The Princeton men's hockey team couldn't overcome a three-goal deficit and fell 7-3 to Yale in game three of the ECAC Hockey Tournament first round series. Yale would take the series 2-1 and end Princeton's season.
After a series of shots by Yale to start the game, one of which included a pipe, Anthony Day broke through with the Bulldogs first goal at 4:52. Kenny Agostino walked the puck up the left boards and stopped near the top if the circle until additional bodies arrived. Agostino put the puck in the slot for Day and he shot glove side. Antoine Laganiere made it 2-0 when he scored a short-handed goal. Yale tried to clear the puck down the left side but it deflected off a Tiger body and Laganiere picked it up at the blue line and skated down for the unassisted goal. Yale took a 3-0 lead at 10:23 when Day and Agostino teamed up again. Day pounced on a feed from the left point by poking it in on the right side where he was stationed.
ON THE BOARD
Sophomore Andrew Calof put Princeton on the scoreboard with his team-leading 16th goal of the season. Calof scored the team's second 4x4 goal of the season with help from sophomore Alec Rush. Rush picked up an errant Yale pass in the slot and found Calof at center ice. Calof skated down the right side and shot a high shot over the blocker of Jeff Malcom.
Calof scored his second of the night, a power-play goal at 15:39 of the second period to make it a 4-2 game. He won the puck out of the corner and sent the puck to the blue line to senior Derrick Pallis. Pallis sent it back to a circling Calof and he fired across Malcolm's body and over the blocker.
Laganiere scored two goals in the second period to collect a hat trick. His first came at 12:10 just four seconds after a penalty on junior Rob Kleebaum was complete. Laganiere delivered the goal five hole from the right extended red with Kevin Limbert and Andrew Miller picking up assists. A power-play goal at 16:53 gave Laganiere his third goal and Yale a 5-2 lead.
SLAPPING ONE IN
Junior Michael Sdao fired a slapshot from the top of the point straight past Malcolm 56 seconds into the third period. It's his second goal of the series and 10th this season.
With 2:24 left and a player from both team's in the penalty box Princeton put the extra skater on the ice to try to even the game in the final minutes. Brian O'Neil would get the puck on the draw however and pushed the puck ahead and into the empty-net to make it a 6-3 game at 2:14. Princeton would pull Bonar once more at 2:11 and there would be one face off before and a skirmish on the ice.
PUSHING & SHOVING
In the final two minutes Sdao and Gus Young would each receive a 10-minute game misconduct and a minor each for roughing after the whistle. Senior Marc Hagel would also pick up a two-minute penalty for slashing, setting up a 4x3 for the final 1:58. The box would become more crowded at 1:31 when Pallis was called for tripping. Clinton Bourbaonais would score on the 5x3 with 1:10 remaining to seal the 7-3 win. Princeton would kill off the remainder of the 5x3 and then 5x4.
Yale finished the game with 42 shots to Princeton's 30. Sophomore Sean Bonar made 35 saves in goal for the Tigers. Princeton was 1 for 8 on the power play while Yale was 1 for 7. Princeton finishes the season with a 9-16-7 overall record.