Men’s hockey continues to struggle down the stretch
by Seth Rothman
February 29, 2008
The Quinnipiac University men’s hockey team continued its laborious struggle to the finish line on Friday, losing 4-1 to St. Lawrence University in the North Country.
The loss ends Quinnipiac’s chances at a first round bye — the team will definitely now open up the playoffs at home on March 7 in a 3-game-series against a team yet to be determined.
Quinnipiac out-shot the Saints 13-8 in the first period, and 31-29 for the game, but the shots total was not indicative of how the game was played.
Just over four minutes into the contest, SLU’s Travis Vermuelen scored his sixth of the season when he took the puck from the corner, and slid out in front unmolested for the goal.
That was the only scoring in the first period, but St. Lawrence opened the floodgates in the second, scoring three goals in the period. The first was by Jared Ross 1:08 into the frame, the second by Charlie Giffin on the power play halfway through the period, and the third by Sean Flanagan on a 2-man advantage with 42.6 seconds remaining in the middle stanza.
Quinnipiac’s Eric Lampe stopped the shutout bid when he stuffed a shot in between SLU goaltender John Hallas’ pads and the post with 9:54 remaining.
Bobcats goaltender Bud Fisher stopped 25 shots in the losing effort, Saints keeper John Hallas had 30 stops to lead St. Lawrence to the win.
With the loss, wins by Union and Cornell, and a tie by Harvard, Quinnipiac will host a first round playoff series. Should they turn things around and win the weekend of March 7-9, they will go on the round for the second round for the second consecutive season.
Currently, Quinnipiac stands in 6th place, but if they lose and Colgate wins, the Bobcats could fall as far as seventh place in the final ECAC Hockey standings. Due to the tight nature of the ECAC standings, Quinnipiac still has no idea who they will play in the first round, and likely will not know until all the games on Saturday are completed. They will host either SLU, RPI, Dartmouth, or Brown in the first round at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.
NOTES: Quinnipiac’s 5 game losing streak is their longest since the 1995-1996 season. … This is their first losing streak of more than four games since the team joined Division-I. … Lampe’s goal was his 11th of the season. … Quinnipiac game on Saturday against Clarkson starts at 7pm. … Tickets for the first round playoff series at the TD Banknorth Sports Center go on sale Monday, March 3 by calling the ticket office at (203) 582-3905, or by going to the ticket office at the building. Tickets will not be sold over the internet.