House Nets Overtime Winner for Quinnipiac Against Clarkson


Gage Kilborne

Quinnipiac and Clarkson played a back-and-forth game all night long that eventually saw Taylor House score the game-winning goal with 3:43 left in the overtime period.

The Bobcats played their third ECAC Hockey game of the season Saturday afternoon as the tenth-ranked Clarkson Golden Knights came into town to take on Quinnipiac.

The Bobcats have recently been playing against mainly NEWHA teams such as LIU and Sacred Heart, where they won in dominating fashion.

The first period saw goalies Michelle Pasiechnyk and Logan Angers for Clarkson and Quinnipiac, respectively. This led to minimal offensive opportunities from both sides as Pasiechnyk and Angers both held their opponents to zero in the first period with Clarkson leading in shots on goal 15-11.

The second period is when the intensity started to pick up as Clarkson had a near-goal late in the second period, but under further review, the officials noticed the puck never completely crossed the line and the score still remained 0-0.

The Bobcats also saw a close opportunity offensively as they dominated the offensive zone and it showed on the shot clock, 26-6, but Pasiechnyk was able to make some unbelievable saves. The scored still remained how it was at the first puck-drop, 0-0.

Heading into the third period, Quinnipiac attacked in the offensive zone to start and it payed off when Maddy Samoskevich and Kendall Cooper found Lexie Adzija open for the first goal of the game with 17:19 left to play in regulation.

Clarkson fought back viciously and it took almost 18 minutes for Florence Lessard to find Nicole Gosling wide open and she shot a laser past Angers to tie the game at one. No team was able to break the tie and they headed into overtime.

In the overtime period, Quinnipiac came out hot as Clarkson’s defense wasn’t able to respond and 1:17 into the period, Taylor House knocked in the game-winning goal for the Bobcats.

“I thought about cutting it across the net, but when I got close I was thinking about shooting it on net,” House said.

A close win against a traditional hockey powerhouse such as Clarkson is a big milestone for this program.

“That confidence next time you are in a tight game that you will do it because you know you can do it,” head coach Cassandra Turner said.

The Bobcats’ next game will be against Clarkson tomorrow in Hamden as the Golden Knights look to rebound after their loss.

“ECAC Hockey day two is always battle,” House perfectly stated.