Knights earn key 5-2 win over Quinnipiac
A two-goal outing by junior Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) highlighted a key 5-2 ECAC Hockey victory for Clarkson over a red-hot Quinnipiac squad on Saturday night at Cheel Arena.
The 7/8th-ranked Golden Knights, who defeated Princeton 2-1 on Friday, won their third straight to improve to 15-4-2 overall and moved into first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 9-2 conference mark. Clarkson is one point ahead of second place Cornell, but the Big Red have a game in hand on the Green and Gold.Clarkson overcame a late 2-1 first-period deficit to the Bobcats with four unanswered goals to post its highest goal total since a 5-1 victory over Colgate on November 15.
Quinnipiac, which entered the game with the nation's longest current winning streak after defeating St. Lawrence 3-2 on Friday for its sixth consecutive victory, opened the scoring early in the first. At 5:27, Skyler BrindAmour redirected a shot in tight to give the visitors the early momentum.
The Knights tied it up at 12:50 on sophomore Nick Campoli's (Toronto, ONT) first goal of the season. Stationed at the side of the net, Campoli took a perfect cross-crease pass from freshman Mathieu Gosselin (Quebec City, QUE) and knocked a shot off Quinnipiac goaltender Keith Petruzzelli with just one second remaining in the first power play of the night. Sophomore defenseman Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) also assisted.
The Bobcats went back on top 2-1 with a goal by Peter DiLiberatore at 16:52, but then Jacome went to work.
In a 23-second span late in the opening frame, Jacome recorded his third-career two-goal game to put the Green and Gold in front for good. At 18:16, the left wing tipped in a shot from the point by freshman defenseman Dustyn McFaul (Waterdown, ONT) to tie the score. Junior Zach Tsekos (Montreal, QUE) also assisted. Before the Cheel crowd had settled down, Jacome made it 3-2 at 18:39 finishing off a pass from Tsekos for the game-winner on his fourth goal of the season. Sophomore Anthony Callin (Middleton, WI) started the scoring play for the first assist.
Sophomore Adam Tisdale, who collected the deciding goal in Friday's one-goal victory over Princeton, netted his fourth score of the season with linemates Jamie Collins (Cochrane, ALB) and junior John Carter MacLean (Basking Ridge, NJ) setting up the goal at 12:24 of the second period.
Senior Haralds Egle (Liepaia, Latvia) closed out the win with an unassisted empty-net tally with 2:04 remaining for his team-high 10th goal of the season.
Quinnipiac outshot the Knights 33-30, but Frank Marotte, Clarkson's graduate transfer in net, posted 30 saves for the win
Clarkson went 1-of-2 on the power play and killed off all four Quinnipiac's man-advantage chances.
The Knights take to the road next weekend playing at Dartmouth and Harvard.