HAMDEN, Conn. – Freshman Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) scored an extra-attacker goal with 29.3 seconds to go in the third period Saturday night but it wasn't enough as the No. 6/6 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team fell to the Harvard Crimson, 2-1, in a tightly contested ECAC Hockey game.
The Bobcats trailed 2-0 after Harvard's Jack Drury scored an empty-netter with 2:18 to go in the third period but Quinnipiac continued to keep Shortridge on the bench for the extra skater before de Jong scored the late goal.
The Bobcats nearly doubled the Crimson's shot output, 47-27, but could not break through as Harvard goaltender Michael Lackey made a career-high 46 saves to steal the game, including 33 saves over the final two periods.
Quinnipiac netminder Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) was just as stellar between the pipes as made 25 saves to hold down the defensive end but the Bobcats came up just short.
Quinnipiac 1, Harvard 2
Quinnipiac (16-5-1, 7-4-1 ECAC Hockey) | Harvard (7-5-3, 4-4-2 ECAC Hockey)
Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center | Hamden, Conn.
- (15:48, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 0, Harvard 1: John Marino put the Crimson on the board with 4:12 to go in the first period with a power-play goal. Colton Kerfoot dumped the puck off for Marino who found Fox at the right point. Fox immediately passed it back to Marino on top of the left faceoff circle for the one-timer.
- (17:42, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 0, Harvard 2: Jack Drury picked off a cross-ice pass by the Bobcats near the blue line and quickly fired the puck into the empty net for his fifth goal of the season
- (19:32.1, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 1, Harvard 2: The Bobcats spoiled Lackey's shutout bid as Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, New York) stole the puck in the offensive zone and hit Wyatt Bongiovanni(Birmingham, Michigan) down in the left corner with a pass. Bongiovanni attempted a wraparound shot but de Jong was there to put home the rebound.
- Shortridge played spectacularly between the pipes for the Bobcats as he made 25 saves, including 12 in the first period alone
- He continues to be one of the best goaltenders in the nation as he leads the country with a 0.98 GAA and .961 save percentage
- de Jong extended his goal streak to three games as he netted the Bobcats late goal for his seventh of the season
- He is tied for third in among ECAC Hockey rookies with seven goals and sixth in the nation while his 17 points are second and tied for 10th in the nation
- Fortunato recorded an assist for a second straight night to set a career-high with 18 assists this season, passing his previous best of 17 during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Boston University
- Fortunato also now has 20 points this season, just his second-ever 20-point campaign
- Bongiovanni picked up his fourth assist of the season with the primary helper on de Jong's goal
- Quinnipiac fired a season-high 47 shots on goal, its most shots in a game since recording 48 shots in a 5-3 loss against Maine on Dec. 9, 2017
- Quinnipiac heads on the road next week for the first time in the 2019 calendar year as the Bobcats take on the Boston University Terriers
- Puck drop is set for Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Agganis Arena.