By Jamie Palatini
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – For the second straight night, Quinnipiac had a 4-0 lead after the first period. This time, they made it stand up.
After blowing a four goal lead last night against Union, Quinnipiac (1-1-0, 0-0-0) rebounded with a 4-1 victory against American International College (0-2-0, 0-0-0) in the consolation game of the Mutual of Omaha Stampede. Freshmen Spencer Heichman and David Arduin each scored their first career goals, and goaltender Nick Pisellini picked up his first collegiate win for the Bobcats.
For the second time in as many nights, Quinnipiac jumped out to a big lead in the first period. The Bobcats were on the power play when senior forward Bryan Leitch intercepted a clearing attempt by AIC. Leitch made a pass to senior forward David Marshall in the slot, and Marshall’s shot beat AIC goaltender Tom Fenton to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. With the goal, Marshall became Quinnipiac’s active leader in goals scored with 52.
Heichman scored his first collegiate goal at 8:49 of the first period off a pass from line-mate Jean-Marc Beaudoin. Arduin’s goal came just four minutes later off a pass from another freshman, defenseman Sean Coughlin.
Zach Hansen’s first goal of the season gave Quinnipiac a 4-0 lead. Three minutes after Arduin’s goal, the sophomore defenseman took a pass from Brandon Wong in the AIC zone. Hansen’s one-timer beat Fenton stick-side, and the Bobcats had a commanding four goal lead heading into the first intermission.
AIC’s lone goal came at the 12:44 mark of the second period. Junior forward Chris Campanale’s shot from the left face-off circle beat Pisellini glove-side to make the score 4-1.
Pisellini made 15 saves to earn the win for the Bobcats. Fenton made 22 saves on 26 shots in the loss for AIC.
After the game, Wong was named to the Mutual of Omaha Stampede all-tournament team. Wong led the tournament in points with five after scoring a hat trick last night against Union and adding two assists tonight against AIC.
Quinnipiac’s next game will be on Oct. 30 when they travel up the Mass Pike to take on UMass Lowell in the first ever meeting between the two schools. The game will be broadcast on WQUN-AM 1220 by Bill Schweizer and Chris Kotsopolous. Scheduled game time is 7 p.m.
NOTES: Quinnipiac is 3-7 on the power play so far this season…Wong leads the team in points with five…seven different players have scored for the Bobcats in their first two games.