Monthly Archives: February 2008

Men’s Lacrosse takes to the field again this weekend

Men’s Lacrosse takes to the field again this weekend
By Sam Friedman
February 29, 2008

HAMDEN — The Bobcats, after winning their first two nonconference games at home, head to the road against the Manhattan College Jaspers. This time around, though, the game will take on a greater significance. Fourteen Bobcats and sixteen Jaspers will be playing each other for the first time due to the large number of freshman on both sides.

“We have a more up-tempo style than Manhattan. Sometimes we have a tendency to get hung up on who we’re playing, not how we’re playing,” Coach Fekete said. “We’re 70% freshman and sophomores.”

Coach Fekete was taking note of the youth of both teams, and he knows that this will be the first road game for the Bobcats freshmen;  a chance to show the rest of the team and coaching staff what they can do.

“We just need confidence. Winning is an art form not easily done. It’s instilled over time. The more wins your kids can have obviously the more confidence we’ll have. This is an extremely difficult league schedule,” Fekete said.

The Bobcats offense, which has scored 25 goals through 2 games, plays a Manhattan team coming off of a thrilling overtime home victory against Robert Morris last weekend. Playing the Bobcats will be the Jasper’s third game, including an exhibition against Brown University.

Game time is 1pm on Saturday, March 1. The Bobcats next home game is March 8 against Providence. Game time is 1pm.


At the buzzer QU gets a last second goal to win

At the buzzer, QU gets a last second goal to win
By Sam Friedman
February 29, 2008

HAMDEN — After seeing the Red Storm take the lead late in the 4th quarter, Quinnipiac (2-0) responded with a comeback of its own, scoring twice in the final minute of regulation to steal victory from the jaws of defeat, winning 11-10 over St. John’s (0-2) Monday afternoon.

The game was very close throughout, with neither team really obtaining a big lead. The Bobcats led by as many as three goals when in the 4th quarter Kevin Kelly scored an unassisted goal by beating Red Storm goalie Gavin Buckley on the left shoulder side. That goal was Kelly’s first goal of the season, and it gave the Bobcats a 9-6 lead at that point, capping of a 4-0 run starting with Todd Kaiser’s first goal of the season at 8:55 of the 3rd quarter. However, St. John’s returned the favor with a 4-0 run of their own in the period, starting with Graeme Gillespie’s quick wrister past Benzing just 52 seconds after Kelly’s goal. That was Gillespie’s 2nd goal of the game. After goal from Malcolm Miles 38 seconds later and a man advantage goal from Trevor Michaelson, Rob Gannon gave the Red Storm their 3rd lead of the game at 2:23 left in the 4th.

However, the Bobcats refused to quit. Anthony Poerio got an unassisted goal with 56 seconds remaining, his 2nd of the game, the Bobcats picked up a loose ball and began racing downfield against the clock. Eventually Kaiser got the ball and quickly flipped it to Kerr, who slammed the ball in past Buckley’s right leg pad with under a second remaining to give the Bobcats the win in the 11-10 thriller.

“I think our confidence increased quite a bit outside of the fact that we had a 3 goal lead and they were able to take the lead w/2 minutes to go. (But) we played the full 60, and that helped increase our confidence level,” coach Eric Fekete said after the game. “We talked about at halftime not paying attention to the clock, just playing hard for the last 30 minutes of the game. I don’t think we were perfect. We gotta play a little more consistently.”

The win gives the Bobcats a 2-0 start, ahead of the 1-1 start from a year ago. They play their first road game of the season Saturday when they visit the Jaspers of Manhattan College.

NOTES: The Bobcats surrendered 3 goals on 9 penalties taken, while scoring twice on six man advantages. … Kerr’s hat trick gave him 7 goals on the season, most on the team. No one else has more than 3. … Michaelson had 5 points (4 goals-1 assist) to lead all players. Poerio led the Bobcats with 4 points (2-2).

DeMario’s game-winning long ball gets national exposure

DeMario’s game-winning long ball gets national exposure

By Michael T. Lyle, Jr. Sports
February 29, 2008

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — “The Immaculate Reception”, “The Drive”, “The Music City Miracle”, “The Fumble”.

These are just a few terms created to quote some of the greatest moments in sports over the years. But after what happened at Central Connecticut State on Thursday night, perhaps there’s a new term Bobcats’ hoops fans may have in the works??

