The No. 4/6 Quinnipiac Bobcats swept a weekend slate of games in New York with a dominating 7-3 win this afternoon against Colgate at Class of 1965 Arena for their fourth consecutive victory. With the win, Quinnipiac moves to 9-3-1 overall and 5-1 in ECAC and moved into first place in the standings pending the outcome of the St. Lawrence and Brown game tonight. The Bobcats had control of this game for the majority of it and pulled away once Colgate cut the lead to one goal. Five different Bobcats scored goals and a total of twelve Bobcats recorded points on the night. This was a game that Quinnipiac could have put up a ten spot on the Raiders if it wasn't for the early solid play of Colgate's Charlie Finn.
|Tim Clifton (photo by Tampa Bay Times)|
Quinnipiac got the scoring started 3:51 in the first period when Tim Clifton scored a dirty goal on Finn that was initially waved off by the officials before being reviewed and overturned. A little more than two minutes later it was Tim Clifton again giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Scott Davidson assisted on both of Clifton's first period goals along with Craig Martin and Karlis Cukste. Colgate got within one with less than a minute to play on a Brett Corkey goal off the face off that was blasted through Truehl from the point.
The Bobcats made the score 3-1 on a power play goal from K.J. Tiefenwerth 7:02 into the second period from both Brogan Rafferty and Craig Martin who picked up his second assist of the game. Six minutes later Tommy Schutt got the Bobcats fourth goal of the night set up from a great cross ice pass from Derek Smith. Tiefenwerth also picked up an assist on Schutt's goal. Colgate got back within two on the power with five minutes to play in the second on a Jacob Panetta goal which ended the Bobcats streak of killing off penalties at thirty in a row.
|Scott Davidson (photo by Richard Gagnon)|
Colgate got within a goal early in the third period on a goal by Tim Harrison but the Bobcats scored consecutive goals within the next four minutes of the third period extending the lead back to three. Tommy Schutt scored at the 4:50 mark of third from Brogan Rafferty and just under two minutes later it was Connor Clifton rifling a shot from the point to give the Bobcats a 6-3. Brogan Rafferty and Scott Davidson both picked up their third assist of the game on Clifton's goal. Bo Pieper capped the scoring at the 16:24 mark with a power play goal from Thomas Aldworth and Landon Smith. Quinnipiac scored on two of its eight power play opportunities for a 25% clip. Chris Truehl made 21 saves for his fourth consecutive win.
Multiple point scorers for the Bobcats tonight, include Tim Clifton and Tommy Schutt each scoring a pair of goals while Brogan Rafferty and Scott Davidson each had three assists. Craig Martin also had two assists in the game while K.J. Tiefenwerth had a goal and an assist.
Quinnpiac now heads to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the Friendship Four Tournament when they play Saint Lawrence in ECAC action on Friday.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathan_singer.
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