Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lackey's 46 save performance stymies Quinnipiac in 2-1 Harvard win

Quinnipiac fell 2-1 to Harvard on Saturday night

The second half of the season has not been kind to Quinnipiac so far. A night after pumping five goals in a win against Dartmouth, Saturday night saw the Bobcats wrap up a four game ECAC home stand with a 2-1 loss to the Harvard Crimson behind a stellar 46 save performance by Crimson senior goaltender Michael Lackey. The loss gave Quinnipiac a 1-2-1 record on its four game home stand which hurt their chances to extend their ECAC lead as they head into non-conference games for the next two weeks.

The first period saw the teams play mostly even with each other until the Crimson got on the board first by way of the nation's top ranked power play when John Marino ripped a one-timer past a shielded Andrew Shortridge for the games first goal. This was the first back to back start for Shortridge (25 saves) this season and despite the outcome he was excellent once in goal for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats finish the home stand 1-2-1

The second and third period saw the Bobcats pound Lackey for 34 shots on goal. Alex Whelan was stoned in the second period while Quinnipiac hit a post in third period. It looked liked the game would end in a shutout after Jack Drury's empty net goal but Ethan de Jong put Quinnipiac on the board with 27 seconds left. They had a late chance when a one-timer by Wyatt Bongiovanni was pushed by Lackey before the puck was tied up along the boards and time ran out.

Clearly the star of the game was Michael Lackey who dominated a good Quinnipiac offense with several big times and saves at key moments. Quinnipiac now heads out of conference the next two weeks for single games against a surging Boston University team who are unbeaten in their game five games (4-0-1) and Atlantic Hockey bottom feeder Holy Cross. They do not get back into ECAC conference play until February 1st and its likely by that team they will not be in first place with many teams below them with multiple games in hand.

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