Eric Lampe and Dan Clarke Earn ECAC Hockey Honors
ALBANY, N.Y. - Quinnipiac senior Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) was honored as the ECAC Hockey Men's Player of the Week while Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) received the Goaltender of the Week award. Both players earn the first awards of their careers after helping Quinnipiac to a two-game series sweep against nationally-ranked No. 17 Ohio State University. Quinnipiac defeated the Buckeyes 4-2 on Thursday, Oct. 8 and 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 9 at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Lampe totaled three goals and one assist over the two-night series. He wasted little time in logging his first multi-goal performance with a pair of markers in Quinnipiac's regular-season opening win on Thursday. He followed the effort with an assist on Zach Hansen's game-tying goal before beating Ohio State's Dustin Carlson for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal in the third period of Quinnipiac's 4-2 win on Friday. Lampe and teammate Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) give Quinnipiac a pair of four-point scorers after Wong registered a goal and three assists. Quinnipiac is one of three teams, along with Nebraska-Omaha and Michigan State to carry two four-point scorers after each team's first two games.
Clarke's performance against Ohio State on Friday night may have been one of the best of his career and all-time at Quinnipiac. The sophomore goalie, who's first two career wins came against nationally-ranked Air Force and Dartmouth in back-to-back starts last season, stopped a career-best 44 shots against Ohio State for his first win of the season. Stopped the first 24 shots he saw, as well as 20 over the final two periods to preserve the win.Clarke's previous career-high came against No. 12 Air Force at last season's Toyota UConn Hockey Classic championship game when he kicked-away 29 shots-on-goal. Clarke's 44 saves where the most at Quinnipiac since Bud Fisher's 42 saves against Dartmouth in the Bobcats' 2008-09 regular-season finale to clinch the final home-ice spot for the ECAC Hockey Tournament. His 44 saves were also the second most at OSU's Value City Arena, following former Quinnipiac goalie, and current assistant coach, Justin Eddy's 49-save outing on Jan. 6, 2004.
Quinnipiac freshman goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) was also nominated for Rookie of the Week, but did not receive the award. Hartzell recorded 30 saves in Quinnipiac's season-opener on Thursday night for his first career victory. Hartzell joined former Bobcat Bud Fisher as the only two players in Quinnipiac's Division I history to record 30 saves in their first collegiate game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Oct. 17, 2009 when it hosts Bentley University for the 2009-10 home opener at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.