In front of a sell-out crowd of 3,455 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center, the nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated Harvard, 6-2, to extend it's NCAA-leading unbeaten streak to 14 games (13-0-1). The win also brings Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey record to 10-0-0 and 16-3-2 overall. Harvard drops to 4-7-1 overall and 3-5-1 in league play.
Three different players tallied multiple points as Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario), Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland), and Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) had a goal and an assist each while Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn.) had two assists in the game. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Ontario) and Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) both scored for the second consecutive night while Cory Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.) also scored for Quinnipiac. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), Zach Luczyk (Worcester, Mass.) and Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) all had an assist. Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) improved to 16-2-2 for the season with a 21 save performance.
Van Brabant put Quinnipiac on the board just 1:51 into the game when Dalhuisen fed him above the blue line. Van Brabant skated into the Harvard defensive zone and blasted the Bobcats' first shot of the game over the shoulder of Crimson goalie Raphael Girard. St. Denis made it 2-0 on a one-timer off a brilliant play from Arnt. Arnt broke up a pass in the neutral zone and took off down the left flank. Skating 2-on-1, with St. Denis, Arnt snapped a pass across the crease to St. Denis for the one-timer and the two-goal lead.
Harvard's Luke Grenier scored with under five minutes to play in the period to cut Quinnipiac's lead in half. Coming out of the first intermission, Quinnipiac scored twice on the power play in the first six minutes when Peca took a pass on the back door from Barron, that was tipped by Arnt in the slot, and went top-shelf on Girard.
Barron then scored less than three minutes later for a 4-1 lead. Just under nine minutes in, Hibbeler won a draw in the Crimson's defensive zone and threw the puck on goal to give Quinnipiac a 5-1 lead. Alex Fallstrom scored for Harvard to pull the Crimson within three goals, 5-2, heading into the second break.
The Bobcats tacked on a sixth goal with just six seconds remaining when Dalhuisen stopped a Harvard clearance attempt at the blue line and took a wrist shot that found the back of the net.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Rensselaer on Friday, Jan. 11 and Union on Saturday, Jan. 12, with both games set for a 7 p.m. start.