HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac senior Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey topped Colgate, 3-2. With the win, Quinnipiac opens ECAC Hockey play at 1-0-0 while they improve to 4-3-1 overall. Colgate drops to 0-2-1 in league play and 4-5-1 on the season. Quinnipiac outshot Colgate, 37-10.
"We played a complete game tonight," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "I don't think that the game plan tonight was any different than it was when we played Colgate two weeks ago, but we played harder and had better results. Take nothing away from them - Colgate is a very good team. To outshoot a team like that, 37-to-10, shows how hard we worked."
Goodman's two-goal performance is his first since he scored twice against Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 31, 2010. The senior wing pushes his season total to three. Senior defenseman Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) had a career-high three assists in the game, picking up helpers on all of Quinnipiac's goals. Team assist-leader Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) had two assists, including one on Goodman's game-winner, while Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) scored Quinnipiac's first power-play goal of the season.
Both of Goodman's goals came out of opportunistic positioning as he cleaned up a pair of rebounds. The first goal came when Harvey rushed the Raiders' goal before the Colgate defense collapsed on him. Harvey partially turned and sent the puck to Davies at the point, who one-timed a shot wide of Colgate goalie Eric Mihalik. The puck bounced off the boards and came out on the opposite side where Goodman was waiting to bang it home.
"I saw the puck get knocked back from Harvey to Davies," Goodman said. "When he wound up, I just started moving to the goal, so that if it went wide it might bounce to me. Fortunately, it did and I was able to get a stick on it."
Following Goodman's goal at the 8:08 mark of the first period, Colgate was quick to respond, scoring twice in the following two minutes as Spiro Goulakos and Thomas Larkin both found the back of the net.
Barron's goal came less than three minutes into the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Quinnipiac entered the game at 0-for-29 on the power play through its first seven games. With the man-advantage, the Bobcats worked the puck around the perimiter, as Davies connected with captain Zach Currie (Victoria, British Columbia), who put the puck on Barron's stick on the point. Barron's one-timer through traffic beat Mihalik to knot the score at two goals apiece.
Despite a scoreless third period, there was plenty of action as both teams saw opportunities down the stretch. Quinnipiac held their opposition to no more than four shots on goal in any period, and also held the Raiders to two shots in the third. Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) improves to 4-2-1 on the season with eight saves on 10 shots on goal.
Just over a minute into overtime and Colgate pressing deep into the Bobcats' defensive zone, Davies was able to poke the puck off the stick of a Raiders defender to Harvey just above the face-off circle. Harvey carried the puck through the neutral zone before tipping the puck past a Colgate defender and carrying it to the Colgate goalline. Once there, Harvey fired a back-hand shot on goal that was stopped by Mihalik. Goodman, crashing the net, was able to get his stick on the puck and bang it home for the game-winner.
"Harvs got a jump on the d-man," Goodman explained. "He was able to put a puck on net and I just happened to be in the right spot. The goalie fumbled it, and I saw it sitting on the ice so I was poked it between his pads."
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 when it hosts nationally-ranked No. 4/4 Colgate at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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