“Groundhog Day”: Quinnipiac has just 5 shots through 2, fall 3-1 to Clarkson

“Groundhog Day”: Quinnipiac has just 5 shots through 2, fall 3-1 to Clarkson
By Sam Friedman
October 28, 2007

HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac Bobcats, trying to recuperate from a 6-2 drubbing Friday night against St. Lawrence, did nothing to alleviate their problems, losing 3-1 at home to Clarkson on Saturday.

Brandice Moniz scored the lone goal for Quinnipiac, who dropped both games of the home-stand and fell to 0-2-1 in conference play.

It came with 6:33 left in the 3rd period. A scramble in front of the net saw Elyse Cole flip the puck to Moniz, who shot it through the traffic past Clarkson goalie Lauren Dahm on her left side, which brought Quinnipiac to within a goal before Clarkson sealed the deal a few minutes later.

However, despite the score, for most of the game it seemed like the Bobcats were asleep. The Bobcats registered just 5 shots on goal through 2 period of play for the second straight night. In fact, Quinnipiac went 24:20 between the first and only shot on goal in the first period, and the second shot on goal midway through the second period. At one point, Clarkson had more goals than Quinnipiac had shots.

“We didn’t play the full 60,” coach Michael Barrett said. “This was like Groundhog Day. We’re living the same game over and over again.”

However, that was not even the worst part of the game.

Junior Nicolette Leone injured herself with 3:23 left in the 3rd when she dumped the puck in and apparently twisted her back. She remained on the ice for over 10 minutes, but fortunately was able to get up and skate off the ice on her own power after a stretcher was brought out onto the ice. Her status was not known at press time, but she did go to the hospital after the game.

Similar to Friday night, Coach Barret was none too pleased with his team’s effort.

“We sound like a broken record in the locker room,” he said. “I couldn’t pick which performance (Friday’s or Saturday’s) was better. We aren’t committed to winning.”

Even Moniz was not happy about the team’s effort.

“About half the people are trying out there, and the other half don’t seem to be focused,” she said. “We’re just not playing good hockey.”

The Bobcats next game is Friday, November 2nd at Harvard. They conclude their three game road trip Wednesday, November 7th at Boston University. Their next home game is Friday, November 16th vs. Colgate at 7 PM.

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