Gilmour scores twice in SLU men's hockey loss at Quinnipiac
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 6:59 am

Sophomore Alex Gilmour led the St. Lawrence men's hockey team with two goals on Saturday night, but the Saints gave up five straight to Quinnipiac in a 5-2 loss on the road in Hamden, Connecticut.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first period, Quinnipiac went on to score four in a matter of less than nine minutes to carry a 4-1 lead into the first intermission. They added the fifth on the power play in the second period before Gilmour notched his second of the night in the third.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 6-20-2 overall with a 2-13-1 mark against ECAC Hockey opponents. Quinnipiac improves to 11-13-4 and 6-8-2 in conference play.

Gilmour's first goal of the night and seventh of the season came on the breakaway after he snuck behind the Bobcats defense and took a tape-to-tape stretch pass from Nolan Gluchowski at the Quinnipiac blue line. He beat Quinnipiac's Andrew Shortridge high on the blocker side at the 5:18 mark of the opening frame.

Not long after, Brogan Rafferty tied the game, 1-1, at the 9:30 mark with his first of two on the night when he beat the Saints' Arthur Brey with a redirection off a shot from Matt Forchuk in the slot.

Odeen Tufto put Quinnipiac in front off an odd-man rush and went backhand-forehand through the crease to tuck one under Brey at 14:17.

Quinnipiac finished the period with two goals from Bo Pieper, the first of which served as the game-winning tally on a hard slapshot from high slot.

Just under seven minutes into the middle frame, the Saints appeared to have cut the deficit in half on Keenan Suthers' second goal in as many games, but the call was overturned after official review. A Quinnipiac defender had knocked the net off its moorings before Suthers could bury the rebound, so the score remained 4-1 in favor of the Bobcats.

In the latter half of the second period, Rafferty scored his second of the game after Tufto picked up a failed clear attempt by a tired St. Lawrence penalty kill unit and Rafferty roofed a shot over on outstretched Brey on the doorstep at 14:07.

In the third, the Saints capitalized on a favorable bounce deep in the offensive zone after a shot from Jake Stevens hit a leg in the right circle and skipped to Gilmour on the hashmarks for an easy finish to beat Shortridge and push to the eventual 5-2 margin.

The Bobcats finished with a 31-24 edge in shots and went 1-for-3 with the man advantage. The Saints finished 0-for-4 on the power play on Saturday night.

Brey made 26 stops for St. Lawrence, while Shortridge finished with 22 saves for Quinnipiac.

The Saints will return to Appleton Arena next weekend to faceoff against Colgate and current No. 1 Cornell on Friday and Saturday night, respectively