Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tufto, Priskie late goals propel Quinnipiac to season opening win

Alex Whelan and the Bobcats got off on a strong note for the 2018-2019 season

Trailing 2-1 late in their season opener, Quinnipiac turned to its two most consistent players from a season ago to steal a road win late. Senior captain Chase Priskie blasted the tying goal from the edge of the top left circle to tie the game at two at the 17:41 mark of the third period. Tufto, Quinnipiac's leading scorer from a season ago took a loose puck and sniped a shot from the slot past Vermont goaltender Stefanos Lekkas with 15.2 seconds remaining to help the Bobcats get the 2018-2019 season off on the right foot.

A season after posting its worst record in over two decades when they went 16-18-4, Quinnipiac saw a handful of newcomers contribute to the opening night victory. Vermont took the lead towards the end of the first period on a Derek Lodermeier goal. The Bobcats were held scoreless throughout the second period and it wasn't until just under four minutes into the third that freshman Wyatt Bongiovanni redirected a pass from Alex Whelan past Lekkas to tie the game.

Vermont re-took the lead less than five minutes later when Joey Cipollone found the net past Quinnipic starter Keith Petruzzelli. Just when it looked the Bobcats offense was going to stall and they would fall on opening night, Rand Pecknold pulled his goaltender with an offensive zone face-off and his captain delivered with the tying goal. With the game appearing to head to overtime, Tufto sent the Bobcats home to Hamden with a winning feeling.

Freshman William Fallstrom, Desi Burgart and Ethan de Jong all recorded their first collegiate points with assists tonight. Craig Martin also had an assist for the Bobcats while sophomore goaltender Keith Petruzzelli made 22 saves in the win. Quinnipiac returns to the ice on Tuesday night for the home opener against UConn at the People's United Bank Center in Hamden.

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