November 8, 2013

No. 5 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Defeats Brown, 3-0, For Ninth Straight Win

The No. 5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team defeated Brown, 3-0, for its second consecutive shutout and ninth straight win. With the victory, the Bobcats move to 9-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in ECAC Hockey. Brown drops to 2-2-1 and 0-2-1 in league play.

Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.), Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) all scored for Quinnipiac while Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) picked up his team-leading 14th point on Clifton's goal. Kellen Jones' goal was his 98th career point.

Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) picked up his second straight shutout, stopping all 20 of Brown's shots on goal through regulation, as his scoreless streak stands at 138:05, as his last goal allowed came just 1:55 into the third period in Quinnipiac's 7-2 win at Colgate on Friday, Nov. 1.

Quinnipiac turned in its fourth 40-shot performance out of its last five games, rattling Brown goalie Marco Del Fillipo with 48 shots on goal. In addition, Quinnipiac held its opponent to 20 or fewer shots on goal for the fifth time its last three games. The Bobcats also killed all seven Brown power plays. Their last power play goal-allowed came on Oct. 22 against Bentley.

Hibbeler put Quinnipiac on the board 11:52 into the game when he one-timed a shot past Del Fillipo when Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) won a face-off and pushed the puck to his left. After the puck ticked off the stick of Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Hibbeler fired a shot on goal that found the top corner to give Quinnipiac a one-goal lead. 

With 1.2 seconds remaining in the period, Clifton took a pass for Anas just below the blue line, walked the puck in and fired a shot through traffic that found caromed off the left post an in to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

After a scoreless second, in which Quinnipiac outshot Brown, 19-1, both teams slugged through a scoreless third. Brown outshot Quinnipiac in the final frame, 14-13, with Garteig making several gutsy saves to preserve the shutout.

With less than a minute to play, Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) won a battle in the corner behind Garteig and tipped the puck out to Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario). Peca saw Kellen Jones hanging at center ice and laced a pass to Jones' tape. Jones split two defenders before flipping the puck in an empty net to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead. 

Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when it hosts No. 9 Yale at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The 12th Annual Heroes Hat Game can be seen locally on WCCT-TV and nationally on Fox College Sports Pacific, available on DirecTV on Channel 623.