HAMDEN, Conn. – Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) continued his incredible start to the 2018-19 season as he tallied 32 saves and in his sixth straight victory as the No. 8 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team shut out the No. 1 UMass Minutemen, 4-0, Friday night.
Shortridge's shutout was his third of the season as the Bobcats extended their winning streak to a season best seven games. Shortridge was spectacular from start to finish, including recording 15 saves in the third period alone on his way to his second consecutive shutout.
The victory was also the 499th of head coach Rand Pecknold's career as he looks to become the third active Division I head coach with 500 career victories.
Craig Martin (Trail, British Columbia) netted a pair of third period goals to secure the victory for the Bobcats, recording his second straight two-goal game. Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) and Zach Metsa (Delafield, Wisconsin) also scored for the Bobcats in the win.
Quinnipiac 4, UMass 0
Quinnipiac (14-2-0, 6-2-0 ECAC Hockey) | UMass (12-2-0, 7-0-0 Hockey East)
Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at People's United Center | Hamden, Conn.
- (00:42, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 1, UMass 0: Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) collected a rebound off an initial shot from Bongiovanni and sent the puck up the boards to Chase Priskie (Pembroke Pines, Florida) at the point. Priskie's shot was knocked down by Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) but Bongiovanni was right there to lift home the juicy rebound.
- (12:56, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 2, UMass 0: After the Bobcats won a faceoff but the Minutemen took the puck, Joe O'Connor (Hamden, Connecticut) collected the loose puck in the right corner and in one motion fired a centering feed into the slot to Metsa wide open on the back door. Metsa went to one knee and one-timed home the back-door goal.
- (12:54, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 3, UMass 0: Martin scored his first of two goals in the period has he one-timed home a feed from Alex Whelan (Ramsey, New Jersey) from behind the net to beat Lindberg top shelf for the goal. William Fällström (Stockholm, Sweden) also had an assist on Martin's goal.
- (16:37, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 4, UMass 0: Martin buried an empty-net goal to secure the Bobcats' 4-0 victory as he fired home the puck from the opposite blue line off a quick outlet pass from Karlis Cukste (Riga, Latvia)
- The Bobcats defeated a top-ranked team for the first time in program history Friday night
- Quinnipiac's win extended the team's winning streak to a season-best seven games and now owns the longest winning streak in the nation
- The Bobcats have recorded shutouts in three of the last four games and a total of four times during the latest winning streak
- Overall, Quinnipiac's six shutouts is the most in the nation
- Shortridge's incredible performance lowered his GAA to 0.86 and raised his save percentage to .966, both good for the best in the nation
- He has not allowed a goal over the last 125 minutes of play as he stepped up to make 32 saves in Friday night's shutout
- Martin recorded two goals for a second straight game as he moved into a tie with Bongiovanni for the third most goals on the team
- He now has four two-goal games, with three of them coming this season
- Bongiovanni's game-winning goal was his seventh total goal of the season and first since Nov. 23 in the Bobcats' 7-2 win at Maine
- Metsa put home his second goal of the season after scoring his first at Maine on Nov. 24
- de Jong picked up his 10th assist of the season to extend his point streak to six games with the helper
- Priskie moved within three points of 100 in his career as he tallied an assist for his 20th point of the season
- Priskie now has four straight 20 point seasons and is riding a three-game point streak
- O'Connor recorded his fourth point of the season with his second assist
- Cukste set a new career-high with his 11th assist of the season and has assists in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season
- Fällström picked up his seventh assist of the season to give Quinnipiac nine players with at least 10 points
- Desi Burgart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) recorded an assist in his first game back and fourth overall assist on the season
- Quinnipiac and UMass travel to Amherst tomorrow night for the second leg of the home-and-home weekend beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Mullins Center. Saturday night's game can be viewed on Eleven Sports, NESNPlus, TSN/TSNGo, UMassAthletics.com (outside of the NESN viewing area) and can be heard on the radio on AM 1220 WQUN.