November 20, 2012

Connor Jones' Two-Goals Lead No. 18 Bobcats To 2-0 Win Against Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Connor Jones  (Montrose, British Columbia) scored twice to lead the nationally-ranked No. 18 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team to a 2-0 win against Providence at Schneider Arena. With the win, its fifth straight, Quinnipiac improves to 8-3-1 on the year while Providence drops to 5-5-1.

Quinnipiac has now had a player score two goals in each of its last three games. Jones joins Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.), who scored twice against St. Lawrence, and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Windsor, Conn.) as the Bobcats' dynamic trio to complete the feat.

Jones' two-goal night gives him three for the season, while twin brother Kellen Jones pushes his assist total to four after setting up both of Connors' goals. Langlois and Zach Luczyk (Worcester, Mass.) also picked up assists in the Bobcats' win. Senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) recorded his second shutout of the season after stopping all of Providence's 24 shots on goal. It is also the fourth-year net minder's seventh career shutout.

Both of Quinnipiac's goals came on the power play, of which it was 2-for-5 for the night. Quinnipiac extended its streak of consecutive games with a power-play goal to five in the non-conference win. The Bobcats failed to score on the power play in each of their first seven games to open the year, but have now converted on nine of its last 25 power-play opportunities over its last five games, good for 36% in that span.

In the second period, after a pair of penalties called on Providence, Quinnipiac found itself with a 5-on-3 advantage. Quinnipiac moved the puck deep into the Providence zone and began peppering Friars' goalie Jon Gillies with shots. Samuels-Thomas controlled the puck to the right of Gillies on the goal line. He moved the puck across the ice to Kellen Jones at the point who fed Langlois in the slot. Langlois held the puck before dishing it to Connor Jones below the face-off circle to Gillies' left. Jones fired a shot through traffic for his first goal of the night.

With nine minutes to go in the period, Jones scored his second power-play goal of the game. Kellen put a shot on goal that was picked up by Luczyk on the boards. Luczyk centered a pass to Connor, between the face-off circles, for the one-timer. Luczyk's assist was his first career point.  

Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it travels to Amherst, Mass. to take on the University of Massachusetts at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. 

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)