POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated Clarkson, 3-2, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored twice, with both goals coming in the first period, to lead the Bobcats, who improve to 6-6-2 in ECAC Hockey play and 13-10-3 overall. Clarkson drops to 6-5-1 in league play and 13-10-2 overall. Quinnipiac also extends its unbeaten streak when leading after the second period to 59 games (54-0-5), the longest current streak in NCAA Division I hockey.
Langlois scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season in the first period to stake the Bobcats' to a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. On both goals, Langlois picked up a rebound and banged home a shot past Clarkson's Paul Karpowich. On the first goal of the game, Langlois won a face-off to the left of Karpowich, sending the puck to left wing Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.). Arnt flipped a shot off the pads of Karpowich and Langlois slid in behind the play to pick up the puck and net the game's first goal.
Langlois' second goal of the game came with seven minutes to play in the period, with Arnt once again picking up an assist. Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) put a shot on goal from the point, sending it through traffic in front of Karpowich. Arnt put a stick on it, bouncing it off the ice to his right where Langlois' stick was waiting to pop the puck past Clarkson's goalie and give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead through the first frame.
The two goals give Langlois five goals in his last three games, while he also joins Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) as the only two players on the Bobcats' roster with multiple two-goal games this season. Currie also picks up a point in his fourth consecutive game, the longest active streak in the Bobcats' lineup.
With six minutes to play in the second period, Clarkson scored on the power play to cut the Bobcats' lead in half, 2-1. After a Quinnipiac player was whistled for a penalty, Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) was taken out of the play in the Golden Knights' zone on a rush on goal. With a 5-on-3 advantage, Clarkson's Andrew Himelson (Monroe, N.Y.) scored his second goal of the season when he picked up the puck in the slot and sent it past Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) to pull the Golden Knights within a goal. Before the goal, Hartzell was seemingly untested as the Bobcats let-up just 10 shots on goal through the first 34 minutes of play.
With a little more than half of the final period to play, Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec), who led the Bobcats in scoring through the first half of the season but had not scored in seven games since Dec. 11, netted his fifth goal of the season. Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) tipped the puck up the ice where John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) picked it up in the neutral zone, skated over the center of the blue line and dropped a pass back to Bouharevich, whose shot beat Karpowich over his left shoulder to push Quinnipiac's lead back to two goals, 3-1.
Clarkson cut the Bobcats' lead in half again, scoring on the power play with 3;13 remaining in regulation to make the score 3-2. Louke Oakley's one-timer from Bryan Rufenach, who received the pass from Nick Tremblay, beat Hartzell on a puck put on goal from just below the blue line.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Canton, N.Y. to face St. Lawrence at 4 p.m. at Appleton Arena.