January 16, 2011

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Rolls To 7-3 Win Against Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Six different Bobcats scored, while seven different skaters totaled multiple points, as the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated Canisius, 7-3, in a non-conference match-up at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 12-10-2 overall while Canisius drops to 6-11-4 on the season.

Quinnipiac used a pair of goals from sophomore Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) to jump out to a 4-0 lead after the first period. It was the first time Quinnipiac scored four goals in a period this season and the first time since Feb. 26, 2010 when the Bobcats tallied four markers against Brown in an 8-3 win. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) both had a goal and an assist while Zach Davies (Smithers, British Columbia), Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Cory Hibbeler (St. Louis, Mo.) all added goals in the Bobcats' win.

Loren Barron (Glendora, Calif.), Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Ben Arnt (Oakland, Minn.) and Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)all had two assists apiece, while Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia), Sean Coughlin (Winthrop, Mass.) and John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) all had assists.

Kellen Jones scored his fifth goal of the season to put Quinnipiac on the board with assists going to Barron and Hansen. Langlois then scored on the power play, of which the Bobcats were 1-for-3 for the period, when Hansen hooked up with Zurevinski who set Langlois up for the goal at the 11:42 mark. Langlois scored again at the 17:27 when Goodman's one-timer from Arnt was wide of the goal and banged off the boards. The puck bounced to the opposite side of the net, where Langlois was waiting to deposit his team-leading 10th goal of the year. Davies scored with a little more than a minute to play when Goodman sent a pass through the Griffins' defensive zone to Davies' tape. The sophomore defenseman one-timed a shot to Canisius goalie Dan Morrison's glove side to give the Bobcats a four-goal lead.

Canisius responded with a pair of goal in the first three minutes of the second period by Eric Rex and Taylor Law to cut the Bobcats' lead in half, 4-2. Rex's goal came at the 1:02 mark of the second period for his sixth of the season with assists going to Ben Danford and Scott Moser. Danford one-timed the puck on a pass from Moser, but Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, MInn.) was able to kick it away. Rex was waiting on the doorstep for the rebound, which he banged home for the Golden Griffs' first goal. Law's goal came at the 2:12 mark when he broke up a pass in the neutral zone and took off one-on-one on Hartzell. Law sniped a shot to the far post to pull Canisius within two goals, 4-2.

Zurevinski pushed the Bobcats' lead back to three goals at the 5:34 mark when Kellen Jones sent the puck to Barron at the point. Barron spied Zurevinski sitting on the far post and rifled a pass to the captain's stick. Zurevinski was left all alone and one-time the pass past Morrison to make the score 5-2.

Connor Jones scored just 38 seconds into the third period when Zack Currie navigated through the Canisius zone and put a shot on goal that was stopped by Morrison. The puck sat in the crease where it was picked up by Jones and flipped past Morrison.

After Pat McGann (Evergreen, Ill.) came on in relief of Hartzell in goal, Cory Conacher scored his 10th goal of the season on a one-timer from the point on a pass from Kyle Gibbons. Hibbeler put the icing on the cake for the Bobcats with his first career goal with five seconds remaining in the game on assists to Dunbar and Coughlin, who picked up his first assist of the season.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Monday, Jan. 17 when they complete their two-game series against Canisius at 4:05 p.m. from the Buffalo State Ice Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.