Saturday, October 22, 2016

Quinnipiac falls 3-0 to Boston University in penalty infested game

In a game that saw a combined 26 penalties from both teams, the No. 4/3 Quinnipiac University Bobcats fell on the road Saturday night 3-0 to the No. 8/8 Boston University Terriers. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 3-2-1 on the season while the Terriers are now 3-2. The story of the game was the Hockey East officials were whistle happy along with very little flow for both teams. Early on Quinnipiac had an big opportunity in the game when they had almost a full 2 minute 5 on 3 advantage and managed just 5 shots on BU's Jake Oettinger.

The Terriers starting the scoring in the first period when Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson spun a back hand pass to Jordan Greenway who scored on a back hand high on freshman goaltender Andrew Shortridge who got the start in net for the Bobcats. There was not much Shortridge could have done on the shot as the pass by Forsbacka Karlsson was a thing of beauty to set up that goal.

Quinnipiac's Logan Mick took a 5 minute major penalty and was given a game misconduct for a hit from behind 6:36 into the first period. The Terriers didn't score during the 5 minute penalty on Mick but the ejection left Quinnipiac shorthanded once again tonight early in the game. The first period ended with just the one goal by Greenway. Shortridge made 10 saves in the first and looked very start from the start.

In the second period, the Terriers extended their lead when Patrick Harper fed Bobo Carpenter on a 2 on 1 chance with Carpenter finishing on the wide open net. Quinnipiac had 6 power play opportunities in the period and could not capitalize on any of them.

Both teams had trouble getting any flow throughout this game due to the officials and both team's defenses not giving the offenses much space to work with. The Terriers capped the scoring in the third period when Forsbacka Karlsson scored on an empty net goal. Rand Pecknold was livid with the officials as Forsbacka Karlsson looked to possibly have boarded Connor Clifton prior to stealing the puck.

The story of the night was the Bobcats inability find any offense along with the power play going 0 for 12. Chase Priskie not the lineup due to an undisclosed injury was a big loss as a he is a key player on the power play. When you go 0 for 12 on the power play you are not going to win many games. This is an obvious area coach Rand Pecknold and his staff have to place high emphasis on in improving, because Quinnipiac needs to score on the power play to give the team a better chance at winning games.

If there was a bright spot for the Bobcats, it was Andrew Shortridge who finished the night with 20 saves and made multiple big saves. It was a big spot for the freshman on the road against a talented Boston University team and he was very impressive and confident. You cannot fault him on any of the goals as they would have been difficult saves to make.

Quinnipiac returns to the ice with a Tuesday home game against the Massachusetts Minuteman and new coach Greg Carvel. Game time is set for 7 pm.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathan_singer.

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