Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Remains Undefeated In ECAC Hockey With 6-2 Win Against No. 16 St. Lawrence
CANTON, N.Y. – Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored twice to lead the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team to a 6-2 win against nationally-ranked No. 16 St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 4-0-0 in ECAC Hockey and 7-3-1 overall while St. Lawrence drops to 0-2-2 in league play and 5-3-2 overall. Quinnipiac is now undefeated (3-0-0) against ranked opponents. The win snaps a four-game winless streak against St. Lawrence and give Quinnipiac its first win in Canton since Feb. 12, 2010. The last time Quinnipiac swept a weekend at Clarkson and St. Lawrence was on Nov. 21-22, 2008.
"We had everyone chipping in tonight," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "It was definitely a team effort. I thought all four lines played well. All six defenseman played well. I thought there were a couple keys to the game. One, we took advantage of every one of our chances and two, I thought our penalty kill was excellent. The first period and again in the second, we shut them down. I know they got one late, but it was 6-1 at that point."
Langlois' two-goal effort is his second of the season and 11th of his career. Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Zach Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) both had a goal and an assist each while Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Alex Barron (Glendora, Calif.) also scored in the win. Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta), Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) and Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) all had two assists in the win. Three of the Bobcats' season-high six goals came on the power play. The Bobcats spelled a seven-game, season-opening slump without a man-up goal, and have now scored on the power play in four straight games.
Freshman Alex Barron (Glendora, Calif.) gave Quinnipiac its first goal of the game just five minutes into regulation on a brilliant pass from Hibbeler. Hibbeler sent the puck into the corner where it was picked up by Bui. Bui sent the puck back to Hibbeler who carried it up the boards. Barron blitzed behind the Saints' defense to the slot where Hibbeler delivered the puck for the one-timer as Barron beat St. Lawrence goalie Matt Weninger for a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, it was Langlois with his first of two goals in the game that would increase his team-leading tally to six for the year. Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) picked up his team-high eighth assist of the year when he received a pass from Currie deep in the Bobcats' zone. Harvey carried the puck the length of the ice before turning to find Goodman and Langlois standing between the face-off circles. Harvey's pass found Langlois' tape while Goodman slid in front of Weninger. Langlois lifted the puck over Weninger's left shoulder to stake the Bobcats to a two-goal lead early in the contest.
With five minutes to play in the second period, Quinnipiac scored twice to head into the second intermission with a four-goal lead. Goodman scored his fourth goal of the year, on the power play, when he picked up a rebound off a shot by Alex Barron. Federico received a pass from Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) and put a shot on goal. The puck was knocked down in traffic in front of the St. Lawrence goal where Goodman was able to get a stick on it for Quinnipiac's third goal.
Moments later it was Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) with his first goal of the year. Quinnipiac possessed the puck deep in the St. Lawrence zone and countered the Saints' attempts to clear the puck. Jones handled the puck behind the St. Lawrence goal before giving it to Bui in the slot. Bui's one-timer caromed off of Weninger's chest and landed in the face-off to the goalies' left where Connor picked it up. The junior, who returned from a six-game injury on Friday night, fired it over the Saints' goalies shoulder to give Quinnipiac a 4-0 lead.
Early in the third, Quinnipiac added two more goals, both on the power play, to take a commanding six-goal lead. Langlois scored his second goal of the game, with assists going to Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Windsor, Conn.) and Federico. Currie also added a goal, with Goodman and Hibbeler both picking up assists.
St. Lawrence's highly-touted offensive forwards Greg Carey and Kyle Flanagan both scored late in the third for the Saints' only goals.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when it travels to Providence, R.I. for a non-conference match-up against Providence College at Schneider Arena at 7 p.m.