How about “The Shot…err…DA Shot?” No, not the shot Michael Jordan made against the Cleveland Cavaliers in that 1989 playoff game Bulls fans made famous.

Rather, for the private school located in Hamden, and to their fans, it’s now “DA Shot!” …just ask Quinnipiac Athletic Director Jack McDonald!

It’s catchy and it does have some meaning, and perhaps DeMario Anderson’s game-clinching, buzzer-beating, half-court heave that swished through the net gave Quinnipiac some much-needed momentum headed into their regular-season finale at Wagner.

But a couple of things are certain following Thursday’s big-time highlight – DeMario and the Bobcats finally got the better of their long-time nemesis after losing the previous eight meetings with the Blue Devils, and held on to fourth-place in the thick of a tight Northeast Conference playoff race, a spot they can solidify should they knock off the second-place Seahawks Saturday night. That would give Quinnipiac home-court advantage in the opening-round of the NEC tournament next week, more than likely against Mount Saint Mary’s.

DA Shot” also propelled the senior captain and the Quinnipiac program into the national spotlight, as the final moments of the Bobcats win were replayed throughout the night and early Friday morning on various local and national cable networks, including ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and ESPN Radio. In fact, “The Worldwide Leader’s” flagship show led off with the final seconds of Quinnipiac’s dramatic victory on the Thursday night 11 o’clock edition, followed by ESPN Radio playing the final radio call of “DA Shot” from AM 1220 WQUN during its national “SportsCenter” radio update minutes later.

A late-night show on the national radio network, “AllNight With Jason Smith”, also ran with WQUN’s final call, but with some humor mixed in.

Indeed, Thursday night was truly a historic one for the Quinnipiac University men’s basketball team, their fans and the media that’s followed them through a memorable first-year in the “Tom Moore” era.

DA Shot” is one that Bobcats fans will talk about for quite some time, and perhaps it’s the play that gets the Bobcats motivated for a final playoff push, and more fan support as they go about doing so. Who knows? Need I mention the New York Football Giants and their improbable run towards the Super Bowl, and how it all started?

Moments like the one that occurred at CCSU’s Detrick Gym are what makes sports likeable, enjoyable, and, sometimes, unimaginable, and not for the fainthearted!

(Eds. note: Video of DeMario Anderson’s game-winner can be found here:

Defensive lapses doom Bobcats

Defensive lapses doom Bobcats
by Seth Rothman
February 24, 2008

HAMDEN — It’s an over-used sports adage, but one that rings true: “Defense wins Championships.”

The Quinnipiac men’s hockey team (17-11-4, 9-7-4 ECAC), allowed four defensive lapses to turn into four Colgate goals, and a 4-3 overtime loss on Senior Day at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden in front of 2,869 on Sunday afternoon.

The backbreaking tally came with just 60 seconds remaining in overtime. Quinnipiac sophomore Brandon Wong lazily kicked the puck in the neutral zone, attempting to send it into the Colgate end. Instead, Tyler Burton took it from his own blue line and started a 2 on 1 odd-man rush into the Quinnipiac zone. Burton sent the rubber to junior winger Peter Bogdanich for the game-winning tally, setting off the second wild celebration of the weekend by Quinnipiac’s visitors.

“It’s obviously a disappointing loss,” Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold said. “I thought we played very poorly [today] in terms of our defensive mindset and lack of commitment. Even the last play there, the 2 on 1, that’s just unacceptable to give up a 2 on 1 in overtime. We’re struggling right now with our confidence. It doesn’t take long to lose it, and it’s hard to get it back.”

The game started well for Quinnipiac when Colgate lapsed defensively on the penalty kill. After Colgate’s David Sloane got called for a hitting from behind penalty nearly seven minutes into the game, Quinnipiac’s power play quarterback Greg Holt took the puck at the far point. With no Colgate penalty-killer in sight, the sophomore just kept moving closer and closer to the net until he got in between the circles. From there, he wristed a laser past Colgate netminder Mark Dekanich for the early 1-0 lead.

But then, the defensive breakdowns started deflating the Bobcats. After Quinnipiac gave the puck away just outside their own zone, Colgate (14-13-5, 8-8-4 ECAC) sophomore winger David McIntyre broke in alone. He put a dazzling move on Bobcats goaltender Bud Fisher for the equalizer 1:12 after Quinnipiac’s initial tally.

