Quinnipiac beats Mass.-Lowell 4-1 to advance to Frozen Four
Mar. 28, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Anas scored the tiebreaking goal, Michael Garteig made 14 saves and Quinnipiac beat Massachusetts-Lowell 4-1 on Sunday night in the NCAA East Regional final to reach the Frozen Four.
Anas gave top-ranked Quinnipiac (31-3-7) a 2-1 lead with 7:49 left in the second period.
Scott Davidson, Landon Smith and Travis St. Denis also scored for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats will face Boston College on April 7 in the national semifinals in Tampa, Florida.
Dylan Link scored for Lowell (25-10-5) in the first period.
"We were pretty good for 60 minutes," Quinnipiac coach Rand Peknold said. "Even the goal that went in, that's not Gartsy's fault. It actually went off a shin pad, was a slight deflection. I thought that was one of the best games we've played all year. The guys were really battling and working hard, faceoffs, everything. Good attention to detail."
Quinnipiac outshot the River Hawks 13-4 in the second and 35-15 overall.
"They did a great job of getting in our shooting lanes, and we just didn't do a good enough job of getting pucks to the net," Lowell forward A.J. White said.
Link opened the scoring at 3:01 of the first period.
Midway through the second period, Smith tied it just after the Bobcats killed a penalty.He picked up a loose puck and fired it past Kevin Boyle's blocker. Less than two minutes later, Anas completed a 2-on-1 with a slick wrist shot that found the top shelf.
Davidson made it 3-1 with a tough-angle shot that went off the crossbar with 2:01 left in the second.
St. Denis capped the scoring with 3:54 to go in the third when he intercepted a pass in front of Boyle and had a 1-on-1 with the goalie.
"I thought we had a much better third we had a much better third than the previous two," Lowell coach Norm Bazin said. "I thought we made a push, but when you push that hard, you also give stuff up, as you saw."
On Saturday, Quinnipiac beat RIT 4-0, and Lowell edged Yale 3-2 in overtime.