Clarkson prevails in ECACHL Championship Game
by Seth Rothman
March 18, 2007
ALBANY, New York — The Quinnipiac Bobcats were right where they wanted to be.
2nd intermission, leading Clarkson 2-0.
But that third period saw the #5 Golden Knights score 4 goals, one of them an empty netter, to end #18 Quinnipiac’s season. Clarkson advances to the NCAA Tournament as the #1 seed in the Rochester, NY region.
Quinnipiac got on the board first, thanks to freshman Jean-Marc Beaudoin. He took the puck on the far side boards, moved in on Clarkson goalie David Leggio, and fired a shot five-hole past the ECACHL First team goaltender to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead 32 seconds into the contest. 19 minutes later, Quinnipiac struck again. Bryan Leitch scored on the power play with 6.2 seconds left in the opening stanza to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
The score remained the same through the second period, but in the third the Bobcats ran out of gas. Clarkson scored 1:42 into the third period to halve the QU lead thanks to a goal by Chris D’Alvise.
The wheels, however, were just beginning to fall off for the Bobcats. Clarkson scored twice within a 50 second span midway through the period to take the lead, and an empty netter by Shawn Weller sealed the Bobcats fate.
Quinnipiac ends the season 21-14-5, and one win, one period away from the ECACHL Championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament.