Princeton Goals vs. Cornell (video)
Postgame with Rob Kleebaum (video)
PRINCETON, N.J. (11/9/12) - The Princeton men's hockey team scored three goals in the final 4:52 to defeat No. 4 Cornell in the Tigers' home opener on Friday, Nov. 9.
Princetonhad a 2-0 lead through the first two period before the Big Red scored three straight in the third period. The Tigers didn't back down, netting three in the final 4:52 for the win.
The Tigers hand Cornell it's first loss of the season, while picking up their first win of the season.
Junior Andrew Calof scored the game-winnnin goal, and had a three-point night after scoring the game's first goal and assisting on another. Junior Andrew Ammon and freshman Michael Zajac each had a goal and an assist. Defenders Eric Meland and Alec Rush had two assists apiece.
Senior Mike Condon put together an impressive effort, stopping 22 shots in the win. The best save of the game was arguably his stopping a one-on-one with Cole Bardreau after Bardreau got the puck in the neutral zone. He skated in like he was taking a penalty shot but was thwarted by Condon.
Princeton dominated the first two periods, outshooting Cornell 24-15 (13-8 and 11-7) and picked up two power-play goals.
Rush sent a cross ice pass to Meland on the right side. Meland puck in the slot for Calof as the Tigers capitalized on their second power-play opportunity of the game at 12:34 of the first. Zajac scored his first career goal at 7:11 of the second. Rush pushed the puck across the blue line to Kevin Ross who fired from the left point. Zajac redirected out in front to make it 2-0 Tigers.
Cornell would not go down without a fight, scoring three goals in the first 10:26 of the third period. John Esposito got things rolling at 5:35 of the first scoring on the power play, and less than three minutes later Greg Miller had tied the game with an unassisted goal. The Big Red grabbed their first lead of the game at 10:26 when Armand de Swardt scored on an empty net after a Princeton miscue behind the goal.
Senior Rob Kleebaum tied the game up at 3-3 after Meland and Zajac helped to strip Cornell of the puck in Princeton end. Kleebaum grabbed the puck in the neutral zone, forecheck his defender Braden Birch and deked another defender for his first goal of the year.
After Joakim Ryan received a cross-checking penalty at 16:59, Princeton called a timeout. On the next draw, Calof would score the game winner with help sophomore Tyler Maugeri and Ammon.
Cornell would pull netminder Andy Illes with 1:00 on the clock. A foot tangle on a draw control in the Princeton end left the puck open for Ammon. He skated down the ice and shot into the empty net to seal with win.
Iles finished the game with 25 saves as Princeton outshot Cornell 30-25.
Princeton was 3 for 5 on the power play and 2 for 3 on the penalty kill.
The Tigers host Colgate tomorrow, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac defeated Colgate 3-2 in overtime earlier this evening.