ITHACA, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Cornell, 2-1, in overtime at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 7-6-2 in ECAC Hockey play while Cornell improves to 10-2-3 in league action.
Brett Dickinson (Furlong, Pa.) gave Quinnipiac an early lead with his first goal of the season inside the first two minutes of the game. After Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.)intercepted a cross-ice pass inside the Bobcats' zone by Cornell, the junior forward skated up the right side of the ice. Just over the blue line on the other half of the ice, Atkinson dropped a pass off to David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.). Marshall maneuvered his way through the Cornell defense before flipping a shot off of Cornell goalie's Ben Scrivens' left pad. The puck kicked out to the point where Dickinson unleashed a slapshot that beat Scrivens stick side to the top right corner of the net.
Quinnipiac had several opportunities to score early in the game. The Bobcats' first shot to get on the board came when Marshall appeared the push the puck past Scrivens for what appeared to be Quinnipiac's first goal of the game. After the play was waved off, Dickinson scored less than a minute later. Atkinson also had a breakaway attempt on a power-play that slipped away when he lost control of the puck as he took the shot. With just under seven minutes to play in the first frame, a pass from Dan Henningson (Edmonton, Alb.) from the point to Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.), just off the left post of the goal, bounced over the senior wings' stick, above the glass, and was whistled dead.
Cornell tied the game, 1-1, on the power-play with just under five minutes to play in the first period. At the 15:10 mark, Riley Nash passed to Brendon Nash, who was open between the face-off circle. His shot made its way through traffic before finding the back of the net. The goal was Brendon's second of the season while Riley picked up his 11th assist of the year.
Both teams played through a scoreless second period, and much of the third period without a goal. Evan Barlow broke the tie with his third goal of the year at the 2:52 mark of the extended period. Barlow took a pass from Riley Nash in the face-off circle closest to the Bobcats' bench and unleashed a one-timer that beat Clarke for the game-winner.
Senior assistant captain Matt Sorteberg (Anoka, Minn.) tied former All-American Reid Cashman '05 for the Quinnipiac career record with 151 games played. Sorteberg joins Cashman as the only two players in Quinnipiac history to play in 150 games.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 7 when they head to Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. to take on the Colgate Red Raiders in an ECAC Hockey match-up set for 7 p.m.