POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Clarkson, 4-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. With the loss, The Bobcats drop to 15-13-2 overall and 9-9-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Clarkson wins their second straight game to improve to 7-20-3 overall and 3-13-2 in league play.
Sophomore Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Sask.) scored a power-play goal a little more than halfway through the first period. With the man advantage, Zach Davies (Smithers, B.C.) handled the puck along the side boards just below the blue line. Davies sent a pass across-ice to Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) at the point. Hansen then sent a pass to Zurevinski in the slot who spun and shot top-shelf on Clarkson goalie Paul Karpowich for his 12th goal of the season. Davies picked up his eighth assist of the year while Hansen tallied his 12th of the season.
Corey Tamblyn tied the game at the 6:13 mark when the Bobcats turned the puck over in the neutral zone. Tamblyn skated through two Quinnipiac defenders and took a shot on Quinnipiac goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) that stayed on the ice and beat Clarke, five-hole, to tie the game at 1-1.
The goal was the first against Clarke and Quinnipiac since the first period of the Bobcats 2-0 loss to Cornell on Friday, Feb. 5 for a total of 151:19 minutes. Clarke's scoreless streak was the second longest in Quinnipiac's Division I history behind Jamie Holden's 171:16 over four games during the 2003-04 season.
Just under four minutes into the second period, Scott Freeman scored his sixth goal of the season to give Clarkson a 2-1 lead. Brandon DeFazio started the play before passing it across ice to Tamblyn. Tamblyn's pass was one-timed by Freeman, beating Clarke to give the Golden Knights a one-goal lead.
Seconds later, a would-be goal by Quinnipiac captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin was waved off after the officials ruled that Beaudoin kicked the puck in. Immediately the play, DeFazio was called for hooking, putting Quinnipiac on the power play. A hook by Tamblyn shortly after, gave Quinnipiac a 5-on-3 advantage. Despite a flurry of shots on Karpowich, Clarkson was able to kill both penalties to hold onto the lead.
The Golden Knights struck again to take a two-goal lead, 3-1, with just under five minutes to play in the second period. Tim Marks took a pass at the point and put a shot on goal. Marks' shot was stopped by Clarke, but the puck redirected into the net off Clarke's right pad. Nick Tremblay and Jake Morley were credited with assists. Matt Beca added an empty-net goal in the closing minutes.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it travels to Rensselaer and Union. The Bobcats and RPI square off on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. before also playing at Union on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.