November 28, 2006

Bobcats, Green Top Standings

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After making a shock run to the top of the ECACHL, Quinnipiac cooled off this past weekend with a loss and a tie. Still, the Bobcats own the top spot in the league with 10 points along with Dartmouth, which has a game in hand. Princeton has made a steady climb out of the bottom-half of the standings and into sixth with five points on the season. Union remains at the bottom of the standings, having played only two league games thus far.

Princeton 3, Dartmouth 3
On the road, Princeton (2-6-2, 2-5-1 ECACHL) came back from 3-1 down midway through the second period to tie the game at three goals apiece. Brandan Kushniruk scored with less than five minutes remaining in the second period before Max Cousins tied the contest in the third period. David Jones had a goal and an assist for Dartmouth (5-3-2, 4-3-2), with Cousins matching those tallies for the Tigers. Mike Devine had 25 saves in the contest and made a number of game-saving stops throughout the contest.

Harvard 4 Quinnipiac 2
After scorching to a 2-0 lead in the first 11 minutes with goals from Mark Agnew and Matt Sorteberg, Quinnipiac (7-4-3, 4-2-2) collapsed under the pressure of Harvard’s offensive attack that pushed the home team to a come from behind victory. The Crimson (3-8-0, 2-7-0) scored four consecutive goals, tying the game with under three minutes to go in the first, then taking the lead for good in the second and adding an insurance goal in the third period. Dan Lefort assisted on both of Quinnipiac’s goals. Doug Rogers had two assists and Mike Taylor had a goal and an assist for the Crimson.

Quinnipiac 3, Dartmouth 3
In a back-and-forth game that featured 15 power plays, Dartmouth was able to come back and tie the score twice to secure the point. Dan Shribman put the Green in front at 2:04 into the first period. But the lead was short-lived, as John Doherty scored seven minutes later to put Quinnipiac back even with Dartmouth, and then Jamie Bates put the Bobcats ahead with under four minutes left in the period, scoring the game’s only power-play goal. Tanner Glass tied the game in the second when his body check jarred the puck loose, resulting in a change of possession that he duly converted into a goal. Greg Holt staked the Bobcats another lead just past four minutes into the third period when a centering pass deflected off a defenseman and found its way into the back of the net. But Nick Johnson, who assisted on Glass’ goal, scored the game-tying goal later in the period. He picked up a turnover in the neutral zone and sent a wrist shot soaring across half the ice. Quinnipiac’s goaltender Bud Fisher, who made 26 saves, could not stop the shot, and the Green’s home crowd erupted as Dartmouth tied the game for good.

Princeton 4, Harvard 2
On the road against Harvard, Princeton managed to duplicate the Crimson’s effort against Quinnipiac, coming back from two goals down to tie the game in the first period and then win the contest 4-2. All but one of the goals in this game were scored on the power play, with the only non-special teams goal coming on Landis Stankievech’s empty net goal with five seconds remaining to ice the game for the Tigers. Ryan Maki put Harvard in front less than four minutes into the contest, scoring on a 5-on-3 advantage. Less than a minute later, teammate Jon Pelle made the score 2-0, and the Crimson appeared to be in command of the game early. But goals from Dan Bartlett two minutes afterward and Cam MacIntyre at 10:46 knotted up the score at 2 only 11 minutes into the contest. Darroll Powe scored the game-winning goal early in the second period, as the Tigers were never able counter. Both teams had 10 penalties, and the Tigers held a slight advantage in shots on goal, 36-34.