QU Opens ECAC Hockey Play With Win At Clarkson

POTSDAM, New York – Nationally-ranked No. 6/7 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey opened ECAC Hockey play with a 5-3 win against Clarkson at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, New York. With the win, Quinnipiac improve to 5-2-1 overall and 1-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play while the Golden Knights drop to 3-5-1 overall while they open their league schedule at 0-1-0.

The Bobcats benefited from a pair of three-point nights from Tim Clifton (Matawan, New Jersey) and Craig Martin (Trail, British Columbia). Clifton had two goals and an assist and Martin dished out three assists. Kevin McKernan (Millbury, Massachusetts) scored once and assisted on another goal while Tanner MacMaster (Calgary, Alberta) and Karlis Cukste (Riga, Latvia) also scored for Quinnipiac. In goal, freshman stand-out Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) tallied 24saves to improve to 2-1-0 on the year.  

McKernan and Clifton scored 50 seconds apart early in the first period to stake the Bobcats to a 2-0 lead. McKernan's first goal of the season came after the Bobcats defensemen picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Steve Perry with a back-hand shot through traffic. Scott Davidson (Trail, British Columbia) broke up an attempted clear by Clarkson just above the goal line to keep it in the Golden Knights' defensive end. Martin came up with the puck and zipped it behind the net to Clifton. Clifton skated to the opposite post and attempted to jam the puck past Perry. The Golden Knights' goalie kicked the puck away before it rested on McKernan's stick.

Clifton's team-leading fourth goal of the season was the Bobcats first power-play goal in three games. Clifton won a draw in front of the Clarkson goal back to Priskie along the boards. Chase Priskie (Pembroke Pines, Florida) handed the puck to Brogan Rafferty (Dundee, Illinois) at the point who zipped a pass to Clifton on the near side post. Clifton tucked the puck inside the top left corner over Perry's right shoulder to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. It was also Clifton's 17th career power play goal, good for second among all NCAA Division I student-athletes.

Five minutes later, Sam Vigneault scored his second goal of the season to cut Quinnipiac's lead in half. Kelly Summers and Sheldon Rempal picked up assists on the goal.

Quinnipiac opened the second period with two goals in the first two-minutes-and-forty-two seconds, coming just a-minute-and-six seconds apart. Landon Smith (Greenwood Village, Colorado) won a battle behind the Clarkson goal before sending a pass to McKernan at the point. McKernan then rifled the puck to the opposite post where MacMaster was waiting for the re-direct for his third goal of the season.

Moments later, Derek Smith (Apple Valley, Minnesota) picked up a loose puck above the blue line in the Bobcats' zone and sent a pass up-ice to Martin. Martin touch-passed the puck to Clifton who skated into the Clarkson zone and wristed a shot past Perry for his second goal of the night to give Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead. Clarkson's Rempal scored 30 seconds later to pull the Golden Knights to within two goals with most of the period to play.

Early in the third, Quinnipiac scored its second power play goal of the night after Troy Joseph was whistled for interference on an open-ice hit in the neutral zone on Luke Shiplo. Tim Clifton won the face-off back to Cukste who played the puck back-and-forth with Rafferty at the point. Rafferty sent the puck to Martin in the face-off dot who was bumped and pushed it back to Rafferty. Rafferty handed the puck to Cukste who sent the puck on goal. Clifton screened Perry enough for the puck to sneak through and give Quinnipiac a 5-2 lead. Jordan Boucher pulled Clarkson to within two goals at 5-3 with five minutes to play.

The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 5 when they head to Canton, New York to take on St. Lawrence in an ECAC Hockey tilt at Appleton Arena at 7 p.m.