NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 5/5 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team clinched a share of its fourth Cleary Cup as the ECAC Hockey Co-Regular Season Champions with a 4-1 victory over the Yale Bulldogs Saturday night at Ingalls Rink.
Quinnipiac's win coupled with Cornell's tie at Clarkson clinched the Bobcats regular season championship. The Bobcats own the tiebreaker with Cornell and are the No. 1 overall seed in the 2019 ECAC Hockey Tournament.
With the win, Quinnipiac won 25 games in the regular season, tied for its second-most in a regular season in program history.
Nick Jermain (Norwalk, Connecticut) scored two goals for the Bobcats to lead the Bobcats offensive attack with his first multi-goal performance of the season. TJ Friedmann (St. Louis, Missouri) and Ethan de Jong (North Vancouver, British Columbia) each added goals for the Bobcats in the victory.
Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) made 24 saves to backstop the Bobcats victory to earn his 17th win of the season between the pipes.
Quinnipiac 4, Yale 1
Quinnipiac (25-7-2, 14-6-2 ECAC Hockey) | Yale (13-13-3, 11-10-1 ECAC Hockey)
Ingalls Rink | New Haven, Conn.
- (4:09, 1st period) – Quinnipiac 1, Yale 0: de Jong gave the Bobcats the lead early in the first period after he received a cross-zone pass from Brogan Rafferty (Dundee, Illinois). de Jong fended off a Yale defender before created spacing and sniping the shot over Yale goaltender Sam Tucker's glove side
- (1:59, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 2, Yale 0: Jermain scored his first of two goals in the game early in the second period. Michael Lombardi (Barrington, Rhode Island) gained control of the puck after Yale turned it over in the offensive zone and fired a shot on goal. Lombardi's shot was saved but Tucker could not control the puck and Jermain took it away before banking the shot off Tucker's back from behind the end line.
- (17:14, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 3, Yale 0: Quinnipiac added to its lead with just 2:46 left in the third period as Friedmann scored for the second time in as many nights. Scott Davidson (Trail, British Columbia) chipped the puck high into the offensive zone where Joe O'Connor (Hamden, Connecticut) gloved it done and skated to the right side of the goal before finding Friedmann for the finish.
- (19:06.2, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 4, Yale 0: Jermain buried his second of the game after receiving a home run pass from Peter DiLiberatore (Bedford, Nova Scotia) from zone-to-zone before Jermain deked Tucker and beat him with the top shelf backhander.
- (15:38, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 4, Yale 1: Ted Hart scored his second goal of the season with just 4:22 left in the third period as he fired home the puck off a faceoff win in the offensive zone.
- Quinnipiac won its fourth Cleary Cup Championship in program history and first since the 2015-16 season when the Bobcats
- The Bobcats 25 wins in the regular season are tied for the second-most in program history, tied with the 1998-99 season
- Jermain recorded two goals in a game for the first time this season and third time in his career, his first multi-goal game since Feb. 23, 2018 at St. Lawrence
- de Jong notched his 10th goal of the season, becoming Quinnipiac's fifth 10-goal scorer this season and fifth ECAC Hockey rookie with 10 goals
- Friedmann scored his second goal in as many nights and third goal of the season
- Shortridge continued his stellar play Saturday night with a 24-save performance to lower his national best GAA to 1.39 and maintained his .944 save percentage
- Rafferty tallied an assist to give him points in four of the last five games
- Lombardi recorded his fourth assist of the season and first point since Feb. 8, also against Yale
- DiLiberatore notched his 14th assist and has points in three consecutive games
- O'Connor recorded an assist for a second straight night and now has four assists on the season
- Davidson has heated up for the Bobcats as of late and now has points in four of his last five games
- Metsa tallied his second career assist and now has points in back-to-back weekends
- The Bobcats are off until the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals after clinching the first round bye Friday night.
- The No. 1 seed Bobcats will find out their opponent following the ECAC Hockey First Round next weekend