PRINCETON, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated Princeton, 5-2, at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink to open the season at 1-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play, while they also improve to 7-2-0 on the season. Princeton goes to 0-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league play. It was the Bobcats' first win at Hobey Baker Rink since Nov. 21, 2007.
Five different Bobcats scored in Quinnipiac's win. Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) and Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) all scored while Zurevinski also assisted on a goal in the Bobcats win. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had two assists in the game and goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) improved to 5-1-0 on the season after stopping 25 of 27 shots on goal.
Goodman put Quinnipiac on the board with his second goal of the season with just under nine minutes to play in the first period. After a stoppage in play, Connor Jones won the face-off to the right of Princeton goalie Sean Bonar. Goodman received the puck in the slot, skated across the crease and flipped a back-hand shot past Bonar to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. The assist was Jones' eighth of the season.
Following a five-minute major penalty called against the Bobcats, Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored a short-handed goal to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) poked the puck loose to Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) who skated below the left face-off circle before spinning and lacing a pass to Zurevinski. Zurevinski's one-timer beat Bonar for the senior captain's second goal of the season.
For Peca, the first-year Bobcat tallied a point in his eighth straight game. The last Quinnipiac freshman to hold an eight-game scoring streak was Brandon Wong during the 2006-07 season.
Kellen Jones scored his fourth goal of the season midway through the second period. John Dunbar (Calgary, Alberta) started the play, sending it to Jones who fed his twin brother. Kellen's blast from the point beat Bonar, bar-down, and rattled in to give Quinnipiac a three-goal lead.
Princeton's Will MacDonald scored with just under four minutes to play to spell three unanswered goals by the Bobcats. MacDonald picked up rebound off a deflection by Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) off a shot by Eric Carlson and flipped it over the Bobcats' goalie shoulder to pull the Tigers within two goals heading into the third period.
Van Vabrant pushed Quinnipiac's lead to three goals with his second of the season late in the third period. Zurevinski picked up the puck deep in the Princeton zone and threw the puck on net. Bonar deflected the puck, but Van Brabant was sitting just outside the crease for the rebound to give Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead.
Eric Meland scored with just under seven minutes to play when he was able to punch the puck under Clarke after a scrum in front of the net. Rob Kleebaum picked up an assist on the play. Bouharevich added an empty net goal for Quinnipiac in the final minute of play.