Takeaways from Weekend Series Against Princeton


Credit: QU Athletics

Aiden Barrett, Beat Reporter: Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey

Quinnipiac swept the home and home weekend series with the Princeton Tigers posting up 4-1 scores on the board in both contests.

The Bobcats rolled out four lines getting contributions from everywhere on the scoreboard. When Princeton came on with a surge of their own it was goaltender Yaniv Perets who was there to shut it down.

“He was outstanding,” head coach Rand Pecknold said. “We gave up a lot of chances, more than I would normally like and he’s bailed us out over and over again and then we kind of got our feet under us.”

Perets saw 53 shots this weekend and turned away all but two. Perets now holds a .924 save percentage on the season.

“Everyone wants to chip in anywhere they can,” said Perets. “They want to block shots, they want to get out there whether it’s picking up sticks or blocking shots they do it consistently every game and all night so tons of respect for all of those guys.”

Quinnipiac’s forward group has put up nice stat lines as well. Collin Graf, Ethan De Jong, and Jacob Quillan are all point-per-game players 12 games into the season.

That was on display again this weekend with the trio having six points.

One of the bigger reasons for Quinnipiac’s strong offense is due to their transitional game. The Bobcats whole defense can move the puck up ice and play that up-tempo game. With a quick team like Quinnipiac, this will only work in their favor.

“It gives us a diverse attack,” said senior defenseman Jayden Lee. “The other team can’t just scout our forwards they have to be aware that of all the defenseman…so it adds a lot to the team and makes us more diverse.”

Lee has two goals and four helpers to start the season trailing only Zach Metsa for the defenseman lead in points with three goals and six assists.

The offensive upside has shown lately in the game of graduate student Jake Johnson. Johnson scored this weekend and continues to be a puck-possession machine. The Bobcats always seem to be in the offensive zone while he is on the ice.

The Bobcats’ well-balanced scoring attack and transitional game have done them well so far. The team is currently on a seven-game win streak and at the top of the conference standings.

The team travels to Dublin, Ireland this week for games against Dartmouth and either UMass or UMass Lowell.