Men’s Hockey dominates Rosen, Bears

Men’s Hockey dominates Rosen, Bears
by Seth Rothman
January 11, 2008

It’s been an ugly season for the Brown University Bears.

It just got a bit uglier.

In a game dominated by Quinnipiac (12-5-3, 5-3-3 ECAC) from start to finish, the Bobcats handily defeated the Bears by a final of 6-3 in front of 920 at the Meehan Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island, vaulting Quinnipiac to 2nd place in ECAC Hockey.

Brown (1-10-4, 1-5-3 ECAC) hasn’t won a game since November 9 when they defeated Colgate in Providence, and they’ve lost 4 of their games by only one goal.

Their problem, usually, has not been defense — it’s been getting the puck in the net. 

Tonight, however, their problems escalated to every facet of the game. The defense was soft, the goaltending subpar, and the offense nearly non-existant until the game’s fate was long sealed.

For Quinnipiac, their problems were few and far in between. They’ve now remained unbeaten for eight consecutive games (7-0-1), a streak that ties the team’s longest since the 2005-2006 season.

“It’s nice to go eight games without losing. I don’t even know if we’re peaking, we’re just finding ways to win,” Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold said to WQUN’s Don Boyle. “We’re not playing our best hockey, but we’re playing well enough to win.”

The assault started early for Quinnipiac when Dan Travis scored his 7th goal of the season when Brandon Wong won the faceoff and got the puck to Travis who fired it home just 5:11 into play.

It continued when defenseman Zach Hansen blasted one from the point on the power play 2:31 later, and Quinnipiac never looked back. The Bobcats scored 5 goals in the first two periods, and Brown could only capitalize three times for meaningless goals that came well after the game had been decided.

“I thought we won the game in the first period, which is what we wanted to do,” Pecknold said. “It’s two points — we’ve lost 2 years in a row here, and we can’t get on the bus fast enough.”

For Wong, tonight’s game may have been a break-out day. He was scalding hot on this night, sending the puck into the net once and assisting on three others for Quinnipiac.

The Travis – Wong – Beaudoin line combined for a total of 7 points to lead the Bobcats offensive attack, including a goal each.

The other goal scorers for Quinnipiac were winger Bryan Leitch, defenseman Zach Hansen, and hard-hitting mucker Chris Myers.

“It’s a good road win,” Pecknold said. “We’re on a good roll right now, and we really struggled the last 2 years here. We did a great job tonight. We were really focused.”

Meanwhile, the stellar season Brown goaltender Dan Rosen enjoyed last season has evaporated quickly. Last season, Rosen sported a goals against average of 2.74, and a save percentage of .920. This season, the numbers are certainly much more ugly. The GAA is 3.32 and the save percentage a relatively ugly .899.

Tonight, Quinnipiac will travel back home on their coach bus, sleep in their own beds, and play a road game tomorrow. It’s the Yale game, to be played at Yale’s Ingalls Rink.

After playing in front of friends and family in Providence, Quinnipiac will have little trouble getting excited for one of the most anticipated games of the year — especially after Yale blew a third period lead and lost 4-3 against Princeton tonight in New Haven to fall two points behind Quinnipiac, and three points behind ECAC Hockey leader Princeton.

“They’ll be hungry no matter what,” Pecknold said of the Bulldogs. “Yale’s a great team, and I love what [Yale coach Keith Allain] has done there. It’ll be a great tilt tomorrow night.”

Tomorrow’s New Haven county grudge match will face-off at 7pm, and be broadcasted along the Bobcats Sports Network on the radio.

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