TROY, N.Y. – Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minnesota) scored the game-winning power-play goal with 34 seconds to go in regulation Saturday night as the No. 5/6 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team came back to defeat the Rensselaer Engineers, 2-1, at Houston Field House.
The Engineers were whistled for a penalty with 1:23 remaining in the third period to put the Bobcats on a power play. Quinnipiac put together three quick passes in offensive zone from Brogan Rafferty(Dundee, Illinois) to Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) who found Tufto for the one-timer in the slot for the game-winner.
Tufto's winner was his second game-winning goal and first since scoring the game-winner with 15.2 seconds to go in regulation at Vermont in the season-opening victory.
Daniel Winslow (Fairfield, Connecticut) scored his fourth goal of the season in the second period start Quinnipiac's comeback from a 1-0 deficit before Tufto's winner.
Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) made big save after big save in the victory, finishing the night with 17 saves as he allowed one goal or fewer for the 12th time this season.
Quinnipiac 2, Rensselaer 1
Quinnipiac (22-6-2, 11-5-2 ECAC Hockey) | Rensselaer (9-18-3, 6-10-2 ECAC Hockey)
Houston Field House | Troy, N.Y.
- (1:32, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 0, Rensselaer 1: The Engineers jumped out to the early lead as Brady Ferner received a point-to-point pass from his defensive partner Kyle Hallbauer and rifled a shot from the left point past Shortridge.
- (11:51, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 1, Rensselaer 1 Winslow tied up the game for the Bobcats with just over eight minutes to play in the second period with his fourth goal of the season. Scott Davidson (Trail, British Columbia) won a faceoff back to Rafferty at the point where he fired a shot on net. Rafferty's shot was initially saved by Rensselaer goaltender Owen Savory but Winslow crashed the net and jammed the rebound home for the tying goal.
- (19:26, 3rd period – PP) – Quinnipiac 2, Rensselaer 1: Tufto found the back of the net with the game-winning goal late in the third period as Rafferty shifted the puck down from the point to de Jong on the right wing who centered the puck to Tufto streaking down the slot for the one-timer.
- Tufto's goal was his 14th of the season, tied for the most on the team and third most in ECAC Hockey
- He extended his point streak to six games, his longest point streak on the season
- After missing the last three games, Winslow returned to the lineup and scored his fourth goal of the season
- Two of Winslow's four goals, including his first career goal, have come against the Engineers
- Shortridge continued his dominance in goal once again as he allowed a goal or fewer for the 12th time this season
- He lowered his nation leading GAA to 1.28 and continues to lead the nation with a .949 save percentage
- Rafferty recorded two points with a pair of assists for his fourth multi-point game of the season and first since Jan. 22 against Holy Cross
- Davidson picked up his fifth point of the season with his third helper and first point since Jan. 4
- de Jong remains one of the best rookies in ECAC Hockey as he is tied for second among ECAC Hockey rookies with his 14th assist and 23rd point
- de Jong now has points in back-to-back games and four of his last five
- With the win and Cornell's loss, the Bobcats pulled within a point of first place in the league and have a one point edge in over Yale and a two-point advantage over Clarkson and Harvard.
- The Bobcats return home for the final home weekend of the regular season next weekend
- Quinnipiac hosts St. Lawrence Friday night at 7 p.m. before welcoming the Clarkson Golden Knights to Hamden for Senior Night on Saturday at 7 p.m.