HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated nationally-ranked No. 4 Cornell, 4-1, in front of capacity crowd of 3,772 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac opens the year at 2-0-0 in ECAC Hockey and 4-3-1 overall while Cornell drops to 3-2-1 overall adn 1-2-1 in league play.
Four different Bobcats scored as Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), Ben Arnt (Oakdale, Minn.), Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) and Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) all lit the lamp for the Bobcats. Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) picked up his third assist of the weekend. Goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) improved to 5-2-1 on the season after stopping 22 of Cornell's 23 shots on goal in the victory.
Quinnipiac opens the season undefeated in league play through its first ECAC Hockey weekend for the first time since 2009-10. In addition, Quinnipiac's four goals are the second most all-time against Cornell and the most since the Bobcats scored five against the Big Red on Nov. 18, 2006.
Jones opened the scoring with his first goal of the season eight minutes into the second period, which also came on the power-play. Quinnipiac who had failed to score with a man-advantage in its first seven games had one in each of its wins this weekend. Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) fed the junior assistant captain the puck who beat Cornell goalie Andy Iles to give Quinnipiac the early lead. Arnt found the scoring column for the first time this season with five minutes to play in the second period when Bryce Van Brabant (Morrinville, Ontario) chipped the puck to Jordan Samuels-Thomas (South Windsor, Conn.) who hooked up with Arnt in front of the Cornell goal.
The Bobcats jumped out to a three-goal lead when Langlois scored his team-leading fourth goal of the year, with the assist going to Harvey and Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland). Dalhuisen got the puck to Harvey who split two Big Red defenseman to feed Langlois. Langlois stepped past the Cornell defense and found himself on a breakaway before beating Iles, five-hole, to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead.
Cornell responded less than 30 seconds later when Greg Miller one-timed a pass from John Esposito for his third goal of the season. Hibbeler scored his second goal of the year when Alex Barron (Glendora, Calif.) took a pass from Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) and hit the tape of Hibbeler who cut across the crease and beat Iles to give Quinnipaic a 4-1 lead and the upset.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to the North Country to take on Clarkson on Friday, Nov. 16 and St. Lawrence on Saturday, Nov. 17.