November 9, 2013

No. 5 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Skates To 3-3 Tie Against No. 9 Yale

The nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1) with a 3-3 tie against No. 9 Yale at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac goes to 9-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in ECAC Hockey play while Yale moves to 3-1-2 overall and 2-0-2 in league play.

The capacity crowd of 3,695 at High Point Solutions Arena, plus the Bobcats' national audience on Fox College Sports, as Quinnipiac freshmen phenom Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) scored his team-leading eighth goal of the year with less than a minute to play in the first period. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) fed the first-year Bobcats for his team-leading 10th assist and his 99th career point. 

With the tie, Quinnipiac retains the Heroes Hat, after winning it in 2012-13. The Heroes Hat was established in honor of those who risked or lost their lives following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It remembers Joseph Mascali (FDNY/Staten Island 5), father of Chris, Katie and Jenn, all Quinnipiac alums. Following tonight's game, the "Heroes Hat" was presented to the winning team by Chris and Katie.

Halfway through the second period, it was Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) lighting the lamp for the Bobcats, with freshman defenseman Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) tallying his second point of the weekend. Samuels-Thomas took a pass from Clifton on the goal line before spinning on-goal and fire the puck between the pads of Yale goalie Alex Lyon.

Yale retaliated moments later, rattling off three goals in less than four minutes to take a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame. Ryan Obuchowski was able to convert on a power-play opportunity, with Tommy Fallen picking up the assist. Three minutes later, Frankie DiChiara took a Stu Wilson feed and beat Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) to tie the game at 2-2. Twenty-two seconds later, Mike Doherty scored on a pass from Gus Young to give Yale a 3-2 lead. 

Yale's lead wasn't indicative of the pace of the game, as the Bobcats outshot the Bulldogs 27-14 through two periods. The Bobcats, shaking off a one-goal deficit, outshot Yale 21-6 in the third frame. 

With less than five minutes to play, Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) lifted the puck off the boards and snapped it below the goal line to Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia). St. Denis skated behind the Yale goal before lacing a pass to Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) all-alone in the slot. Peca's one-timer tied the game, sending it to overtime where it ended knotted at 3-3. 

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Nov. 15 when it hosts Harvard at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats will then host Dartmouth on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.