Bobcat Freshmen Highlight No. 10 Quinnipiac's 4-1 Win Against Alaska-Fairbanks

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Bobcats freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) had a goal and two assists, while Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) had two assists to lead nationally-ranked No. 10 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey to a 4-1 win against Alaska-Fairbanks at the Kendall Hockey Classic. Quinnipiac improves to 1-1-0 on the season while the Nanooks drop to 1-1-0 overall. 

 Three Quinnipiac freshmen scored their first career goals in the Bobcats' win. Derek Smith (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Anas (Potomac, Md.) both scored in the first period while Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) had his first career goal, set up by Anas, late in the second period. Anas also picked up an assist on Connor Jones' (Montrose, British Columbia) first goal of the year for a three-point night. Peca had three assists in the Bobcats' win. Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) was oustanding stopping 24 of the Nanook's 25 shots on goal for his first career win.  

Smith scored less than four minutes into the game. With the Bobcats on the power play, Tim Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) won a face-off to the left of Fairbanks goalie Jeff Kenney, sending it back to Soren Jonzzon (Mountainview, Calif.). Jonzzon moved the puck over to Alex Barron (Glendora, Calif.) in the opposite face-off circle before Barron zipped a pass across ice to Smith just below the blue line. Smith took a step forward and then wristed a shot on goal where it found the top right corner of the net to put the Bobcats on the board, 1-0. 

With less than a minute to play in the first, Quinnipiac found itself with a two-man advantage after a pair of Nanooks penalties. The Bobcats peppered Kenney with shots, with Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) feeding Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, Alberta) for the one-timer. Kenney played it off his right shoulder, to his right where Sam Anas (Potomoc, Md.) was waiting to clean up the loose puck and give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. 

With five minutes to play in the second period, the Bobcats found themselves on the penalty kill. Nolan Huysmans put a shot on goal that appeared to be covered up by Garteig. Huysman poked at the poke and was able to knock it loose and out from under Gartgeig to cut Quinnipiac's lead in half, 2-1. 

Less than two minutes later, it was Anas setting up Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 lead. Anas made a bid for his second goal of the night and missed wide. The puck was collected in the corner by Peca, who moved the puck back to Anas. Anas slide across the goal line before ripping a back-hand pass to Clifton who one-timed a shot, top-shelf, to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead late in the second.

Late in the third, and on the power play again, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) handled the puck in the face-off circle to the left of Kenney before ripping the puck across ice to Anas. Anas, standing on the opposite site of the ice, hit Connor Jones' tape just outside of the Nanooks crease. Jones slide the puck between his own legs and off the pads of Kenney to give Quinnipiac a three-goal lead.

Quinnipiac returns to action when they face nationally-ranked No. 1 UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series on Oct. 18-19. The Bobcats and River Hawks will play at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. on Friday, Oct. 18 before hosting UMass Lowell for its 2013-14 home opener at High Points Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.