October 10, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Completes Sweep Of No. 17 Ohio State With 3-1 Victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) stopped a career-high 44 shots in goal to help Quinnipiac complete their two-game sweep of No. 17 Ohio State, 3-1, at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 9. Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) scored his third goal in two games, while Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) had two assists in the win.

"[Dan] Clarke kept us in this game when we struggled a bit early," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "He was confident and played great tonight."

Ohio State dominated play through the first period, holding possession of the puck for a majority of the first stanza. The Buckeyes out-shot the Bobcats, 25-6, but were only able to sneak one shot past Clarke to take a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Clarke's 24 first period saves were the most in one period for the sophomore goalie's career.

At the 9:56 mark of the first frame, Shane Sims fed Mathieu Picard to the left of the goal. Picard's one-timer was stopped by Clarke but Alex Carlson was able to pick up the puck and flip it past Clarke. Quinnipiac was able to kill all four penalties it took in the first period.

"We played hard," Pecknold said. "We battled, and then we battled some more. The boys wanted it tonight."

Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) scored the game-tying goal just over four minutes into the second period. Lampe handled the puck on the Ohio State goal line before sending it out to Wong on the right flank. Wong found Hansen at the point for the one-timer, tying the game at 1-1. The Bobcats' attack was in full force in the second period, outshooting the Buckeyes,11-6. Clarke stopped all six shots he saw in the period, reaching a career-best 30 saves through two periods.

Lampe added a goal at the 7:51 mark of the third period. Wong took off down the right wing as Lampe slid up the middle of the ice, creating a two-on-one. Wong's pass led Lampe, who banged home his third goal of the early season to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.

"[Eric] Lampe keeps getting better," Pecknold said. "He's become a great two-way player. He competed hard both nights, and he was one of the better players out there."

Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) hooked up with Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Que.) for an empty-netter in the closing minute to seal the deal. The goal was Atkinson's first of the season.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Oct. 17 when they host Bentley University for their 2009-10 home opener at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats and the Falcons hit the ice at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac then sits idle for a week before heading to Moon Township, Pa. to take on Robert Morris University in a two-game series at the RMU Island Sports Center on Oct. 30-31.