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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.

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Where’s the D? Bobcats lose 8-5

By Jamie Palatini

As the Bobcats and Colonials headed into the third period of Saturday night’s game, the two teams were knotted at three. It seemed an exciting, competitive final period was in the works.

That’s when things got ugly for the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

The Robert Morris Colonials exploded for four straight goals in a span of 1:54 early in the third period en route to an 8-5 victory at the TD Banknorth Sports Center on Saturday night in Hamden.  With the win, Robert Morris improves to 5-12-4. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 13-9-2.

“I thought our intensity was good in the first period…just no intensity in the second or for most of the third,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said after the game. “We started playing hard when we were down 7-3.”

Things started well for Quinnipiac. They got on the board first at the 13:51 mark of the first period. Junior forward Greg Holt handled the puck by the left faceoff circle and slid a pass to the left side of the net where freshman forward Spencer Heichman was waiting. Heichman made a quick pass across the crease to fellow freshman Scott Zurevinski, who found a wide open net and scored his eighth goal of the season to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

Robert Morris was able to tie the game just three minutes later. The Colonials found themselves on the power play following an interference penalty to Heichman, and did not waste time converting. Senior forward Chris Margott made a cross-ice pass through the slot to freshman Trevor Lewis who was all by himself in the left faceoff circle of the Bobcats’ zone. Lewis made a quick pass back sophomore forward Nathan Longpre, who caught Quinnipiac goaltender Bud Fisher out of position and scored his seventh goal of the season to tie the game at one.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the heels of a power play goal from Jean-Marc Beaudoin late in the first period and a David Marshall goal just 19 seconds into the second. On that play, Leitch notched his 32nd assist of the season, a number which leads all of Division I hockey. Marshall’s goal was his 14th of the season, and also extended his point scoring streak to 17 consecutive games, a Quinnipiac Division I record.

But similar to last night’s game, RMU would not go quietly. Shortly after the Marshall goal, the Colonials found themselves with a man advantage following a Holt penalty. Defenseman Denny Urban took a shot which was initially stopped by Fisher, but Margott found the rebound in the slot and scored his eighth goal of the season to cut the deficit to 3-2.

With 3:44 remaining in the second period, the Colonials drew even. Sophomore forward Chris Kushneriuk flipped a pass high into the air from the RMU zone which tumbled down onto the stick of senior forward Jason Towsley. After collecting the puck, he came through the neutral zone and separated himself from the Quinnipiac defense. Towsley faked a wrist shot, then slid the puck to his backhand and elevated a shot over Fisher to tie the game at three.

Coming into this weekend series, Robert Morris had been averaging only 2.2 goals per game. The Colonials combined for 12 goals on the weekend, and Bryan Leitch knows that giving up a two goal lead is unacceptable.

“We’re lacking that killer instinct right now,” Leitch said. “We get up two goals on Robert Morris and it should be 5-1, not 3-3. Something’s just not clicking right now.”

The score remained tied at three until the 3:02 mark of the period when a bad turnover in the Bobcats’ zone led to the Colonials’ third consecutive goal.  Freshman forward Brandon Blandina intercepted a pass by the left faceoff circle and made a centering feed to Scott Kobialko. His shot went off the left pad of Fisher, but the rebound came right to Cody Crichton who put it home to give RMU a 4-3 lead.

Just 26 seconds later, Kushneriuk’s second goal of the game made it a 5-3 lead for the Colonials, and Pecknold had seen enough, pulling Fisher in favor of Dan Clarke who had struggled in last night’s game.

And the struggles continued.

27 seconds later, RMU increased their lead. The first shot Clarke faced found the back of the net when Margott netted his second goal of the game to make it 6-3. One minute later Trevor Lewis scored his third goal of the season, and before you could say meltdown, the Colonials were up 7-3.

“I thought defensively we gave up too many shots, and our goaltending was an issue tonight,” Pecknold said. “I think we gave up four empty net goals tonight.”

The Bobcats made a comeback attempt after getting goals from Beaudoin and Chris Myers, but the deficit was simply too great for Quinnipiac to overcome. RMU added an empty netter with 25 seconds remaining to seal the deal.

For the second straight weekend, Quinnipiac struggled defensively, and has allowed a combined 21 goals in its last four games.

“It’s been the last four or five games where we’ve played well, but defensively we’ve just been terrible,” Beaudoin said. “Subpar, to say the least.”

At the end of the day, Pecknold described his team’s struggles simply.

“It’s a team game and we need to commit to blocking shots and doing the little things. But we need some saves, and we didn’t get any tonight.”

