CANTON, N.Y. – Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) recorded his third four-point game of the season Saturday night as the No. 5/5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team dominated from start-to-finish in a 7-2 victory over the St. Lawrence Saints.
With the victory, the Bobcats swept the North Country road trip for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
Tufto finished the night with a goal and three assists while Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) tallied two goals and an assist and Chase Priskie (Pembroke Pines, Florida) had a goal and two assists in three-point games.
Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, New York) also tallied three points with a trio of assists while Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) tallied two goals.
The Bobcats scored three goals in each of the first two periods before finishing the night with a goal in the third period.
Quinnipiac 7, St. Lawrence 2
Quinnipiac (20-5-1, 9-4-1 ECAC Hockey) | St. Lawrence (4-21-1, 2-11-1 ECAC Hockey)
Appleton Arena | Canton, N.Y.
- (4:53, 1st period - PP) – Quinnipiac 1, St. Lawrence 0: Tufto got the Bobcats on the board with their first power-play goal of the night as he tapped home a backdoor goal off a great centering pass off a Fortunato backhander.
- (11:18, 1st period – PP) – Quinnipiac 2, St. Lawrence 0: Off the breakout, Priskie buried the power-play goal for the Bobcats as Fortunato carried the puck up and found Bongiovanni on the left wing before his centering feed found Priskie's tape to double the early lead.
- (16:06, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 3, St. Lawrence 0: For a second straight weekend, Whelan redirected home a goal for the Bobcats with this week's coming just after a power play expired. Cukste received a pass rimmed around the zone and fired a puck on goal that was tipped by Whelan
- (2:36, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 4, St. Lawrence 0: The Bobcats extended their lead to four goals with an early second period goal as Bongiovanni rifled home a wrister off a faceoff win by Tufto in the right faceoff circle.
- (4:00, 2nd period – PP) – Quinnipiac 4, St. Lawrence 1: St. Lawrence got on the board less than a minute-and-a-half later as Cade Gleekel put home a power-play goal off a feed from Zach Risteau.
- (6:28, 2nd period – PP) – Quinnipiac 5, St. Lawrence 1: Bongiovanni scored his second goal of the night with a great rebound chance after he tapped home the second chance after a hard shot from Brogan Rafferty (Dundee, Illinois) that was initially saved by backup goaltender Arthur Brey.
- (18:46, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 6, St. Lawrence 1: de Jong buried his first goal of the night with a second-chance opportunity after Brey couldn't handle a Tufto shot and he shuffled home the rebound
- (6:39, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 6, St. Lawrence 2: Risteau got a goal of his own with just over 13 minutes left in the third period as he collected a back door rebound after Keith Petruzzelli (Wilbraham, Massachusetts) made a great save on a Ryan Garvey shot.
- (7:46, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 7, St. Lawrence 2: de Jong answered the Saints' goal with another clean up goal in front of the goal as he tapped home a rebound off a Peter DiLiberatore (Bedford, Nova Scotia) shot from the slot.
- Quinnipiac swept the North Country road trip for just the third time since joining ECAC Hockey and for the first time since the Nov. 16-17, 2012 during the 2012-13 season
- The Bobcats scored seven goals in a game for a third time this season and first since a 7-2 win at Maine on Nov, 23
- It was also Quinnipiac's first time with three seven-plus goal games since the 2013-14 season
- Quinnipiac is also the fourth team in the nation to reach 20 wins this season, and first in ECAC Hockey, joining Minnesota State (23), UMass (20) and St. Cloud State (20)
- Tufto's four-point night was his third four-plus point game of the season
- He scored for a second straight night to give him a national-best six points on the weekend
- Tufto now has 35 points on the season and has pulled within six points of his 41-point season a year ago
- Bongiovanni tied his career-highs with two goals and three points and added an assist
- He is first in ECAC Hockey among rookies and tied for third in the nation with 10 goals
- Priskie recorded his first three-point game of the season and tallied three points in a game for the fifth time in his career while extending his point streak to four games
- With his goal, Priskie now has 14 goals on the season and 36 in his career, pulling within two of the all-time Division I program record
- Fortunato extended his point streak to six games with his fourth three-plus point game of the season with three assists
- Fortunato now has 28 points on the year, just two away from becoming the fifth defenseman in program history with 30 points in a season after Priskie achieved the feat on Friday night
- de Jong recorded his first career multi-goal game and is one of three Quinnipiac rookies with multi-goal games
- With his two-goal night, de Jong now has nine goals and is the first Quinnipiac freshmen to record 20 points this season
- de Jong is also one of two freshmen in ECAC Hockey and one of 15 freshmen in the nation with 20 points this season
- Whelan tipped home a shot from Cukste for his ninth goal of the season and 18th point as he skated in his 100th career game
- Cukste recorded an assist for his third consecutive game and set a career-high with his 16th point of the season
- DiLiberatore also recorded an assist for a second straight game and third time in the last four as he recorded his 13th point
- Fällström picked up an assist Saturday night to give him points in six of his last eight games
- Rafferty picked up an assist for the second time in the past three games for his 15th point of the season
- Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) recorded his 12th win of the season as he made 14 saves over the first two periods of the game before Petruzzelli came in for the third period to make eight saves.
- Quinnipiac returns to the ice on Friday night as the Bobcats host the Yale Bulldogs in the 17th Annual Heroes Hat game.
- Puck drop is set for 7 PM from Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center.