Quinnipiac drops Sunday matinee to St. Lawrence as comeback falls short


Photo: Liz Flynn

Gage Kilborne

Quinnipiac and St. Lawrence met in the second game of a weekend series Sunday. The Bobcats saw the Saints earn their first victory in Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena since 2014.

The absence of assistant captain Wyatt Bongiovanni has hurt Quinnipiac offensively with the team only scoring seven goals in their last three games. When Bongiovanni last played on December 26, the Bobcats scored 8 goals, with Bongiovanni contributing to two points.

St. Lawrence’s sophomore forward Jordan Steinmetz starting the scoring in this game with a little bleeder that squeaked past Keith Petruzzelli.

The second goal came a little over 11 minutes later with a snipe from Greg Lapointe at the blue line to extend the Saints’ lead to 2-0.

While the Saints offense was working on all cylinders, the Bobcats had a hard time putting quality shots against junior Emil Zetterquist. In the first period, Quinnipiac was able to put 15 shots on goal, however, everything was saved by Zetterquist.

The second period saw a rather quiet performance offensively by both teams as neither Petruzzelli nor Zetterquist wanted to let up any shots.

Quinnipiac’s power play started to find its groove, as they were able to get a couple of shots on net. However, Zetterquist was there to smother the puck.

Petruzzelli was faced with seven shots on goal and he was able to stop all seven from crossing the redline and as the final buzzer for the second period sounded, St. Lawrence still had a 2-0 lead.

Going into the final period, Quinnipiac had an offensive outburst as they were constantly putting shots on goal. It took the Bobcats 16 minutes and 18 seconds in the period to put their first shot past Zetterquist. The power play goal was scored by Odeen Tufto and that brought it to a one-goal deficit.

Rand Pecknold was, once again, eager to pull Petruzzelli later in the period. Ashton Fry was able to waltz in easily and put one in the empty net to extend the Saints’ lead to 3-1 with 1:56 left in the game.

About a minute later, Zach Metsa scored his second point of the game as he was able to put a shot past Zetterquist making it 3-2 St. Lawrence with 55 ticks on the clock.

Pecknold pulled Petruzzelli once more for the man advantage, but St. Lawrence’s Justin Paul took a shot from his own zone that found the back of the net. He was able to put the final nail in the coffin, making it a 4-2 St. Lawrence win.

“Sometimes in hockey it is not about talent, it is about heart and passion,” Rand Pecknold said. “They wanted it more tonight and they got the win.”

Pecknold’s boys never fully looked like they were ready to play today and it was a big factor that they were not able to fully overcome.

With the win, St. Lawrence improves to 1-0-1 on the season, while Quinnipiac falls to 6-3-1 on the campaign. Quinnipiac will have to prepare fully for a highly contested series against the 10th ranked Clarkson Golden Knights next weekend.