Friday, January 6, 2012

Quinnipiac knocks off Yale, some notes

A few quick notes to wrap up tonight's 2-1 victory for Quinnipiac over Yale.

  • Quinnipiac played without John Dunbar, who abruptly left school on Monday, as well as forward Russell Goodman, who served a one-game suspension for his game disqualification at Nebraska-Omaha. And Yuri Bouharevich was a late scratch when he came up ill Friday afternoon. Coach Rand Pecknold said Bouharevich's status for Saturday's game at Brown is unknown, though Goodman will be back in the lineup. On Dunbar, Pecknold wouldn't get into details but said he was surprised and wished him well.
  • The loss of John Dunbar now eliminates the "Dances With Wolves" references I so enjoyed during his brief tenure.
  • Yale is without Dan Otto (upper body injury), expected to miss Saturday's game with Princeton too. Jesse Root was out of the lineup, replaced by Josh Balch, coming off an injury himself.
  • Eric Hartzell has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his last 11 starts. His teammates made it easier for him Friday, blocking 23 shots.
  • Yale coach Keith Allain was concerned with his team's misfires. Aside from the 23 shots blocked by the defense, Yale also missed the net on 19 other chances (two off the post). "It's hard to score goals when your shot execution is like that," Allain said.
  • Quinnipiac's last win at Ingalls Rink was a 3-0 victory on Jan. 25, 2008 -- the year before the current senior classes arrived at their respective schools.
  • Kevin Bui had no career goals through nearly three years at Quinnipiac. He now has two in his last three games with his deflection on Friday.
  • Typical hard-hitting game. Brian O'Neill blasted Connor Jones near the end of the second, and Jones seemed woozy leaving the ice. He returned, and is expected to be fine.
  • Brian O'Neill has five goals in Yale's last two games. The line of O'Neill, Andrew Miller and Kenny Agostino was by far the most effective for the Bulldogs.


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