POTSDAM, N.Y. – Quinnipiac men's ice hockey sophomore Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had a career-best five points, including his first career hat trick, while Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal, to lead Quinnipiac to a 7-6 ECAC Hockey win at Clarkson. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 7-7-5 in ECAC Hockey play and 15-10-5 overall while Clarkson drops to 8-7-3 in league action and 14-13-3 overall.
"It's been a long time since I was involved in a game like that," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "It was a great game. We battled back. I thought our confidence on offense - that hadn't always been there this season - was great, and we played hard for 60 minutes."
Kellen Jones' hat trick was the second of the season for Quinnipiac and the 26th in the program's Division I history. Kellen also added two assists to lead the Bobcats, totaling a team's season-best five points. Twin brother Connor had three assists, while line mate Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) had a goal and two assists to lead the Bobcats. The Bobcats' leading goal-scorer Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) and Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) both scored in their second straight game, while Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia), Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) all had assists.
"That game was a little all-over-the-place," Kellen Jones said. "I don't think either team played as well as we should have played, we both got some good bounces. We just played aggressive and came out on top."
Clarkson jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Jake Morley and Allan McPherson. Morley's goal was set-up by James Howden and Nick Tremblay, who skated over the blue line and flipped a pass on goal. The puck sailed over a Quinnipiac defenders head and found Morley's stick, who poked it past Quinnipiac starting goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.). McPherson's goal came less than two minutes later to give the Golden Knights a two-goal cushion.
Quinnipiac responded with a pair of goals from Langlois and Peca to tie the game after the first period. Zurevinski sent the puck into the corner to the right of Clarkson goalie Paul Karpowich where Langlois pushed it over to Goodman. Goodman then held the puck before sending a behind-the-back pass to the opposite post where Langlois one-timed the puck past Karpowich to cut Clarkson's lead in half, 2-1. Langlois' goal was his second in as many nights and his fourth in his last six games. The third year Bobcat leads Quinnipiac with 16 goals on the year.
Peca's goal came with less than two minutes to play in the period when he carried the puck up ice and centered a pass to Connor Jones. Connor then flipped the puck to his right to Kellen Jones who put a shot on goal. The puck was blocked by Karpowich and deflected to his right where Peca was waiting to bang home his seventh goal of the season.
Coming out of the first intermission, both teams traded a pair of goals over the first five minutes of play as both teams combined for seven goals in the period. Heichman scored in his second straight game to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead. Zack Currie (Smithers, British Columbia) handled the puck in the Bobcats' defensive zone and dumped it back to Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.). Tolkinen then spied Heichman sitting by himself above the blue line in the Clarkson zone and zipped a pass to the assistant captains stick. Heichman skated one-on-one on Karpowich from the right, faked a shot and then went to his back hand to give Karpowich a one-goal lead. After Morley scored his second goal of the game, to tie the game at 3-3, Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) replaced Eric Hartzell in goal.
Kellen Jones responded with his eighth goal of the year on a pass from Peca and Connor Jones to give Quinnipiac a 4-3 lead. Clarkson's Louke Oakley responded with a pair of goals to give the Golden Knights a 5-4 lead before Ben Sexton scored to give Clarkson a two-goal lead, 6-5. Hartzell re-entered the game for Clarke.
Less than two minutes later, it was Kellen Jones again, this time intercepting a pass in the neutral zone, splitting a couple of defenders and finding himself alone, one-on-one, with Karpowich. In a move reminiscent of Heichman's goal, Jones skated in from the right, deked Karpowich, and beat the senior goal with the back-hand to pull Quinnipiac within a goal, 6-5, with half the game to play.
With 3:35 remaining in the second period, Tolkinen appeared to tie the game on a one-timer from Davies. The puck beat Karpowich, but took a funny bounced off the goal. After review by the officials, the goal was ultimately waved off.
Late in the game, Connor Jones won a face-off deep in the Golden Knights' zone, sending the puck to Peca on the half boards. Peca skated below the goal line and dipped up towards the crease where he sent the puck on Karpowich. On a rush to the net, Kellen Jones picked up his third goal of the night to tie the game at 6-6.
Less than two minutes later, Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.) scored the game-winner on a pass from Kellen Jones, who picked up his fifth point of the night. On the power play, Jones held the puck at the point before sending it over to Barron to the left of Karpowich. Barron sniped a shot to the short corner to put Quinnipiac on top for good.
The Bobcats are back on the road next weekend when they travel to the Capital District 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.