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Cornell improves to 7-0 with win over Quinnipiac

Junior goaltender Matthew Galajda made 13 of his 22 saves in the third period to help sophomore forward Michael Regush’s power-play goal in the second period stand up as the game-winner for the Cornell men’s hockey team in a 2-1 victory over ECAC Hockey rival Quinnipiac on Friday night at Lynah Rink. With the win, the Big Red — ranked second in the nation in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls — improves to 7-0 for the second time in the last three years.

Michael Regush flips in the game-winning, power-play goal during the second period of the Cornell men's hockey team's 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac in an ECAC Hockey game on Nov. 22, 2019 at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. (Eldon Lindsay/Cornell Athletics)

Though the first period produced no goals, it concluded with a flurry of activity in front of Galajda. He made a pair of saves in a remarkable stretch of three Quinnipiac odd-man rushes in a span of just 27 seconds.

Cornell (7-0, 5-0 ECAC Hockey) then struck first with junior forward Brenden Locke’s goal early in the second period. Quinnipiac (6-5-1, 2-2-1) countered with Nick Jermain’s fifth goal of the season to tie it at 1, but Regush put the Big Red back on top for good just a shade over two minutes later. It gave the Big Red power play, which leads the country with a 40% conversion rate, at least one goal in each of the team’s first seven games for the first time since the 2005-06 season.