HAMDEN, Conn. - The nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey played to a 3-3 tie against Brown in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats go to 23-4-5 overall and 16-1-3 in ECAC Hockey play while Brown moves to 10-11-6 overall and 6-8-6 in league action.
Quinnipiac junior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) scored twice for his third multiple-goal game of the year while Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) had two assists. Senior Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored his sixth goal of the season, while also picking up an assist. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) picked up his 96th career point on an assist on Goodman's goal while Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Ontario) also had a helper in the game.
Samuels-Thomas' first goal came just 2:32 into the game when Brown lost control of the puck in the neutral zone. Van Brabant picked it up and fired a pass between three Brown defensemen to Samuels-Thomas just over center ice. Samuels-Thomas split the last two defenders and took off one-on-one with Brown goalie Anthony Borelli. Samuels-Thomas deked left and then brought it back to his right before firing a shot from the right slot to the left post to give Quinnipiac and early lead.
In the second period, Brown's Richie Crowley picked off a Quinnipiac pass in the neutral zone and found Joe Prescott above the blue line. Prescott took off down-ice and found himself all alone before slipping a shot past Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) to tie the game at 1-1.
Four minutes later, Quinnipiac found itself on the power play after an interference call on Brown. Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) handled the puck above the right face-off circle before ripping the puck across ice to Zack Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) at the opposite point. Davies one-timed the puck on goal where Borelli played it off his chest. Samuels-Thomas was waiting on the doorstep to bat the puck past Borelli and give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead heading that they would hold to head into the second intermission.
Goodman's goal came just 29 seconds into the third period when Davies took a blast from the point that caromed off of Langlois' leg before meeting Borelli's pads. Goodman was in the slot to clean up the rebound and give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead, 3-1.
Brown's Jeff Ryan and Chris Zaires both scored inside the final three minutes to tie the game and force overtime. Browns' second goal came when Mark Naclerio drew two Quinnipiac defenseman before hitting Dennis Robertson's tape with a slick pass to the boards. Robertson found Ryan behind the Bobcats' goal where he walked out across the goal line and punched one past Hartzell to pull the Bears within a goal. Zaires' game-tying goal came with 51.7 seconds on the clock with Matt Lorito and Ryan credited with assists.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Mar. 1 when it travels to Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard at the Bright Hockey Center at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will then conclude their regular season in Hanover, N.H. on Saturday, Mar. 2 when they face Dartmouth at Thompson Arena at 7 p.m.