NOTES – Chris Margott’s empty net goal gave him a hat trick. … Five RMU players had two points or more in the game. … Beaudoin’s second goal was shorthanded, the Bobcats’ second shorthanded goal of the season. ... Brandon Wong, who left Friday night’s game due to injury, did not play tonight.  His status for the Bobcats’ next game is uncertain.

Marshall, Pisellini shine in Bobcats’ home opener

By Jamie Palatini

(HAMDEN, Conn.) – The lights in the TD Banknorth Sports Center dimmed; The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” filled the arena. Quinnipiac’s student section was raucous as usual, and the Bobcats were set to open up their home schedule for the 2008-2009 season.

The home team did not disappoint.

David Marshall scored twice, and freshman Nick Pisellini notched his second win of the season as the Bobcats beat the University of Connecticut 4-1 Saturday night in Hamden. With the win, Quinnipiac evens their record at 2-2-0. The loss drops UConn to 2-4-0. After a 4-1 loss just two nights ago at UMass-Lowell, Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold was satisfied with his team’s performance against the Huskies.

“Ultimately, our competitiveness was much better. We’ve struggled in every game we’ve played this year, even in our exhibition game,” Pecknold said. “We’ve just been flat – it’s been a little frustrating, but tonight was great. Competitiveness was the reason we won the game.”

UConn got on the board first at the 11:28 mark of the first period. Steve Bergin took a pass from Justin Hernandez, then moved in from the blue line and put a slap shot past Pisellini to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead.

Quinnipiac had 14 shots in the first period, but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. They finally got on the scoreboard 5:33 into the second period. Freshman Spencer Heichman worked to get the puck behind UConn’s net, and then fed a pass out in front to linemate Scott Zurevinski. His shot sailed over the right shoulder of UConn goaltender Beau Erickson to tie the game at one. It was Zurevinski’s first collegiate goal, and it was a huge momentum boost for the Bobcats.

“I think the biggest goal (of the game) was Zurevinski getting his first goal of the year, making it 1-1,” Marshall said. “We were playing well, we were getting chances, and then Zurvie gets that goal – that’s what jumpstarted us.”

Pecknold echoed that sentiment, and acknowledged that while both Zurevinski and Heichman been impressive, he’s not surprised by their early success.

“They’ve both been very good. This was actually the first time they’ve played together on a line, and they did well with (Mike) Atkinson tonight. They’re coming from very good junior leagues, and we expected them to make an impact right out of the gate.”

Two minutes after Zurevinski tied the game, Marshall gave Quinnipiac a lead they would not relinquish. It started when Marshall forced a turnover while forechecking in the UConn zone. After battling behind the net for the puck, he was taken down and drew a penalty. Before UConn could touch up, Marshall found a rebound on a shot from Atkinson and scored to give Quinnipiac the 2-1 advantage.

UConn had their chances to tie the game early in the third period. Sean Erickson had a shorthanded opportunity and came in on Pisellini who stuck out his right leg to preserve the lead.

The Bobcats sealed the deal midway through the third period. While on the power play, Bryan Leitch intercepted a clearing attempt and made a pass to Jean-Marc Beaudoin. Beaudoin found Brandon Wong in the slot, whose one-timer beat Erickson to give Quinnipiac a two goal lead. Marshall added his second goal of the game two minutes later, also on the power play, and the Bobcats came away with a solid 4-1 victory over their in-state rival.

Not to be forgotten in the victory was the consistent play between the pipes by Nick Pisellini. Many fans expected to see senior goaltender Bud Fisher in net in the Bobcats’ home opener, but Fisher has struggled early on this season, allowing nine goals in his last 56 minutes in net. Pisellini has been impressive thus far, allowing just three goals in 165 minutes in net, and may continue to get starts as the Bobcats head into conference play.

“I thought tonight he was excellent. The goal he gave up he didn’t really have a chance on,” Pecknold said. “It’s early in the year, but obviously if someone’s playing well we’re going to go with them.”

This was the first time Quinnipiac had played UConn since 2005. But these two teams are quite familiar with one another, having been conference rivals before the teams moved to different conferences. Despite that, Pecknold knows that there’s certainly a little something extra at stake when his team plays the Huskies.

“Well, we used to play them four times a year back in the early days of the MAAC. It was definitely a huge rivalry. Our guys were pumped up to play UConn, there’s no question.”

Quinnipiac will look to build off of Saturday’s win next weekend when they host Colgate to open up ECAC play. The game will be broadcast on the WQAQ sports stream, and game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.