The Quinnipiac Bobcats, ranked No. 2 in both national polls, skated to a 1-1 tie against Brown before 1,923 fans at Meehan Auditorium last night.
After a scoreless first period, the Bears broke the ice when Brandon Pfeil took a pass from Mark Naclerio in the face-off circle to the left of Bobcat goalie Eric Hartzell. The 6-2 freshman defenseman from West Vancouver, BC, promptly wristed one that beat Hartzel's glove giving Brown a 1-0 lead with 6:59 remaining in the second stanza. Naclerio was credited with a helper on Pfeil's second goal of the campaign.
The Bobcats answered less than two minutes later on the power play. After Brown's Dennis Robertson was called for cross-checking, Matthew Pecca fed Kellen Jones in front of the net where Jones fired on Brown goalie Anthony Borrelli. Borelli stopped the first shot, but 5-9 junior forward from Montrose, BC, collected his own rebound and put it past the Bears' goaltender to knot the score at one goal apiece. It was the third straight game that the Bobcats have registered a goal while on the man-advantage.
The netminders ruled the roost from that point on, however, as Hartzell improved to 18-2-3 with a 30-save performance, while Borelli stopped 38 shots between the pipes for Brown.
With the tie, the Bobcats extend their NCAA-leading unbeaten streak to 18 games (15-0-3) while they also remain undefeated in ECAC Hockey at 11-0-2. The Bobcats improve to 18-3-4 overall while Brown falls to 7-9-5 overall and 3-6-5 in Conference play. Quinnipiac is also 2-0-3 in overtime this season.
There is no rest for the weary. Tonight the Bobcats now head down Whitney Ave. to take on No. 7 Yale at Ingalls Rink in New Haven. First puck drops at 7. Fans unable to attend the game can catch itlive on CPTV Sports, where available