NI Connections Friendship Four: Around The 2016 Teams #4

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There are less than 4 weeks to go until the puck drops to begin the 2016 Northern Irish Connections Friendship Four on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November.

Check out how this year’s four tournament teams got on in their recent action..

Quinnipiac University Bobcats

The Quinnipiac Bobcats defeated UMass, 3-2, in a non-conference match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 4-2-1 on the season.

Quinnipiac junior Bo Pieper had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats’ win while Tommy Schutt and Tanner MacMaster also scoring. Alex Whelan picked up his first career point on an assist on Schutt’s goal, while Brogan Rafferty picked up his team-leading fifth assist of the season. Kevin McKernan picked up his fourth assist in his last four games and Karlis Cukste picked up his first point, on an assist on MacMaster’s goal, since the Bobcats’ second game of the year.

Quinnipiac play two road games on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November when they face Clarkson and St.Lawrence, also competing in the year’s NI Connections Friendship Four, respectively.

St. Lawrence University Saints

A shorthanded goal by Wisconsin sparked a three-goal third period for the Badgers en route to a 5-2 win over St. Lawrence on Friday. With the loss the Saints fell to 3-4-0 on the year.

Junior Joe Sullivan and first-year Taggart Corriveau scored for the Saints, while Gavin Bayreuther recorded two assists and Arthur Brey made 33 saves in his first start of the season.

Click here for highlights from Friday’s St.Lawrence’s game vs Wisconsin.

No. 12 ranked Minnesota scored two extra-attacker goals in the final minute of the third period to force overtime against No. 18 ranked St. Lawrence as the teams played to a 2-2 tie in Appleton Arena on Saturday night.

Ryan Lough scored his first goal of the season in the first period, while Gavin Bayreuther added a shorthanded goal in the third period to pull him within one of Brian McColgan’s program record for career goals by a defensemen with 30. For Minnesota, it was Mike Szmatula who got credit for both goals late in the third.

After getting the night off last night, junior Kyle Hayton was stellar in between the pipes for the Saints, making 42 saves including 16 in both the first and second periods and 11 against the Golden Gophers power play, which is 14th in Division I.

Click here to watch highlights from St.Lawrence’s game vs Minnesota on Saturday.

The Saints will next play two ECAC home games on Friday and Saturday against Princeton and Quinnipiac!

University of Massachusetts Minutemen

UMass have had a tough week, losing three straight games inside five days.

On Tuesday, UMass erased an early 2-0 deficit, but No. 6/7 ranked Quinnipiac tallied the deciding goal midway through the third period as UMass fell 3-2 to the Bobcats.

Click here to watch the UMass vs Quinnipiac highlights.

A pair of powerplay goals helped carry New Hampshire past the University of Massachusetts, 4-1, in the teams’ Hockey East opener on Friday night. New Hampshire opened the scoring late in the first period and sealed the result with a pair of third period goals.

Click here for Fridays’ highlights.

UMass scored four third period goals, but No. 8 ranked Boston College’s 5-0 start was enough to hold off UMass in what ended as a 7-4 loss for the UMass Minutemen on Saturday night. Four of the Boston College Eagles’ tallies came from special teams with two short-handers and two powerplay goals on the night.

Click here for UMass vs Boston College highlights.

Next up for UMass is a home game on Friday 4th November against Connecticut.

University of Vermont Catamounts

Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Stefanos Lekkas stopped all 21 shots he faced for his first career shutout, complimenting goals from Tom Forgione, Matt Alvaro, and Rob Hamilton in a convincing 3-0 victory over No. 11 ranked Michigan on Friday at a sold out Gutterson Fieldhouse.

The Catamounts improved to 3-1-1 with their second straight win over a ranked team. Vermont finished with a commanding 42-21 edge in shots on goal in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

On Sunday, Craig Puffer scored twice, including the game winning goal with 5:05 left in regulation, and Stefanos Lekkas made 24 stops to lead Vermont to a come-from-behind victory against the No. 16 ranked Northeastern, 3-2.

Adam Gaudette gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal of the year less than a minute into the contest before Puffer tied things up five minute later. Dylan Sikura then put NU up 2-1 one minute after the Puffer tally before the Catamounts leveled the score again midway through the second period.

The Catamounts outshot the Huskies 29-26 in the game and went 1-of-5 on the power play while holding Northeastern to an 0-of-4 showing on the power play. Ryan Ruck made 26 stops in goal for Northeastern.

This weekend Vermont will play back-to-back road games against UMass Lowell on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November.


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.