GameCenter final: Quinnipiac 5, UND 2
The Bobcats beat the Fighting Hawks in the opener of their two-game series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
26 Jake Sanderson--15 Ethan Frisch
7 Chris Jandric--25 Tyler Kleven
4 Cooper Moore--6 Brent Johnson
2 Brady Ferner
33 Zach Driscoll
32 Jakob Hellsten
Out of lineup: Brendan Budy (inj), Dane Montgomery, Carson Albrecht, Luke Bast, Kaleb Johnson, Harrison Feeney (inj)
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
24 Brendan Less--23 Zach Metsa
6 Griffin Mendel--15 Jayden Lee
2 Iivari Rasanen--7 Marcus Chorney
5 C.J. McGee
1 Yaniv Perets
37 Dylan St. Cyr
31 Noah Altman
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.