Connors Saves 20 as Quinnipiac Rallies to Edge Brown

Providence, R.I. - Quinnipiac junior goalie Gill Connors made 20 saves to stymie Brown's offense, leading the Bobcats to a 9-7 win over the Bears at Stevenson Field in the season opening game for both teams.

Quinnipiac jumped out to a 5-1 lead with 2:17 left in the first quarter before Brown's offense got on track. The Bears settled down and tallied the game's next five goals, starting with a goal by junior Sam Hurster at the end of the first quarter to cut the Bobcat advantage to 5-2.

Goals by senior Roger Ferguson, freshman Henry Blynn and Hurster, with four seconds left in the second quarter, tied the game at the half, 5-5.

Bears' senior George Sherman gave Brown its first lead, 6-5, on a pass from Hurster with 10:39 left in the third quarter, a lead the Bears took into the final quarter of play.

Brown's defense held the Bobcats scoreless for more than 38 minutes before Dylan Webster tied the game for Quinnipiac with 8:38 left in the game. Three more Bobcat goals on their next three possessions sealed the game, 9-6, following Michael Sagl's goal at the 5:37 mark of the fourth quarter.

Hurster finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Bears, while Ferguson added two assists with his goal. Blynn's collegiate debut was successful with two goals and an assist.

The Bears split time in the goal, with junior Wills Curley getting the start and allowing five first half goals, while making four saves. Freshman Jack Kelly played the second half and made two saves, while allowing four goals.

The Bobcats were led by Brendan Wilber, who netted three goals.

Quinnipiac had the better of play in the face-off x, where Dylan Webster captured 12 of 19 face-offs.

The Bears are back in action again next Saturday, March 2, battling #5 UMass in Amherst, Mass. Game time is 2:00 p.m.

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HAMDEN, Conn. Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) recorded a hat trick and Gill Conners (Balston Spa, N.Y.) stifled the Bears offense with 20 saves in goal, as Quinnipiac University used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Brown, 9-7, in the season-opener for both teams.

Wilbur, one of three Bobcats to finish with multiple points on Saturday, led the Bobcats with three goals, caused three turnovers and picked up a ground ball in the win. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) chipped in with three points at the strength of two goals and an assist, which featured two huge goals in the final quarter. He added a team-best 10 ground balls and was 12 of 19 on the faceoff. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) picked up right where he left off last year with two goals and an assist, while Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) and Pat Mulligan (Stratford, Conn.) each added a goal.

The first quarter belonged to Quinnipiac, as the Bobcats garnered five goals in the first 10 minutes and captured a 5-1 lead. Sagl opened the scoring summary less than a minute into the game; Mulligan and Deihl scored the next two; and Wilbur tacked on two more for the team's largest lead of the game.

However, goals by Roger Ferguson, Henry Blynn and Sam Hurster (with four seconds left in the second quarter) tied the game at the half, 5-5. After the break, Bears' senior George Sherman gave Brown its first lead, 6-5, on a pass from Hurster with 10:39 left in the third quarter, a lead the Bears took into the final quarter of play.

After going 38 minutes without a goal, Quinnipiac regained its composure and scored the game's next four goals. Webster tied the score up at six apiece, Wilbur put the Bobcats in front, 7-6, and Webster collected the eventual game-winner with 6:04 left in the game. Sagl added one for insurance and the Bobcats defeated Brown for the first time in program history.

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2013-02-23



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