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No. 1 Cornell gets shutout by No. 18 Quinnipiac, 5-0

Quinnipiac scored three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 36 seconds in the first period Friday, and the Cornell men’s hockey team never recovered in a 5-0 loss at People’s United Center.

The loss ended an eight-game unbeaten streak for Cornell (14-2-4, 9-2-2 ECAC Hockey), which is ranked #1 in the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for a third straight week. Keith Petruzzelli posted a 22-save shutout for 18th-ranked Quinnipiac (15-9-1, 8-4-1). It marked the first time the Big Red has been blanked in a regular-season game since Feb. 9, 2018, and it was the first time Cornell yielded more than three goals this season – let alone four.

Mike Schafer chats with his team at the bench during the Cornell men's hockey team's game against Harvard on Jan. 25, 2020 at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. (Eldon Lindsay/Cornell Athletics)

It was about as ugly as it gets,” said Mike Schafer ’86, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey at Cornell.

While it didn’t take long for the Bobcats to seize control, the hosts needed some quality saves from Petruzzelli to keep the Big Red from drawing first blood. Junior forward Morgan Barron had a clean shot from the right circle on the rush just 29 seconds into the game, but Petruzzelli got just enough of the puck to send it wide of the near post.