February 2, 2013

Bobcats Take First Meeting of Area Teams

6 Straight Goals in 6-2 Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a night of special teams significance in the most significant game of the night in college hockey. Six of the eight goals came on special teams as No. 2 ranked Quinnipiac beat No. 7/8 Yale 6-2 before a sellout crowd in a highly anticipated matchup of New Haven County teams.

The Bobcats (19-3-4, 12-0-2) hit the net three times with the advantage and added a short-hander to improve their unbeaten streak to 19 games.  They also got 30 saves from Eric Hartzell.

The Bulldogs (13-6-3, 9-5-1) got a pair of power-play goals for an early lead and then saw the visitors score the next six straight to remain perfect in conference play.

Yale jumped all over two Quinnipiac penalties early in the game to grab a two-goal lead. First Trent Ruffolo banged home a loose puck in the slot after a feed from Stu Wilson in the corner at 2:53. Almost four minutes later, Wilson was at it again, crashing the net and finding a rebound to put back in the net for his seventh of the year. He took the pass-off-the pads from a Gus Young shot.

The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead and were going on a power play with a chance to build a huge lead in the first period, but things turned around quickly. The Elis took a penalty and killed their own chance for a third tally, which also helped ignite a Bobcat resurgence. That was also the point where Hartzell stepped up his game.

Mike Dalhuisen and Cory Hibbler scored in the second half of the first frame. Matthew Peca and Ben Arnt tallied in the second, while Kellen Jones and Zach Davies added goals in the third.

Senior Nick Maricic got his first start in the Yale net since Dec. 1 and made 21 saves through two periods before sophomore Connor Wilson, who stopped 12 shots in the third.

"They are a really good team," said Yale captain Andrew Miller of the Bobcats. "We just wanted to play our game… fast, hard and smart. At times we did that and there times we did not. Some bounces went their way, some went our way, and they ended up on top."

The Bulldogs, who play at Quinnipiac later this month, are back in action next weekend at Brown.

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

Image of Stu Wilson (by Jack Warhola)

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