Category Archives: Quinnipiac Men’s Ice Hockey

Jamie Palatini reports on the latest on and off-ice happenings with the Quinnipiac University Men’s Ice Hockey team.

Both hockey teams in action today

The Bobcats Women’s and Men’s Hockey teams are both in action today, and we’ll have the games for you on the Bobcats Sports Network.  First at 3:00 p.m., the women will take on Dartmouth.  Corey Hersch and Jamie Palatini will have the call.  Then, at 7:00 p.m., come back for the men’s hockey game against RPI with Jamie and Jordan Elkins on that broadcast.  Both games can be heard on the hockey stream.

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WQAQ Doubleheader today

Today there are two games to be heard on the Bobcats Sports Network.  First, at noon, the Women’s Basketball team will take on Maine.  You can hear that game on the basketball stream, with Tom Butto and Luke Mauro on the call.  Then, come back at 4:00 p.m. to hear Men’s Ice Hockey face-off against American International College. Scott Sheahen and Robin Schuppert will have that one for you on the hockey stream.

WQAQ Athlete of the Week – Brandon Wong

This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week award goes to Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) of the men’s ice hockey team.

Quinnipiac Bobcats' senior forward Brandon Wong

Wong, a senior assistant captain, scored the game tying and game winning goals to lead Quinnipiac to a 5-4 overtime home victory over No. 10 Massachusetts. Wong also had two goals in the Bobcats’ 7-4 loss at Yale on Friday night. Wong has been receiving recognition for his solid start and was a guest on “ECAC Hockey Weekly” on 91.5 FM WRPI.

WQAQ Athlete of the Week: Mike Atkinson

By Tom Butto

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Senior Mike Atkinson

This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week award goes to Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) of the men’s ice hockey team. Atkinson, a senior assistant captain, scored three goals, two of which were short handed, in a 4-2 win against ECAC foe Clarkson University.

With Atkinson’s hat trick, Quinnipiac improved to 5-1-0 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in the conference. The last time Quinnipiac won five of their first six games was in the 2000-2001 season.

Atkinson’s two shorthanded goals came in the second and third periods. He added his third to complete the hat trick on an empty netter late in the third period.

The Bobcats return to action this weekend, with home games against Harvard and Dartmouth.

Bobcats Men’s Hockey vs. Clarkson

The Bobcats Sports Network presented by WQAQ will be broadasting tonight’s men’s hockey against Clarkson at 7:00 p.m.  The broadacst can be heard on the hockey stream, with Alex Birsh and Jeremy Schilling calling all the action.

Cadieux, Zurevinski save Bobcats in ugly OT win

By Jamie Palatini

HAMDEN – Last weekend, the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team shocked the nation with two convincing road victories against then 17th ranked Ohio State University.

This weekend, the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team shocked the home crowd with their lackluster, uninspired performance.

Scott Zurevinski’s goal 29 seconds into overtime saved the Bobcats from any further embarrassment, giving Quinnipiac the 3-2 win over the Bentley Falcons in Quinnipiac’s home opener at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden. Quinnipiac improves to 3-0-0 with the win, while Bentley drops to 0-2-0. Quinnipiac came into the game as the clear favorite, but played as if it were the underdog.

“I thought our energy was terrible tonight, and I thought Bentley was the better team tonight,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “We got outworked in all three zones all night…we stole a win tonight.”

Things started out well enough for the Bobcats, who got the scoring started early in the first period. Three minutes into play, freshman Reese Rolheiser’s shot from the right point deflected off of a Bentley stick and snuck over the left shoulder of Bentley goaltender Kyle Rank. It was the Edmonton, Alberta native’s first career goal and it gave the home team the early 1-0 advantage.

Bentley was able to counter just four minutes and 30 seconds later. Following a faceoff in the Quinnipiac zone, the Falcons peppered Quinnipiac goaltender Mathieu Cadieux with shots until a rebound came to forward Jamie Nudy. Cadieux was off to the far side of the crease after making a few saves, and Nudy put the rebound into the relatively open net to even the score at one.

Cadieux finished with 25 saves in his first career start to earn the victory. The freshman allowed two goals, but made some key saves down the stretch in order to keep the Bobcats in the game.

“He played well,” Pecknold said. “We didn’t play well in front of him, that’s for sure. Our freshmen D were playing like freshmen D, and our vets weren’t really good either. He did a nice job, he battled for us today and that’s a good win.”

Brandon Wong gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Freshman D’Arcy Oakes put a shot on net which was initially saved by Rank, but Wong kept jamming away at the loose puck in the crease before sliding it past the Falcons’ goaltender to put Quinnipiac up by one.

Early on in the second period, the Falcons drew even again. After a turnover along the boards in the Bobcats’ zone, Bentley had a two-on-one and took advantage. Dan Koudys collected the puck and slipped a pass to Kane Osmars, who slid the puck to right of Cadieux to tie the game at two.

The score remained that way through the rest of the second period and the third period before Zurevinski’s OT game-winner. Quinnipiac outshot Bentley 16-9 in the final stanza, but it was the Falcons who controlled the play for the most part. The Bobcats struggled bringing the puck out of their own zone all game long, and had numerous turnovers in the neutral zone. Pecknold attributed the team’s struggles to his young players showing their youth.

“You’ve got a ton of freshmen here and they were struggling,” Pecknold said. “Sloppy…we have a certain breakout to work, and they weren’t working it. It all comes from poor mental preparation. We weren’t ready to play the game, and we were in scramble mode all night”

The Bobcats will look to bounce back this upcoming weekend when they head to Moon Township, Penn. to take on Robert Morris for a two-game series. The first game of that series is scheduled for 7 PM on Friday night, with Bill Schweizer and Ken Sweeten providing the call on 1220 WQUN-AM and wqun.com.

Men’s Hockey on WQAQ Sports Stream

The #18th ranked Men’s Hockey’s regular season home opener against Bentley can be heard live on the WQAQ hockey stream.  The broadcast will start at 3:50, with Corey Hersch and Kyle Brennan on the call.