|Andrew Shortridge (photo by Hans Pennik/Times Union)|
Yale trimmed the lead to two goals just 21 seconds into the second period when John Hayden was all alone in the slot and put it past Shortridge for his 19th goal of the season. Joe Snively and Frankie DiChiara picked up the assists. Both teams traded early power plays to no avail. Yale carried the play throughout the majority of the second period putting many quality chances on Shortridge but the freshman stood tall especially when he came up huge on a Joe Snively breakaway chance to keep the score 3-1 along with another massive save with just under five minutes to play in the period. With a just a minute and a half left, Yale's Evan Smith cut the lead to one on his fourth goal of the season on an assist from Andrew Gaus. The Bulldogs also hit iron with less than ten seconds to play in the period before the horn sounded. Yale only out shot Quinnipiac 9-8 that period but had more higher quality chances on goal.
|Craig Martin (photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)|
With the win the Bobcats clinched the 5th seed in the ECAC tournament and will have home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Its the first time since the 2011-2012 season that Quinnipiac will be playing on the opening weekend of the ECAC playoffs. The Bobcats return to the ice for senior night tomorrow when they take on the Brown Bears the team they will face in the first round of the ECAC tournament.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.