NEW HAVEN, Conn. (2/15/14) – Senior Andrew Ammon continued his hot streak with a career-best five-point game. Despite matching a season-high five goals, Princeton came up short in a 7-5 loss to No. 13 Yale on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Ingalls Rink.
Ammon scored twice and added three assists to lead the offense. Senior Andrew Calof had a goal and two assists and freshman Ryan Siiro and sophomore Kyle Rankin had two points apiece.
Yale got a 3-0 lead, but two quick goals by Ammon made it a one-goal game. The teams traded goals to end the second 4-3. Yale added two more goals in the third, but two quick goals by the Tigers made it a one-goal game once again. Yale put the game out of reach with an empty-net short-handed goal in the final two minutes.
A turnover in the Princeton zone led to Yale getting on the board first. Cody Learned intercepted a pass at the bottom of the right face-off circle and centered it for Frankie DiChiara who had the clean look on the left side for the shot and goal at 7:41.
Tommy Fallen skated the puck up the ice after Princeton had cleared it out of the zone. Fallen fed Jesse Root on the boards and Hayden left a drop pass for Fallen and sent a slap shot glove side on Sean Bonar at 14:19. Lyon was credited with a goalie assist after he settled the cleared puck.
Princeton’s first power play of the second period didn’t go exactly as planned. Yale won a battle for the puck deep in its own zone and sent the puck up along the left boards where Root collected at the blue line and fired a shot from inside the face-off circle that made its way to the back of the net at 11:26 of the second period.
Ammon scored 40 seconds apart to quickly make it a one-goal game, 3-2, and extended his point streak to five games. The first came just 57 seconds after the Yale goal as the Tigers scored on the power play. Calof delivered a kick pass to Rankin after Yale tried to the clear the puck. Rankin came around the back of the net and saw Ammon on the doorstep where he beat Lyon five hole after his initial shot was blocked and came right back to him.
Ammon added his second at 13:03 with help from Siiro and Alec Rush. Rush dug the puck out of the corner deep in the Princeton zone and fed Siiro. Siiro dished off to Ammon in the neutral zone and skated down the center, firing a shot between two defenders. Lyon made the save but Ammon was able to get his stick on the puck and slide it over the goal line. The goal was reviewed and deemed a good goal.
Ryan Obuchowski gave Yale its second short-handed goal of the game at 16:30. Chris Izmirlian chased down a loose puck, left it for Weberg who slotted it for Obuchowski who beat Bonar on the gloveside.
Princeton was able to capitalize on the same power play as Siiro made it a 4-3 game at 18:20. Siiro picked up a rebound in front of Lyon and dragged it around the netminder for the score. Calof received credit on the secondary assist.
Twenty-eight seconds into the third period Yale pushed its lead back to two, 5-3, as Kenny Agostino deked his defender and slid the puck in just past the toe of Bonar on the right side.
Root added his second of the night, going back door, at 10:57.
Calof scored Princeton’s fourth goal at 14:07. Freshman Quin Pompi corralled the blue at the blue line and found Ammon at the extended red. He made the quick pass to Calof who came out of the corner and circled around the offensive zone and snuck the puck between Lyon’s glove and the right post.
Rankin cut it back to one once again one minute later with his first goal of the season at 15:18. Ammon continued to add to his point total with his fifth point of the game with senior Jack Berger getting credit for the primary assist. Ammon took the draw and won the puck to Berger. Berger came in for the shot but it was blocked in traffic. Berger got his stick on it and slid it back to the blue line to Rankin who fired into the net.
With 1:38 remaining in the game, Charles Orzetti received a five-minute major for contact to the head and a game misconduct after hitting Ammon at center ice. Princeton called a timeout and pulled Bonar for the 6x4. Ammon won the draw back but it went between two defenders and Agostino got to it first, putting it into the empty net.
Bonar made 32 saves for Princeton and Lyon made 35 for Yale.
Princeton was 2 for 5 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
Princeton host Colgate and Cornell next weekend, Feb. 21 & 22, in the final home games of the 2013-14 season. The team will honor its 10 seniors after Saturday’s game with Cornell.