December 9, 2011

Jeremy Langlois Scores Twice As Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Defeats Sacred Heart, 6-1

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored twice while Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) had a goal and two assists to lead the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team to a 5-1 win against Sacred Heart in a non-conference match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac improves to 10-6-3 overall while Sacred Heart goes to 1-15-1 on the season.
 
Langlois becomes the only Quinnipiac player with three multiple-goal games this season. Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec), Scott Zurevinski and Corey Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.) all scored while Bouharevich also had an assist. Freshman Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) assisted on two of Quinnipiac's goals Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia), Zack Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.), Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.), Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) all had assists in the win for Quinnipiac. Goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) stopped 22 shots on goal for his 30th career win.

Barron put the Bobcats at the board with just under two minutes to play in the first period when the Bobcats found themselves on the power play. Bouharevich picked up the puck in the face-off circle to the left of Pioneers' goalie Steven Legatto and fed Arnt on the left post. Arnt found Barron in the slot, who put two shots on goal before burying his fourth goal of the year.

With 3.4 seconds remaining in the period, Peca fed Davies at the point who one-timed a shot on goal. Langlois, standing in front of Legatto, got his stick on the puck and re-directed it past Sacred Heart's goalie to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead.

After Sacred Heart's Will Rayner cut Quinnipiac's lead in half with his second goal of the season, a one-timer from the slot on a pass from Ryan Miniaci, Langlois scored his second goal of the night, with Peca picking up his second assist of the evening as well at the 9:29 mark of the second period.

Peca took control of the puck deep in the Bobcats' defensive zone and took off down ice. After the puck was knocked off his stick, he beat the Pioneers defense to the puck behind the goal and walked it out to the right of Legatto. Langlois slid in above the right face-off circle, took the pass and then blasted a shot past Legatto to give Quinnipaic a 3-1 lead.

At the 11:37 mark of the third period, Zurevinski scored his fourth goal of the season, on the power play, to give Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead. Tolkinen took control of the puck in the neutral before skating back into the Pioneers' defensive zone. After receiving the puck, Zurevinski made a move around a Sacred Heart defender and then blasted a shot between Legatto's pads to increase the Bobcats' lead.

Bouharevich scored a goal at the 7:01 mark of the third to give Quinnipiac a four-goal lead, 5-1. Barron picked up the puck just below the blue line in the Bobcats' defensive zone and centered a pass to Heichman. Heichman, who drifted to the wing to get the puck, move between two Sacred Heart defensive and took down ice. After skating between the two face-off circles, Heichman slapped the puck over to Bouharevich who one-timed the puck past Legatto for his fourth goal of the season.

Hibbeler's goal may have been the most impressive of the night. With the Bobcats playing down a skater, Barron dug the puck out from behind the Bobcats' goal and wrapped it around the boards. Hibbeler poked the puck loose in front of the Pioneers bench, skated on Legatto and flipped a back-hand shot past the Pioneers' goalie as he was falling down with a defender on top of him. The goal was his fourth of the year. 

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 11 when it hosts Princeton in an ECAC Hockey match-up at 12 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats are then idle until Dec. 30-31 when they travel to Nebraska-Omaha for a two-game series. 

After a pair of ECAC Hockey match-ups on the road at Yale on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. and Brown on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., the Bobcats return home on Jan. 13-14 to host Cornell and Colgate, respectively. Bobcat fans who wish to purchase tickets can call the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905 or by visiting QuinnipiacBobcats.com.