Marshall, Marshall, Marshall

Marshall, Marshall, Marshall

By Seth Rothman

February 2, 2007

HAMDEN – David Marshall is a big time performer. When the bright lights are on – and judging from the laser and light show outside the TD Banknorth Sports Center Friday night – Marshall comes to play.

It was Marshall’s two third period goals that helped lift Quinnipiac to a 6-4 win over local rival Yale. “I don’t know what the numbers are, but he’s certainly a Yale killer,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. The numbers are startling: In 4 career games against the Bulldogs, Marshall has scored six times.

Marshall made a mistake on Yale’s third goal tonight, and knew he couldn’t let that change the outcome of the game. “I messed up on the goal that got them within one again,” Marshall said. “I felt it was on my shoulders to get it back. To come back the next shift and score a goal was a big thing.”

The capacity crowd at the TD Banknorth Sports Center was excited for the contest well before the puck was dropped. Forty minutes before the game started, the student section was already chanting and cheering. For Marshall and the Bobcats, it was something they don’t ever remember hearing before. “You usually can’t hear them, but 20 minutes before the game started you could hear them in the locker room,” Marshall said after his two goal outburst in the third period. “It fires up a lot of the guys.”

“You can never complain about playing in front of [3200] people,” Marshall said. “Especially with those fans out there.”

It was that electric atmosphere that spurred the Bobcats on after a frustrating first period. The team out-shot the Bulldogs 16-3 in the opening stanza, but trailed thanks to a goal by Sean Backman; who went on to score Yale’s first three goals of the game.

Even better news for the Bobcats, the current ECAC Hockey League standings. After St. Lawrence let up 5 third period goals at Colgate to lose 6-2, the Bobcats catapulted back to first place in the league. With only 6 ECACHL games left, as soon as one game ends, the focus must turn to the next.

“It’s good to be in first place, it feels good, but we can’t look back,” Marshall said. “We have to take it each game by each game. We got a big game tomorrow night against Brown; they got a very good team. We got to get focused, and get 2 points tomorrow.”

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