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College hockey: Quinnipiac holds off Clarkson

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HAMDEN, Conn. — Quinnipiac survived a second-period rally by the Clarkson University men’s hockey team and produced a 6-3 victory 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 quickly, 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 Quinnipiac’s start 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 periods) 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 rang a shot off the top of the crossbar and Frederick delivered a breakaway shot, which 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. Kellen Jones ended the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 16:20.

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