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HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team defeated St. Thomas University, 7-3, in an exhibition game at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. St. Thomas, located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, also played Atlantic Hockey institute Sacred Heart University on Saturday night, losing 5-3.
Six different Bobcats scored in the win, led by sophomore defenseman Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) who scored twice. Junior captain Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Russell Goodman (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) all scored in the win, while freshmen Conor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and John Dunbar (Calgary, Alb.) also scored. Jones was credited on an assist as well. Quinnipiac took advantage of the power play, scoring on four-of-nine penalties.
Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) had a pair of assists, while Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia), Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia), Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan), Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec), D'Arcy Oakes (Shanty Bay, Ontario) and Bobby Tyson (The Woodlands, Texas) all picked up assists. In goal, Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stopped seven of nine shots on goal over the games first 49:02 before giving way to senior Pat McGann (Evergreen, Ill.), who turned back two-of-three shots.
St. Thomas' Randy Cameron scored the games' first goal when he punched a loose puck past Hartzell on a rush in front of the crease. Zurevinski answered less than four minutes late when Currie handled the puck in the Bobcats' defensive zone and sent it up-ice to Connor Jones. Jones faked a shot and then sent the puck between his defender's legs. As the defensive player fell to the ice, Jones jumped over him, picked up the puck and sent a pass to the opposite post where Zurevinski was waiting to send it home.
It was the first of five straight unanswered goals for the Bobcats as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead with less than half of the third period to play. Jones scored just under six minutes into the second period to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead, which they would not relinquish. Goodman netted a marker ten minutes later, before the Bobcats' were playing down, 5-on-3. Dalhuisen stepped in front of a pass just above the blue line in Quinnipiac's defensive zone and poke it up ice. He then outskated his defender, leaving him one-on-one with St. Thomas goalie Charles Lavigne. Dalhuisen skated across the crease, from left to right, and rattled home Quinnipiac fourth goal of the day.
His second goal of the afternoon was a blast from the point that found its way through traffic to the back of the St. Thomas net. After St. Thomas' Matt Eagles scored on assists from Corey Banfield and Kyell Henegan, Dunbar and Heichman both scored to give Quinnipiac a 7-2 lead. Jordan Scott scored with just under six minutes to play to cap the scoring.
Quinnipiac opens the 2010-11 season on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9 when they host Ohio State in a non-conference two-game series at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.