NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Behind a 33-save shutout from sophomore goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia), nationally-ranked No. 4 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey defeated No. 14 Yale, 4-0, in front of a capacity crowd at Yale's Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. Garteig's NCAA-leading fifth shutout of the season ties the Quinnipiac single-season record set by Eric Hartzell in 2012-13.
With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 21-5-5 overall and 11-3-3 in ECAC Hockey play while Yale drops to 12-8-4 overall and 7-7-3 in league action. Quinnipiac also improves to 6-1-2 in nine games against ranked opponents this season.
Senior captain Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) had a goal and two assists to lead Quinnipiac while freshmen Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.), Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) and Tommy Schutt (Chanhassen, Minn.) also scored for the Bobcats. Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) and Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had assists in the win.
Hibbeler gave Quinnipiac the early lead with his fifth goal of the year, and second in his last three games, with just under eight minutes to play in the first period. After a physical first-half of the first period, Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) won a face-off in front of the Yale goal, back to Hibbeler. Hibbeler collected the puck and wristed a shot through traffic that beat Yale goal Alex Lyons glove-side as it found the top right corner to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.
Both teams traded multiple Grade-A opportunities through the first 20 minutes, with the goalies from both sides standing up to seemingly constant pressure. It was a defenseman – freshman Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) who made the save of the period. Gus Young fired a shot on goal that was tipped and glanced off of Garteig's shoulder and up into the air. With the puck heading towards the goal mouth, Clifton glided in before Garteig and batted the puck away to keep Yale off the board.
Freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) scored his team-leading 17th goal of the year with 12:26 remaining in the second period. Hibbeler tipped the puck deep where Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) attempted the jam the puck on Lyon. With the puck bouncing through the slot, Anas was able to collect it and first it over Lyons' left should to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
Clifton found the net just 17 seconds later to push Quinnipiac's lead to 3-0. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) carried the puck behind the Yale goal and into the corner before turning and sliding the puck across ice to Clifton at the opposite face-off circle. Clifton shot to the far post where the puck found daylight to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead. Anas and Clifton's goals were the seventh-fastest two goals scored in Quinnipiac history, just 17-seconds apart.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown in an ECAC Hockey match-up at Meehan Auditorium at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac returns home next weekend when it hosts Cornell on Friday, Feb. 21 and Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 22, with both games available on New England Sports Network (NESN). Quinnipiac Athletics and High Point Solutions Arena will host Senior Night festivities prior to the start of the Bobcats' tilt against Colgate.