“They’re all just stupid mistakes,” Pecknold said of his team’s mental lapses on defense. “We’re not getting pucks out, we’re not getting pucks deep, just an atrocious turnover on their first goal of the game, the breakaway. He had five seconds and no one on him.”

Quinnipiac fought back on Sunday, thanks in large part to their special teams. The Bobcats were 3-5 on the man advantage, and held Colgate scoreless on seven power play opportunities. Their second goal came when Greg Holt’s slapper from the point was saved, but the rebound came to Wong for the put back 8:04 into the second.

“As bad as we played today, we probably still played well enough win the hockey game,” Pecknold said. “Give Colgate credit; they probably didn’t have the best game but they found a way to capitalize on our mistakes.”

After Colgate’s Brian Day tied the game late in the second period, Tyler Burton took a gift from Bobcats junior Bryan Leitch and gave Colgate its first lead of the game.

Leitch was skating behind the net, and expecting a teammate, left the puck behind the net. Instead, Raiders senior Tyler Burton took the puck, skated out in front, and roofed it blocker side past Fisher three minutes into the final stanza.

3:26 later, Leitch redeemed himself. He took the puck from the far side point, and skated in nearly the same way Holt did early in the first. His wrister got past Dekanich, and the game was tied.

But then came the final turnover — the dagger that might kill Quinnipiac’s hopes of a first round bye in the upcoming ECAC Hockey playoffs.

“The last five minutes of the [third] period and overtime were just real sloppy,” Bobcats senior captain Jamie Bates said. “We weren’t getting pucks deep and weren’t getting pucks out. Our back-checking, especially coming down the stretch, if we’re not going to do that stuff we’re not going to win games.”

Quinnipiac stands at 22 points, two points ahead of Yale and Colgate, but in 6th place. They are 1 point behind Cornell and Union for 4th place, and 2 points behind Harvard for 3rd. All three teams ahead of the Bobcats hold the tiebreaker over Quinnipiac.

“We’re letting that first round bye slip away. At this point, as bad as we’re playing, I think if we got it, we’d be two and out anyway,” Pecknold said. “We were struggling last year and actually lost the bye; that turned out to be a good thing because we played that first round which gave us some confidence. At this point I don’t think we can worry about [the bye].”

Earlier in the season, Rand Pecknold said he had a M.A.S.H. unit in the training room in Hamden. Right now, the injury bug that plagued Quinnipiac early in the season has turned into an epidemic.

“We had a number of guys hurt that didn’t dress today, and two more hurt during the game,” Pecknold said. “We’re down to about 15 players right now, so I think the biggest thing we have to do is get healthy. Hopefully we haven’t lost any of these guys for a significant amount of time. Sorteberg’s done for the year, and then the five or six other kids that are hurt are all short term.”

The two players Pecknold was referring to were forward Jean-Marc Beaudoin, and freshman defenseman Brett Dickinson. In addition to all the other injuries, sophomore forward Eric Lampe was a late scratch after injuring his knee on Friday.

All these injuries seem to be hurting Quinnipiac’s confidence, according to Pecknold.

“We’re struggling, and our confidence isn’t there,” Pecknold said. “When we lose our confidence, we struggle. I did have five or six kids that played well today: [Brandon] Wong, [Dan Henningson], and Andy Meyer were real good, but some of my other top players are just absolutely awful right now.”

“It’s tough to say [how we can find our confidence again]. I think we just have to get better at doing the little things better,” Bates said. “Early in the year we were pulling the one goal games out, right now we just seem to find ways to lose one goal games.”

It’s been a season that has seemed to be very similar to the end of the 2006-07 campaign. Last year, the Bobcats finished the regular season by losing three of their last four when they had a first round bye in sight. This year, Quinnipiac has lost its last four games, with two regular season games left to be played.

“The end result is kind of deja-vu. I think last year we played poorly [down the stretch]. This year, the injuries are just really catching up to us,” Pecknold said. “Even when we went 9-0-1 in that 10 game stretch, we had a lot of injuries. It was unbelievable — we kept finding ways to win. We’re just not doing that right now. We’re over-matched with the amount of injuries we have.”

Last season, Quinnipiac tried — and failed — to salvage their first round bye at home against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. This year, they will go on the road to the two schools — historically the toughest road trip in the conference.

