HAMDEN, Conn. - Nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac was defeated by No. 19 Colgate, 3-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats drop to 21-8-5 overall and 11-6-3 in ECAC Hockey action while Colgate improves to 16-11-5 overall and 12-5-3 in league play.
Colgate sophomore center Tylor Spink put Colgate on the board when he took a pass from Kevin Lough in the face-off circle to the left of Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) and flipped a shot on goal. Garteig deflected it behind the goal where Spink picked it up. He skated out to the opposite face-off circle, skated around a Bobcat defender and fired a shot high on Garteig to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later it was Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) with his 12th goal of the year. With the Bobcats on the power play, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) held the puck at the point before feeding Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia) to his left. Toews touch-passed the puck across the Colgate defensive zone to Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) who one-timed a shot on goal. Connor slid in front of Colgate goalie Charlie Fink and tipped the puck over Finks left arm to tie the game at 1-1.
The third period was a virtual draw as shots were even between the two teams. Quinnipiac looked off an injury to one its veterans before Connor Clifton was called for a five-minute major and a game misconduct, ending his night, after a knee-to-knee colission at center ice with Colgate's Derek Freeman. Freeman would skate on the next shift, while Clifton's night was over.
Garteig was the star of the second frame, denying Colgate on several Grade-A opportunities, including an odd-man rush that featured a one-timer from the slot by Freeman. It wasn't until less than half of the third period was gone before Colgate regained the lead. The Raiders possessed the puck deep in the Quinnipiac zone before Spink collected it in the slot, walked across the crease and beat Garteig.
With 1:07 left in regulation, Quinnipiac pulled Garteig for an extra attacker, but Colgate was able to gain possession of the puck, resulting in an empty-net goal for Darcy Murphy to give Colgate the two-goal lead, 3-1.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Feb. 28 when it travels to Canton, N.Y. to take on St. Lawrence and Potsdam, N.Y. on Saturday, Mar. 1 to take on Clarkson. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start.