March 13, 2011

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Blanks Cornell, 1-0, To Force Third Game Of ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Series

ITHACA, N.Y. - Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) turned in his second consecutive shutout of the ECAC Hockey tournament, stopping all 24 shots from Cornell, as Quinnipiac downed the Big Red 1-0 to force a third and deciding game in the ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals match-up. Quinnipiac and Cornell will meet again on Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.

"Offensively, we're good right now," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "I like the way our offense is working right now - we're creating opportunities. We're generating opportunities, and we just need to score more goals."

Hartzell ran his scoreless streak to 149:17. It was the third longest scoreless streak in Quinnipiac's Division I history behind Jamie Holden's 171:16 over four games in 2003-04 and Dan Clarke's 151;19 last season. Hartzell and Clarke have allowed just two goals - both coming in last night's 2-1 loss to Cornell - in four games in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.

It is also the second time, since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey, that a team has had three shutouts in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, as Princeton also accomplished the feat in 2008.

"We knew this game was going to be a battle," Jeremy Langlois said. "We knew our guys would come out and play hard tonight. We knew we had to score first, we did, and from there it was just a battle."

Quinnipiac leading goal-scorer Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) added to his team-leading total with his 18th marker of the year. At the 14:12 mark of the first period, Langlois won a face-off deep in the Cornell zone, muscled his way through traffic and went top-shelf on Cornell goalie Andy Iles to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.

"[Jeremy] Langlois has 18 goals for the year," Pecknold said. "He just works hard. That goal was a neutral zone face-off, he battled through the defense and turned it into a great goal."

At the 18:16 mark of the period, Joe Devin appeared to scored his, and Cornell's, third goal of the series to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was knocked off its hinges and after a nine-minute delay, officials ruled the instant replay to be inconclusive and waved the goal off.