ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The No. 8/8 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team put up a strong fight in the third period Sunday night and Craig Martin (Trail, British Columbia) recorded an extra-attacker power-play goal with 2:03 to go in the period but the Bobcats came up just short in a 3-1 loss to the No. 2/2 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final.
With the loss, the Bobcats finish the 2018-19 season with a 26-10-2 record with the 26 wins tied for the fourth-most in a single-season in program history as the Bobcats reached a regional final for the third time.
After being outshot 20-10 through two periods, the Bobcats turned up the energy in the third period to outshoot the Bulldogs, 12-6. Martin finally broke Hunter Shepard's shutout bid with 2:03 to go in the third period as he roofed a shot past the Bulldogs netminder on a great play in the offensive zone starting with Brogan Rafferty (Dundee, Illinois)
Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) kept the Bobcats in the game throughout the night as he made several big stops on his way to a 23-save performance. Shortridge finished the season with program records of a 1.51 GAA and .940 save percentage.
Quinnipiac 1, Minnesota Duluth 3
Quinnipiac (26-10-2) | Minnesota Duluth (27-11-2)
PPL Center | Allentown, Pa.
- (15:12, 2nd period) – Quinnipiac 0, Minnesota Duluth 1: After the Bobcats killed off a penalty with a great kill, Minnesota Duluth was able to strike and take a 1-0 lead. Nick Swaney fired the puck from the right side of the zone to the left for Scott Perunovich, who waited for a lane to find Peter Krieger on the back door for the snapshot that Shortridge nearly snagged with his glove
- (14:58, 3rd period) – Quinnipiac 0, Minnesota Duluth 2: Kobe Roth scored on a breakaway for the Bulldogs as Billy Exell worked the puck up for Jade Miller who found Roth for the goal on the back door
- (17:57, 3rd period | EX / PP) – Quinnipiac 1, Minnesota Duluth 2: The Bobcats put up a strong fight throughout the third period and finally found the back of the net with 2:03 left in the period. With an empty net, Rafferty stopped a clear attempt and put the puck at his feet still in the offensive zone. Rafferty worked the puck to Martin down low where he spun and fired the puck top shelf past Shepard
- (19:03.7, 3rd period | EN) – Quinnipiac 1, Minnesota Duluth 3: Parker Mackay dashed the Bobcats comeback hopes as he put home an empty-netter with less than a minute remaining in the game
- Quinnipiac recorded 26 wins this season, tied for the fourth most in a single-season in program history
- Shortridge was stellar between the pipes despite taking the loss as he finished with 23 saves and allowed just two goals or fewer for the 23rd time this season
- Shortridge set single-season program records with a 1.51 GAA and .940 save percentage after his phenomenal season in which he is a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, presented annually to the top goaltender in the nation
- Martin's late goal was his 11th of the season and 30th point, making him Quinnipiac's third 30-point scorer in 2018-19
- Rafferty's assist gives him 20 in his career for the second time, and he finished the season with 24 points
- Sunday marked the final game in the careers of Chase Priskie (Pembroke Pines, Florida), Scott Davidson(Trail, British Columbia), Craig Martin (Trail, British Columbia), Luke Shiplo (Oakville, Ontario) and Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, New York)
- Priskie finished his career as the all-time leading goal scorer for defensemen in program history with 39, while his 77 assists and 116 points ranked second to Reid Cashman '07
- This season, Priskie led the nation's defensemen with 17 goals and added 22 assists for 39 points, good for a career-high
- Davidson and Priskie each played in 153 games, tied for 15th in program history
- Along with his 30-point season, Martin concludes his career with 27 goals and 48 assists for 75 points
- Luke Shiplo had three goals and five points this season and concluded his career with 111 games played and 13 goals with 16 assists for 29 points
- Fortunato had a stellar season before going down with an injury, recorded career-highs of five goals and 23 assists for 28 points while he concludes his career with 16 goals and 60 assists for 76 points in 142 career games between Boston University and Quinnipiac