Quinnipiac outpaces St. Lawrence en route to weekend sweep


Photo: Liz Flynn

Jason Hirsch

Hopeful for a trip to Pittsburgh in April, the Quinnipiac Bobcats (12-5-3) completed a weekend sweep of the St. Lawrence Saints (4-5-3) with a dominant, 2-1 win on Saturday at the Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena in Hamden.

Despite showing a lot of tenacity and fighting from the puck drop, the Bobcats found themselves unable to find the back of the net in the first period.

The Bobcats found themselves with a golden opportunity to jump out ahead with 1:21 left in the first period after Saints forward Cameron Brul was ejected from the game following a game misconduct penalty.

The penalty set up a five-minute power play for the Bobcats that would’ve ran into the second period, but quickly canceled out after defenseman Peter DeLiberatore was called for roughing at the end of the first period.

Quinnipiac overall finished the game 0-for-6 on the powerplay and is now one for its last 19 with a man advantage, a stat that coach Rand Pecknold is finding himself none too pleased with.

“I thought that our compete level last night from our power play was garbage,” Pecknold said. “It was a little better tonight, but St. Lawrence did a nice job of applying pressure. I was a little disappointed. It doesn’t matter if it’s college, NHL or AHL, you need to work on the power play to get chances and we haven’t been working like we did earlier in the year.”

The Bobcats broke the deadlock with 3:27 left in the second period off a goal by Christophe Fillion following a steal in the Saints’ zone by Desi Burgart. Burgart quickly found Michael Lombardi who in turn found Fillion at the net for his second goal of the season.

“It was really important to get that first goal,” Fillion said. “We knew it was going to be harder today and that they [St. Lawrence] were going to be way better than last night. It was a greasy one, but I’ll take it.”

The Bobcats then doubled their lead, following Ethan De Jong’s wrist shot immediately off of the faceoff by the right circle with 15:27 left in regulation to seal the victory for Quinnipiac.

For De Jong, it is the junior’s 10th goal of the season. De Jong is now the 17th player in the country this season to reach the double-digit goal plateau.

“Kind of a slump sophomore year,” De Jong said. “It feels good to get back up to double digits.”

The Saints got one back 66 seconds later off a rebound that ended up being tipped by Reilly Moran, but the Bobcats held on for a 2-1 victory.

After being outshot in last night’s meeting, the Bobcats dominated this game in nearly every facet throughout, outshooting the Saints 47-16 in shots on goal, and controlling the faceoff circle, outmaneuvering the Saints 33-20.

“I loved our overall intensity tonight,” Pecknold said. “We were all over them with 47 shots. Sometimes those games happen where you’re controlling play and you still just have to hold on and get a w.”