HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) scored twice to lead the No. 9 Bobcats to a 4-1 win against Holy Cross in front of a sold out crowd of 3,525 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The win gives Quinnipiac six straight victories as it improves to 6-1-0 on the year. Holy Cross drops to 0-5-0 on the season.
Anas' two-goal night is his second this week after scoring twice against Bentley on Tuesday, Oct. 22. After scoring in last night's 4-2 win at Holy Cross, Anas now has five goals in his last three games and six overall. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) scored his second goal of the season while Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) scored an empty-net goal with 7.5-seconds remaining in regulation. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had two assists in the game to give him six for the year. Twin brother Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) set-up Anas' second goal for his 98th career point.
After Holy Cross scored the game's first goal less than five minutes into the game, Quinnipiac dominated play, outshooting the Crusaders, 48-18, through regulation while they were also 2-for-6 on the power play. Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia), after giving up the game's first goal, settled in to stop the next 15 shots on goal through the end of regulation.
Holy Cross' Mike Barrett scored his first goal of the year less than five minutes into the game after tipping a shot by Adam Schmidt under Garteig to give Holy Cross an early lead. Schmidt carried the puck down the right side of the ice before firing a shot on goal. After Garteig denied the Crusaders' shot, Barrett was able to get his stick on the puck and push it between Garteig's pads to give Holy Cross a 1-0 lead.
Anas' first goal of the game came after taking a pass from Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) at the blue line along the boards in front of the Bobcats' bench. Anas skated down the right side of the ice, through the face-off circle before lifting the puck over Holy Cross goalie Matt Ginn's shoulder, off the cross bar, and in the goal to tie the game.
Five minutes later it was Anas again, this time on the power play, to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead. Connor Jones won a face-off to the right of the Holy Cross goal and pushed the puck to the boards. Anas picked it up and fired a shot from below the face-off circle. The puck caromed off the pads of Ginn and into the goal to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead.
Van Brabant scored Quinnipiac's second power-play goal of the game to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead with 15 minutes to play in the final frame. Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) fired a one-timer on goal that was stopped and bounced out to Kellen Jones. Jones walked into the face-off circle to Ginn's right and zipped the puck to the crease where Van Brabant redirected the shot past Ginn to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.
Quinnipiac opens ECAC Hockey play when it travels to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Starr Rink. The Bobcats then face Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Lynah Rink.