Winslow nets first goal in Quin­nip­iac win

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By Jim Fuller james.fuller @hearst­medi­act.com; @NHRJimFuller

HAMDEN — Nei­ther record-set­ting defenseman or rock-solid goalie An­drew Shor­tridge seemed to mind shar­ing the spot­light with one of the wideeyed young­sters on the na­tion­al­lyranked Quin­nip­iac men’s hockey team.

Fresh­man winger Daniel Winslow, a Fair­field na­tive play­ing in his sec­ond game of the sea­son, opened the scor­ing in the host Bob­cats’ 3-0 win over RPI be­fore a crowd of 3,298 at Peo­ple’s United 3 0 Cen­ter on Fri­day night.

“I didn’t see it go in right away but I saw Joe (O’Connor) and he said it went in so I just kind of cel­e­brated with him,” Winslow said of the first­pe­riod tally.

“Me and Joe have been friends for a long time, since youth hockey so my first goal came with him, it is awe­some.”

Winslow’s cel­e­bra­tion had to wait un­til the play was re­viewed, but it didn’t take long for the of­fi­cials to point to cen­ter ice af­ter con­firm­ing that the work of Winslow and O’Connor, a sopho­more from Hamden, fight­ing for the re­bound in front of the net re­sulted in the game’s first goal. Spend­ing three sea­sons play­ing at Avon Old Farms and two more with the Jer­sey Hit­men in the U.S. Premier Hockey League, Winslow is now play­ing just 40 min­utes from home and he could only imag­ine the re­ac­tion of his fa­ther, who was in the stands, when he net­ted his first goal as a Bob­cat.

Odeen Tufto and Priskie, two play­ers who are used to find­ing the back of the net, added power-play goals as Quin­nip­iac im­proved to 7-1 and 2-1 in the ECAC. For Priskie, it was his 29th ca­reer goal, the most by any Quin­nip­iac de­fense­men since the Bob­cats made the move to the Divi­sion I level.

“I can’t give enough praise for the guys I have been able to play with,” said Priskie, who also had an as­sist. “I have been able to get the puck in right sit­u­a­tions, I have been able to do the easy part.”

Priskie and his team­mates did every­thing they could to make Shor­tridge’s sev­enth ca­reer shutout as easy as pos­si­ble.

The ju­nior needed to make 12 saves, none more im­pres­sive than a point­blank stop on Ot­toville Lep­pan with Quin­nip­iac killing a penalty early in the third pe­riod.

“The whole team as a unit and the D core stepped up and played solid de­fen­sive hockey,” Shor­tridge said. “Only 12 shots given up, a cou­ple of odd man rushes but that is what I am here for.

They did a great job of not al­low­ing RPI that time and space and lim­it­ing their op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Quin­nip­iac lim­ited the En­gi­neers to only seven even-strength shots in the game while pep­per­ing RPI goalie Lin­den Marshall with 17 shots in the first pe­riod alone.

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