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ECAC Saturday Night Recap: Clarkson Keeps Winning, Yale and Quinnipiac Tie In NCAA Finals Rematch

Three different ECAC players hold the national lead in points per game, goals per game and assists per game.

Sophomore Greg Lewis picked up the victory in net for Clarkson tonight against Harvard.
Sophomore Greg Lewis picked up the victory in net for Clarkson tonight against Harvard.
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Hamden, Conn. -- In a rematch of last year's NCAA Championship won by Yale, Quinnipiac scored the game-tying goal with 4:52 to play in regulation to force a 3-3 tie. The Bobcats dominated the game territorially, outshooting Yale 51-20, but it wasn't enough for more than a single point in front of a sold-out High Point Solutions Arena.

Sam Anas and Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored their eighth and fifth goals, respectively, to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead, but Yale would answer with three consecutive goals of its own. Ryan Obuchowski, Frankie DiChiara and Mike Doherty were the goal scorers for Keith Allain's team. Matthew Peca would notch the equalizer for Quinnipiac on a fluke play where Yale goalie Alex Lyon turned the wrong way. It's hard to fault the freshman goaltender who stopped 48 shots on the night in just his third collegiate start.

Clarkson matched its win total of last season with its ninth win of the season Saturday night at Harvard's Bright Arena. Casey Jones' team improved to 9-2-1 thanks to a 2-1 triumph over the Crimson. Big freshman defenseman James de Haas scored a goal and added an assist on Allan McPherson's game-winner with two minutes to play in the third. Sophomore goaltender Greg Lewis made 22 saves for the victory. Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey scored the lone goal for Ted Donato's Crimson.

Dartmouth's misery continues as St. Lawrence put an eight spot on the Big Green at Thompson Arena in Hanover. Senior Greg Carey, a Hobey Baker Award candidate, scored a goal and three assists to increase his season totals to six tallies and 13 helpers. The Hamilton, Ontario native's 1.90 points per game leads the nation as does his 19 points.

Greg's brother Matt had two goals, Gunnar Hughes had two scores and an assist and Patrick Doherty had two goals and two assists. St. Lawrence moves to 6-2-2 while Dartmouth falls to 0-6.

Brown received offensive contributions from the usual suspects as Brendan Whittet's team skated past Princeton, 6-3, at Hobey Baker Rink. Mark Naclerio had two goals, Matt Lorito had a goal and an assist, and Nick Lappin had four helpers. Brown snapped a three-game winless drought with the victory. Princeton dropped its fifth straight contest, and coach Bob Prier elected to scratch senior leader Andrew Calof due to a perceived lack of effort.

Union out shot Cornell 31-11 and shut out the Big Red, 3-0. Cole Ikkala, Shayne Gostisbehere and Matt Wilkins were the goal scorers for the Dutchmen. The team's scoring leader, Daniel Carr, had two helpers. Colin Stevens wasn't tested much, but he picked up his fourth career shutout. Cornell is now winless in its last three contests.

RPI has had trouble finishing games after building early leads, but the Engineers would have no such problem tonight. Seth Appert's team built a 3-0 lead over Colgate before cruising to a 6-2 victory. Ryan Haggerty, the nation's leading goal scorer, found the back of the net to increase his season total to 13. Mark McGowan had just one assist on the season coming into the game, but he potted a goal and added two assists.

The two teams combined for just 31 shots on net with Colgate holding the edge in the category, 17-14. In another rarity, RPI was whistled for two separate five minute major infractions in the second period alone. Colgate was only able to capitalize one time.

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.