NI Connections Friendship Four: Around The 2016 Teams

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The NCAA men’s ice-hockey season is finally underway and, with only six weeks remaining until the 2016 NI Connection Friendship Four, take a look at how this year’s four tournament teams got on in last weekend’s action!

Quinnipiac University Bobcats

Quinnipiac are arguably the favourites for the 2016 NI Connections Friendship Four title after being ranked #2 overall in the first USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll of the 2016/17 season.

The Bobcats played back-to-back games at home against Northeastern, who finished second in the 2015 Friendship Four. Friday saw the sides play out a 2-2 draw following overtime with Quinnipiac taking the win on Saturday thanks to two goals from Tim Clifton and one each from Karlis Cukste, Chase Priskie and Landon Smith.

Click here for the highlights from Friday’s 2-2 tie and click here for Saturday’s highlights of the 5-2 win for Quinnipiac.

Next up for the Bobcats is another ‘double header’ – this time on the road against the University of Maine this Friday & Saturday.

St. Lawrence University Saints

The Saints took on Penn State University last Thursday and Friday and split the series, losing 4-2 in the opening game before taking an impressive win, 6-3, in Friday’s match-up. Three Saints’ goals in the opening five minutes from Eric Sweetman, Joe Sullivan and Ryan Garvey helped St. Lawrence on their way to a win.

Click here for Thursday’s highlights and click here for highlights of St. Lawrence’s 6-3 win on Friday.

The Saints return to action on Friday & Saturday with home games against the University of New Hampshire and Merrimack College respectively.

University of Massachusetts Minutemen

Colorado College were the opponents last weekend for UMass with the Minutemen splitting the series. UMass took Friday’s first game, 3-0, as Jonny Lazarus, Anthony Petrella and William Lagesson grabbed the goals with netminder Ryan Wischow shutting out Colorado. Saturday was a different story as UMass were unable to recover from a 4-1 deficit at the end of the first period and lost out 7-4.

Click here for the highlights of Friday’s win and click here for Saturday’s highlights.

Next up for UMass is Army West Point at home on Friday 21st October before a clash against Quinnipiac on Tuesday 25th October.

University of Vermont Catamounts

The Catamounts faced a home-and-home series against Clarkson with a split as both teams won on the road. Friday saw a 5-2 road win for Vermont as Brian Bowen, Travis Blanleil, Jarrid Privitera, Brady Shaw and Ori Abramson all posted one goal each.

The Catamounts lost out 3-2 at home on Saturday with a third period shorthanded goal winning the game for Clarkson.

Click here for the highlights of Friday’s 5-2 win for Vermont and click here for Saturday’s highlights.

Next up for Vermont are back-to-back road games on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October against Nebraska Omaha.

NI Connections Friendship Four Tickets

Prices for the 4-Game Weekend Pass, which is the only way to access all four NI Connections Friendship Four tournament games, are on sale now at: Adult – £40, Concession (Student/Over 65s) – £30, Child (16 & Under) – £20 and Family (2 Adults & 2 Kids) – £99. Click here to buy online.

The Weekend Pass is also available for the ‘Super Seats’, Centre Ice on South Side, at: Adult – £50, Concession – £40, Child – £30, Family – £139

Tickets are now on sale for both 7:30pm games on Friday & Saturday, click here for UMass v Vermont on Friday and click here for Saturday’s Friendship Four final game. Tickets for the individual games are on sale at: Adult – £16, Concession – £11, Child – £9, Family – £44.