ITHACA, N.Y. – As the preseason favorite in ECAC Hockey, it's easy to make the analogy that the Cornell men's hockey team had to be looking over its shoulder early this year. But that expression took on a whole new meaning Friday night after Quinnipiac's bizarre game-winning goal at Lynah Rink.
Midway through the third period of a tie game, the Bobcats' Chase Priskie took a shot from the neutral zone that sailed over the crossbar only to hit the seamless glass and carom back toward goal. The puck then hit Cornell goalie Matthew Galajda in the back and dropped into the net. An empty-net goal sealed it, and Quinnipiac recorded a 4-2 victory.
Yanni Kaldis helped set up Morgan Barron's team-leading fifth goal to stake Cornell (4-3, 2-1 ECAC Hockey) to an early lead, then Kaldis scored a four-on-four goal in the second. But Quinnipiac (8-2, 3-2) scored three unanswered goals in the third, including the fluky winner.
More to come …
The Big Red's Lineup:
How The Goals Were Scored:
• Available later tonight.
• In a rematch of a 2018 ECAC Hockey Championship semifinal and a potentially pivotal Ivy League contest, Cornell hosts Princeton at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lynah Rink.