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Frozen Four Live Blog: Quinnipiac vs. St. Cloud State: 1st Period

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8:42 p.m. Quinnipiac introductions. Goosebumps.

8:45 p.m. ”Let’s Go Bobcats!!!” chant. More goosebumps. The puck has dropped, and we are underway.

8:46 p.m. Great save by Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell. A couple of great chances for St. Cloud State early.

8:47 p.m. GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!! Jordan Samuels-Thomas lights the lamp just 1:49 in and the Bobcats take a 1-0 lead!!

It is Samuels-Thomas’ 17th of the season. Thomas ripped one from the right slot and snuck it past St. Cloud State goaltender Ryan Faragher.

8:50 p.m. That goal lifted a weight off of QU’s shoulders. They can play loose and free now. St. Cloud State had some chances in the early going but Quinnipiac’s response has completely shifted the tide.

8:53 p.m. SCSU getting all the early chances. A potential goal-scoring opportunity just slipped off the blade of center Nic Dowd’s stick.

8:54 p.m. GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2-0 Quinnipiac!!!!

That goal was scored by Ben Arnt, the Bobcats’ senior center. He punched one right past Faragher from in tight on the right side. It is Arnt’s eighth of the season, and Sameuls-Thomas picked up the assist. QU has 2 shots, 2 goals!

8:56 p.m. Couldn’t have asked for a better start for Quinnipiac.  Great to see them come out and grab the early lead like they did against Union.

8:59 p.m. Quinnipiac controlling the pace now. The Bobcats have kept the puck in the St. Cloud State zone, and have taken a 5-3 lead in shots.

9:01 p.m. Great save by Hartzell.

9:01 p.m. Just as I say that, St. Cloud State is now on the power play. QU’s Jeremy Langlois was sentenced to 2 minutes for tripping.

9:02 p.m. Great chance for the Bobcats shorthanded. Matthew Peca nearly snuck one past Faragher.

9:04 p.m. GOAL!!! 3-0 Quinnipiac. Bobcats fans are delirious. Jeremy Langlois off the rebound on a Zach Davies shot.

9:06 p.m. Great defense by Quinnipiac. They’ve thwarted several St. Cloud chances with poke checks and blocked shots.

9:09 p.m. Ahhhh…..

9:10 p.m. Relaxed.

9:11 p.m. Another Quinnipiac shot almost finds its way past Faragher, but the referees stop play first. Shots are only 9-7, but Hartzell is the difference. He’s already made three great saves.

9:13 p.m. It’ll be a crime if Hartzell doesn’t win the Hobey Baker award. He puts his team on his back, Greg Jennings-in-Madden style. (Look it up, kids).

9:14 p.m. Another NHL-caliber save from Hartzell. The dude is unreal. Can’t wait to play with him in NHL ’14.

9:15 p.m. Power play for SCSU as Ben Arnt goes down for slashing. Huskies need a goal here to get back any semblance of momentum.

9:17 p.m. QU stifles ‘em.

9:20 p.m. Period over. QU fans have to be thoroughly satisfied. St. Cloud State is out-shooting QU 13-9, but the kid from Bear Lake, Minnesota is dominating the team from St. Cloud, Minnesota.

More to come in 15 minutes.