Third-Period Penalties Cost Bears in 4-1 Loss to Quinnipiac
HAMDEN, CT – Quinnipiac (17-11-5, 9-8-4) converted three straight power play chances in the game's final eight minutes to break open a 1-1 game and skate away with a 4-1 win over the Brown men's hockey team (8-16-4, 5-13-3) Friday evening at the TD Bank Center. The loss stretches Brown's winless skid to nine games (0-8-1), as the Bears will look to gain some momentum tomorrow afternoon against Princeton before heading into the playoffs.
With the game tied 1-1 and under 10 minutes to play, the Bears got into penalty trouble, getting whistled for 38 minutes of penalties in the final 9:29 of the game. Quinnipiac would convert a pair of five-on-three chances in a span of 51 seconds to break the tie and take a 3-1 lead with 7:19 remaining and then add a third power play goal with 2:47 left to play to earn the win.
The Bobcats had the better of the play in the first period, outshooting Brown, 17-10. Quinnipiac's best chance came at the 8:27 mark when Clay Harvey skated the puck in on the left side after a Brown turnover in the neutral zone. Harvey beat the Bears' defense for a partial breakaway, but sophomore Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy), made the save and then smothered the puck to keep the Bobcats off the board.
Brown's best chance of the frame came with less than eight minutes left in the period when freshman Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) nearly got Brown on the board. Freshman Taki Pantziris (Toronto, ONT) sent the puck on net from the right point. Dan Clarke made the save, but left a huge rebound out for Lorito. Lorito came in from the left side, and had the right side of the net open, but Clarke made the save to keep the game scoreless.
The Bears were denied on a power play chance just 25 seconds into the second period and after returning to full strength, Quinnipiac had a golden opportunity to grab a 1-0 lead. With 2:45 gone in the period, Matthew Peca looked to beat De Filippo top shelf on a four-on-two advantage for the Bobcats. However, De Filippo made the save with his right shoulder, keeping the game scoreless.
The middle third of the second period was marred by penalties, as the two teams combined for four infractions between 7:13 and 10:35 of the frame, resulting in power plays for both teams and two separate four-on-four situations. The Bobcats were called for back-to-back penalties at 9:26 and 10:35, and while the Bears didn't convert the two-man advantage, they did score with 36 seconds left on the last power play to take a 1-0 lead.
After collecting the puck from junior Richie Crowley (Canton, MA) at the blueline, freshman Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, ONT) sent his shot high of the net. The puck bounced off the glass behind the net, landing in the slot, and sophomore Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) one-timed it past Clarke from the end of the crease at 11:59.
The Bobcats tied the game 4:32 later when Zach Tolkinen fired a blast from the point that beat De Filippo glove-side. The Bears won the defensive zone faceoff prior to the goal, but couldn't clear the zone and Quinnipiac took advantage.
With Brown controlling the first half of the third period, Hathaway was whistled for an unfortunate interference on an offensive zone faceoff following a Quinnipiac icing, which forced Rand Pecknold to call a timeout. Then with just 47 seconds gone in that penalty, sophomore Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) was called for slashing, setting up a two-man advantage for Quinnipiac for 1:13. Following the call, Brown was assessed a bench minor, which sent another player to the box and would result in back-to-back five-on-three chances for the Bobcats.
Kellen Jones gave Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead just 24 seconds into the two-man advantage when his shot from the outside of the right faceoff circle beat De Filippo to the far corner. The Bobcats would remain on a two-player advantage for another 1:36 and just 59 seconds later, Connor Jones scored a similar goal to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 lead with 7:19 left to play.
After killing the remainder of the final penalty, the Bears gained a little bit of momentum, but the Bobcats went right back on the man-advantage at 16:13 when senior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) was called for interference. Quinnipiac converted the power play to take a 4-1 lead with 2:47 remaining.
De Filippo finished with 44 saves, while Clarke made 20 for Quinnipiac. The Bears have a quick turn around, before their next game, as they close out the regular season at Princeton Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
BROWN 0 1 0 x - 1
QUINNIPIAC 0 1 3 x - 4
First period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 2-4; Q, 1-2.
Second period – B, Hathaway (Lamacchia, Crowley), PP, 11:59; Q, Tolkinen (Peca, K. Jones), 16:31. Penalties – B, 2-4; Q, 5-10.
Third Period – Q, K. Jones (C., Jones, Peca), 5x3, 11:42; Q, C. Jones (K. Jones, Peca), 5x3, 12:41; Q, K. Jones (Peca, Tolkinen), PP, 17:13. Penalties – B, 7-38; Q, 1-2.
B, Marco De Filippo (59:43), 17-14-13-x – 44; Q, Dan Clarke (60:00), 10-6-4-x – 20.