“We’re looking to sweep, and we need to work hard as a team. We’ve hit a rough road but we have to right the ship and we’re going to go in expecting nothing less than a sweep next weekend,” Bates said. “We need good goaltending and a solid team effort both nights. Right now, it seems we’ll have the forwards playing well some nights and the [defense] will struggle, then the [defense] will pick it up and the forwards won’t sustain a fore-check. We just can’t get all three units together right now.”  

NOTES: This weekend’s two consecutive overtime losses are the first time Quinnipiac has lost two consecutive overtime games since February 2 and 5, 1997, in the school’s D-II days. …  In the 32 year history of the Quinnipiac men’s hockey program, they have never lost overtime games on consecutive days. … Wong’s goal was his 10th of the season. He leads the team in points with 32. … Quinnipiac finishes the regular season averaging an attendance of 3,049 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Capacity for hockey is listed at 3,286.

Sacred Heart upstages Quinnipiac in home-finale

Sacred Heart upstages Quinnipiac in home-finale

By Michael T. Lyle, Jr. Sports
February 23, 2008

HAMDEN — The outcome of this afternoon’s matchup between Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart was much different than the Bobcats’ tough one-point loss to the Pioneers late last month in Fairfield.

Quinnipiac’s 88-74 drubbing by their other Northeast Conference rivals on “Senior Day” at TD Banknorth Sports Center can be attributed to a couple of key statistics, such as 21 Bobcat turnovers Sacred Heart scored 19 points off of.

Another is the lack of attention Quinnipiac gave to Sacred Heart guard Ryan Litke. He, and not star guard Drew Shubik, was the catalyst for the Pioneers, scoring 13 of his 17 points in the second half, including a big three-pointer with 6:40 left that sent the 2,888 angry fans in attendance dashing for the exits.

“Obviously, I was tremendously disappointed with our second-half play,” said Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore. “Our body language was tough in the first half, but not in the second. (Sacred Heart) played like their four-senior championship game from last season, and the experience showed.”

And with two tough road games left on the campaign, perhaps the Bobcats may have played their last home game in the first season of the Tom Moore era. Quinnipiac (14-13, 10-6 Northeast) currently owns the fourth seed in the NEC, a game and a half up on Central Connecticut. In order for the Bobcats to hold onto that spot, which gives them homecourt advantage in the opening-round of the NEC Tournament, they’ll have to put together strong performances at Central next Thursday and then on Saturday in the regular-season finale at Wagner.

When asked if he feels his team has enough to make a run at both games, Moore says its possible.

“If we practice a little better next week, we’ll have a chance,” he said.

DeMario Anderson, who returned to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game against Monmouth because of a family emergency, led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. However, the Pioneers got a well-balanced offensive attack to place five players, including Litke, in double-figures. Chauncey Hardy also added 17 points for Sacred Heart (16-11, 13-3), with Brice Brooks and Gene Pettway contributed 13 and 12, respectively. Shubik was held to just 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting.

Brian Geffen scored 12 points for the Bobcats while James Feldeine added 10.

“This game was just as important as any other game we’ve played in the conference this season,” said Sacred Heart head coach Dave Bike. “We happened to catch fire in the second half and was able to put the ball in the basket. We’re just trying to get better at what we do.”

After a tightly-played first half that featured three lead changes and three ties, the Pioneers, fueled by a pair of breakaway dunks off steals from Chauncey Hardy, scored eight consecutive points to turn a 38-36 halftime deficit into a 44-39 lead, 18:19 into the final period.

But DeMario helped the Bobcats answer by knocking down a three-pointer, then scoring on a fadeaway jumper to tie it at 44 with a little over 16 minutes remaining. The game became a see-saw contest for the next three minutes before Litke and the Pioneers put together an offensive fury to put it out of reach. His three-pointer at the 10:14 mark gave Sacred Heart a 54-52 lead, followed by a three-point play by Shubik which stretched the lead to 58-54. Another three pointer by Brice Brooks with 8:10 left, then the dagger shot by Litke capped a somber afternoon for Quinnipiac as they said goodbye to three seniors honored during pregame ceremonies, including DeMario.

Aside from the turnovers, the Bobcats did just about everything right in trying to avenge their January 26 loss to the Sacred Heart. They shot 56 percent from the field, and converted 14 of their 20 free throw attempts. Quinnipiac also held the Pioneers to shooting 48 percent for the game.

