Sunday, January 6, 2019

Quinnipiac and Cornell skate to a 2-2 tie

Quinnipiac and Cornell played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night

A night after a stunning overtime loss to Colgate, Quinnipiac ended the weekend with a 2-2 tie against rival Cornell. For the second straight game the Bobcats raced out to a multi goal lead only to see the opponent make a comeback. This time though, Quinnipiac found a way to snatch a point from what should be deemed a disappointing weekend in ECAC play.

Freshman Ethan de Jong got the Bobcats on the board just over eight and a half minutes into the game off a rebound from Cornell net-minder Austin McGrath. Quinnipiac found the back of the net again just under six minutes later when fellow freshman Peter Diliberatore hard wrist shot from the almost the edge of the blue line found the back of the net.

The two goal lead was short lived as a Nick Jermain penalty led to a power play goal from Cornell sophomore Cam Donaldson whose strong effort in front of the goal pushed the puck past Andrew Shortridge (30 saves). Cornell tied the game when Morgan Barron raced into the zone on a two-on-one and ripped a shot high past Shortridge.

Odeen Tufto was a force on the face-off tonight against Cornell

Neither team mustered much in overtime with only three shots on goal between the teams. Andrew Shortridge made some key saves in both the third period and one late in overtime. If their is one positive in this game it was Quinnipiac on the face-off dot as they won 50 of 81 face-offs against the Big Red.

Quinnipiac ended the weekend in a first play tie with Yale but their Whitney Avenue rivals have a game in hand. The Bobcats now welcome in Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend to Hamden.

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