HAMDEN, Conn. — Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored with 1:03 remaining to lift the Quinnipiac men’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory over the University of Maine on Friday night at High Point Solutions Arena.
Samuels-Thomas got his ninth of the season after gathering a deflected shot near the post and stuffing it through the pads of Maine goalie Martin Ouellette, who finished with 26 saves.
It was his second game-winning goal and and a near replica of his goal in the Bobcats’ 2-1 win over the Black Bears in last season’s opener, when he broke a 1-1 tie with 1:26 left.
Kellen Jones scored for Qunnipiac (15-3-4) just over two minutes into the second period when he put in his own rebound for his 11th goal.
Maine (10-7-2) answered near the 10-minute mark of the period on a one-timer by Shore off an assist from Connor Lean.
Maine will next play outdoors against Boston University on Jan. 11 at Fenway Park as part of the Frozen Four series.
NEUMANN 3, USM 2: Brandon Gagne beat Southern Maine goalie Josh Hillegas with the deciding shootout goal, sending the Knights (5-3-3) to the title game of the Middlebury Classic at Middlebury, Vt.
The Huskies (4-5-2) took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Ryan Seward and Stephen Gallo. Neumann added a goal by Sam House in the second, and a power-play strike by D’Lane Sather with 2:35 left in regulation.
Southern Maine will play in the third-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday.
BABSON 3, COLBY 2: Babson’s Jon Mleczko tied it at 2:44 of the second period, and Michael Phillips knocked in the winner 1:18 later as the Beavers (11-2) got by the Mules (5-4-2) in the final of the Salem State/Babson Tournament in Babson Park, Mass.
Colin Reilly and E.J. Rauseo scored in the first eight minutes for Colby. Troy Starrett countered for Babson late in the first.
COLBY 6, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 1: Katie McLaughlin, Kat Mackey and Lauren Guarente scored in the second period as the Mules (4-4-1) broke away from a 1-1 first-period tie against the Pilgrims (1-9) at Waterville.
Jess Barkley, Jackie Tavella and Nikki Donato also scored for Colby. Brianne Wheeler had 19 saves.
TRINITY 6, USM 1: Emma Tani scored twice for the Bantams (3-3-2), who dropped four goals on the Huskies (6-4) in the first period at Hartford, Conn.
Julia Pearl scored for Southern Maine in the second.
(9) BAYLOR 80, SAVANNAH STATE 50: Taurean Prince scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, leading Baylor (12-1) past Savannah State (2-12) at Waco, Texas.
Cory Jefferson added 13 points, and Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers each had 11 for the Bears.
(4) STANFORD 96, OREGON 66: Chiney Ogwumike had 33 points and 14 boards to become the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder, and host Stanford (12-1) beat Oregon (9-3) in a conference opener.