HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to nationally-ranked No. 5 Cornell, 2-0, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats outshot Cornell, 32-16, but could not come up with a goal in their first shutout loss in over a year. Quinnipiac drops to 13-12-2 overall and 7-8-0 in ECAC Hockey while Cornell improves to 13-5-3 and 10-2-2 in ECAC Hockey play.
Cornell's Justin Krueger and Tyler Roeszler both scored their first goals of the season, with Krueger's coming on a power-play 5:09 into the game. Brendon Nash started the play with a pass across ice to Blake Gallagher. Gallagher's shot was stopped by Quinnipiac Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.), but sat in front of the sophomore goalie. Krueger was able to take control of the puck and blast it past Clarke with a shot that found a space between the goalie's pads.
While Quinnipiac managed to double-up the Big Red in the shot category, it was Cornell's Ben Scrivens who stole the show. The senior goalie stopped all 32 shots from the Bobcats to blank Quinnipiac on its home ice. Clarke managed 14 saves in the game, with both goals coming off of rebounds.
Roeszler gave Cornell a two-goal lead at the 2:28 mark of the third period. Nick D'Agostino sent the puck up-ice to Dan Nicholls, who put a shot on goal from along the half boards. Clarke stopped the first shot, but Roeszler was able to tip the rebound in while crashing the net.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Colgate tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in an ECAC Hockey match-up to be aired live on CBS College Sports.