Brandon Wong tied the game for Quinnipiac with 1:10 remaining in regulation then hammered home the winner in overtime as the ninth-ranked Bobcats pulled out an exciting 5-4 victory over No. 10 Massachusetts yesterday in Hamden, Conn.
The win was the eighth straight for Quinnipiac (12-1-0), matching the Bobcats’ longest winning streak in Division 1. The Minutemen dropped to 9-3-0.
Quinnipiac jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Mike Atkinson, and Scott Zurevinski.
UMass responded with four unanswered goals, taking a 4-3 lead with seven minutes left. Casey Wellman scored twice in the run, while James Marcou picked up a pair of assists.
On the winning goal, Atkinson blasted a shot from the point that was stopped by goalie Paul Dainton (28 saves), but Wong collected the rebound in the slot and beat Dainton high 2:18 into the extra period.
New Hampshire 5, Merrimack 4 - Paul Thompson’s strike 47 seconds into the third period gave the visiting Wildcats (5-6-3, 5-2-2) the lead and Phil DeSimone added insurance at 6:19 in a Hockey East game in North Andover.
Jeff Velleca scored with 9:23 left in the third to pull the Warriors (6-6-0, 3-4-0) within a goal, but UNH keeper Brian Foster (34 saves) thwarted Merrimack’s attempts to tie it.
Lake Superior St. 2, Bentley 2 - Anders Olson and Brandon Bahnemann gave the Falcons (5-6-3) a 2-0 lead in the first period, but goals by Dillin Stonehouse and Dan Barczuk gave the Lakers (6-7-3) the tie in the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament in Troy, N.Y.
The game was recorded as a tie, but Bentley won a shootout, 2-0, to determine third place in the tourney.
Yale 7, Holy Cross 3 - Sean Backman had a goal and an assist and seven players scored for the Bulldogs (3-2-2) in a nonconference victory over the Crusaders (4-8-2) in Worcester.
Brown 8, UConn 1 - Jesse Fratkin led the Bears’ assault with three goals as host Brown (1-5-1) scored five times in the first period in a rout of the Huskies (2-10-2).
UMass-Boston 7, Stonehill 2 - Chris Wyman had a hat trick as the Beacons beat the Skyhawks in the Stovepipe Tournament in Manchester, N.H.