Early in the second period, Princeton’s Ben Foster almost tied the game at one. Quinnipiac’s Michael Garteig made the save, but the puck bounced to Eric Robinson for the rebound shot.
Garteig made the save again.
Less than eight minutes later, Bo Peiper tapped in a feed behind Colton Phinney to put the Bobcats (11-5-1, 7-2-0 ECAC) up 2-0. The score held, and the Tigers (2-11-1, 1-8-0 ECAC) lost their fifth straight game.
“You’re getting scoring opportunities, and [we] just have to stay with it,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “Colton Phinney gave us an opportunity to win.”
The 24 shots Phinney faced are the least since a Nov. 2 loss to Merrimack. In his eight-straight start, Phinney made 22 stops.
The Tigers started the game well, dominating possession. The Bobcats rallied in the second half of the period, and Matthew Peca gave Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes left in the frame.
After a fast-paced first, the third period had a slow start. Neither team created many scoring chances, and the teams combined for nine shots on goal in the frame.
Princeton finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while killing off all four opponent power plays.
“The game was a lot more manageable tonight than we’ve had all through the year,” Fogarty said. “We held them to low 20s in shots on goal, so it’s going to make Colton’s night a lot easier.”
While Princeton limited an opponent to two goals or less for the first time in a month, the Tigers have been shut out in their past two games. The five losses in a row matches Princeton’s season high losing streak.
“You just have to put it through the net every chance you have,” Fogarty said. “But we’re getting scoring opportunities, which is a positive. We just have to make sure we bear down on the chances that we get.”
Defenseman Tommy Davis received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting a Quinnipiac player with his stick just before regulation ended.
Tucker Brockett returned to the lineup after missing Princeton’s last game against Minnesota State, while David Hallisey, who was injured in that loss to the Mavericks, also played. Mike Ambrosia joined a line with Ben Foster and Eric Robinson, while Marlon Sabo playing in lieu of Tom Kroshus.
“If they weren’t getting scoring scoring opportunities, than we’d have to do wholesale changes,” Fogarty said. “But [we] just got to keep plugging through and being resilient.”
Here’s a video of one of Phinney’s save: