PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team lost to Robert Morris, 5-4, in a non-conference match-up at the RMU Island Sports Center. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Bobcats who drop to 5-2-0 on the season. Robert Morris improves to 2-2-0 on the season.
Quinnipiac overcame a 4-1 deficit after the second period of play, scoring three times in the third period, but a three-goal second period by the Colonials did the Bobcats in. Robert Morris added another goal down the stretch to cushion its lead after Four different Bobcats scored. Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario), Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) all found their way onto the stat sheet. Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) had two assists.
Heichman broke a scoreless tie 12 minutes into the game when he scored his fourth goal of the season on a pass from Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan). Harvey battled for the puck behind the Robert Morris goal and was able to find Heichman, who just stepped on the ice during a line change. Heichman received the pass in the slot and beat Colonials' goalie Eric Levine with a wrist shot over his left shoulder.
Quinnipiac controlled play until late in the first period, outshooting Robert Morris, 8-3, before taking a penalty with six minutes to go. Robert Morris tipped the scales on the Bobcats, scoring on the power play on a shot from the point by Colin South. South took one shot that was blocked and sent directly back to him. His second traffic through traffic found the back of the net as Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) lost the puck while screened.
The second period belonged to Robert Morris as the Colonials scored three times, once on the power play, to take a three-goal lead, 4-1. Cody Cartier, scored just over nine minutes into the period before Brandon Blandina gave the Colonials a 3-1 lead with four minutes to play in the second frame. Tyson Wilson then scored his first career goal, on the power play, to pad Robert Morris' lead.
Peca scored his second goal in as many games just twenty-three seconds into the third period, with Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) picking up an assist. The Bobcats won the draw deep in the RMU zone, sending the puck to Peca who crashed the net and punched the puck past Levine to pull Quinnipiac within two goals, 4-2.
At the 1:42 mark, Dalhuisen scored on a blast from the point to pull the Bobcats within a goal with most of the period remaining. Harvey picked up a loose puck in the corner and fed Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) at the point. Davies cycled the puck to Dalhuisen on the other side of the ice, who one-timed a shot from the face-off circle for Quinnipiac's third goal of the night.
After RMU scored to put them out in front, 5-3, Kellen Jones scored with just over a minute to play as the Bobcats pulled goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) in favor of an extra attacker. Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had assists.
Quinnipiac and Robert Morris will square-off again on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the RMU Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.