AMHERST, Mass. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to the University of Massachusetts, 5-2, in a non-conference match-up played at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 7-6-1 overall while UMass improves to 2-6-3 as they win their second straight game.
Senior captain Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) both scored in the loss for the Bobcats while Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) all picked up assists.
A pair of first period Minutemen goals staked UMass to a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Doug Kublin scored 6:18 into the game when he received a pass from Danny Hobbs and chipped it past Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.). The goal was Kublin's second of the year while Hobbs was credited with his fifth assist of the year. With less than five minutes to play in the period, Adam Phillips scored his second goal of the season at the 15:35 when he took a pass from Conor Sheary and blasted a shot from the point past Hartzell. The goal ended Hartzell's night after he stopped seven on UMass' nine shots on goal in the first period. He was lifted in favor of Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario).
Phillips scored his second goal of the night at the 3:57 mark when he took another shot from the point through traffic that found the top of the goal to beat Clarke and give UMass a 3-0 lead. Joel Hanley was credited with the assist. He picked up his second assist of the game on Hobbs' first goal of the season at the 9:01 mark. Hobbs tipped a blast by Hanley from the slot to redirect the puck past Clarke. Michael Pereira (West Haven, Conn.) picked up his team-leading 10th point of the year with his third assist of the season on the play.
Kellen Jones scored his fourth goal of the season to break UMass' four-unanswered goals and move the Bobcats within three goals at the 10:31 mark. Hansen was credited with his fourth assist of the year on the play after he fed Jones. The first-year skater handled the puck in the slot, slid away from UMass goalie Paul Danton and blasted a shot to the far post.
UMass scored its third goal of the period at the 13-minute mark when Conor Allen scored his first goal of the year. Branden Gracel won the face-off in front of the Quinnipiac goal and chipped the puck over to Allen who flipped a shot on Clarke that found the top left corner of the goal to give the Minutemen a four-goal lead, 5-1.
51 seconds into the third period, Zurevinski scored to pull Quinnipiac to within three goals, 5-2. Clarke fed Dunbar just above the Bobcats' blue line who connected with Connor Jones. Jones skated through the UMass zone, and dropped a pass behind him for Zurevinski, whose one-timer found Dainton's five-hole for his fifth goal of the season.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it hosts St. Lawrence on Friday, Dec. 3 and Clarkson on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats then travel to the Bright Hockey Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8 to take on Harvard before heading to Providence, R.I. to take on Providence at Schneider Arena on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.