By Cap Carey
POTSDAM — Just about everything went Quinnipiac’s way Friday night in a men’s ECAC Hockey game against Clarkson University before 2,098 fans at Cheel Arena.
Not only did the Bobcats earn a 5-2 win against the Golden Knights, but the father of Quinnipiac forward Jeremy Langlois also won the 50/50 raffle.
Quinnipiac (6-3-1 overall, 3-0 ECAC Hockey) continued an impressive start to conference play by limiting Clarkson’s opportunities. The Golden Knights (1-5-4, 1-1-1) finished with 20 shots, but had only 11 after the first two periods and were already down 4-1 by that point.
Quinnipiac scored first just 4 minutes, 52 seconds into the game on a shot from Matthew Peca.
But the Bobcats second goal showed the type of effort that led to the comfortable win.
Forward Bryce Van Brabant hassled Clarkson players as they tried to move the puck from behind their own goal and up the ice. When he drew a second player over to help, that freed up his teammate Jordan Samuels-Thomas for a shot, and he made it 2-0 at 11:46 of the first period.
Clarkson got a spark of hope early in the second period when defenseman Nik Pokulok scored just a few seconds after a power play ended at 3:21 to make it 2-1.
But Quinnipiac squelched any hopes for Clarkson to extend its unbeaten streak to six games by tacking on two power-play goals in the second period on a deep shot from Zach Davies at 6:02 and a shot from Samuels-Thomas at 13:06 that hit the post and went in, giving the Bobcats a 4-1 lead.
Prior to Friday’s game the Bobcats had difficulty on the power play, scoring on just 2 of 41 chances.
Clarkson had three power-play chances in the second period but produced only one shot during those attempts and had only five shots in the period.
Quinnipiac scored its final goal at 3:10 of the third period on another long shot from a defenseman, this time it was Mike Dalhuisen who produced the goal.
Clarkson, as it has a few times this year, kept working hard when it was behind and produced a power-play goal from freshman Paul Geiger with 20 seconds left to cut the final deficit to 5-2. It was only the second power-play goal allowed by the Bobcats this season in 44 attempts.
NOTES: Clarkson faces Princeton at 7 p.m. tonight. The Tigers tied St. Lawrence University 3-3. Former Golden Knight Erik Cole, now a member of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens, attended Friday’s game.