February 26, 2011
Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ties No. 5 Union, 2-2
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team overcame a two-goal deficit to
tie nationally-ranked No. 5 Union in an ECAC Hockey match-up at
Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. The Bobcats go to 13-13-7 overall
and 6-9-6 in ECAC Hockey play while Union goes to 24-7-4 overall
and 16-3-2 overall. With the tie, Quinnipiac can secure home-ice
advantage in the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round, scheduled to
be played next week, with a tie or win against Rensselaer tomorrow
night. Sophomore Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) started his first
game since Dec. 4, stopping 31 of Union's 33 shots on goal for the
"Dan Clarke is a great goaltender. He was our team MVP last year,
so we have confidence in him," Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold
said. "Eric Hartzell got hot at the right time, so it was hard to
take him out of the lineup, but I have been looking for an
opportunity to get Clarke a start. He's had success in this
building in the past and we were hoping to get him going in case we
need him for the ECAC Hockey Tournament."
Freshmen twins Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia)
both had a pair of assists on goals scored by Brooks Robinson
(Duncan, British Columbia) and John Dunbar (Edmonton, Alberta).
"I was just trying to do my best and give the team a chance to win
the game," Clarke commented.
Union jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 3:14 mark of the second
period when Adam Presizniuk scored on the power play to give the
Dutchmen the early lead. John Simpson took a shot from the point
through traffic that Presizniuk re-directed past Quinnipiac goalie
Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.). Kelly Zajac was also credited with
an assist on the play.
Kyle Bodie gave the Dutchmen a two-goal lead at the nine-minute
mark when he blasted a shot past Clarke to put Union on top, 2-0.
Shawn Stuart started the play in the Union defensive zone and sent
it up-ice to Andrew Buote. Buote found Bodie's tape just above the
blue line. Bodie skated in on Clarke and then turned away from the
Bobcats' defense before rifling a shot over Clarke's left shoulder
to double Union's lead.
Brooks Robinson (Duncan, British Columbia) cut Union's lead in
half at the 16:35 mark as the Bobcats' power play was ending.
Quinnipiac worked the puck around the perimeter before a shot on
goal by Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) from above the
right face-off circle. The shot was blocked by Union and tipped
toward the goal by Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia).
Robinson was able to bat the puck down to beat Union goalie Keith
Quinnipiac had an opportunity to tie the game less than two minutes
later when Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) took off on a two-on-one
with Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) trailing the play. Bui
looked his defender off and put a shot on goal that hit the far
post and bounced away.
John Dunbar (Edmonton, Alberta) tied the game with less than seven
minutes to play. After Connor Jones won the face-off, the puck
skipped out to Kellen Jones. Kellen then found Dunbar who took
control of the puck between the face-off circles and put a shot on
Kinkaid that found daylight and knotted the game at 2-2. Jones was
credited with an assist on the play.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 26 when they travel
to Troy, N.Y. to face No. 13 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in an
ECAC Hockey match-up at the Houston Field House at 7