HAMILTON, N.Y. – Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) scored twice and became the 20th player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to reach the 100-point mark as the No. 7 Bobcats topped Colgate, 7-2, in its 2013-14 ECAC Hockey opener. Quinnipiac's seventh-straight win moves them to 7-1-1 overall while they open its ECAC Hockey schedule a 1-0-0. Colgate drops to 2-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league play.
Jones added an assist for a three-point night. In addition to his standing in Quinnipiac's Division I history, Jones is the 34th Quinnipiac player all-time to reach 100 career points. In addition to Jones, Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) had a goal and three assists and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had a goal and an assist as he now totals 95 career points.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.), Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) and Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) also scored for Quinnipiac while Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) had a career- best two assists in the win. Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia), Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Alex Barron (Glendora, Calif.) all added assists. October's ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) improved to 7-1-1.
Colgate scored the game's first goal when Jake Kulevich carried the puck across center ice and then slapped a pass over to Daniel Gentzler. Gentzler skated to the face-off circle to Gartieg's right where he looked to feed Derek Freeman in front of the Bobcats' goal. The puck skipped past Freeman and found Audi's stick on the back door. Audi re-directed the pass past Garteig to put Colgate out in front, 1-0.
Kellen Jones tied the game halfway through the second period with his second shorthanded goal of the season for his team-leading ninth point of the year. With the Bobcats on the penalty kill, Van Brabant took control of the puck and skated deep into the Colgate defensive zone. Van Brabant was tied up between the face-off circles and lost the puck off his stick. Jones, on Van Brabant's right, stuck his stick out and was able to tip the puck past Colgate goalie Spencer Finney to tie the game, 1-1.
With 4:33 left in the second period, Connor Jones scored on the power play to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead. Jones played the puck to his twin brother Kellen in the corner, who sent the puck to Anas above the near-side face-off circle. Anas dropped the puck back to Connor who blasted the puck past Finney to give the Bobcats a one-goal lead in the closing minutes of the second period.
Jones scored his second goal of the game just 17 seconds into the third period, with Anas and Toews picking up assists in the game. Toews moved the puck to Anas at the point who fired a shot on goal. Jones was able to get his tape on it and re-direct by Finney to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Colgate's Darcy Murphy picked off a pass in the neutral zone and skated in on Garteig. Murphy shot to the opposite post to beat Garteig and pulled Colgate within a goal, 3-2.
Quinnipiac responded with four unanswered goals over the next six-minutes-and-thirty-one-seconds to take a 7-2 lead. In the barrage of goals was Anas' team-leading seventh of the year, Samuels-Thomas with his fourth of the season and St. Denis' fourth goal in his last three games. In addition, Federico scored his first career goal in his 66th career game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Satuday, Nov. 2 when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on No. 14 Cornell at Lynah Rink at 7 p.m.