Behind Zane Kalemba’s 37-save shutout, the Princeton Tigers (3-1-0, 2-1-0 ECAC Hockey) defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats (2-3-1, 0-1-1 ECAC Hockey) by a score of 2-0 Tuesday evening.
It was the third straight game in which the Bobcats had been shut out, previously having been blanked by Colgate and Cornell last weekend. The Bobcats’ current goal-less streak stands at 193:28, a school record.
“Kalemba was excellent,” said Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold. “You have to give him a lot of credit. We generated a lot of offense and just couldn’t find a way to score. I thought we played a pretty good game tonight with the exception of taking some bad penalties.”
Princeton got on the board first at 16:50 of the second period. Off a faceoff to the left of Quinnipiac’s Nick Pisellini, Dan Bartlett won the draw back to Matt Godlewski. Godlewski corralled the puck and blasted a shot on net past Pisellini for the 1-0 lead.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead on Bartlett’s second goal of the season. Sam Sabky sent a lead pass to the offensive blue line where Bartlett picked it up. Going one-on-one with a Quinnipiac defender, Bartlett went for a toe drag and the puck bounced onto its side on the ice and over Pisellini’s glove.
In the second period, the Bobcats generated 16 of the 17 shots recorded on net on their three power-play opportunities, with Eric Lampe registering six of those shots on net. They finished with 26 shots on nine power plays.
“Our power play I thought was awesome, but the puck just wouldn’t go in the net,” said Pecknold. “It’s disappointing we haven’t found a way to score goals.”
Coming into the midweek matchup, the Bobcats led the nation in penalty minutes at 26.0 per game. Quinnipiac tallied 22 penalty minutes in the loss. Princeton went scoreless on its nine man-up chances, while Quinnipiac has converted its last 21 penalty kills and 31 of 32 dating back to a game on Nov. 1.
Quinnipiac and Princeton both travel to Albany, N.Y., next weekend for games against Union and RPI.