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GameCenter final: Quinnipiac 5, UND 2

The Bobcats beat the Fighting Hawks in the opener of their two-game series.

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The People's United Center in Hamden, Conn. Photo by Brad E. Schlossman/Grand Forks Herald

HAMDEN, Conn. — Quinnipiac beat UND in the opening game of their series in Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center on Friday.

Herald three stars

First star: Oliver Chau, QU, 2 goals, 1 assist.

Second star: Zach Metsa, QU, 3 assists.

Third star: Ethan De Jong, 2 assists.

First period

UND 1, Quinnipiac 0 -- Matteo Costantini 7:44. Although the opening eight minutes of the game are all Quinnipiac, UND ends up taking the initial lead. Costantini lifted the stick of a Quinnipiac player in the neutral zone to create a turnover. Costantini took the puck into the zone on the left wing and snapped a shot from the left circle far side on Quinnipiac goalie Yaniv Perets.

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UND 1, Quinnipiac 1 -- Oliver Chau (Brendan Less, Ethan De Jong) 12:51. Quinnipiac finally gets rewarded for its good work in the opening 13 minutes of the game and Less hits Chau for a backdoor tap in on a rush.

Second period

Quinnipiac 2, UND 1 -- Joey Cipollone (Ethan Leyh, Zach Metsa) 5:35. UND defenseman Jake Sanderson rims the puck around the boards, but Metsa pinches in to hold the puck in the zone before it got to Jackson Kunz, then Metsa gave it to Leyh. He spotted Cipollone battling for position at the top of the crease and made the feed to Cipollone, who threw a no-look backhand just inside the post.

Quinnipiac 3, UND 1 -- Jayden Lee (Michael Lombardi, Ethan Leyh) 10:43 (pp). Quinnipiac converts on its fourth power-play chance of the night. Lombardi has the puck in the circle, when Sanderson gets his stick on a passing attempt, but the puck goes right to Lee, who rifles home his first goal of the year.

Third period

Quinnipiac 4, UND 1 -- Ty Smilanic (Zach Metsa, Oliver Chau) 9:37 (pp). Quinnipiac scores on the power play for the second time on the night, this time on a five-on-three, thanks to a clean faceoff win. The puck goes back to Metsa, who moves it to Smilanic in the right circle. Smilanic one-times it past Driscoll to make it a three-goal game.

Quinnipiac 4, UND 2 -- Jake Sanderson (Jake Schmaltz, Ashton Calder) 15:17 (pp). Sanderson has the puck in the right circle on a four-on-three power play, holds it and eventually rockets one to the short-side corner of the net for his third goal of the season.

Quinnipiac 5, UND 2 -- Oliver Chau 19:12 (en). Quinnipiac ices it when Chau gets behind the UND defense, receives a pass and puts it into the empty net for his second of the game.

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UND's lines

Forwards

18 Matteo Costantini--21 Connor Ford--16 Ashton Calder

17 Riese Gaber--8 Jake Schmaltz--28 Judd Caulfield

10 Gavin Hain--19 Mark Senden--11 Griffin Ness

29 Jackson Kunz--27 Louis Jamernik--20 Nick Portz

Defensemen

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26 Jake Sanderson--15 Ethan Frisch

7 Chris Jandric--25 Tyler Kleven

4 Cooper Moore--6 Brent Johnson

2 Brady Ferner

Goaltenders

33 Zach Driscoll

32 Jakob Hellsten

Out of lineup: Brendan Budy (inj), Dane Montgomery, Carson Albrecht, Luke Bast, Kaleb Johnson, Harrison Feeney (inj)

Quinnipiac's lines

Forwards

12 Oliver Chau--11 Wyatt Bongiovanni--10 Ethan De Jong

14 Ethan Leyh--22 Skyler Brind'Amour--26 Guus Van Nes

4 Michael Lombardi--27 Desi Burgart--96 Ty Smilanic

29 Christophe Tellier--19 T.J. Friedmann--17 Joey Cipollone

Defensemen

24 Brendan Less--23 Zach Metsa

6 Griffin Mendel--15 Jayden Lee

2 Iivari Rasanen--7 Marcus Chorney

5 C.J. McGee

Goaltenders

1 Yaniv Perets

37 Dylan St. Cyr

31 Noah Altman

Pregame notes

For the last four years, every time UND has split up Gavin Hain and Mark Senden, it has eventually put them back together. It's happening again. Hain and Senden are reunited for the first time this season. . . Matteo Costantini gets the promotion to the top six alongside Connor Ford and Ashton Calder, which is where Senden had been playing. . . Brendan Budy remains out with injury. . . Yaniv Perets is starting in goal for Quinnipiac. . . UND is wearing green, Quinnipiac is in yellow, just like the 2016 national championship game.

Pregame reading

Friday morning rundown: UND bringing Connecticut connections to Hamden

UND set for top-10 showdown at Quinnipiac

UND-Quinnipiac series brings it full circle for the Chorney family

Q&A with UND defenseman Chris Jandric

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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