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Quinnipiac Too Much for Black Bears

K.J. Tiefenwerth celebrates a second period goal Tuesday, October 20, 2015 against Maine.
K.J. Tiefenwerth celebrates a second period goal Tuesday, October 20, 2015 against Maine.
Matt Dewkett

Hamden, Conn. -- Quinnipiac simply outclassed Maine in every aspect of the hockey game Tuesday night. There was just no comparison between the two teams.

The Bobcats moved to 4-0-0 on the young season with a 4-0 win over the Black Bears in the nonconference matchup at High Point Solutions Arena.

"It was a good win. We're happy to get the win and get out of here," said Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold. "Our guys were going. Our intensity was great. We won races. We won battles, It felt to me we had more jump."

"The truth is the other team outworked us and out-battled us all night long," concurred Maine coach Red Gendron. "They looked a lot faster than we did tonight."

Chase Priskie's first collegiate goal gave Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead with 7:49 to play in the opening period. With the Bobcats on the power play the freshman defenseman jumped up and beat a Maine defender to a loose puck before burying his shot past the outstretched glove of Black Bear goaltender Matt Morris.

"Chase is playing great. That was a big time play. They were tired and we caught them on a bad change. He had fresh legs," said Pecknold.

My [defensive] partner Derek Smith called quick up. I got my head up and saw an open lane and just decided to take it to the net," explained Priskie, who has at least a point in each of his first four games.

That was the only score of the period, but it was all Bobcats in the opening 20 minutes. QU outshot Maine, 19-4, with a majority of the chances from in close on Morris.

Tommy Schutt extended the Quinnipiac lead to 2-0, taking advantage of a failed clear. The unassisted goal was scored after he quickly intercepted a blind clearing attempt right up the middle 5:08 into the second period.

Devon Toews put Maine further in the hole on a power play tally at the 10:54 mark. Priskie's lob pass through the neutral zone was picked up by Toews who beat a sagging Maine defensive pairing. He went and beat Morris with a quick, low shot.

K.J. Tiefenwerth lifted the Bobcats to a 4-0 lead after two periods when he scored with 2:20 left in the second. He capitalized on the Black Bears standing around flat-footed on an extended shift and a juicy rebound. Connor Clifton picked up the lone assist.

Michael Garteig was rarely tested, but he stood his ground when called upon. The senior from Prince George, British Columbia made 19 saves for his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career.

"[Garteig] was good tonight. He finds a way to win. He does his job. 13 shutouts is a huge number. We've had some really good goalies come through here and he's our all-time leader," Pecknold commented of his goalie who won his 50th career game Tuesday.

"[The defense] has been a big reason I haven't let in a goal in the last two games. I can't take much credit. It's a team effort," added Garteig.

Quinnipiac continues its five-game home stand with a pair against NCHC foe St. Cloud State this weekend.

"We've played them a lot the last few years. They're an excellent team. They're well-coached. They have great special teams. We'll get healthy tomorrow then get focused for them," said Pecknold.


Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.