Jan. 29, 2005
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Quinnipiac scored two third-period goals to erase a one-goal deficit entering the final frame and defeat Army, 4-3, before a sold out Tate Rink crowd of 2,653 fans Saturday night.
The Bobcats overcame two tallies by the Black Knights in the final minute of the second period to record their second consecutive come-from-behind victory over Army in as many days.
Ben Nelson, who marked twice Friday night including the overtime game-winner, won a faceoff back to Tom Watkins and tipped his teammate's shot past Army goalie Brad Roberts at 14:31 of the third period to even the game at 3-apiece. Just 1:03 later, Reid Cashman took a pass from John Kelly on a two-on-one break and flicked a shot past Roberts for the eventual game-winner.
Army negated a one-goal lead for the visitors very late in the middle stanza when Chris Garceau
scored with 57 ticks remaining in the period. Robb Ross
then gathered in a centering pass from Bryce Hollweg
along the halfboard and wristed a shot past Quinnipiac goalie Jamie Holden with nine seconds left. That gave the Black Knights a 3-2 advantage heading into the third period.
Seth Beamer opened the scoring when he tipped a pass from Garceau into the net standing just off the far post midway through the first period. Quinnipiac's Michael Bordieri tied the game at 1:38 of the second period, and Mark Van Vliet poked the puck out from under Roberts and into the net at 9:41, giving the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Roberts made 25 saves in a losing effort, while Holden made 34 for Quinnipiac.
Beamer and Garceau each registered a goal and an assist, and Chad Fifield picked up two assists to lead Army in scoring. That trio, making up Army's top offensive line, accounted for six points on the evening.
Army returns to Tate Rink next Saturday night to host international rival Royal Military College (RMC) at 7 p.m. in a contest that will be aired live on College Sports Television (CSTV).