CANTON, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team's come-back bid fell short as the Bobcats lost to St. Lawrence, 4-3, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Appleton Arena. Quinnipiac trailed 4-0 after two periods before scoring three times in the final 11-minutes of play. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 14-10-5 overall and 6-7-4 in ECAC Hockey play while St. Lawrence improves to 11-15-3 overall and 7-9-1 in league action.
Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) scored for the Bobcats, with all three goals coming in the third period. Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, MInn.) had a pair of assists, while Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn), Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.), Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) and Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) all found their way onto the box score with assists.
St. Lawrence's Greg Carey scored the first period's only goal, with assists going to George Hughes and Chris Martin, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The goal was Carey's 10th goal of the year. The Saints quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first two minutes of the second period, with goals by Justin Baker and Pete Child. Carey and Kyle Flanagan set up Baker with a shot from the point, while Child's shot from above the left face-off circle came on assists from Nelson Armstrong and Rick Carden.
Following the Saints' third goal, which came just 35 seconds after St. Lawrence took a two-goal lead, Quinnipiac starting goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) was lifted in favor of Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.). Clarke saw just seven shots on goal, making four saves. Carey scored his third point of the game, and second goal, when he picked up a rebound in front of Hartzell and ripped a shot past the Bobcats' goalie to give St. Lawrence a 4-0 lead.
Langlois put Quinnipiac on the board with his team-leading 15th goal of the season, just under 12 minutes to play in the third period to pull Quinnipiac within three goals in the final frame. Tolkinen started the play, hitting Arnt on the left flank. Arnt moved to the center of the ice and left the puck for Langlois who flipped a back-hand shot to the far post to beat St. Lawrence goalie Matt Weninger for the Bobcats' goal.
With six minutes remaining in regulation, Quinnipiac pulled within two goals when Federico hit Bouharevich's tape in the slot. Bouharevich then flipped a shot on goal that glanced off to Weninger's left where Heichman was waiting. He collected the puck and popped it over the St. Lawrence goalie to give the Bobcats their second goal of the period.
With 3:30 on the clock, and the Bobcats skating with an extra attacker after pulling Hartzell, Tolkinen handled the puck along the half boards and wrapped it around behind St. Lawrence's bench to Barron. Barron then made a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Jones who scored to pull Quinnipiac within a goal late in the game.
Quinnipiac is back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11, when it travels to Potsdam, N.Y. to take on Clarkson at 7 p.m. at Cheel Arena. The Bobcats then travel to the Capital District next weekend to take on Union and Rensselaer on Feb. 17-18 before returning home to host Brown for Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 24 and the 10th Annual Heroes Hat game against Yale on Saturday, Feb. 25 in a game that can be seen on live on SportsNet New York. Both games are set for 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.