HAMDEN, Conn. – Six different players scored for Quinnipiac as the Brown men's hockey team fell to the fifth-seeded Bobcats, 6-1, in game one of the ECAC First Round on Friday night at High Point Solutions Arena.
No. 12 seed Brown dropped to 4-24-2 overall, while Quinnipiac improved to 20-13-2 on the season after taking game one of the best-of-three series.
Max Willman (Barnstable, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Bears. Rookie Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) had 36 stops, before Connor Maher (Marshfield, Mass.) finished the game with four saves. Andrew Shortridge had 19 saves for the Bobcats in the win.
Quinnipiac jumped out to an early lead as Alex Whalen scored 32 seconds into the contest, backhanding a rebound in front for the one-goal advantage.
Landon Smith gave the Bobcats a two-goal lead midway through the period as he snapped a shot from the left circle over the shoulder of the Nieto. Brown was able to kill the only penalty of the period late in the frame to keep the deficit at two goals at the first intermission.
The two teams traded unsuccessful power plays in the first half of the second period. Brown made a push with a series of shots midway through the frame, but the Bobcats answered at 12:08, when Tim Clifton corralled a pass from Whelan in the slot and beat Nieto for the three-goal lead.
Thomas Aldworth scored a power-play goal 1:27 into the final frame for the first of three third-period goals for the Bobcats, as Connor Clifton and K.J. Tiefenwerth followed to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Willman put the Bears on the board at 14:14 with his 11th goal of the season. Charlie Corcoran (New Canaan, Conn.) attacked the net and was denied by Shortridge, but Willman scooped up the rebound and tapped in the puck to break up the shutout. Sam Lafferty (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) also earned an assist on the play.
Brown and Quinnipiac will meet in game two of the best-of-three series tomorrow night a 7 PM.