Friday, November 17, 2017

What can Brown do for you? A 5-0 Quinnipiac win

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Five games into their ECAC slate, the Quinnipiac Bobcats have recorded their first conference win with a resounding 5-0 win over the Brown Bears. Coming off back to back weekends of being swept in conference play, Quinnipiac was in desperate need of a victory. It was a good night for Quinnipiac to bring out the UPS slogan "What can Brown do for you" because that is exactly what happened tonight as the Bobcats got in the win column and looked strong in doing so. They moved the puck well with crisp passes, good forecheck and and all around solid game from their defense and goaltending.

It was the Landon Smith show tonight for Quinnipiac as he scored a natural hat trick scoring the teams first three goals of the game. His first came just over 12 minutes into the first period on the power play when he scored off a rebound from John Furgele's initial shot. Less than two minutes later Smith again found the back of the net when he redirected Brogan Rafferty's shot past Luke Kania.

Landon Smith found the back of the net for a third time just 2:27 into the second period when Smith cleaned up yet another rebound this time off the stick of Tanner MacMaster whose initial shot was saved by Kania. Quinnipiac scored a second power play goal when Bo Pieper fed Chase Priskie in the slot where he ripped a wrist shot home past Kania. Quinnipiac capped the scoring on the night when Landon Smith skated the puck freely into the zone before finding Tanner MacMaster on the doorstep where he put it home for the goal.

Quinnipiac out shot Brown 36-22 for the game. Four players has multi point games led by Smith (3 goals, 1 assist), Chase Priskie (1 goal, 1 assist), Tanner MacMaster (1 goal, 1 assist) and Odeen Tufto (2 assists). Quinnipiac finished a strong night on special teams going 50% (2-of-4) on the power play and finishing 100% on the penalty kill (4 for 4). Andrew Shortridge made 22 saves for his second career shutout. This is a step in the right direction for the Bobcats as they now turn there attend to the Yale Bulldogs tomorrow night for the annual Heroes Hat game.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow the BobcatsHockeyBlog on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.

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