The Bobcats got on the board early in the first period at the 1:14 mark on a power play goal from freshman Brogan Rafferty whose hard wrist shot beat Harvard goaltender Merrick Madsen. Chase Priskie and Tim Clifton both assisted on the goal. The Crimson tied the game seven minutes later when a Viktor Dombrovskiy wrist shot beat Chris Truehl who looked to be a bit out of position. Harvard's Luke Esposito and Alexander Kerfoot got the assists. The score remain tied heading into the first intermission.
|Craig Martin (photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)|
In the third period the Bobcats defense tightened up against the talented Crimson offense. They killed off two penalties with one being late in the third period when Derek Smith was sent off for cross checking at the 17:16 mark. Tommy Schutt's unassisted hustle play empty net goal sealed the win for the Bobcats.
A night after having 54 shots on net the Bobcats could only muster 21 shots but it proved to be enough. Harvard had 32 shots and dominated 5 on 5 for much of the game and showed they might be one of the most talented teams in this year in the ECAC but Chris Truehl was solid in making 30 saves for the win. The weekend sweep saw the Bobcats move to 7-3-1 and into a 3rd place tie with Clarkson in the ECAC along with the power play scoring five goals and the penalty kill unit killing off a five Harvard power play chances. They also beat the final two unbeaten teams in the country in Dartmouth and Harvard so once again the 1969-1970 Cornell Big Red can celebrate being the last team to go undefeated in college hockey.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when they head on a upstate New York road trip to Cornell on Friday and Colgate on Saturday before heading over to Belfast, Northern Ireland over Thanksgiving for a the Friendship Four tournament.
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