HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 2-0 shutout against Colgate at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Searching for their first win since Dec. 12 (5-2 against American International), the Bobcats received goals from senior Greg Holt (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) and junior Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) as well as a stellar performance from goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) to improve to 14-12-2 overall and 8-8-0 in ECAC Hockey. Colgate drops to 11-11-5 overall and 7-6-1 in league play. Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak when leading after two periods to 45 games, at 41-0-4, dating back to 2007.
"We are extremely relieved to get back in the win column," Quinnipiac Head Coach Rand Pecknold said. "The boys are pretty pumped right now. There were a lot of games during this stretch that we should have won and didn't. It's good to get it together."
Holt put the Bobcats out in front with his seventh goal of the season midway through the first period. After a failed Colgate rush resulted in the puck wrapping around the boards, behind the Quinnipiac goal, Mike Glaicar (Kamloops, B.C.) picked up the loose puck just below the left face-off circle. The sophomore defender spied Holt streaking down the ice and connected with the senior wing on the breakaway. The pass found Holt's tape as he skated through the Colgate defense and into the Raiders' defensive zone, leaving him one-on-one with Colgate goalie Alex Evin. The lefty Holt faked to his left and then flipped a shot over Evin's left shoulder, depositing the game's first tally, top-shelf. The assist was Glaicar's fifth of the year.
"We've been doing a lot of neutral zone work this past week," Holt said. "[Mike] Glaicar made a great pass and I was able to finish. We're pretty happy to get back on track."
Hansen gave the Bobcats the insurance they needed with his second goal of the season with just under two minutes to play in the game. With a 5-on-3 power play, Quinnipiac worked the puck around the perimeter. Hansen handled the puck above the right face-off circle and sent it across ice to freshman Zach Davies (Smithers, B.C.). Davies then fed the puck to Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) who was sitting on the left post. Wong watched Hansen move into the slot before feeding him to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead.Clarke recorded his second career shutout after holding Colgate scoreless and turning away 26 shots. Clarke stopped 10 in the second period, including a deflection that Colgate head coach Don Vaughan contested went through the net. Clarke's counterpart, Colgate's Alex Evin, stopped 34 of Quinnipiac's 36 shots for the evening.
"It was one his best games," Pecknold said of Clarke. "Clarkie was awesome tonight, he made some big plays. This game was right up there with his game against Ohio State. Clarke has been a little up-and-down lately, but tonight he looked like he did in November."
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend with a trip to North Country to take on St. Lawrence and Clarkson. The Bobcats and Saints play on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y. The Bobcats close out its trip at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. against Clarkson at 7 p.m.