A Record Crowd Watches Men's Hockey Defeat No. 8 Dartmouth
PRINCETON, N.J. (1/5/13) - It was only fitting that on the 90th anniversary of the first game at Hobey Baker Rink that a record crowd would attend Princeton's game versus No. 8 Dartmouth. A record 2,711 people watched as the Tigers defeated No. 8 Dartmouth 2-1 and swept the weekend after a 3-2 overtime win over Harvard yesterday.
Senior Mike Condon was the MVP of the night, making 34 saves for the Tigers.
"This crowd is a testament to the guys," head coach Bob Prier said. "They are out in the community, in the schools and are great with kids at events like Skate with the Tigers. They are tremendous characters and role models and people want them to succeed and want to come and support them."
Dartmouth came out on fire in the first period and had an 11-3 shot differential that helped it take a 1-0 lead. Matt Lindblad back handed a pass to Eric Neiely in the slot and he fired top shelf for the goal at 6:18.
Princeton's second period woes were a thing of the past as the Tigers put together a dominating second that gave them the lead.
"They have pride in this place, in each other and in the Princeton Tiger tradition," Prier said about his team after the game. "They played with a ton of emotion and passion, but not to the point of desperation where they thought they had to sway from their responsibilities."
A penalty on Neiley that carried over from the previous period gave the No. 5-ranked power play a chance to tie the game and it did just that. Senior Michael Sdao fired a shot from in front of the Princeton bench that banked off a defender's skate and into the net behind netminder Charles Grant. Freshman Mike Ambrosia and junior Andrew Calof earned assists on the goal that came just eight seconds into the period.
Junior defender Jeremy Goodwin fought hard for Princeton's second goal just two minutes later at 2:38. Goodwin had two shots get saved by Grant before he was finally able to get his third shot over the goal line. Sophomore Tyler Maugeri and freshman Kyle Rankin helped set up the play. The goal marked Goodwin's first of the season and his first in 43 games.
Dartmouth battled to get back out ahead and had a 13-2 edge in shots in the third period. Condon was unstoppable in goal, throwing himself all over the ice, as he kept his team in front.
The Big Green pulled Grant with 1:20 remaining but the Tigers were up to the task, limiting them to just one shot on goal.
Grant finished the game with 14 saves as the Big Green fall to 8-5-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the ECAC.
Princeton improves to 5-7-4 overall and 4-3-3 in the league to remain in second place in the league standings. The Tigers host Union next Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m., live on NBC Sports.