HAMDEN, Conn. - Before the largest crowd, 3,891, for a non-conference opponent in Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center history, freshman Kellen Jones (Montrose, B.C.) scored the first two goals of his career to lead the Bobcats to a 3-1 win against Holy Cross. With the win, Quinnipiac (3-1-0) closes out it season opening, four-game home stretch with wins in three of their first four games of the year. Holy Cross drops to 2-3-0 on the year.
The crowd of was the largest in TD Bank Sports Centers history for a non-conference opponent since Nov. 1, 2008 when 3,455 showed up in Hamden for the Bobcats' game against University of Connecticut. Jones' two goals marked the first time a Quinnipiac freshman scored twice in a game since D'Arcy Oakes scored twice against Princeton on Jan. 4, 2010. Jones now leads the team in goals (two), assists (three) and points (five) through the Bobcats' first five games. Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) stopped 22 of 23 shots on goal to improve to 3-1-0 on the season.
Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored his second goal of the year to put the Bobcats on the board 12:33 into the game. Heichman collected a rebound off a shot from Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) from just below the blue line in the Crusaders' defensive zone. Bouharevich received a pass from assistant captain Mike Glaicar (Kamloops, British Columbia) and sent the puck through traffic. After it bounced off of Holy Cross goalie Thomas Tysowsky's chest and came to rest in the crease, Heichman was waiting on the doorstep to bang it home and give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead.
Holy Cross' Mark Znutas tied the game just under four minutes later with his first goal of the season, this one coming on the power play. Holy Cross was 1-for-4 with a man advantage while Quinnipiac failed to convert on four opportunities. Everett Sheen and Adam Schmidt assisted on Znutas' goal.
Kellen then accounted for the Bobcats next two goals to secure the two-goal win. His first came just 29 seconds into the third period when Glaicar picked up his second assist of the game after he carried the puck over the blue line and found Connor Jones' (Montrose, British Columbia's) tape. Connor put a shot on goal that Kellen picked up off the rebound and deposited past Tysowsky to give Quinnipiac a lead. He added an insurance goal at the 9:38 mark with Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia) picking up assists. Davies' assist was his first of the year.
The Bobcats begin a six-game road trip next weekend when they head to St. Cloud, Minn. to face nationally-ranked No. 14 St. Cloud State in a two-game set on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30, with both games scheduled for a 7 p.m. Quinnipiac then faces Brown in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 5 and Yale in New Haven, Conn. on Nov. 6, both at 7 p.m. The Bobcats round-out their road trip against Cornell on Friday, Nov. 12 and Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 13 before returning home to host Dartmouth on Friday, Nov. 19 and Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 20.