Pittsburgh-The number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, Quinnipiac, is up 3-0 on St. Cloud State after one period of play in the second semifinal of the 2013 Frozen Four. The Bobcats are 23-0-1 when scoring three or more goals this season.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas got Quinnipiac out to an early 1-0 lead. The junior from Windsor, Conn. slammed a wraparound past St. Cloud sophomore goaltender Ryan Faragher. The goal was scored just 1:49 into the game.
Less than five minutes later, the Bobcats increased their lead to two when Ben Arnt snuck the puck past Faragher. Samuels-Thomas assisted on the goal, his second point of the night.
Immediately following a successful penalty kill, Quinnipiac made it 3-0 at the 11:19 mark of the first stanza. Fresh out of the box, Jeremy Langlois joined defenseman Zack Davies on a rush. Davies took a wrist shot that Faragher kicked out right to Langlois who buried it into the back of the net. It was the 100th career point for the senior forward from Tempe, Ariz.
It is very early, but if Quinnipiac holds on to the lead, it will create an all-Connecticut and all-ECAC final. An ECAC team had not made the Frozen Four Finals since 1990 when Colgate lost to Wisconsin. A team from Connecticut had never made the finals before tonight when Yale advanced.
Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation for continuing coverage of the 2013 Frozen Four from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.