HAMDEN, Conn. A slow start proved costly to the Clarkson University mens hockey team as top-ranked Quinnipiac answered a Friday loss with a 2-1 victory over the Golden Knights in an ECAC Hockey contest on Saturday night.
Quinnipiac (22-4-4 overall, 15-1-2 conference) saw a 21-game unbeaten streak end Friday with a 2-1 loss to St. Lawrence University and came out aggressive at the start Saturday against the Golden Knights.
Bryce Van Brabant scored just 2 minutes, 22 seconds into the game to give Quinnipiac the lead for good, and Connor Jones took a nice pass from Loren Barron and scored a breakaway goal at 10:16 of the first period for the game-winner.
I thought it was a little bit too much respect (for the Bobcats) initially, Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. I thought we settled in and played hard.
Clarkson (8-15-7, 7-8-3) had only seven shots in the first 35 minutes of the game, but started to control play late in the second period, outshooting the Bobcats 8-0 in the final five minutes.
But Bobcats goalie Eric Hartzell, who improved to 22-3-4 with the win, thwarted many Clarkson chances in the game and finished with 28 saves.
Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis was matching Hartzell save for save after the first-period goals.
Lewis made a kick save on a breakaway chance by Matthew Peca at 9:24 of the second period that stopped Quinnipiac from blowing the game open, and he finished with 32 saves.
He made some key saves for us, Jones said of Lewis.
If we are going to win on the road, hes going to have to be good for us, Jones added. We built off that (breakaway save), too. (Hartzell) looked big. We had some shots right on the doorstep too. He didnt give a whole lot of rebounds up.
Clarkson thwarted Hartzells bid for a shutout when Allan McPherson scored with 13.7 seconds left in the game on a shot from just outside the crease, with Paul Geiger and Will Frederick assisting.
Clarkson returns home for its final set of ECAC Hockey regular-season homes games, playing host to Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday.
The Golden Knights finish off the regular season on March 1-2 with games in the Capital District, against Rensselaer and Union.