POTSDAM, N.Y. – Quinnipiac men's ice hockey junior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Windsor, Conn.) scored twice to lead the Bobcats to a 5-2 win against Clarkson at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. With the win, Quinnipiac remains undefeated in ECAC Hockey at 3-0-0 while they also improve to 6-3-1 overall. Clarkson drops to 1-5-4 overall and 1-1-1 in league play.
Samuels-Thomas turned in his first multiple-goal game of his Quinnipiac career, and just the third this year for the Bobcats. Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario), Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) and Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) all scored for Quinnipiac while freshman Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) assisted on a pair of goals. Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) improved to 6-2-1 on the year. Quinnipiac scored twice on the power play, giving them a goal with a man advantage in each of its last three games.
Peca scored the game's first goal just five minutes into the game. Clarkson attempted to clear the puck out of its zone, but it was tipped by Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) up-ice where Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) picked it up. Jones skated over the blue line into the Golden Knights' zone before winding up and attempting to put a shot on goal. The shot was blocked, resulting in the puck landing behind Jones where Peca picked it up. Peca slid to the left of Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis and fired a shot top-shelf to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
Samuels-Thomas gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead with his second goal of the season. Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.) tipped the puck into the corner where a Clarkson defender picked it up. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Ontario) intercepted the puck and was able to slide it behind the goal to Samuels-Thomas. Samuels-Thomas skated out from behind Lewis and wristed a shot past the Clarkson goalie to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead.
Clarkson cut the Bobcats lead in half when Nik Pokulok scored his first goal of the season. After Quinnipiac had just killed off their second penalty of the game, Clarkson gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and was able to get the puck deep on the Bobcats' defense. Pat Megannety fired a pass to Pokulok in the slot who fired a one-timer past Hartzell to pull within a goal, 2-1, early in the second period.
Quinnipiac was quick to respond, scoring three minutes later to take a 3-1 lead. With Quinnipiac on the power play, the Bobcats moved the puck around the perimeter with Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) receiving a pass from St. Denis before sending the puck to Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) at the point. Davies held the puck momentarily before first a shot from just below the blue line. Samuels-Thomas slid in front of Lewis to screen the Golden Knights' goalie as the puck found the back of the goal to increase Quinnipiac's lead to two goals.
With just under seven minutes to play in the period, Samuels-Thomas scored his second goal of the game, again on the power play, to give Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead. Tolkinen skated across center ice and fired a pass to Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) just above the left face-off circle. Jones tipped the puck on goal, sending it behind the net where Samuels-Thomas chased it down. Samuels-Thomas skated around to the opposite post and fired a shot on Lewis that banged home off the cross bar to give Quinnipiac a three-goal lead.
Three minutes into the third period, Dalhuisen scored his second goal of the year with an assist credited to St. Denis. After Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) put a shot on goal, St. Denis picked up the loose puck and sent it to Dalhuisen at the point. The senior defenseman stepped around a Clarkson skater and blasted a shot past Lewis from above the left face-off circle.
Paul Geiger scored on the power play for Clarkson with assists to Allan McPherson and Jarrett Burton.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 17 when it travels to Canton, N.Y. to take on nationally-ranked No. 16 St. Lawrence at 4 p.m. at Appleton Arena.
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