HAMDEN, Conn. — Clarkson and Quinnipiac skated to 1-1 tie on Friday night in a matchup of two teams on the edge of the national rankings.
Clarkson’s Paul Karpowich stole the show stopping 43 shots, including 21 in the third period alone.
“When you outshoot a team 44-11, you expect to win the game, but I still thought our guys played well,” said Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold.
The Golden Knights are still without their top two goal scorers, Ben Sexton and Louke Oakley, and with just 11 shots on goal in the entire game, it showed.
“With two of your top scorers out, what you’re looking to do is grind out some games,” Clarkson head coach Casey Jones said. “You’re looking for help from your special teams and we weren’t great on our power plays tonight.”
The Bobcats struck first at the 15:57 mark of the first period on Jeremy Langlois’ sixth power-play goal of the season. After a Corey Tamblyn boarding call, the Bobcats went on the advantage.
QU’s Matthew Peca fed Scott Zurevinski down low on the right side. Zurevinski swept a pass through the slot to Langlois at the far post who went top shelf past Karpowich for the 1-0 lead.
With the assist, Peca extends his points streak to 11 straight games.
“He’s pretty good for a true freshman,” said Pecknold. “He just gets better and better every week and he was one of the better players on the ice tonight.”
Early in the second period, a Bobcat hooking call sparked a Clarkson advantage.
Before QU could touch up, Matt Zarbo connected with Adam Pawlick on the left side. Pawlick waited for traffic in front of the net and rifled a shot that hit off the left post and into the back of the net past Eric Hartzell.
The score would remain 1-1 thanks to the stellar play of Karpowich.
Early in the third period, Langlois found space on the near side where he ripped a shot on net that was kicked aside by Karpowich. The rebound jumped off his left leg pad and into the slot where Peca had a second chance opportunity, but Karpowich positioned himself to take away the net.
Late in the third period, the Bobcats had their best chance to take the lead on neutral zone turnover by Clarkson. After QU’s Zach Davies had a dump-in hit his pads, he connected with Bryce Van Brabant on the left wing in the neutral zone. Davies made a move on the right wing and took the pass back from Van Brabant on the right side. Davies got breathing room on the Clarkson defender and cut to the net. Davies’ backhand shot was stopped by Karpowich as he went right to left. The puck squirted free and Karpowich jumped on the rebound.
When asked what his best save of the night was, Karpowich had to stop and think.
After a big grin, he made his choice.
“[Davies] got around the d-man Labrecque and pulled me wide and I got a pad on it. Then it came free and I was able to grab it,” Karpowich said. “That was probably the biggest.”
The Bobcats would have two power-play chances in the final five minutes of the third period, but could not get the puck into the Clarkson net.
The overtime produced one final quality chance as Peca took the puck at the right circle. As he dropped just below the circle he wristed a shot as he tried to go five-hole. Karpowich dropped to one knee as the rebound came back on the stick of Peca, but he couldn’t get the shot off again as the Clarkson defense knocked it away.
“There are times when a goaltender can steal a point for a team and tonight Karpowich did that,” Pecknold said.