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HAMDEN, Conn. — Quinnipiac survived a second-period rally by the Clarkson University men’s hockey team and wound up producing a 6-3 win over the Golden Knights in an ECAC Hockey game Friday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.

The Bobcats (20-4-5 overall, 10-2-3 conference) started quick, scoring two goals in the first 1 minute, 14 seconds. Connor Jones scored just 10 seconds into the game and Matthew Peca made it 2-0 with a shot that beat Clarkson goalie Ville Runola at the 1:14 mark.

“We got rattled by the first goal,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “For them to get the second right-off-the-bat there was tough. I didn’t think our first period was good. We were fortunate to get out down only 2-0.”

Clarkson (16-11-2, 9-6) was outshot 14-2 in the opening 20 minutes and gave the Bobcats four power-play chances.

But when the second period began the roles were reversed as Clarkson nearly mirrored the start Quinnipiac had in the first period.

Jarrett Burton cut the lead to 2-1 when he deflected an outside shot by defenseman Paul Geiger just 27 seconds into the period. Then Allan McPherson scored at 1:18 of the period to tie the game 2-2.

“We just talked (between period) about how it was as bad a period as we had on the year and we were only down 2-0,” Jones said. “We were just reaching for positives. We talked about the fact we have to get settled in here. We had to go to work down behind their (defensemen) and we did that. We got pucks deep and we went to work. I thought we showed some character.”

Clarkson nearly took a 3-2 lead on two different occasions in the third period. McPherson had a shot ring off the top of the crossbar and Frederick had a breakaway shot, that appeared on video to have gone in. But both plays were reviewed on video by officials and neither resulted in a goal.

The Bobcats rallied from their sluggish start to the period and built a 4-2 lead heading into the third off goals from Cory Hibbeler (12:38) and Matthew Peca (17:29).

Clarkson cut the lead to 4-3 with a power-play goal from James de Haas at 10:59 of the third period, but the Bobcats answered with a power-play goal from Bryce Van Brabant at 13:10 and then Kellen Jones ended the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 16:20.

SUNY Potsdam 1, SUNY Buffalo1 (OT): Former Thousand Islands standout Jon Hall made 32 saves to help the Bears (7-12-1, 7-2-1) earn a tie with Buffalo State in a SUNYAC game at the Maxcy Hall Arena.

Billy Pascali scored the game-tying goal for SUNY Potsdam during a power play at 15:24 of the second period.

Former Salmon River player Shane Avery scored for the Bengals (9-8-4, 6-3-3) at 8:27 of the first period, with former St. Lawrence Central player Taylor McGraw earning an assist.

The contest was marked by 49 penalties, 210 penalty minutes and five game disqualifications.

The Bears made the Bengals pay with a power-play goal at 15:24. Pascalli ripped a cross-crease pass from senior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) into an open net. Junior forward Trevor Cope (Swartz Creek, Mich) recorded the second assist on the contest’s final goal. Potsdam outshot the Bengals 15-10 in the second contest.

Things went haywire in the extra session. At the 2:13 mark, Buffalo State freshman defenseman Charles Lapierre (St. Marc de Figuery, Quebec) was called for a charge after running over Potsdam senior captain Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta) at center ice. Again the Bears were able to put intense pressure on Buffalo, but the Bengals killed the penalty. Emotions overflowed as Potsdam tangled with a crowd in front of Buffalo’s goal with 11 seconds left. As a result, four Bears and four Bengals were sent to the box with two minutes for hitting-after-the-whistle and a 10-minute misconduct each. After another set of coincidental penalties with one second left, the teams spilled onto the ice for melee at center ice after the final horn. Three Buffalo State players and two Bears received game disqualifications.

Carr finished with 44 saves on the night.

Potsdam looks to pick up more critical conference points when they host SUNY Fredonia tonight at 7 p.m.




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