Yet, the Bobcats were bitten by the “turnover bug” again, and this time, they couldn’t recover.

“They’re very intelligent and really well-coached offensively,” said Moore of Sacred Heart, who committed a mere nine turnovers. “They don’t get rattled too much on offense. I think we just ran out of will in the second half.”

For the Bobcats, fortunately, there remains a will, and after today’s embarrassing loss, the Bobcats need that, along with a collective effort to try and knock off two of the conferences top teams next week.

NOTES: DeMario has scored 987 points in his career at Quinnipiac. He needs to score 13 points in one of the final two games to reach the 1,000 milestone. Combining his career statistics from Central Connecticut and Quinnipiac, DeMario has now scored 1,578 points during his tenure in the Northeast Conference.

Bobcats stake claim to top spot in conference

Bobcats stake claim to top spot in conference
by Kevin Lo
February 23, 2008

HAMDEN – A back and forth affair ended in a 59-48 win for the Bobcats. The game was much closer than the score indicated as the #1 (Bobcats) and #2 (Sacred Heart) teams fought to the final minute in today’s game.

After two missed Sacred Heart threes, Mandy Pennewell was fouled. She approached the line and calmly sunk two of her four free throws in the last minute of the game to make it a 12 point lead.

Sacred Heart tried to rally back after Lisa Moray sank a jumper from the corner but it wasn’t enough. Monique Lee was then fouled and sent to the line where her one free throw put Sacred Heart behind by 11 and ended the game 59-48.

After a back and forth first half, the Bobcats extended the lead to 8: the largest lead in the first 35 minutes of the game. The Bobcats growing momentum forced Sacred Heart to call a time out but it was too late.

Quinnipiac gained a 9 point advantage with 2:30 to go and never looked back. Sacred Heart was unable to cut the lead as both teams continued to exchange baskets until there was a minute left in the game.

The Bobcats did a great job of handling Sacred Heart’s full court press compared to the first half. In the first half the Bobcats were pressured by the Pioneers in the lane and in the backcourt which led to 9 turnovers. In the second half the team committed a mere 5 turnovers.

Quinnipiac’s 29 first half rebounds allowed them to keep the game close until they were able to take better care of the ball in the second half. Quinnipiac showed promise at the end of the first half with a 7-2 run with under 2 minutes left in the half, showing they were able to break the press.

The Bobcats sloppy play allowed Sacred Heart to jump to an early 17-14 lead with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half. Sacred Heart seemed more aggressive at times and reached the foul line 4 times in the first half whereas the Bobcats failed to reach the line at all.

Sacred Heart cooled off from the field in the second half as they saw their field-goal percentage drop from 28.6% to 22.8%. Quinnipiac on the other hand was able to take advantage of second chance opportunities and good shots down low as they were able to outrebound Sacred Heart 53-39.

Erin Kerner and Mandy Pennewell both finished with 17 points and Nicole Duperron added a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Bobcats are now 22-3 (14-1 NEC), matching their largest win total in the program’s Division I history.

Cornell squeaks by Quinnipiac in overtime

Cornell squeaks by Quinnipiac in overtime
by Seth Rothman
February 22, 2008

HAMDEN — Michael Kennedy scored on a rebound with 19.6 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Cornell University (13-10-3, 11-7-1 ECAC) to a 3-2 overtime win over Quinnipiac (17-10-4, 9-6-4 ECAC) in front of 3,387 snowed in patrons at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden.

Quinnipiac got off to a hard-hitting start on Friday, but Cornell was the first team on the scoreboard. After Quinnipiac sophomore Eric Lampe took a minor for boarding, Cornell’s Raymond Sawada deflected a Mike Devlin shot from the point through Quinnipiac goaltender Bud Fisher’s five hole to give Cornell the early lead.

Cornell struck again early in the second when Jared Seminoff found Patrick Kennedy all alone right in front for the tap-in.

But it was then when Quinnipiac started to fight back. 3:35 after Kennedy’s goal, David Marshall came into the zone before stopping on a dime. He fed Mike Atkinson driving to the net for the goal with 13:22 left in the middle stanza.

For Quinnipiac, the tally settled them down.

