Eleven Bobcats record a point in rout over LIU


Photo: Olamide Gbotosho

Sergio De La Espriella

The Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-5-4) were back in action on Monday night as they took on the LIU Sharks (3-8-0) at the People’s United Center.

The Bobcats peppered the LIU goal with shots in the first period, only finding the net once in the period before going into overdrive in the second.

The first period action kicked off at the 8:34 mark when Peter DiLiberatore found the back of the net during the Bobcats’ first power play of the game. It was a designed play coming out of the faceoff that Odeen Tufto won. He tipped it in Ty Smilanic’s direction, who then laid it in front of DiLiberatore’s path to put the Bobcats up 1-0.

LIU’s Jordan Di Cicco took advantage of a Bobcats turnover in the defensive zone at the 14:23 mark of the first period and quickly put the puck past Keith Petruzzelli to tie the game at one.

On paper, the Bobcats dominated the first period. They put up 20 shots on goal compared to LIU’s two and consistently held the puck, beating the Sharks 18-5 in faceoffs.

In the second period, the floodgates opened. The Bobcats were finally able to consistently break through LIU goaltender Garrett Metcalf’s near-impenetrable wall.

The scoring started just 1:47 into the second period as Christophe Fillion would score his 4th goal of the year. He would score again at the 17:13 mark, bringing his season total to five.

Florida Panthers draft pick Ty Smilanic would assist on both Fillion goals, giving him three assists on the night, a career-high.

Smilanic added a goal of his own halfway through the period, bringing his season total to 13 for the first year forward. He was assisted by Odeen Tufto, who would finish the game with four assists, putting the senior from Minnesota just 11 assists behind Chris Cerrella’s school record of 125.

In total, the Bobcats would have 12 of their 21 shots targeted on goal in the second period, resulting in five goals.

The third period would not include as much offensive firepower. The Bobcats gave Yaniv Perets an opportunity in goal, giving first choice goaltender Keith Petruzzelli a rest.

Josh Mayanja also saw time in net as three Quinnipiac goaltenders would see the ice.

Ethan de Jong added one more goal at the 7:14 mark, bringing the Bobcats’ goal total to seven for the game.

The Bobcats will look to ride this positive momentum into their final four games of the regular season.

They head to Canton, NY this weekend to take on St. Lawrence in an ECAC doubleheader, before wrapping up the regular season at home in a doubleheader against Colgate.