WORCESTER, Mass. - Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) scored the go-ahead goal late in the third and Travis St. Denis (Trail British Columbia) scored twice as the No. 9 Bobcats erased a 2-0 deficit to defeat Holy Cross, 4-2, at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The Bobcats win their fifth straight game to improve to 5-1-0 on the year while Holy Cross drops to 0-4-0 on the season.
The last time Quinnipiac erased an opponent's two-goal lead to come back and win was against Canisius in the first game of the NCAA Tournament East Regional on Mar. 30, 2013.
"I thought we had good looks all night," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "We had a couple that went off the post, but the guys kept working and it paid off."
For Anas, it is his third goal over his last two games after a two-goal night against Bentley on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) scored the game-tying goal before picking up the second assist on Anas' game-winner. Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) scored twice, including the Bobcats' first goal of the game, and another in the final minute to give Quinnipiac the insurance goal. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) assisted on Kellen and St. Denis' second goal of the game.
"It felt great," St. Denis said on scoring his first points of the season. "I've had a monkey on my back and it felt good to finally get it off. It was a great team effort tonight. All of us kept working and it worked out in the end."
Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) won his fifth straight between the pipes after stopping 11 of Holy Cross' 13 shots on goal.
Three minutes into the second period, Holy Cross' Matt Vidal took a shot from the face-off circle to Garteig's left. Garteig read the puck through traffic and kicked it away to his right. Crusader's sophomore Matt Driscoll was streaking to the back door where he picked up the rebound and one-timed the puck behind Garteig to give Holy Cross a 1-0 lead with 17:44 to play in the period.
With 11:15 to play in the period, Holy Cross' Logan Smith collected the puck just below the blue line in the Bobcats' zone and fired a shot on goal. The puck slipped between Garteig's pads where Castan Sommer was able to poke it in to give the Crusaders a two-goal lead.
With nine minutes to play, Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) took control of the puck behind the Crusaders' goal. Peca slid behind the goal line and snapped the puck to Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) who was streaking to the slot. St. Denis got his stick on the puck and fired it over the shoulder of Holy Cross goalie Matt Ginn, clanging off the cross bar and in to cut Holy Cross' lead to one goal, 2-1. The goal was St. Denis' first point of the season while Peca collects his team-leading fourth assist.
"He was great tonight," Pecknold said of St. Denis. "He's been great all year, he's had some great looks and they just haven't gone in for him."
With 11:40 to play in regulation, Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) scored his second goal of the year. Jones took a pass from freshman Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia) and fired a shot on goal that was stopped by Ginn, but the Bobcats' right wing followed his shot and was able to poke the puck out from under Ginn to tie the game at 2-2. It was Toews' first career point.
With 4:53 to play, Anas scored the game-winner when he one-timed a pass from Connor Jones over the shoulder of Ginn to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead in the closing minutes. Kellen Jones kept the puck from leaving the Crusaders' defensive zone, wrapping it around the boards where twin Connor picked it up behind the Holy Cross goal. Connor stepped out to the left of Ginn and zipped the puck to Anas in the slot for the one-timer.
St. Denis scored his second goal of the night when Connor Jones picked off a Holy Cross pass in the neutral zone, flipped it off the boards where it found St. Denis' stick. St. Denis beat a defender to the slot and fired a back-handed shot past Ginn to give Quinnipiac a 4-2 lead with less than a minute to play.
Quinnipiac and Holy Cross will play the second game of their two-game set on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.