After an amazing run last season that took them to the top of the national rankings and into the national championship game where they fell to their cross-town rivals, the Yale Bulldogs, the Quinnipiac Bobcats are off to a strong start once again this season. On Tuesday night, freshman Sam Anas scored twice for the Bobcats, while freshmen Derek Smith and Peter Quenneville picked up two helpers each to lead Quinnipiac to a 4-3 non-conference victory over Bentley before 2,524 fans at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden.
It was the third straight contest in which West Hartford native Jordan Samuels-Thomas tallied a marker, while Zach Tolkinen recorded his first goal of the year.
Bobcats' netminder Michael Garteig, who was honored as the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week earlier in the day, picked up his fourth consecutive win, stopping 10 of the 13 shots he faced. For the night, the Bobcats out-shot the Falcons, 50-13. Quinnipiac scored twice on the power play, giving the Bobcats' seven goals with a man-advantage over their last four games.
With the win—the Quinnipiac's fourth straight after a season-opening loss to Alaska-Achorage in the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, AK—the Bobcats improve to 4-1-0, while Bentley drops to 1-4-0 on the campaign. Next up for the Bobcats will be a home-and-home series with Holy Cross. On Friday, the Bobcats travel to Worcester for a 7 p.m. matchup at the Hart Recreation Center, while the Crusaders visit to Hamden on Saturday. First puck drops at TD Bank Sports Center at 4 p.m.