Calof Forces Game Three with OT Winner in Men's Hockey
Sophomore Andrew Calof scored 33 seconds into overtime to lift Princeton men's hockey to 5-4 win over Yale and force game three of the ECAC Hockey Tournament first round series. Princeton had a 3-1 lead erased by a pair of special team goals before the teams traded tallies in the final six minutes.
Junior Eric Meland started on defense for the first time in his career. Sophomore Matt Farris also played on defense. Farris along with junior Eric Carlson have been called upon the last few weeks to play defense because of injuries. Princeton has been bumped and battered that the Tigers have had 6-8 injured scratched players in each of the last five games.
Princeton took the 1-0 lead at 5:01 scoring right off a face off to the left of goalie Nick Maricic. Sophomore Jack Berger took the draw and was tied up at the dot until senior Marc Hagel came in to support and slipped the puck junior Rob Kleebaum who skated over from the right boards and fired a high shot over the shoulder of Maricic.
Princeton would get its first power-play chance just 21 seconds after taking the lead. The Tigers had a great go with five total shots. Berger had back-to-back chances on the doorstep to get things going. Senior Derrick Pallis ripped one from the blue line that rebounded into the paint and was cleared out by Yale before Princeton could attack. Meland also tested Maricic with two quick shots right before the penalty expired. Yale would get its first power-play opportunity at 8:26, but Princeton limited the Bulldogs to just two shots.
BIG IN GOAL
Sophomore Sean Bonar was able to preserve the clean sheet with 10 saves in the first period. Yale's best chance was from Gus Young when he hit the pipe with six minutes remaining, then followed up with a rebound shot that was blocked by Meland. Bonar had to make to pad saves on shots by Nick Jaskowiak and Young in the final three minutes.
Princeton started the second period strong and in the first three minutes had a 4-0 edge in shots. Berger had a chance stopped at the right point and put his own rebound into the side of the net. followed up with shot stopped at the left pipe and less than a minute later Junior Will MacDonald had a back hand.
Two goals were waved off by the officiating crew in the second period, one for each team. Sophomore Andrew Ammon had a goal get called off midway through the period after the officials ruled that the puck was kicked in. Yale had a goal called off with 3:31 left when the light went on after a shot by Jaskowiak shot hit the pipe. The officials reviewed the video and ruled just that, the puck hit the pipe.
A total of six penalties were called in the second, four on Yale, two on Princeton. Yale would get just two shots off during its power play but had a short-handed chance by Charles Brockett after he collected a fanned shot at the point at 2:08.
Princeton would get a 5x3 opportunity for the final 1:17 when Brian O'Neil and Kevin Limbert were called for infractions just 44 seconds apart. It took Princeton 43 seconds to find the back of the net when Calof scored with help from Kleebaum. Ammon and freshman Tyler Maugeri both had solid chances in the final 1:25 as the Tigers had a one-man advantage.
Yale made it 2-1 at 6:33 of the third when it scored on its fourth power-play opportunity of the game. Kevin Peel scored on a rebound on a shot by Jasowiak from the point. Peel would then take a penalty and Princeton would get a 5x4. Five seconds after Peel's hooking penalty expired Calof scored Princeton's third goal. Calof put the puck between Maricic and the right pipe to give the Tigers took a 3-1 lead at 9:08.
ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
Yale scored twice within 1:13 to tie the game at 3-3. Root scored a short-handed goal at 12:31 when Colin Dueck cleared the puck out of the zone right to the tape of Root who went five-hole. Junior Michael Sdao was called for holding trying to prevent the goal and would give Yale the man-advantage. Antoine Laganiere would score on the power play at 14:00 with help from Tommy Fallen.
Sdao would put Princeton back out ahead 4-3 just 27 seconds after being released from the penalty box. Sdao rifled a hard shot from the left point that went glove side on Maricic. got the assist on the goal.
IT TAKES TWO
Yale would tie the game with 3:46 remaining on a 5x3 after Calof and Brockett were both called for penalties. Andrew Miller found the five hole to tie the game and force the 20-minute playoff overtime period.
After a five-goal third period it took the Tigers 33 seconds to score the game-winning goal. A face off was taken Princeton defensive end and the puck was flipped out of the corner and to Calof at the top of the right circle. Calof put on the wheels and had a 1-2 with Ammon as the pair skated right by a pair of defenders on the way to the goal.
MONKEY OFF THE BACK
Princeton's win tonight ends Yale's eight-game unbeaten streak in the series. This is Princeton's first win since Feb. 2009 and first victory at Ingalls Rink since Jan. 2008.
Princeton is now 6-3-2 when it scores first
Princeton is now 5-1 after leading after the first period
Every Princeton win has happened when the Tigers score in the first period (9-4-3)
Princeton came back to win the first round series against Brown in 2007 after losing game one.