The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Harvard, 6-3, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats drop to 13-9-5 overall and 5-6-4 in ECAC Hockey play while Harvard improves to 7-6-9 overall and 6-4-7 in league action.
Three different Bobcats scored in the first period, as Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. After Harvard cut the Quinnipiac lead in half in the 15th minute, Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) scored on the power play with less than minute to play in the first frame to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead (3-1) heading into the first intermission. Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) assisted on two of the three goals.
It was Van Brabant finding the back of the net first for the Bobcats with Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) credited with the assist. Van Brabant's third goal of the year came just 2:01 into the game. Jones increased the Bobcats' lead to two goals with his sixth of the year at the 3:27 mark. Peca started the play, feeding Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.), who gave the puck to Jones. Jones' blast from the left face-off circle beat Harvard starting goalie Steve Michalek to give Quinnipiac the early lead. The assist was Tolkinen's seventh of the season.
At the 15:22 mark, Harvard's Marshall Everson netted his ninth goal of the season as Patrick McNally and Alex Killorn assisted on the play. Just before the end of the period, Quinnipiac found themselves with a man-advantage before Peca fed Barron, who converted on his attempt for his sixth goal of the year to send Quinnipiac into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead.
Quinnipiac held off Harvard for most of the second period before the Crimson's Eric Kroshus and Danny Biega scored within 19 seconds of each other to tie the game and send both teams to the locker room knotted at 3-3 with a period to play. Harvard's Raphael Girard, who relieved Michalek to start the second, stone-walled the Bobcats to the tune of 26 saves (12 and 14, respectively) over the final two periods of play.
After Biega's goal tied the game at the 14:49 mark of the third, it was Luke Greiner on a pass from Colin Blackwell, who picked up his second assist of the game, to give Harvard a 4-3 lead. After the Crimson's fourth goal, Quinnipiac starting goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was lifted in favor of senior Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario). Hartzell made 20 saves, while allowing four goals, while Clarke stopped seven of eight shots on goal in the final period. Alex Fallstrom scored at the 14:44 mark before Biega scored his second goal of the game on an empty net to give Harvard the three-goal win.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 when it hosts Dartmouth at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.