No. 2 Quinnipiac avoids the trap, outlasts Dartmouth 4-2


Benjamin Yeargin

Quinnipiac goes to 22-3-3 on the season with the win.

Colin Kennedy, Staff Writer

No. 2 Quinnipiac continued its trek into the frigid north, and avoided a brutal loss against ECAC Hockey’s last place team with a late-game comeback win against Dartmouth, 4-2.

Quinnipiac came out strong with an aggressive play-style, and spent the majority of the first period in the offensive zone. The Bobcats were firing pucks on Dartmouth freshman goaltender Cooper Black who came up with some impressive saves in the first frame, the best coming off a shot from sophomore forward Collin Graf who sent a bouncing puck into the legs of Black.

Despite being pummeled with pucks most of the first period, the Big Green found themselves with a few high-quality scoring opportunities. One of those chances came from the stick of junior forward Joey Musa, but was blocked by freshman Charles-Alexis Legault in front of the wide-open Quinnipiac net.

In the final seconds of the first period Dartmouth did capitalize on a scoring opportunity when senior forward Marc Gallant’s back-hander got past Perets. Going into the first intermission down one, the Bobcats found themselves losing to a four win team.

The sloppy play would continue on into the second period as the Quinnipiac offense became disjointed. Being called for multiple offsides, and just an overall lack of an effective attack left the Bobcats only growing more frustrated.

One of those causes for frustration was the lack of production on the power play up to that point, being 0-3 midway into the second period.

Quinnipiac’s frustrations would subside for the moment as it got a late-period goal of its own with 1:37 remaining in the second. Sophomore forward Christophe Fillion was able to tip in a Legault shot from the blue line and find twine to tie the game heading into the second intermission.

Early in the third period, Big Green freshman forward Cooper Flinton blasted a wrist shot past Perets to light the lamp. The goal officially put the Bobcats on upset watch as they scrambled for answers.

An answer almost came from Fillion as Quinnipiac had an odd-man rush spoiled when his shot rattled off the inside of the right post. A rink of Bobcats raising their sticks in celebration were soon left scratching their heads as despite the lamp going off, it was ruled a no-goal.

Desperation kicked in for Quinnipiac with just under four minutes remaining in the third period. The captain, graduate student defenseman Zach Metsa answered the call as he blasted a slap shot past Black to tie the game in its final minutes.

The late-game comeback would be completed only a minute later when freshman forward Sam Lipkin sniped a point-blank wrist shot top-shelf that gave the Bobcats a 3-2 lead.

Dartmouth was forced to empty its net with only a minute remaining, and graduate student forward Ethan de Jong buried the puck to put the game to bed.

With the win Quinnipiac improves to 22-3-3, and is next in action Friday night as it takes on Clarkson at 7 p.m.