March 14 at 7 p.m.