HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated Brown, 3-0, in the second game of its best-of-three ECAC Hockey First Round series to force a third and decisive game on Sunday, March 4 at 7 PM at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac improves to 18-12-5 on the season while Brown drops to 9-16-3.
Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) each had a hand in all three goals for the Bobcats, as Peca scored once and assisted on two more while Kellen had three assists in the game. Dating back to a 4-1 win against Brown on Feb. 24, Peca has now had his name attached to the Bobcats' last 10 goals – including an assist on nine straight – over the squads' last four games. Peca's 26 assists for the year are the third most for a Quinnipiac freshman in program history, while his 34 points rank fourth all-time.
Jones' 21 assists give Quinnipiac a trio of 20-assist players for the first time since the 2009-10 season when Eric Lampe, Jean-Marc Beaudoin and Brandon Wong each hit the mark.
Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) posted his first shutout of the season, kicking away all 16 shots he saw on the night. It was also his fifth shutout of his career, moving him into a tie with teammate Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) for third place in career shutouts.
Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) put Quinnipiac on the board with the first of the Bobcats' two power play goals when twin brother Kellen cycled the puck to Peca on the halfboards. Peca dropped the puck behind him where Connor quickly picked it up and took off on goal. A toe-drag across the crease preceded a back-hand shot to beat Brown's Mike Clemente and give Quinnipiac a lead just 2:11 into the game.
Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) gave Quinnipiac a two-goal lead with his ninth goal of the year, the most of any Bobcat defensemen. Peca and Kellen Jones were credited with assists on the play as Barron's one-time blast past Clemente gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period.
Both teams remained scoreless for the next period-and-a-half before Peca's goal, on the power play, just under seven minutes into the third period gave the Bobcats a three-goal lead. Kellen Jones picked up the puck behind the Bobcats goal before giving it to Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) deep in the Bobcats' zone. Currie skated across the Bobcats' blue line into the neutral zone before hitting Peca's tape in front of the penalty box. Peca skated in on Clemente before flicking the puck over his right shoulder for his eighth goal of the season.