Quinnipiac Wins Against Dartmouth

Quinnipiac Wins Against Dartmouth

HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac junior Landon Smith's (Greenwood Village, Colorado) natural hat trick led the No. 7/8 Bobcats to a 6-3 ECAC Hockey win against Dartmouth in front of 3,319 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 6-3-1 overall and 2-1-0 in ECAC Hockey while Dartmouth is handed its first loss of the year to drop to 2-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in league play.

Smith's hat trick is the 30th in Quinnipiac's 41-year history and the 22nd at the NCAA Division I level, which began with the 1998-99 season. Smith also had the Bobcats' last hat trick, scoring twice in a 5-2 win at Brown on Jan. 30, 2015. The last natural hat trick for a Quinnipiac player came during the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship when Matthew Peca staked the Bobcats to a 3-0 lead early in the game.

 

In addition to Smith's landmark night, Tim Clifton (Matawan, New Jersey) scored once and assisted on another goal to give him three goals and two assists in his last three games. Karlis Cukste (Riga, Latvia) also had a goal and an assist while Chase Priskie (Pembroke Pines, Florida) had three assists on the night. In addition to the Bobcats' individual success in the game, Quinnipiac's special teams seam to back in form. Quinnipiac entered the 2016-17 season with the top power play and penalty kill percentages over the last five years, cumulative, but had struggled to start this season. Over the last three games, Quinnipiac is 5-for-20 on the power play for 25% and has also killed 31 of its last 32 penalties over its last five games for 96.9% during that span. 

Dartmouth got on the board early when sophomore Kevan Kilistoff stepped in front of Bobcats' goalie Chris Truehl (Madison, Wisconsin) and tipped a shot from the point by Cam Roth off a pass from Alex Jasiek just one-minute and one-second into the game.

Minutes later Cukste scored his second goal of the season and second in his last three games on the power play. Tim Clifton (Matawan, New Jersey) won the draw in the Dartmouth zone back to Chase Priskie(Pembroke Pines, Florida) who sent a shot on net. Cukste was sitting on the doorstep to collect he loose puck and tie the game at 1-1.

The Bobcats' lead was short-lived as the Big Green scored again four minutes later. Will Graber skated behind the Bobcats goal and centered as pass to Alex Jasiek who one-timed a shot from the slot. John Ernsting picked up the puck off of Truehl's pad and popped it past the Bobcat goalie to give Dartmouth a 2-1 lead.

Five minutes into the second period Tim Clifton tied it up with his team-leading sixth goal of the season, and also his 18th career power play goal. Craig Martin (Trail, British Columbia) won a battle along the wall in the Dartmouth zone and handed the puck to Clifton in the face-off circle who blasted it past Dartmouth's goalie to knot the game at 2-2.

Bo Pieper (Roseville, Minnesota) gave the Bobcats the lead with 1.8 seconds remaining in the second period with his third goal of the year. K.J. Tiefenwerth (Bellmore, New York) one-timed a pass from Tommy Schutt(Chanhassen, Minnesota) before Pieper picked up the rebound to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Landon Smith (Greenwood Village, Colorado) gave the Bobcats a two-goal lead with his second goal of the year. Andrew Taverner (Calgary, Alberta) fed Luke Shiplo (Oakville, Ontario) in the slot who wristed a shot on goal. Smith was crashing the net and was able to pick up the rebound to give the Bobcats a 4-2 lead.

Four minutes later, Will Graber took a pass from Tim Shoup and blasted a shot on goal. Truehl turned it away but Cam Strong was waiting to punch it in to pull Dartmouth within a goal, 4-3, with 13 minutes to play. Smith was quick to respond with his second goal of the night less than two minutes later on a pass from Priskie. Smith's third goal of the period came on a slap shot from the point to give Quinnipiac a 6-3 lead.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 when it hosts No. 10/10 Harvard for an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena that can be seen live on SNY and TSNGO in Canada at 7 p.m. EST.