HAMDEN, Conn. David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) broke the Quinnipiac University Division I career goals record as the Bobcats defeated Clarkson University, 5-3, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The win, which snapped a four-game slide, brings Quinnipiac to 15-13-2 overall and 8-8-2 in ECAC Hockey. Clarkson drops to 8-16-6 overall and 6-9-3 in league play.
Marshall's goal was his team-leading 17th of the year and 68th of his career, passing Chris Cerrella '01 for first place on the goals-scored chart. Marshall's goal gave Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead and would stand up as the game-winner as the Golden Knights scored two goals within 12 seconds in the third period. Marshall was assisted on the play by Matt Sorteberg (Anoka, Minn.) and Dan Henningson (Edmonton, Alb.)
Bryan Rufenach's seventh goal of the year opened the scoring at the 6:25 mark of the first period. Rufenach and Scott Freeman were on a two-on-one when Freeman passed from the right face-off circle to the far post where Rufenach was waiting for the one-timer. His goal was his seventh of the year while Freeman picked up his team-leading 21st assist.
Henningson tied the game at the 5:24 mark with his fifth goal of the season. The Bobcats, on a 4-on-3 power play was set up by Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, MInn.) and NCAA Division I assist leader Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.). David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) won the face-off in the Golden Knights' defensive zone, sending it Leitch on the wing. After Leitch passed back to Hansen, the sophomore defender found his defensive pair open at the point. Henningson faked a shot, skated through the Clarkson defense and unleashed a slap shot that beat Clarkson goalie Paul Karopwich.
Chris Myers (Wallaceburg, Ont.) and Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) also scored in the period to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 cushion heading into the final period. Quinnipiac improved to 14-0-0 this season when they close the second period with a lead. Quinnipiac's is undefeated in their last 35 games, 32-0-3, dating back to the 2006-07 ECAC Hockey Championship game.
Myers' goal was his sixth of the season and second in as many nights. He was assisted on the play by assistant captains Andrew Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.) and Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.). Meyer's assist was his ninth of the year, while Beaudoin picks up his 10th, making him the fourth Bobcat this year along with Leitch, Marshall and Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) to reach double figures in goals and assists. Heichman was assisted by freshman Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Zurevinski put a shot on a goal which was deflected across the cross to Heichman who had an open goal to shoot on.
After Marshall's goal at the 8:41 mark, Clarkson rallied to cut into the Bobcats' lead. Shea Guthrie scored his eighth goal of the year on an assist from Chris D'Alvise. The two rushed Quinnipiac goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) before Guthrie was able to collected a rebound off a D'Alvise shot and score to make the score 4-2. Just twelve seconds later, at the 13:32 mark, Lauri Tuohimaa scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brandon DeFazio.
Lampe added an empty net goal for his 11th of the season with thirty-two seconds remaining in regulation. Lampe was assisted on the play by Marshall.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, February 20 when they host Yale University at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The game between ECAC Hockey's two Elm City teams will be featured on MyTV9 at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac will then hold Senior Day festivities prior to the start of their game on Saturday, Feb. 21 when they host Brown University, also at 7 p.m.