January 23, 2011

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Defeats U.S. National Under-18 Team, 4-2

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated the U.S. National Under-18 team, 4-2, in an exhibition game at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Senior goalie Pat McGann (Evergreen, Ill.) stopped 23 shots in the game while Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) and John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) all had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats win.

Jones' twin, Kellen, had two points in the game as well, picking up a pair of assists on goals by Connor and Dalhuisen. Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) added a goal while Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) and Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) all had assists.

McGann stopped 23 of Team USA's 25 shots for the game, with the Under-18 teams' two goals coming on a puck that was deflected and bounced through traffic and on a slap shot from just above the blue line the Bobcats' zone.

Connor Jones scored the game's first goal at the 10:42 mark of the first period. With a man-advantage, the Bobcats worked it around the perimeter before a pass from Zurevinski from the half boards found Connor's tape. The freshman center re-directed the shot between Team USA's John Gibson's pads. Dalhuisen added a goal at the 16:16 mark when the Jones twins moved the puck around to the big defenseman at the point. Dalhuisen's shot through traffic beat Gibson to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead after the first period.

USA's J.T. Miller cut the Bobcats' lead in half when he re-directed a shot by Jake McCabe, sending the puck bouncing through the crease and around McGann. Goodman pushed the Bobcats' lead back to two goals when Dunbar took a pass from Bouharevich and dropped off a pass on the doorstep for Goodman. USA's Zac Larraza's shot from above the blue line in front of the visitors' bench pulled the Under-18 team within a goal, 3-2, heading into the final frame.

Quinnipiac held the lead for most of the period, killing off four penalties down the stretch, before Dunbar netted one to push the Bobcats' lead back to two goals, 4-2.

Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when they travel North to take on Clarkson on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and St. Lawrence on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.