November 16, 2013
No. 6 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Extends NCAA-Leading Unbeaten Streak To 12 Games With 3-1 Win Against Dartmouth
HAMDEN, Conn. – Nationally-ranked No. 6 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey defeated ECAC Hockey foe Dartmouth, 3-1, to extend its NCAA-leading unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1). WIth the win, Quinnipiac improves to 11-1-1 overall while they remain undefeated in ECAC Hockey play at 5-0-1. Dartmouth drops to 0-8-0 overall and 0-6-0 in league play.
Alex Barron (Glendora, Calif.) assisted on all three Quinnipiac goals. The career night for the junior defenseman added to his two assists on Friday night to give him five for the weekend, and eight for the year. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta), Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) all scored for the Bobcats. In goal, Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) won his NCAA-best 11th game of the year with a 20-save performance against Dartmouth.
Three minutes into the game, Barron took control of the puck above the Bobcats' blue line and sent it up the boards to Cory Hibbeler. Hibbeler carried the puck into the corner and threw the puck in front of Dartmouth's goal. Van Brabant was waiting in the slot to one-time the puck, beating Dartmouth goalie Cam Morris top-shelf to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
Four minutes into the second period, it was Barron feeding Hibbeler again, with Hibbeler finishing off his second goal of the weekend. After Barron grabbed the puck deep in the Bobcats' defensive zone and zipped a pass to Hibbeler at center ice, Hibbeler took off down the right flank. The Bobcats' captain skated into the face-off circle and blasted a shot, five-hole between the goalie's pads, to put the Bobcats out in front, 2-0.
With just under nine minutes to play in the period, Dartmouth's Nick Bligh was called for a cross check, putting Quinnipiac on the power play. Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) picked up the puck in front of the Dartmouth bench and centered a pass to Barron at the point. Barron sent a pass to his right where Samuels-Thomas one-timed the puck past Morris to give Quinnipiac a three-goal lead. It was Barron's third assist of the night and fifth of the weekend, while Samuels-Thomas scored in his second-straight game.
Late in the period, Geoff Ferguson picked off a Quinnipiac pass in the neutral zone before threading a pass up-ice to Tim O'Brien. O'Brien skated past the Bobcat defender and wristed a shot past Garteig to put the Big Green on the board and trim Quinnipiac's lead to 3-1.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Nov. 22 when it travels to Princeton for an ECAC Hockey match-up at Hobey Baker Rink at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Bobcats and Tigers meet again at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m.