October 16, 2010

Men's Ice Hockey Skates To 3-2 Win Against Bentley

HAMDEN, Conn.- The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated Bentley, 3-2, in a non-conference match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 2-1-0 on the season while Bentley opens the year at 0-1-0. Quinnipiac also extended its undefeated streak when leading after the second period to 52 games. The Bobcats, 48-0-4, have not lost a game in which they've led heading into the final period since March 17, 2007.

Connor and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) combined for four points between the two of them, with Connor scoring his first career goal while also picking up an assist. Kellen had an assist on Connor's and Russell Goodman's (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) power-play goals. Goodman's ultimately stood as the game-winner. Clay Harvey (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) also scored his first goal of the year, with an assist going to Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec).

Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) turned back 23-of-25 shots on goal for his second win in the Bobcats first three games, while his counterpart, Falcons backstop Kyle Rank, tallied 38 saves on 41 shots on goal by Quinnipiac. Clarke blanked the Falcons over the first two periods and gave up two goals late in the third period. Bentley's first goal banged off a skate of a Bobcat defender and was credited to Aaron Stonacek while the second came on the power play on a blast from the point, through traffic, by Mike Switzer. Trent Bonnett and Dan Koudys picked up assists on the play.

Harvey put the Bobcats on the board just 1:04 into the game when he handled the puck behind the Bobcats bench and attempted to send it up-ice. Bouharevich picked the puck up along the half boards and was immediately bundled by several Bentley defenders before he dumped the puck behind him, back to Harvey. Harvey skated up ice, through the neutral zone and on goal, before slipping a shot past Rank to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

Junior captain Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) set up the next play, carrying the puck into the Falcons' defensive zone and hooking up Kellen Jones above the left face-off circle. Kellen immediately whipped a pass across ice where twin Connor one-timed a shot, top-shelf, past Rank to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead. The Jones' hooked up with less than four minutes to play in the second period, both receiving assists on Goodman's goal.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 23 when it hosts Holy Cross at 4 p.m. The game will be the Bobcats last home game until Nov. 19-20 when they host Dartmouth and Harvard. In the mean time, Quinnipiac will head out on a six-game road trip to St. Cloud State (Oct. 29-30), Brown and Yale (Nov. 5-6) and Cornell and Colgate (Nov. 12-13).