PROVIDENCE, R.I. (2/14/14) – Senior Andrew Ammon assisted on all three Princeton goals as the men’s hockey team defeated Brown 3-2 on Friday, Feb. 14 to snap a five-game winless skid.
Senior Andrew Calof pushed his point streak to five games with two helpers while freshman Colton Phinney made 36 saves in the win.
Princeton took a 2-0 lead and saw Brown tie the game in the second period on a penalty shot before going back on top with a power-play goal.
Freshman Hayden Anderson scored his second goal in as many games with Calof and Ammon assisting at 8:59 of the first. After getting a shot blocked on the left extended red, Calof skated up the ice and across the blue line. With Anderson left unguarded on the left point, Calof delivered the puck and Anderson whipped a shot over the shoulder of netminder Tyler Steel. It was the first time Princeton has scored first in a game since Dec. 29 vs. UNH.
A Brown goal near the end of the first was waved off after video review clearly showed the puck hitting Phinney in the chest and popping out to the right side.
Princeton had a couple more chances to expand the lead in the first. Senior Jack Berger nearly beat Steel after Steel tried to settle the puck behind the net but it was stolen by Berger. He tried for the wraparound but Steel was just able to get back into position to make the stop. Junior Tyler Maugeri had a nice chance when he stripped the puck and went in short-handed with sophomore Mike Ambrosia. The shot hit Steel in the shoulder but there wasn’t enough room for Ambrosia to put away a rebound.
It was freshman Ben Foster that solved Steel for the Tigers’ second goal at 5:07 of the second period. Freshman Marlon Sabo sent the puck in along the boards and Ammon collected near the right circle. He took his time coming off the boards, seeing that Foster was on his way. Ammon pushed the puck towards the right pipe and Foster redirected it five-hole into the back of the goal.
Brown got one back on its second goal review of t he night less than two minutes later. A shot by Matt Lorito was stopped and was about to drop in front of Phinney when Ambrosia and Mark Naclerio collided and the puck went under Phinney’s legs and across the line. Initially waved off for a kick-in, the officials reviewed and called it a good goal.
A penalty shot by Lorito tied the game at 9:08 of the second. Lorito had a step on the Princeton defense and junior Aaron Ave gave a little hook and Lorito tried to go backdoor but the whistle was blown for the penalty shot. Incidentally the last two penalty shots Princeton has faced have been from Brown. Mike Condon ’13 made a save on Bobby Farnham on Jan. 16, 2012. Since 1997-98 Princeton goalies have made four saves on five penalty shots.
Two minutes later Princeton regained the lead with a power-play goal by freshman Ryan Siiro. It was perfectly set up as all five skaters had successive touches. Ave sent the puck across the blue line to senior Alec Rush, Rush found Ammon on the boards, Ammon sent it behind the goal to Calof and Calof put it back into play for Siiro who was on the doorstep to send it five-hole.
Princeton took the 3-2 lead at the second intermission and the score would stand.
Brown pulled Steel for the extra attacker with 1:05 remaining but the Tigers wouldn’t allow the goal and only gave up one shot. In fact, Princeton has not allowed an extra-attacker goal all season.
Princeton (5-19, 4-13 ECAC) travels to No. 13 Yale tomorrow night for a 7 p.m., game. Yale lost to Quinnipiac 4-0 this evening.