SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) stood tall all game long Friday night as the No. 5/6 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team tied the No. 20 Union Dutchmen, 1-1, at Messa Rink.
Shortridge made 27 saves Friday night, including 22 over the final two periods and overtime. He made two saves in overtime, including a sprawling save with about two-and-a-half minutes left to keep the game tied.
Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Michigan) scored the lone goal for the Bobcats near the midway point of the second period off a feed from Odeen Tufto(Chaska, Minnesota) that gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead before Union answered later in the period.
Quinnipiac 1, Union 1 (OT)
Quinnipiac (21-6-2, 10-5-2 ECAC Hockey) | Union (14-9-6, 7-8-2 ECAC Hockey)
Messa Rink | Schenectady, N.Y.
- (8:29, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 1, Union 0: Bongiovanni put the Bobcats on top near the midway point of the first period with his 11th tally. After a faceoff win for Tufto, Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) chased down the puck and nudged it to Tufto who fired the puck through the slot to the backdoor where Bongiovanni waited for the one-timer.
- (14:50, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 1, Union 1: The Dutchmen answered back just over six minutes later as Brendan Taylor jammed at a loose puck in the crease and managed to poke it past Shortridge for the second period equalizer.
- Shortridge's 27-save performance boosted his nation-leading save percentage back to .950 and lowered his GAA to 1.30
- Bongiovanni's goal maintained his ECAC Hockey rookie-leading goal total with 11 on the season, remaining one ahead of Dartmouth's Drew O'Connor
- Bongiovanni is also tied for second in the nation in rookie scoring
- Tufto extended his point streak to five games, his fourth five-game point streak of the season with an assist on Bongiovanni's goal
- Tufto moved into sole possession of third in the nation with 38 points while his 25 assists are tied for second
- de Jong recorded his third point in the last four games with an assist on Bongiovanni's goal, and now has 13 assists and 22 points on the season to remain second among ECAC Hockey rookies
- William Fällström (Stockholm, Sweden) won an impressive 20 faceoffs in 24 opportunities Friday night for his first-career game with 20 faceoff wins
- Quinnipiac remains second in ECAC Hockey despite the tie, as the Bobcats are tied with Harvard with 22 points
- Quinnipiac travels to nearby Troy, New York, for the second game of the weekend series as the Bobcats take on the Rensselaer Engineers
- Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. from Houston Field House