Sean Malone scored his third of the season Saturday (Gil Talbot).
HAMDEN, Conn. – In a penalty-riddled game that featured each team being whistled for nine infractions, special teams proved critical, as two power play goals gave No. 7/8 Quinnipiac (8-3-1, 3-1-0 ECAC Hockey) the edge Saturday night in a 4-2 win over the 10th-ranked Harvard men's hockey team (4-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC).
The Bobcats finished the night 2-for-5 on the man advantage, while Harvard was unsuccessful on all five of its power play opportunities. The Crimson was not without its chances though, holding a 65-39 total shots advantage and a 32-21 shots on goal lead at the final horn.
Viktor Dombrovskiy scored for the second game in a row, while Sean Malone accounted for the other Harvard goal Saturday. With Harvard trailing 1-0 in the first period, Dombrovskiy lit the lamp with a wrister past Quinnipiac netminder Chris Truehl at 8:26. The play was set up on a pass from Tyler Moy from behind the Quinnipiac net.
Malone put Harvard up 24 seconds into the second period with his third goal of the season. Fellow senior Moy was able to dig the puck out of the corner to the right of Truehl, feeding Malone, who had his first attempt blocked, but his second whack at the puck slipped through and across the goal line.
Harvard controlled most of game play over the first half of the period, but at 12:38 Craig Martin flung a shot towards the net from the right face-off circle that found a seam and ended in the back of the net, making it a 2-2 game. The Bobcats would go into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead after Luke Shiplo potted the home team's second power play goal of the night at 17:17.
The gates of the penalty box where active in the final period, as each team picked up three minors, but none of the advantages resulted in a goal for either side. Quinnipiac tacked on the final goal with 25 seconds remaining with the Harvard goal empty. The game ended with tempers flaring in what has become a fervent rivalry over the last few seasons, as Andrew Taverner from Quinnipiac and Luke Esposito from Harvard were issued 10-minute misconducts for roughing.
Harvard's next three games are of the out-of-conference variety, hosting No. 3/3 Boston College Friday, Nov. 18, visiting No. 4/4 Boston University Tuesday, Nov. 22 and welcoming Bentley Saturday, Nov. 26.