Matthew Peca and Kellen Jones scored two goals each and Quinnipiac University put on a special teams clinic in a 8-0 rout of St. Lawrence in a ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena Friday night.
The Bobcats, ranked eighth nationally and 22-8-5 overall clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs and are 12-6-3 in league play. SLU, 12-17-4 overall and 6-11-4 in league play remains in contention for a first-round home ice spot in the playoffs despite the one-sided loss.
Quinnipiac scored on its first five power plays in the game and killed all five Saint power plays including a full two minutes of five-on-three in the first period in rolling to the impressive win.
Peca opened the scoring with a rebound which he snapped inside the far post 8:12 into the first period and freshman Sam Anas scored his 19th of the season at 14:37 on the first Bobcat power play of the night, tapping the puck past Saint starter Matt Weninger after Weninger stopped a shot by Kellen Jones, but couldn't cover the rebound.
Quinnipiac went three for three on the power play in the second period, scoring three times on eight shots with the man advantage to flow it open.
Defenseman Zach Tolkinen scored his third of the year on a shot from the center point 2:24 into the period, Jones scored his first of the night and 17th of the year and Peca scored his second of the night and 12th of the season under two minutes later to make it 5-0 after two.
Quinnipiac, which outshot the Saints 13-4 in the second, tacked on three more in the third period to win going away as the Saints absorbed their worst loss of the season. Kellen Jones scored his second of the night on a nifty backhand past Saint backup goalie Matt MacDonald 7:19 into the third period, Bryce Van Brabant scored the Bobcats fifth power play goal of the night at 9:22 and Travis St. Denis completed the scoring at 15:42 with an even strength goal.
Quinnipiac, one of the nation's leading penalty killing teams at over 91 percent, held the Saints scoreless in five opportunities and outshot the Saints 32-24. Goalie Michael Garteig made 24 saves for his sixth shutout of the season while Weninger had 15 saves and MacDonald nine for the Saints.