Har­vard turns back Quin­nip­iac

New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - COLLEGES - By Paul Doyle

HAM­DEN — An­drew Shor­tridge took his place be­tween the pipes Sat­ur­day night at Per­rotti Arena, the sec­ond start in two nights for the Quin­nip­iac ju­nior.

It was a clear sign the kid from An­chor­age, Alaska is grab­bing hold of the start­ing job for the na­tion­al­lyranked Bob­cats. Com­ing off a 24-save night in a victory over Dart­mouth, Shor­tridge earned the start against Har­vard while sopho­more Keith Petruzzelli — a 2017 third-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings — was on the bench.

The un­drafted Shor­tridge was up the chal­lenge, turn­ing in a nearly flaw­less per­for­mance against the Crim­son as he notched 25 saves. Prob­lem was, his coun­ter­part at the other end was bet­ter.

Har­vard se­nior Michael Lackey stopped 46 shots shots in a 2-1 victory. Quin­nip­iac (16-5-1) car­ried played in through­out the third pe­riod, but Har­vard put the game away with an empty net by Jack Drury at 2 min­utes, 18 sec­onds left.

The Bob­cats broke through when Ethan de Jong beat Lackey with 27 sec­onds left in the game. It came on Quin­nip­iac’s 46th shot on goal in the game and the Bob­cats would con­tinue to press in the clos­ing sec­onds.

Ranked sixth in the coun­try, the Bob­cats en­tered the week­end with one win in four games. Af­ter a 5-1 victory over Dart­mouth, Quin­nip­iac was look­ing to seize some mo­men­tum.

But Lackey, who was in goal dur­ing a 4-2 loss at Prince­ton Fri­day night, stood in the way. Af­ter stop­ping 30 shots through two pe­ri­ods — when Har­vard took a 1-0 lead — he was un­der pres­sure through­out the third pe­riod.

Lackey made a stick save on a clear shot from the point by Odeen Tufto mid­way through the pe­riod. When Quin­nip­iac on the power play with 7:53 left, Lackey stopped a shot by Alex Whe­lan be­fore stop­ping de Jong’s at­tempt off a re­bound.

The bar­rage con­tin­ued, but Lackey would not re­lent. Har­vard raised it record to 7-5-3.

The shots were even at 13 in the first pe­riod, but Har­vard had the two best chances.

With 5:22 left in the pe­riod, Drury tipped a shot that Shor­tridge stopped as he dropped to his knees. But the re­bound rolled in front and Drury took an­other shot, a back­han­der sent to­ward the open right side of the next.

But Shor­tridge, sprawl­ing across the crease, made a glove save that brought the crowd to its feet.

It was the save of the night and came against a kid with Con­necti­cut roots. Drury’s fa­ther Ted and un­cle Chris are Con­necti­cut hockey roy­alty, prod­ucts of Trum­bull and Fair­field Prep. Both played in the NHL, of course, and Ted road went through Har­vard Yard.

Jack Drury grew up in the Chicago area, where Ted — who spent time with the Whalers — raised his fam­ily. And the fresh­man was se­lected 42nd over­all in last sum­mer’s NHL draft by the Carolina Hur­ri­canes, the team for­merly known as the Hart­ford Whalers.

Drury was a threat through­out the first 20 min­utes, reg­is­ter­ing three of Har­vard’s 13 shots. But it was de­fense­man John Marino who fi­nally beat Shor­tridge on his only shot of the pe­riod.

With Har­vard on the power play just 70 sec­onds af­ter Shor­tridge’s glove save on Drury, Marino one-timed a pass and beat the Quin­nip­iac goalie in­side the left post.

Shor­tridge made three more saves in the pe­riod, in­clud­ing a stop on Jack Donato — son of Har­vard coach Ted Donato.

The sec­ond pe­riod less event­ful for Shor­tridge, who stopped nine shots. Quin­nip­iac put 17 shots on Lackey, who kept the Bob­cats off the score­board.

Quin­nip­iac’s best op­por­tu­nity came 10 sec­onds af­ter Har­vard killed a penalty. Lackey redi­rected a cross pass, but Alex Whe­lan sent a shot on goal and Lackey made the save as he spread across the crease.

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