Quinnipiac and Dartmouth battle to scoreless tie

Video by: Kyle Levasseur

Written by: Drew Feinberg

In a game that saw 70 total shots taken, not a single one found the back of the net, as the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team (6-8-2, 3-5-1 ECAC) battled to a 0-0 overtime tie against Dartmouth College (2-6-2, 2-4-1 ECAC) on Saturday night.

The standout player in this match was Dartmouth’s goaltender Adrian Clark. Clark bounced back in a big way from a less-than-stellar performance Friday night where he was pulled at Princeton after giving up five goals in the first period.

“43 shots and no goals. Credit to [Adrian] Clark I thought he was very good,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “Sometimes the puck just doesn’t go in the net.”

Missed chances were the name of the game in this one for Quinnipiac, as many loose pucks in Clark’s crease were not converted into goals, and 12 power play shots were saved. Sophomore Logan Mick found the back of the net with 3:42 remaining in the first period, however the goal was disallowed due to a stoppage of play from the referee.

Pecknold expressed his displeasure for the call after the game.

“We scored but the referee blew a quick whistle. It was a mistake on his part but that’s life and you have to move on,” he said.

Quinnipiac will host the University of Maine (6-7-1, 4-4-1 Hockey East) next Friday and Saturday.

Goaltender Controversy?

It may be too soon to be talking about a goalie controversy, but I’m going to bring it up anyway. Sophomore Andrew Shortridge was overshadowed by Adrian Clark in this game. Shortridge was not tested very often, but did stop all 27 shots he faced.

Highly-touted freshman Keith Petruzzelli has not seen much time this season between the pipes. He is currently 1-2-0 with a 3.98 goals against average, and has yet to have a start in three straight games. In Shortridge’s defense, he has not been playing bad at all.

However with Quinnipiac getting swept by a team like UMass Amherst and then tying to Dartmouth, a team who hasn’t beaten Quinnipiac at home since Mar. 6, 2010 in the ECAC first round playoffs, it may be time for Pecknold to give Petruzzelli a few more starts.

WANTED: Goal scorers

Captain Chase Priskie summed up tonight’s performance simply.

“It’s frustrating but we definitely had our chances, but sometimes the puck doesn’t bounce your way,” he said.

The puck has seemed to not ‘bounce’ Quinnipiac’s way recently, but why is that?

The Bobcats are ranked ninth in the ECAC with only 14 goals scored in conference play. To put that into perspective, top ranked Princeton has doubled Quinnipiac’s conference goals with 29 already.

Coming into the season, the team would’ve expected players like Landon Smith or Alex Whelan to be the teams go-to scorer. However both have looked somewhat flat as of late, with Smith not finding the back of the net in five games.

With only one player (Whelan, 6) on the roster with more than five goals, Pecknold’s forwards are going to have to step it up going forward, or else similar results to tonight will continue to occur.

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