PROVIDENCE, RI - Holding onto a 2-1 lead at the start of the second period, Quinnipiac (16-15-2, 10-11-0) exploded for four goals in the second, including three in the first five minutes of the period, en route to an 8-3 win over the Brown (8-16-4, 6-11-4) men's ice hockey team on Friday evening at the TD Banknorth Center.
Combined with the other results tonight, the Bears can still finish in eighth place in the league with a win tomorrow over Princeton. Brown enters the final regular season game in a three-way tie for ninth place with Princeton and Dartmouth. Harvard sits one point ahead of the trio in sixth place. A Brown win combined with a loss for both Harvard and Dartmouth would give the Bears the final home ice spot for the playoffs.
After sitting through a 50-minute delay due to a double-overtime women's playoff game prior to the start of the men's game, Quinnipiac grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2:38 into the contest. Eric Lampe skated into the zone on a semi-breakaway and was unable to get a shot off from the right side, taking the puck behind the net. From behind the net, Lampe sent the puck out in front where Jean-Marc Beaudoin knocked it into a partially open net from the left side.
However, just six minutes later, junior David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) tied the score at 1-1 with his second goal of the season. Brownschidle started the play, winning a faceoff to Dan Clarke's right back to junior Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB). Russell sent the puck down to sophomore Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH) who was stationed at the left half-wall. Smith wristed the puck through traffic and Brownschidle, stationed at the far post, tipped it past Clarke at 8:57.
Before the end of the frame, the Bobcats regained the one-goal lead when Jeremy Langlois but away a rebound of a shot by Mike Atkinson at the 15:21 mark.
Quinnipiac added to its lead just 38 seconds into the second period, when Brandon Wong connected on a power play goal 17 seconds into the Bobcats' second man-advantage of the night.
The Bobcats opened up a 5-1 lead, scoring twice in a span of 21 seconds during the sixth minute of the second period, chasing sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) from the game.
Freshman Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) had a golden opportunity to get one back for the Bears with 9:31 left in the second, but his breakaway bid was denied by Clarke, who was able to glove the puck out of the air to hold the score at 5-1.
Just 23 seconds after Zaires' chance Quinnipiac went up on a power play and Scott Zurevinski capitalized on the opportunity with 59 seconds remaining in the man-advantage to give the Bobcats a commanding, 6-1, lead midway through the frame.
Brown returned the favor at the 15:27 mark, when freshman Francis Drolet (Lachine, QUE) backhanded a rebound of a shot by sophomore Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) past Clarke with the Bears on their third power play of the night.
The Bears had another great chance to chip away at Quinnipiac's lead, earning a two-man advantage for 59 seconds 4:25 into the third period. Brown was unable to score on the five-on-three and then with 13 seconds left on the remaining power play, sophomore leading scorer Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) was stopped from point-blank range at the right side of the crease.
As play intensified, and with both teams aware of playoff implications, the action became chippy on both sides, resulting in several penalties for both teams and odd-man situations during most of the third period.
Quinnipiac scored a pair of goals in a span of 1:18, one of which came on the man-advantage, its third power play goal of the night, which gave the Bobcats an 8-2 lead with 9:43 left to play.
Junior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) scored his team-leading 12th goal of the year with 3:19 remaining to account for the 8-3 final.
Clemente and Rosen combined for 23 saves, while Clarke and Pat McGann combined to stop 26 for the Bobcats. The Bears return to action tomorrow afternoon when they close the regular season with a 4:00 p.m. contest at Princeton.
QUINNIPIAC 2 4 2 x - 8
First Period - Q, Beaudoin (Lampe, Davies),
2:38; B, Brownschidle (Smith, Russell), 8:57; Q, Langlois
(Atkinson, Dalhuisen), 15:21. Penalties -B, 1-2; Q,
Second Period - Q, Wong (Lampe, Beaudoin), PP, 0:38; Q, Heichman (Oakes, Arnt), 4:56; Q, Arnt (Langlois, Barron), 5:17; Q, Zurevinski (Holt, Barron), PP, 10:52; B, Drolet (Farnham, McMonagle), PP, 15:27. Penalties - B, 3-6; Q, 3-6.
Third Period - Q, Langlois (Atkinson, Barron), 8:59; Q, Beaudoin (Barron), PP, 10:17; B, Zolnierczyk (Timberlake, Zaires), 16:41. Penalties - B, 9-32; Q, 8-22.
B, Mike Clemente (25:17) - 7-2-x-x - 9; B, Dan Rosen (34:43) - x-7-7-x - 14; Q, Dan Clarke (56:37) - 5-10-11-x - 26; Q, Pat McGann (3:17) - x-x-1-x - 1.
Pictured: David Brownschidle ’11. Photo by DSPics.net.