HANOVER, N.H. - Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) scored the fastest goal to start a game in Quinnipiac history and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) became the newest member of the 100-point club as the No. 3 Bobcats cruised to a 8-1 win at Dartmouth. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 19-4-5 overall and 9-3-2 in ECAC Hockey while Dartmouth drops to 3-15-3 overall and 2-11-1 in league play.
Jones' first goal came when he won the opening face-off back to Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.), who fed Kellen Jones. Kellen connected with his twin, Connor, who one-timed the puck past Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead with just eight seconds off the clock. The goal was the fastest at Quinnipiac passing Ryan Olson's goal 10 seconds into the Bobcats' tilt with American International on Oct. 28, 2000.
Connor scored his second goal of the game on the power play at the 5:07 mark, when Toews held the puck in the face-off circle to the right of Grant before snapping a pass to Anas who was streaking through the slot. Anas touch-passed the puck to his right where Connor was waiting on the goal-line for the one-timer. For Anas, he picks up his team-leading 17th assist of the season while Toews picks up his third assist in his last two games played. It also gives Jones his second two-goal game of the season and the team's eighth of the year.
With 2:15 to play, Tolkinen picked up his second point of the night when he blasted a shot from the point that Van Brabant tipped past Grant for his 11th goal of the year. Samuels-Thomas set-up the play, feeding Tolkinen for the one-timer, for his 100th career point.
Samuels-Thomas got on the board with his 12 goal of the season 5:10 into the second period. Anas held the puck in the face-off circle to Grant's right before moving the puck to Brayden Sherbinin (Kelowna, British Columbia) at the point. Sherbinin found Samuels-Thomas just above the crease, with a virtually wide-open net for the goal to give Quinnipiac a 4-0 lead. Samuels-Thomas now has five goals and two assists in four games against Dartmouth over the last two seasons, including a goal in each game.
With 12:35 to play in the second period, Peca scored his seventh goal of the year with assists credited to Toews and Kellen Jones. The Bobcats, on the power play, moved the puck around the perimeter before Peca received it in the face-off circle to the left of Grant. Peca held the puck before seeing daylight and throwing a shot on goal. The puck found its way between Grant's pad to give Quinnipiac a 5-0 lead.
Thirty-two seconds later, Schutt (Chanhassan, Minn.) scored his first career goal with assists to Tim Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) and Soren Jonzzon (Mountainview, Calif.). The two goals were the 14th fastest scored in Quinnipiac history.
Dartmouth got on the board with 13:33 remaining in the game when Tim O'Brien's shot from the slot beat Garteig to trim Quinnipiac's lead to five goals at 6-1. Quinnipiac responded when St. Denis scored his 10th goal of the year with just under eight minutes to play to push Quinnipiac's lead to 7-1.
With less than four minutes to play, St. Denis scored his second goal of the night when Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) won a battle in the corner before tipping the puck over to Peca in the face-off circle to the right of Dartmouth goalie James Kruger. Peca drew two defensemen, leaving St. Denis open in the slot for the one-timer to give Quinnipiac an 8-1 lead.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it hosts Clarkson on Friday, Feb. 7 and St. Lawrence on Saturday, Feb. 8 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start.