NCAA Hockey: Jones brothers poised to set milestone

Quinnipiac University Bobcats forwards Connor and Kellen Jones are poised to make history this weekend.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats forwards Connor and Kellen Jones are poised to make history when they take on the Princeton Tigers this weekend.

With just a single point from Kellen, the Montrose twins will be the only brothers to each score 100 points in their Div. 1 NCAA University’s history.

Connor reached the milestone in a three-point performance against Colgate earlier this month, while Kellen, who is second in scoring for the Bobcats with 4-10-14, is just one point shy of the century mark with 39 goals and 60 assists over his four-year NCAA career.

Connor meanwhile is right behind Kellen in scoring this season with 5-8-13, and a career 39-65-104 with the Cats.

The two-time RBC Cup winners with the Vernon Vipers led Quinnipiac to the NCAA championship final in April, and have paced the team to a 11-1-1 start to the season, good enough for a fourth place ranking in the nation.

The twins are assistant captains, in their senior year at the Hamden, Conn. school, and regardless of what will be an exceptional accomplishment, they routinely shy away from the spotlight.

“It’s not that we don’t like the attention,” Connor told the New Haven Register last week. “I want people to know we’re about the team. It’s a nice milestone. But we work hard to win, not to score 100 points.”

Added Kellen, “It’ll be an honor, but I want team success first. Everyone will notice at some point. There’s no reason to advertise it.”

Four years ago the twins recorded their first point in their first game, both assisting on a goal against Ohio State. In their third year they led Quinnipiac to its first ever appearance in the Frozen Four.  Their primary motive this year is to help the Bobcats to another Frozen Four berth and to finish what they started last season – to win a national championship.

This weekend the Jones’ have an opportunity to create their own exclusive club. In spite of themselves, fans and supporters revel in such accomplishments, and history-in-the-making is a good reason for everyone to take notice.

“They have this intangible about them,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold told the Register. “They make other people around them better. They’re all about winning. It’s hard to find those guys who just know how to win.”

The Bobcats play Princeton in a home-and-home Friday and Saturday.