October 18, 2013

No. 14 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Tops No. 9 UMass Lowell, 3-1

LOWELL, Mass. – No. 14 Quinnipiac defeated No. 9 UMass Lowell in a non-conference match-up at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 2-1-0 on the season while UMass Lowell drops to 1-2-0 on the year.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) had a hand in all three Quinnipiac goals as he scored the game's first marker before assisting on goals by Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J) and Derek Smith (Apple Valley, Minn.). Connor Jones (Montrose, Bristish Columbia) also assisted on Clifton and Smith's goals. In goal, Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) recorded 19 saves for his second straight victory.

Two minutes into the second period, Quinnipiac got on the board when Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) scored his first goal of the season on the power-play. The Bobcats moved the puck around the perimeter with Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) starting the play along the boards in front of Quinnipiac's bench. He handed the puck over to Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) who fired it across the ice to Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, Alberta). Quenneville saw Samuels-Thomas skating through the opposite face-off circle and zipped a pass through the River Hawks' zone to Samuels-Thomas' tape.

Samuels-Thomas picked up his second point of the night midway through the second period. Samuels-Thomas took control of the puck in the corner to the left of the UMass Lowell net. He skated up the boards and pushed the puck up to Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) at the point. Clifton fired a shot from just below the blue line, and with Connor Jones screening Hawks goalie Connor Hellebuyck, Clifton's shot found the back of the net to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.

Quinnipiac jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Derek Smith (Apple Valley, Minn.) took a blast from the point that found its way through traffic in front of the River Hawks net. The puck glanced off a player in front of Hellebuyck and clanged in off the cross bar to give the Bobcats a three-goal lead. Samuels-Thomas was credited with his second assist, and third point, of the night while Connor Jones was also credited with an assist.

Less than two minutes into the third period, UMass Lowell's Adam Chapie scored off a rebound with assists going to Jake Suter and Joe Gambardella. 

Quinnipiac and UMass Lowell will face-off again on Saturday, Oct. 19 at High Points Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The second game of the two-game set is scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.