Roundup: Quinnipiac picks up ninth consecutive win, beats Brown
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac defeated Brown 3-0 for its second consecutive shutout and ninth consecutive win. With the victory, the Bobcats move to 9-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in ECAC Hockey. Brown drops to 2-2-1 and 0-2-1 in league play.
Connor Clifton, Cory Hibbeler and Kellen Jones all scored for Quinnipiac while Sam Anas picked up his team-leading 14th point on Clifton's goal. Kellen Jones' goal was his 98th career point.
Michael Garteig picked up his second consecutive shutout, stopping all 20 of Brown's shots on goal through regulation, as his scoreless streak stands at 138:05, as his last goal allowed came just 1:55 into the third period in Quinnipiac's 7-2 win at Colgate on Nov. 1.
Quinnipiac turned in its fourth 40-shot performance out of its past five games, rattling Brown goalie Marco Del Fillipo with 48 shots on goal. In addition, Quinnipiac held its opponent to 20 or fewer shots on goal for the fifth time its past three games. The Bobcats also killed all seven Brown power plays. Their last power-play goal allowed came on Oct. 22 against Bentley.
No. 6 Providence 1, Merrimack 0
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- A second-period shorthanded tally by Noel Acciari was all Providence would need en route to a 1-0 win at Merrimack on Friday night at Lawler Arena as Jon Gillies stopped all 23 shots he faced for the Friars.
With the win, the Friars improve to 6-1-1 on the year (2-1-0 HEA), while Merrimack moves to 3-4-0 (0-1-0 HEA).
After a scoreless first period, the Friars turned up the offensive pressure but still could not solve Merrimack goaltender Sam Marotta entering the later stages of the second. But after several back-to-back abbreviated power plays by both teams due to overlapping penalties, the Friars netted a shorthanded tally.
Sophomore Steven McParland created a turnover at the Merrimack point, carried the puck the length of the ice and drove to the net. His shot was saved by Marotta but the ensuing rebound was poked home by Acciari for his second goal of the season, scored at 16:09. It turned out to be Acciari's first career game-winning goal.
Gillies finished with 23 saves in the Friar net, while Sam Marotta made 18 stops in the Merrimack goal. Both teams featured successful penalty killing units as Providence went 0-for-7 with the man advantage and the Warriors finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
The win was Providence's first road win of the season, while the shutout was the seventh of Gillies' career, tying the Providence College record held by Tyler Sims (2004-08).
No. 9 Yale 5, Princeton 2
PRINCETON, NJ -- Tommy Fallen's two long second-period goals helped ignite a Yale offensive burst that broke open a close game in the Bulldogs' 5-2 ECAC Hockey win against Princeton at Baker Rink.
The Bulldogs (3-1-1, 2-0-1 ECAC) took a 2-0 lead into the second period and scored three times to put the game away and increase their unbeaten streak to four games.
Fallen, a junior blueliner from Plymouth, Minn., notched his first two goals of the season with shots from the point. The first came at 8:21 that made it 4-0.
The second one came with six seconds left in the second period and came after the Tigers had scored a power-play goal.
Yale freshman goalie Patrick Spano had a strong showing with 23 saves, including 10 in the final period.
No. 10 Rensselaer 3, No. 15 Cornell 3
TROY, N.Y. -- Cornell scored twice in the final 1:35 to force a 3-3 tie with Rensselaer in an ECAC Hockey contest at Houston Field House. The Big Red is now 3-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the league, while the Engineers are 5-2-2 and 1-1-2.
Trailing by two goals with regulation winding down, junior defenseman Joakim Ryan scored through traffic to pull the visitors to within 3-2 while with the extra skater. The goal was his second goal of the game. An RPI penalty at the time of the goal gave Cornell a power play and the Big Red pulled its goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage. Senior Dustin Mowry took advantage when he snapped a shot from the slot into the back of the net with 30 seconds remaining.
RPI had taken a 3-1 lead at 7:59 of the third period when junior Matt Neal knocked the puck out of the air before settling it and scoring. Sophomore Mike Zalewski set up the goal when he stole a clearing attempt along the rightside boards. He centered the puck to Neal, who scored for the third time this season.