No. 7 Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Tops No. 4 Union To Jump Into First Place In ECAC Hockey Standings
HAMDEN, Conn. - In a battle of a pair of Top 10 NCAA teams, it was the No. 7 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team knocking-off No. 4 Union, 2-1, at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac jumps past Union in the ECAC Hockey standings into first place with an overall record of 16-3-5 and a league record of 7-2-3. Union drops to 12-4-3 overall and 8-2-0 in ECAC play.
Quinnipiac senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) had a goal and an assist to lead Quinnipiac, while Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) also scored his seventh goal of the season, and 16th of his career. Sophomore Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) stopped 27 of Union's 28 shots on goal for his NCAA-best 16th victory of the season.
With the win, Quinnipiac snapped Union's 10-game unbeaten streak while also ending the Dutchmen's streak of 13 consecutive games with three goals scored. The Bobcats also handed Union its first road loss of the season while improving to 4-1-2 against ranked teams this season.
Samuels-Thomas gave Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead just under seven minutes into the second period. Tim Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) won a face-off in front of the Union goal and tipped the puck back to Samuels-Thomas who one-timed a shot to the opposite point to give the Bobcats a one-goal lead.
Union tied the game four minutes into the third period when Michael Pontarelli carried the puck up along the boards before sending the puck to Jeff Taylor at the point. Taylor sent a shot on goal that Mark Bennett was able to get a stick on and re-direct past Garteig to knot the score at 1-1.
Fifty-six seconds later, Samuels-Thomas picked up his second point of the night when he won a face-off in the Union defensive zone back to Barron at the point. Barron sent a shot through traffic that Van Brabant tipped past Union's Colin Stevens to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.