HAMDEN, Conn. - Nationally-ranked No. 4 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey lost to Princeton, 4-3, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The loss is Quinnipiac's second of the season as the Bobcats drop to 12-2-1 overall, while it also takes its first ECAC Hockey loss to move to 6-1-1 in league play. Princeton improves to 3-8-0 overall and 2-6-0 in ECAC Hockey action.
A night after recording his 100th career point, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had two goals and an assist. Kellen set-up Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) with his team-leading 10th goal of the year before scoring his sixth of the season. With his second period goal, Anas became the 10th Quinnipiac freshman in the program's Division I history - since 1998 - to score 10 goals and the first since Scott Zurevinski totaled 11 goals in 2008-09. Anas also had an assist in the game while Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had two assists.
Anas put Quinnipiac on the board just 21-seconds into the second period. Kellen Jones took control of the puck in the neutral zone in front of the Bobcats' bench and took off down the right side of the ice. Connor Jones skated down the middle and drew two defensemen before Kellen zipped a pass behind Connor to Anas in the opposite face-off circle. Anas was cocked-and-ready for the one-timer that beat Princeton's Colton Phinney stick-side to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.
Kellen picked up his second point of the night less than two minutes later at the 2:11 mark. Kellen picked the puck off at center ice, in front of Princeton's bench, and chipped the puck over to Connor. Connor touched the pass back to Kellen who skated into the left face-off circle and fired a shot over Phinney's right should to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
With a little more than two minutes to play in the period, and Princeton on the power play, the Bobcats cleared the puck out of their zone where it was stopped on the opposite end of the ice by Phinney. Phinney held the puck on the goal line for Kevin Liss who turned and zipped a pass to the red line to Michael Zajac, who touch-passed it to Carlson just above the Bobcats' blue line. Carlson split two Quinnipiac defensemen and then slipped the puck past Garteig to cut Quinnipiac's lead in half, 2-1.
Less than a minute into the third period, Kellen scored his second goal of the game, with Connor and Anas both picking up assists. Kellen started the play deep in Quinnipiac's zone, zipping a pass to Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) at center ice. Peca skated down the right flank and dropped the puck down to Connor on the goal line. Connor centered a pass to Anas who skipped it over to Kellen in the opposite face-off circle. His shot from the face-off dot gave Quinnipiac a two-goal lead, 3-1, with 19:18 left to play.
Midway through the third period, Princeton scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead with just under three minutes to play. Jack Berger scored his third goal of the year at the 10:38 mark before Mike Ambrosia tied the game with under four minutes to play. It was Andrew Ammon that gave the Tigers a one-goal lead in the closing minutes.
Quinnipiac returns to action when its hosts Providence College on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. On Saturday, Nov. 30, the Bobcats welcome the University of Massachusetts to town. Both games can be seen live on SNY in high definition, where available. Following Saturday night's game against UMass, Quinnipiac fans can see the first installment of this season's "Bobcats Unleashed in HD" - the Emmy Nominated highlight show produced on Quinnipiac University's campus - at 9:30 p.m.