Seven different Bobcats scored, while Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had four assists, as the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated nationally-ranked No. 12/14 Colgate, 7-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up in front of a season-best 3,472 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 13-8-5 overall and 5-5-4 in ECAC Hockey play while Colgate drops to 12-8-2 overall and 6-4-0 in league action.
In attendance at the game was National Hockey League Hall of Famer, "Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe, as well as his son Marty Howe, also a former NHL player.The win was Quinnipiac's second against a rank opponent in a little more than a week after the Bobcats' upset No. 20 Yale, 2-1, on Friday, Jan. 6. Quinnipiac also tied No. 9 Union, 2-2, on Dec. 2. The Bobcats' crowd is the largest of the 2011-12 season, as well as the most spectators since the buildings' renaming.
Jones extends his team-best point streak to six games with the four-assist outing. The Bobcats' seven goals against Colgate are the most against an ECAC Hockey opponent since Feb. 26, 2010 when they defeated Brown, 8-3. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had a goal and two assists while Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) and Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) had a goal and an assist each. Reese Rolheiser (Edmonton, Alberta), Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) and Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) also scored for the Bobcats while Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) all had assists.
Overshadowed in the Bobcats' six-goal win was the brilliant play, once-again, of goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.). Hartzell denied 26 of Colgate's 27 shots on goal in the game, while the Raiders' lone goal actuallly came off a re-direct in front of the goal that could have easily sailed wide of the net. Hartzell has now held the opposition to two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 14 starts.
Colgate's Chris Wagners' eighth goal of the season came at the 13:41 mark of the first period, and would stand as the period's only goal. Jeremy Price picked up his 12th assist on the play while Robbie Bourbon picked up his fifth. NCAA Division I goal and point leader Austin Smith was held scoreless for just the second time this season, snapping a 12-game scoring streak by the nation's leading scorer.
Coming out of the first intermission trailing 1-0, the Bobcats turned it up. Davies scored just 16 seconds into the period when he threw a puck on goal from the boards to the left of Colgate's Eric Mihalik, as Connor and Kellen Jones picked up their first assists of the day. A little more than two minutes later, it was Kellen getting in on the scoring with assists going to Connor and Peca.
Just before the halfway mark in the period, Dalhuisen got on the board to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 lead. The goal was Dalhuisen's second of the season, with both Joneses picking up assists. Langlois then scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season, short-handed with the Bobcats' playing a man-down, when he intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and skated in on Mihalik, virtually untouched.
In the third, Rolheiser found the stat sheet for the first time this season on a play quarter-backed by Currie. Currie possessed the puck deep in the Bobcats' zone and spied Heichman floating around center ice. It was Heichman's touch to Rolheiser that set up the latter's first goal of the year. Currie and Peca capped off the scoring with a pair of power-play goals inside the final five minutes of regulation. Currie how has nine points in his last seven games, the most among all Quinnipiac skaters.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Feb. 3 when it hosts Harvard and Saturday, Feb. 4 when it hosts Dartmouth, with both games slated for a 7 p.m. start, at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.