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HAMDEN, Conn. - Nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey lost to No. 13, Cornell, 2-1, in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The loss sends Quinnipiac to 21-7-5 overall and 11-5-3 in league play while Cornell improves to 13-7-5 overall and 9-6-4 in ECAC Hockey action.
"It's not often that you lose a game when you outshoot a team, 41-to-14," Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. "But it happens. Certainly, we're disappointed, but I thought we did a lot of things well tonight. I thought Cornell was excellent - they did a great job of clearing some pucks."
Quinnipiac outshot Cornell, 41-14, putting more shots on goal in the first period (19) than the Big Red managed for the game. Quinnipiac generated several scoring opportunities, but unfortunately were unable to capitalize. The Bobcats saw two power plays killed off by Cornell in the third period, including one late in the game, while also pulling Garteig for the man advantage in the final two minutes, but still failed to convert. Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia) both hits the post late in the game - with both shots resulting in rebound opportunities that flew wide.
"We had some great looks with half-empty nets that we just didn't finish," Pecknold said. "I felt like we had some defensive issues at times. When you hold a team to 14 shots, you can't give up breakaways. We have to learn from that, and we have to be better and get ready for Colgate tomorrow."
In the end, it was Cornell's Andy Iles with a 40-save performance for the win. Garteig stopped 12 of Cornell's 14 shots on goal, but was beat by a screened shot from the point and a breakaway.
It took the Bobcats just under 13 minutes to get on the board when freshman Tommy Schutt (Chanhassan, Minn.) scored for the second time in three games to give Quinnipiac a lead halfway through the first period. Schutt cleaned up a rebound in the slot off a shot by Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) from the point as Quinnipiac jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Cornell's Joakim Ryan scored to tie the game at 1-1. Joel Lowry dug the puck out of the corner to the right of Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) and fed John McCarron. McCarron took a shot on goal that was stopped by Garteig, but the rebound bounced out to Ryan at the point for the game-tying tally.
With just under seven minutes to play in the second period, Cornell's Brian Ferlin picked off a Quinnipiac pass in the neutral zone, beat a Bobcats defender and skated in on Garteig, one-on-one. Ferlin roofed a shot to give Cornell a 2-1 lead.
"If we didn't want the game tomorrow night, we want it even more now," senior captain Cory Hibbeler said. "With it being Senior Night we need to do something big. Especially since we've been slow, lately, on Saturday nights - we need to get ready [for Colgate] and get those two points."
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 22 when it hosts No. 19 Colgate at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats' tilt against Colgate will be available live on New England Sports Network (NESN) in HD. Senior Night festivities are slated for a 6:45 p.m. start.