|Max Veronneau (photo by Nick Wosika/Along the Boards)|
Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold made the switch in goaltenders in the second period going to freshman Andrew Shortridge in lieu of starter Chris Truehl. The Bobcats cut the Tigers lead in half 24 seconds into the period when Kevin Duane scored on a breakaway for his third goal in as many games. Landon Smith and Bo Pieper got the assists. Duane became the first Bobcat to score goals in three consecutive games since Scott Davidson did it in March of last season. Quinnipiac and Princeton traded one power play opportunity each for the period. The Bobcats out shot Princeton 15-9 in the second frame.
|Kevin Duane, left (photo by Mickey Bedell/Bangor Daily News)|
Quinnipiac now heads into the break on a down note having lost four of their last five games including three consecutive ECAC conference games. The offense has been invisible the last six games averaging 1.8 goals per game while the defense usually a strength of the Bobcats has been pathetic giving up 3.3 goals per game with many of these goals on lazy turnovers. You have to wonder if the loss of associate coach Reid Cashman who I believe was the de facto defensive coordinator is catching up to this team. Rand Pecknold and his staff now have 19 days to correct what has gone wrong in the last six games of the first half before they take on Boston College in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh on December 29th.
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