November 27, 2013

No. 5 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ties No. 4 Providence, 3-3

HAMDEN, Conn. –No. 5 Quinnipiac skated to a tie with No. 4 Providence, 3-3, before a standing-room-only crowd of 3,520 at Quinnipiac's High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the tie, Quinnipiac goes to 12-2-2 on the year while Providence goes to 10-2-2.
For the Bobcats, Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario), Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia) and Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) all scored, with Anas also picking up an assist. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had two assists while goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) stopped 19 of Providence's 22 shots-on-goal. The Bobcats outshot Providence, 48-22, through three periods and a five-minute overtime. 
 
Seventy-five seconds into the game, Peca lit the lamp for the third time this year when he took a pass from Tommy Schutt (Chanhassen, Minn.) at center ice, stepped around a Providence defenseman at the Friars' blue line and walked across the crease before depositing the game's first goal to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.

Providence responded with a pair of unanswered goals, both coming off of Quinnipiac turnovers in its own zone. Ross Mauermann scored his 12th goal of the year after taking the puck off a Quinnipiac stick and dropping it off to Trevor Mingoia just below the goal line. Mauermann skated to the crease where Mingoia's goal-mouth pass found his tape to tie the game.

Nick Saracino then picked off a pass in the Bobcats' zone and skated in one-on-one with Garteig before roofing a shot over the goalie's shoulder to give the Friars a one-goal lead with 13-minutes to play in the period.

The Bobcats scored on their first power play of the game when freshman Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia) banged home a pass from Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) to tie the game. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) fed Anas from the goal line to the left of Providence goalie John Gillies before Anas slid the puck over to Toews for the one-timer.

With less than six minutes to play, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) tied up a Providence skater and tipped the puck over to twin Connor. Connor muscled his way down the boards and into the Providence zone where he and Anas found themselves two-on-one with a Providence defenseman. Jones looked off the defender and rifled a pass to Anas for the one-timer from the slot to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead.

Coming out of the second intermission, Quinnipiac had two players whistled, simultaneously, for tripping to give Providence a 5-on-3 power play. PC's Brook Behling tied the game at 3-3 with a one-timer off a pass from John Gilmour, while Shane Luke was also credited with an assist on the play.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 30 when it hosts Massachusetts at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m. The Bobcats' tilt against UMass can be seen live on SNY, followed by the season-premier of "Bobcats Unleashed in HD" at 9:30 p.m.