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2 arrested QU rally following hockey team’s win in Frozen Four

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axime Giesen and  Robert S. Amonica were arrested after a rally of QU students. (Hamden Police Department) axime Giesen and Robert S. Amonica were arrested after a rally of QU students. (Hamden Police Department)
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Two people were arrested after Quinnipiac University students celebrated the hockey team’s win over Boston College on Thursday night.

Officers were called to the gathering of about 800 QU students on Bob Cat Way on the university campus around 8 p.m. The students were celebrating during which some climbed trees and “deliberately breaking limbs.”

Cell phone video obtained by Eyewitness News shows how things spiraled out of control quickly on QU campus. 

"Students are climbing trees and lighting things on fire and running around, so that's where the scary part comes in," Quinnipiac University student Samantha Prevot said. 

Police arrested two students, 18-year-old Maxime Giesen and 18-year-old Robert S. Amonica. They were both charged with first-degree criminal mischief.

"It was kind of sad to see the reaction of the students be that extreme. We haven't even won the finals yet," Quinnipiac University student Laura Grosso said. "They were destroying our campus that is known for being so beautiful."

Green and Amonica were released on a promise to appear at Meriden Superior Court on April 21.

The QU hockey team defeated the Boston College Eagles, 3-2, in the Frozen Four on Thursday night, They have advanced to the championship game against North Dakota, which will be played on Saturday. 

Many students and school officials said they are hoping that Saturday night will not be a repeat of Thursday night.

"I'm sure there's going to be 10 times more people on Saturday, so I'm pretty sure things are going to get a little crazier which I didn't think was possible," Prevot said. 

QU released a statement to Eyewitness News on Friday. 

"The university's Public Safety Department will continue to work closely with the Hamden Police Department during Saturday's NCAA Frozen Four championship game to maintain the safety and security of all members of the university community," the release said. 

Quinnipiac will host a watch party Saturday night at TD Bank Sports Center starting at 7 p.m. The puck drops in Tampa Bay against North Dakota at 8 p.m.

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