Bobcats Downed By SLU in Pivotal Conference Match Up
By: Chris Lopresti
WQAQ.com Men’s Ice Hockey Beat Writer
February 24, 2007
HAMDEN, Conn. – Max Taylor beat Bud Fisher with a soft wrist shot 51 seconds into the game and the St. Lawrence Saints never looked back, notching a 4-1 victory over Quinnipiac last night. The win clinched the second regular season ECACHL title in program history for St. Lawrence and moved their record to 20-11-2 (16-4-1). The Bobcats dropped to 16-12-5 (10-7-4) and are now in danger of losing a first round bye in the playoffs.
Alex Curran scored an unassisted goal at 5:22 of the first period to make it 2-0 and special teams did the rest from there. St. Lawrence killed off all eight power play opportunities for Quinnipiac and then Kyle Rank put the game out of reach with a power tally midway through the third period, his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
Freshman Alex Petizian played a strong game in net stopping 28 out of 29 shots that he faced. He made two key saves in the second period on point blank shots from Quinnipiac’s Jean-Marc Beaudoin as the Bobcats tried to mount a comeback.
Bryan Leitch put Quinnipiac on the board with 11:15 to go in the game but the Bobcats couldn’t muster anything further against a smothering Saints defense. St. Lawrence’s Kevin DeVergilio rounded out the scoring with his sixth goal of the season at 18:28.
Quinnipiac now needs a win tonight against #6 Clarkson or a Cornell loss to Harvard in order to secure a top four finish and a first round bye in the ECACHL playoffs. Princeton blasted Clarkson last night, 7-1, while #16 Cornell fell at Dartmouth, 5-1.
Tonight’s game is set to begin at 8pm with coverage on ESPNU, MyTV9 and AM 1220 WQUN.