HANOVER, N.H. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team lost to Dartmouth, 5-4, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Thompson Arena. Quinnipiac drops to 7-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 in ECAC Hockey while Dartmouth improves to 2-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in ECAC Hockey.
First-year Bobcat Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Albert) had an assist to extend his point streak to nine games, passing Bryan Leitch's freshman record of eight games in 2006-07. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had a goal and two assists while Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.), John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) and Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) also scored for the Bobcats.
Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had a pair of assists to push his team-leading total to 11. Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) and Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) and also had assists as Bouharevich now has a point in each of his last five games.
Heichman put Quinnipiac on the board at the 11:42 mark of the first period. With the Bobcats on the power play, Kellen Jones held the puck above the face-off circle to the right of Dartmouth goalie James Mello. Jones then found Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) waiting on the opposite post. Bouharevich collected Jones' pass through traffic and found Heichman streaking to the slot. Heichman's one-timer beat Mello to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead a little more than halfway through the first frame.
Twenty-six seconds later, it was Dunbar crashing the net to punch in his first goal of the season. Van Brabant picked up the assist on the play after his shot banged off of Mello's pads and found Dunbar's tape. The two goals were the fastest at Quinnipiac since Oct. 8, 2009 when Eric Lampe and Brandon Wong scored a pair of goals 17 seconds apart in a 4-2 win against Ohio State.
Dustin Walsh cut the Bobcats' lead in half with just under four minutes to play with his first goal of the season with assists going to Brandon McNally and Tyler Sikura.
Just over seven minutes into the second period, with both teams skating with a player in the penalty box, Bouharevich knocked the puck loose and took off down ice. A Dartmouth player was whistled for hooking, sending a second Big Green skater to the penalty box and giving Quinnipiac a face-off in front of Dartmouth's goal. Connor Jones won the face-off, sending the puck back to Peca along the boards just above the right face-off circle. Peca sent the puck across ice to Kellen Jones who walked the puck between the face-off circles and blasted the puck past Mello to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 lead. The assist increased Peca's team-best point streak to nine games, a Quinnipiac freshman record.
At the 5:40 mark, Jesse Beamish scored a short-handed goal to move Dartmouth back to within a goal of the Bobcats, 3-2. Eric Robinson fed Beamish, who skated behind the Quinnipiac defense and flipped a back-handed shot past Clarke for his first career goal.
Mark Goggin tied the game for Dartmouth with his first goal of the season at the 8:24 mark of the third. With a scrum in front of Clarke, Goggin was able to get his stick on the puck and punch it under Clarke to knot the game at 3-3.
With under eight minutes to play, Barron scored to give Quinnipiac a 4-3 lead. Kellen Jones sent a pass to the point to Connor Jones who put a shot on goal. Barron collected the rebound and blasted it past Mello to give the Bobcats a one-goal lead.
Dartmouth tied the game, once-again, with 1:57 remaining in the game when Matt Walsh went top-shelf on Clarke to even the score. Robinson and Beamish were credited with the goal. 19-seconds later, a blast from the point by Connor Goggin was deflected in front of Clarke by Sikura who gave Dartmouth the one-goal lead, 5-4, with 1:29 remaining in regulation.