Ammon Scores Game Winner as Princeton Rallies to Take Down No. 4 Quinnipiac
HAMDEN, Conn. (11/23/13) – The Princeton men’s hockey team scored three goals in the final 10 minutes to skate to a 4-3 win over No. 4 Quinnipiac on Saturday, Nov. 23 at TD Bank Sports Center.
Princeton (3-8, 2-6) handed Quinnipiac (11-2-1, 6-1-1) its first loss in 13 games thanks to a goal by senior Andrew Ammon with 2:24 left in regulation. Ammon intercepted a pass at the top of the right circle and buried the puck gloveside.
Princeton’s last win over a team ranked in the top 5 was Nov. 9, 2012, a 5-3 win over Cornell. The win also snapped the Tigers' five-game winless streak in the series with their travel partner.
Senior captain Jack Berger started the rally with a goal at 10:38 when he scored off a face off deep in the zone, which was won by Aaron Kesselman. Sophomore Mike Ambrosia tallied his second goal of the season at 16:32 on one knee after a pass between three defenders from Ammon left the right side open for the goal. Freshman Marlon Sabo was credited with his second assist in his third career game.
For the second straight game the teams played a scoreless first period, before Quinnipiac grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first 2:11 of the second period.
Freshman Sam Anas scored a goal in transition after a shot by Ambrosia was stopped by Garteig and taken up the ice by Kellen Jones. Jones sent a cross-ice pass to Anas who rifled the puck top shelf 21 seconds into the period. Jones made it 2-0 at 2:11 after some back-and-forth with brother Connor Jones. Kellen lifted the shot from the same location Anas did, over the shoulder of netminder Colton Phinney.
Senior Eric Carlson got one back when he scored a power-play goal at 17:57 of the second. Princeton converted on its fifth power-play opportunity and Carlson snapped a 17-game scoring skid with his tally. Incidentally his last goal was Dec. 7 against Quinnipiac. Sophomore Kevin Liss collected a dump-in and found freshman Ryan Siiro on the checkered red. He passed off to Carlson in the slot and Carlson beat Garteig for the goal. It was Liss’ first career point.
The Bobcats regained the two-goal lead 42 seconds into the third with a goal just as penalty time expired on a Princeton penalty. The Tigers weren’t able to get the fifth skater into the play before Kellen Jones scored his second of the night.
With about 40 seconds remaining, goaltender Michael Garteig skated to the bench in favor of the extra skater but the Tigers held on for the win. Garteig finished the game with 14 saves in his second loss of the year.
Phinney made a career-high 32 saves in his first career win. He stopped 31 shots on Friday night against Quinnipiac.
Princeton was 1 for 5 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
Princeton travels to Michigan State to play a pair of games with the Spartans during Thanksgiving weekend.