TROY, N.Y. (12/7/13) – Sophomore Jonathan Liau scored a goal and an assist as the Princeton men’s hockey team fell 5-2 to Rensselaer at Houston Field House on Saturday, Dec. 7.
RPI (8-5-3, 3-3-3 ECAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals 23 seconds apart. Chris Bradley scored at 3:03 with a shot from the high slot and Brock Higgs scored on a wrap around at 3:26.
Senior defender Alec Rush made it a one-goal game at 14:08 after Princeton (3-12, 2-8 ECAC) got an odd-man rush. Rush and freshman Kyle Rankin passed the puck back-and-forth with Rush getting the final pass and scoring on it. Liau earned an assist on the play as well, his seventh of the year. He is second on the team in assists.
Ryan Haggerty regained the two-goal cushion for RPI with a power-play goal at 15:50, as the Engineers converted on their first power-play opportunity of the game to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Senior Sean Bonar came in on relief at the start of the second for freshman Colton Phinney who made six saves in the first period.
Matt Neal collected his third point of the afternoon with a goal at 3:43. Haggerty had taken a shot that Bonar was sitting on. Neal came in on the right and poked the puck free from underneath him and put it home.
Two minutes later Liau tallied his first goal of the year, a short-handed goal. In similar fashion to his breakaway last night at Union, this time Liau was successful as he deked netminder Scott Diebold to make it 4-2.
Higgs increased the Engineers lead with an unassisted goal at 12:42 when he stripped a Tiger of the puck inside the circle to the right on Bonar and skated in all alone, and using some stick work popped it in on the right side.
The third period was scoreless with Bonar making 10 of his 17 saves in that final 20 minutes. Diebold stopped 20 on the opposite end.
Princeton was 0 for 2 on the power play, while RPI was 2 of three.
Princeton will take a three-week hiatus and return at the Florida College Hockey Classic on Dec. 28 & 29.