“I think it was huge. Our bench gets excited when we score goals,” Bobcats assistant coach Ben Syer said. “I thought that was a great goal. We talk about driving the net all the time and Mike Atkinson did a great job of that. Marshall did a great job of holding up and finding him in front of the net, but ‘Mookie’ did a great job driving the net.”

After a defensive-minded Cornell team kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the next 32 minutes, Quinnipiac was forced to pull Fisher with 1:51 remaining.

The move paid off for the home team when David Marshall found the puck on his stick and sent a shot high glove side towards Cornell goaltender Ben Scrivens. The puck went off Scrivens’ glove, popped into the air, and fell behind the goal line with 1:13 left to send the crowd into delirium.

“We had that great chance out front, but Scrivens made a great save at first,” Marshall said. “Travis made a great play forcing [a turnover], and the puck bounced onto my stick. I got lucky, and the puck found my stick.”

“Whenever you can score a 6 on 5 goal, that’s a positive,” Syer said. “We spent a lot of time working on that, so it’s an opportunity for our guys to see that practice helps out.”

But Cornell was able to capitalize. After Quinnipiac’s Dan Travis had a glorious chance gloved by Scrivens 45 seconds into overtime, Cornell ruffled the twine with 19.4 seconds remaining when Michael Kennedy scored on a scrum in front of the net.

For Quinnipiac, despite the excitement of their late goal, the final score indicates no points but lots of disappointment.

“It was a hit and miss game. I thought there were time when we were very good, there were other times when we lost a lot of battles,” Syer said. “At the end of the day, I think we were resilient to score late in the third period. That was something that we really needed. At the end of the day, I think we’re rather disappointed to not get at least one point out of this because I thought we fought hard and battled, especially late in the game.”

Cornell’s Scrivens, a sophomore from Alberta, Canada, has been sensational in goal for the Big Red all season, stopping nearly 93% of the shots he faces. On Friday, he was no different.

“He’s the type of kid, once he gets going and sees a lot of rubber, he comes into his own,” Syer said of Cornell’s net-minder. “That’s what you saw tonight. We were out-shooting them, we had some power play opportunities, but we just weren’t able to capitalize and he gained some confidence as the game went along.”

“We wanted to get on him right away,” Marshall said. “We know he’s a great goalie, a big goalie, so anytime we can get on him right away, we build a little confidence and keep his down a little bit. He played well tonight, obviously made some big-time saves.”

So now, Quinnipiac is forced to scoreboard watch. What they saw on Friday night might make them regret the loss of these two points even more. The three teams chasing the Bobcats for the 4th and final bye didn’t fare too well. Harvard defeated Yale, Union tied Clarkson, and Colgate was dismantled by Princeton.

That means Cornell jumps over Quinnipiac for third, Harvard moves into a tie for 4th with the Bobcats, Union stands one point behind the Bobcats for 6th, and Yale trails Quinnipiac by 2 points in 7th place.

So now Quinnipiac has to regroup for Sunday’s senior day. They get the day off, but they’re forced to play at the relatively early hour of 12:30pm. It will be a challenge for a team that will most certainly need a win to help keep their chances of a first round bye alive.

“We need to be more consistent,” Syer said. “We were a little bit hit and miss, we didn’t win a lot of loose pucks early on, we didn’t get a lot of pucks deep. We’re at our best when we get pucks deep and the other team has to come a full 200 feet to the other end. I don’t think, especially in the first period, we did a very good job of that.”

“I wish we got a win, but it’s good for us to build on especially at the end of the year here,” Marshall said. “We struggled last year at the end. To come in and see with a minute left we can still score, we’d rather have the bad bounce happen tonight than in a couple weeks when we’re in the playoffs. I wish we would have gotten the win tonight.”

“I don’t think there’s any debate whether we can [bounce back] or we can’t — we’re in a dogfight,” Syer said. “I don’t know how the other teams did this evening, but we were four points out of eighth and four points out of first [coming into play on Friday]. We want that first round bye, and we have to bounce back. Our guys don’t want to play that opening weekend.”

NOTES: Bobcats head coach Rand Pecknold was not made available to the media after the game. … Friday’s contest is the first game Quinnipiac has lost in overtime since a defeat at St. Lawrence on November 18, 2005. … Including tonight’s game, Quinnipiac is 3-1-10 in overtime games since that contest. … Sunday’s battle with Colgate will be televised by NESN.