December 5, 2010

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Loses To Clarkson, 5-3

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Clarkson, 5-3, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats were dealt their fourth straight loss, falling to 7-8-1 overall and 3-5-1 in ECAC Hockey action. Clarkson won their third straight to improve to 9-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 in ECAC Hockey play.

Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) and Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) each had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats' loss, with Davies' marker coming on the power play. The second-year defenseman scored for the second night in a row, as did sophomore forward Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.), who also scored on the power play. Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) also picked up assists in the loss.

For the second night in a row, the Bobcats chased a two-goal lead by the opposition as Clarkson's Allan McPherson and Bryan Rufenach scored in the first period to stake the Golden Knights to a 2-0 lead. Matt Zarbo had an assist on both goals, while Dan Reed had an assist on McPherson's fourth goal of the season, and Rufenach benefitted from Jake Morley's seventh assist of the year.

Bouharevich's third goal of the season came at the 11:31 mark of the second period to cut the Golden Knights' lead in half, 2-1. Bouharevich worked the puck up-ice and found Heichman, who sent the puck back to Bouharevich. The junior center slipped a shot past Clarkson goalie Paul Karpowich to put Quinnipiac on the board.

The Bobcats tied the game just over a minute into the final period when Langlois broke the team out of their power-play slump, converting for the first time with a man-advantage in their last 13 times in that situation. Quinnipiac entered Saturday night's game with one power-play in their last 18 opportunities before converting on 2-of-6 against Clarkson. Davies and Bouharevich were credited with assists on Langlois' goal, his fourth of the season.

Clarkson's Brandon DeFazio then picked up the natural hat trick, scoring three times over the course of the period. In between DeFazio's second and third goal of the period, Davies scored on a power play off a blast from the point after receiving a pass from Hansen.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 8 when it travels to Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Bright Hockey Center. The Bobcats will then face Providence, in Providence, R.I., on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.