#14/14 Quinnipiac Bobcats (7-2-0, 2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) at
#17 Cornell Big Red (4-2-0, 2-2-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Lynah Rink | Ithaca, N.Y.
All-Time vs. Cornell: 16-22-3 (Lost last meeting, 2-0, on March 10, 2018)
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#14/14 Quinnipiac Bobcats (7-2-0, 2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) at
Colgate Raiders (2-6-1, 0-1-1 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Class of 1965 Arena | Hamilton, N.Y.
All-Time vs. Colgate: 21-15-2 (Won last meeting, 4-3 (OT), on Jan. 5, 2018)
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HAMDEN, Conn. –
The No. 14/14 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team hits road to kick off a stretch of back-to-back road weekends as the Bobcats take on the No. 17 Cornell Big Red Friday night at Lynah Rink before traveling to Colgate for a Saturday night showdown at the Class of 1965 Arena.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats recorded a weekend split for the second straight weekend as they recorded a solid 3-0 shutout of Rensselaer last Friday before falling to then-No. 12/13 Union on Saturday night. Quinnipiac improved to 7-2 on the season after the weekend split and retained spots in both national rankings.
The Big Red come into the weekend sporting a 4-2-0 record and are 2-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Cornell is coming off a weekend sweep at Northern Michigan over the weekend, and have now won four straight games. Mitch Vanderlaan is off to an impressive start with his senior season as he leads the team in assists and points with seven. Morgan Barron has four goals and two assists for six points already in his sophomore campaign while four different players have at least three goals. Through just six games, 15 different players have points. Reigning ECAC Hockey Goaltender and Rookie of the Year Matthew Galajda enters the weekend with a 2.71 GAA and .880 save percentage to go with his 4-2-0 record after starting all six games.
All-Time vs. Cornell
Cornell has the advantage in the all-time series between the two teams at 16-22-3 dating back to the first meeting in 2000-01. The Big Red won all four matches between the two teams last season, including a quarterfinal sweep at Lynah Rink in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. Cornell has won five straight against Quinnipiac, with the Bobcats' last win against the Big Red coming on Nov. 18, 2016 at Lynah Rink.
The Raiders have struggled this season as they ride a seven-game winless streak into the weekend. Colgate opened the season with back-to-back 2-1 victories against New Hampshire in a weekend sweep before its current skid. Last weekend, the Raiders battled with No. 7 Ohio State but were swept by the Buckeyes, a team that reached the Frozen Four a season ago. Colgate has struggled to score so far this season, netting just 10 goals in nine games. Bobby McMann leads the team with three goals and five points while Adam Dauda has three assists and four points. Freshman netminder Mitch Benson has been solid between the pipes in eight starts this season, going 2-5-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .919 save percentage. He made 76 saves last weekend as he tried to keep the Raiders in both games against the Buckeyes.
All-Time vs. Colgate
Quinnipiac is 21-15-2 in 38 games between the two teams since the 2005-06 season, including a series split last season with Colgate. The road team won each game last season and the Bobcats are 7-1-0 against Colgate since the start of the 2014-15 season. In 2017-18, the Raiders came to Hamden and earned a 4-1 victory before the Bobcats won 4-3 in overtime in Hamilton on Jan. 5.
Despite splitting last weekend, the Bobcats did not see too much movement in the national polls. The Bobcats fell one spot to No. 14 in the USCHO.com Division I Poll and only lost five points from the week before. Quinnipiac dropped two spots in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll to No. 14 and received 79 points this week.
Seeking 500 Wins
continued in his journey for his 500th
career victory after beating Rensselaer on Friday night, moving up to 492 career wins. He looks to become just the second coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to record 500 wins at Quinnipiac, as former men's and women's tennis coach Mike Quitko recorded 526 wins over 23 years with those programs. Former baseball coach Dan "Skip" Gooley recorded his 500th
career win as a coach at Quinnipiac, but recorded 101 wins in a brief stint at Hartford before returning to Quinnipiac.
All-Time Wins at Quinnipiac
Top Graduation Rates
The NCAA released information regarding graduation success rates and NCAA Ice Hockey institutions combined for their highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 94.6 percent. Quinnipiac was one of 14 schools to record a perfect 100 percent GSR and one of five ECAC Hockey institutions.
had a night to remember on Friday night as he broke the Division I program record for goals by a defenseman with his 29th
career goal in the Bobcats' 3-0 win over Rensselaer. Priskie broke the previous mark set by Dan Ennis '03. Now Priskie has just two players ahead of him on the all-time program list: Ed Muzyka '86 with 38 goals and Anthony DiPalma '01 with 30 goals.
With his goal against Rensselaer, Priskie found the back of the net for a sixth straight game before his streak was snapped against Union. Priskie is tied with Princeton's Ryan Kuffner for the most goals in ECAC Hocke with seven while his 11 points are tied for fourth in the league and is second among defensemen. Nationally, Priskie has the most goals scored by a defenseman and is tied for fifth among all skaters.
Sophomore goaltender Andrew Shortridge
posted his first shutout of the season Friday night for the Bobcats as they blanked the Engineers, 3-0. Shortridge's shutout was the seventh of his career, tied for the fourth-most shutouts by a Quinnipiac goaltender in program history. On the season, he has a .971 save percentage and 0.50 GAA in two starts.
In Friday night's 3-0 shutout, the Bobcats allowed just 12 shots on goal, its lowest total of the season. Earlier this season, Quinnipiac held UConn to 13 shots on goal. Friday night's performance was the fewest shots on goal allowed by a Quinnipiac team in nearly six years since also allowing 12 shots on goal at Princeton in a 3-1 win on Dec. 7, 2012.