No. 19 Quinnipiac Falls To Clarkson

HAMDEN, Connecticut - No. 19 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey lost to Clarkson, 4-2, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 16-12-2 overall and 10-7-1 in ECAC Hockey while Clarkson improves to 13-12-4 overall and 8-7-2 in league play.
 
Chase Priskie (Pembroke Pines, Florida) and Kevin McKernan (Millbury, Massachusetts) both scored for the Bobcats while Tim Clifton (Matawan, New Jersey), Bo Pieper(Roseville, Minnesota) and Tanner MacMaster (Calgary, Alberta) all had assists. In goal, Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) stopped 27 of Clarkson's 30 shots on goal. 
 
Priskie's power-play goal was his third in his last two games after scoring twice against Yale on Saturday, Feb. 4. It also gives the Bobcats' second-year blue liner five goals and two assists in his last seven games. Priskie has been the Bobcats' top scorer since the start of the second half of the season, accumulating six goals and six assists in 12 games since Dec. 29, 2016 after logging a goal and 10 assists through the first 16 games of the year. His second-half run gives him a team-leading seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points in 28 games this season. 
 
Clarkson tied the game just under two minutes into the second period when Aaron Thow scored his second goal of the season with assists credited to Troy Josephs and James de Haas. Twelve seconds later, Quinnipiac had an opportunity to jump out in front again when Clarkson's Kelly Summers was ejected for hitting from behind after receiving a game misconduct and put the Bobcats on a five-minute power play. The Bobcats generated several solid opportunities but failed to convert. 
 
Quinnipiac hung on to a 1-1 lead until the last minute of the second period when Greg Moro Thow picked up a loose puck off a blocked shot and fed Greg Moro in the slot. A Clarkson defender slid in front of Quinnipiac freshman goalie Andrew Shortridge(Anchorage, Alaska) and Moro wristed a shot on goal that snuck past Shortridge to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. 
 
Clarkson jumped out to a two-goal just three-minutes-and-thirty-one seconds into the third period. Haralds Egle dug the puck out of the corner and fed Sam Vigneault in the slot for the one-timer. Shortridge took away most of the goal from Vigneault, whose shot rang off the post and settled in the crease. de Haas was waiting on the opposite post and poked the loose puck in for his fifth goal of the season as the Golden Knights jumped out to a 3-1 lead.
 
With eight minutes to play, McKernan pounced on a loose puck above the crease and potted his third goal of the year to pull the Bobcats within a goal, 3-2. MacMaster threw a shot on goal that Clarkson goalie Jake Kielly stuffed before Landon Smith (Greenwood Village, Colorado) knocked the puck out of a mess of tangled legs in the crease. Bo Pieper(Roseville, Minnsota) picked up the puck and shot on goal but it deflected off a body in front of the net and bounced away. McKernan collected it and flung a shot on goal that found the back of the net to pull the Bobcats within a goal.
 
With less than a minute to play, and Quinnipiac's goalie pulled for the extra-attacker, Perry D'Arrisso pushed the puck to a wide-open Sam Vigneault who flipped it into the Bobcats' open net to give the Golden Knights the 4-2 lead for good.  
 
The Bobcats will head out on the road for the final regular-season road trip of the year when it heads to the Capital District to face Union on Friday, Feb. 17 and Rensselaer on Saturday, Feb. 18. Quinnipiac's final regular season games come against Yale on Friday, Feb. 24 -available live in HD on SNY - and Brown for Senior Night on Saturday, Feb. 25.