Frozen Four 2013, Quinnipiac vs. St. Cloud: Huskies push back, but Bobcats still in control

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Quinnipiac still holds a three-goal lead after two periods of play. The Bobcats are 20 minutes away from a meeting with Yale in the national championship game.

PITTSBURGH -- The St. Cloud State Huskies pushed back in the second period, controlling the tempo of the hockey game and generating scoring chances after the Quinnipiac Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but QU is still in full control by three goals after 40 minutes.

St. Cloud State's Joey Benik scored his eighth goal of the season at the 6:25 mark of the period, beating a prone Eric Hartzell with a shot top cheese. The Huskies kept possession and pressure up after the goal, and they ultimately ended the period with 12 shots on goal to Quinnipiac's 11. But despite several more chances, they couldn't put it by Hartzell again.

Edmonton Oilers prospect Kellen Jones then gave the Bobcats their three-goal lead back with five and a half minutes left in the period when he skirted around a defenseman and roofed a shot past St. Cloud netminder Ryan Faragher.

The Huskies lead the Bobcats in shots, 25-22, after two periods, but Quinnipiac continues to capitalize on their chances when they get them. More importantly, Hartzell has been downright brilliant. It doesn't seem like the Huskies will be able to beat him four more times, but we'll have to wait and see.

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