HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to nationally-ranked No. 9 Cornell, 3-2, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 12-8-5 overall and 4-5-4 in ECAC Hockey play. Cornell holds onto first place in the league standings, improving to 7-1-1 in league play and 10-4-2 overall. With a Colgate loss at Princeton, Quinnipiac and the Raiders remained tied for second place in the league standings with 12 points, apiece.
Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) and Zack Currie (Victoria, British Columbia) both scored for the Bobcats, while Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Mike Glaicar (Kamloops, British Columbia), Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) also had assists.
Cornell's Locke Jillson scored his third goal of the season to give the Big Red a 1-0 lead 15:22 into the first period. Dustin Mowrey dug the puck out of the corner and fed Cole Bardreau on the half-wall. Bardreau skated to the middle of the ice and left the puck for Jillson, who blasted a one-timer past Hartzell to give Cornell a 1-0 lead.
With 31-seconds remaining in the first period, Langlois scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season on a wrap-around to tie the game. Glaicar started the play when he sent the puck behind the Cornell net. Heichman won the battle behind the goal and fed Langlois who came up on Cornell goalie Andy Iles' right. Langlois then sent the puck off the opposite post to knot the game at 1-1.
Currie gave the Bobcats a lead when he tipped a rebound past Iles on the Bobcats' power play for his sixth goal of the season, the most among all Quinnipiac defensemen and his fifth point in his last four games. Connor Jones started the play when he picked up the puck along the boards next to the Bobcats' bench. He then centered a pass to twin brother Kellen Jones at the blue line. Kellen walked the puck into the slot and fired a shot on Iles. The puck bounced off Iles' chest and to his right where Currie coasted in and poked the puck past Iles to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead. Connor extends his team-best point streak to five games with the assist on the play.
After Cornell took a penalty, Sean Collins scored a short-handed goal, his sixth overall this year, after intercepting a pass in the neutral zone. Collins split two defenders and skated in on Hartzell, one-on-one, before flipping the puck between the Bobcats' goalies pads to tie the game at 2-2. The Big Red scored again with 7:32 left to take a 3-2 lead. Collins took control of the puck in the neutral zone and skated down the left side of the ice before finding Joel Lowry on the doorstep for the one-timer to give Cornell a one-goal lead.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 14 when it hosts Colgate at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats and Raiders are currently tied for second place in the league standings, both with 12 points to date. Following the ECAC Hockey tilt against the Raiders, Quinnipiac fans are invited onto the ice to "Skate With The Bobcats".