No. 9 RPI settles for tie with Qunnipiac
Bobcats overcome late two goal deficit to tie Engineers
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac overcame a two-goal deficit late in the second period to tie nationally-ranked No. 9 Rensselaer in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. A sell-out crowd of 3,492 saw junior Jeremy Langlois turn in his third two-goal game in his last five outings. Quinnipiac goes to 6-6-5 in league play while RPI moves to 9-5-1.
Connor Jones scored the game-tying goal, his eighth of the season, midway through the third period to ultimately force overtime.
RPI scored first when Bryan Brutlag flipped a shot over Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell’s shoulder to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead. Langlois tied the game five minutes later when he took control of the puck behind RPI goalie Allen York and stuffed the puck in on a wrap-around to knot the score at 1-1.
RPI rattled off two more goals in the second period, as Brock Higgs and Jeff Foss both scored. Higgs took a blast from the point that beat Hartzell glove-side before Foss punched the puck past a diving Hartzell after the sophomore goalie denied him twice before. With less than two minutes to play in the second period, Langlois deposited his 15th goal of the year with assists to Russell Goodman and Ben Arnt.
Jones’ goal came at the 11:50 mark when the freshman forward intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and skated in, one-on-one, on RPI’s Bryce Merriam. Jones faked left, brought the puck back and blasted a shot past Merriam, who entered the game after York left with an injury.
Hartzell finished with 28 saves on 31 shots for the night while York tallied 26 saves and Merriam finished with 13. Quinnipiac was 1-for-2 on the power play while also killing all four RPI man-advantages.