Quinnipiac survives upset bid by Cornell in ECAC quarterfinals
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Cornell was a mere 1 minute 4 seconds away from upsetting top-ranked Quinnipiac in the deciding game of their ECAC quarterfinal series Sunday, but senior forward Clay Harvey had other plans.
On as an extra attacker, Harvey potted the tying goal 18:56 into the third period to send the game to overtime.
After battling to a scoreless first extra session, the host Bobcats (26-6-5) emerged with a 3-2 double-overtime victory when Kevin Bui found the back of the net at the 14:08 mark. Quinnipiac will play Brown in the semifinals on Friday night in Schenectady, N.Y.
Andy Iles kept Cornell (15-16-3) in the game. The sophomore made an astonishing 60 saves, 28 of which came in the overtime sessions. The Big Red almost won the game in the first minute of the second overtime, but John McCarron’s shot hit the post.
Brian Ferlin, a 2011 Bruins draft pick, and Braden Birch scored for Cornell.
Brown 3, Rensselaer 2 — In the other deciding ECAC quarterfinal game, the Bears escaped Troy, N.Y., with a win.
Brown (15-13-6) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the strength of first-period goals from Jake Goldberg and Matt Lorito, scored 50 seconds apart.
Rensselaer (18-14-5) had a tough time solving Bears goalie Anthony Borelli, who made 40 saves, including 13 in the final frame, and held strong while Rensselaer ended the game on the power play.
Mercyhurst 1, Holy Cross 0 — After rallying for a win Saturday night, Holy Cross couldn’t do the same on Sunday in Worcester, falling to Mercyhurst in the deciding game of their Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal matchup.
Mercyhurst (18-16-5) advances to face Connecticut (19-13-4) in the semifinals on Friday night in Rochester, N.Y.
The lone goal came just 6:49 into the game off the stick of Grant Blakey. That was all the Lakers needed, as Jordan Tibbett made 28 saves to record the shutout.
The Crusaders (20-14-3) fended off five Mercyhurst power plays, but never found a rhythm on offense. Sophomore netminder Matt Ginn turned aside 32 shots for Holy Cross.