UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Head coach Rand Pecknold picked up the 500th victory of his career Saturday night as the No. 4/5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team blanked the Colgate Raiders, 6-0, in front of nearly 4,000 fans at the Nassau Coliseum.
Pecknold is just the third active NCAA Division I coach to earn 500 career victories and the 17th all-time to achieve the feat.
Also in the victory, senior captain Chase Priskie(Pembroke Pines, Florida) tallied two assists as he recorded the 100th point of his career. Priskie is the fourth defenseman in program history with 100 points and 40th player to reach the century mark.
Peter DiLiberatore (Bedford, Nova Scotia) and Desi Burgart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) each scored their first career goals in the rout of the Raiders while Karlis Cukste (Riga, Latvia) netted his first goal of the season.
Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) continued his incredible goaltending performance as he made 19 saves before exiting the game for Josh Mayanja (Framingham, Massachusetts) as the two combined for a 20-save shutout.
Quinnipiac 6, Colgate 0
Quinnipiac (15-3-0, 6-2-0 ECAC Hockey) | Colgate (4-10-2, 1-3-2 ECAC Hockey)
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- (10:11, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 1, Colgate 0: DiLiberatore scored his first career goal and was credited with the game-winner after Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) won the puck in the corner and shifted it up to DiLiberatore. He skated in from the left point while hesitating shots before wristing home the goal.
- (14:41, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 2, Colgate 0: Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) pocketed his fourth goal of the season as he caused a turnover in the neutral zone and beat Colgate goaltender Andrew Farrier on the breakaway to make it 2-0.
- (3:42, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 3, Colgate 0: Cukste buried his first goal of the season early in the second period as he took a pass from DiLiberatore on his left and flung the puck on net through traffic to beat Farrier.
- (1:51, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 4, Colgate 0: Michael Lombardi (Barrington, Rhode Island) and Priskie teamed up for a great goal early in the third period as Priskie controlled the puck as he skated into the offensive zone before finding Lombardi on the back door with a crisp centering feed.
- (11:52, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 5, Colgate 0: Burgart connected on his first career goal after knocking down a shot from Priskie and shoveling the backhander home to make it 5-0
- (15:03, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 6, Colgate 0: Alex Whelan capped off the scoring for the Bobcats after he one-timed home a great pass from Craig Martin (Trail, British Columbia) to cap off the scoring.
- Pecknold is the third active NCAA Division I men's ice hockey coach to record 500 career wins and just the 17th all-time
- Priskie recorded a pair of assists to pick up his 100th career point, becoming the fourth defenseman and 40th player in program history to reach 100 points
- Priskie extended his point streak to five games with his eighth multi-point effort of the season and has recorded points in 15 of 18 games this season
- Shortridge and Mayanja combined for Quinnipiac's seventh shutout of the season
- With his 19-save performance, Shortridge raised his save percentage to .970 on the season and lowered his GAA to 0.72 while extending his shutout streak to 180:03, dating back to his 7-2 victory at Maine on Nov. 23
- DiLiberatore's two-point game was his third such effort of the season and managed to score his first career goal
- Martin also had two helpers in Saturday night's win, upping his point total to 15 on the season and has six points over his last four games
- After recording three points earlier this season, Burgart found the back of the net for the first time as he scored in the third period
- Cukste's goal was his first of the season as he recorded his 40th career point
- Lombardi's goal was his third of the season and first since scoring at Princeton to open the month
- Whelan scored his sixth goal of the season and now has three points in his last four games
- Nick Jermain (Norwalk, Connecticut) picked up an assist in his first game back on the ice after missing 12 games
- Freshman Cam Boudreau (Salem, New Hampshire) played in his first career game for the Bobcats on Saturday and was a +2
- Quinnipiac returns to ECAC Hockey play next weekend as the Bobcats once again play the Colgate Raiders on Friday night before taking on the No. 20 Cornell Big Red Saturday night.
- Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. each night at Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center.