Andrew Calof scored 33 seconds into overtime to lift Princeton men's hockey to
5-4 win over Yale and force game three of the ECAC Hockey Tournament first
round series. Princeton had a 3-1 lead erased by a pair of special team goals before the teams traded tallies in the final six minutes.
Junior Eric Meland started on defense for the first time in
his career. Sophomore Matt Farris also played on defense. Farris along with
junior Eric Carlson have been called upon the last few weeks to play defense
because of injuries. Princeton has been bumped and battered that the Tigers
have had 6-8 injured scratched players in each of the last five games.
Princeton took the 1-0 lead at 5:01 scoring right off a face
off to the left of goalie Nick Maricic. Sophomore Jack Berger took the draw and
was tied up at the dot until senior Marc Hagel came in to support and slipped
the puck junior Rob Kleebaum who skated over from the right boards and fired a
high shot over the shoulder of Maricic.
Princeton would get its first power-play chance just 21
seconds after taking the lead. The Tigers had a great go with five total shots.
Berger had back-to-back chances on the doorstep to get things going. Senior
Derrick Pallis ripped one from the blue line that rebounded into the paint and
was cleared out by Yale before Princeton could attack. Meland also tested
Maricic with two quick shots right before the penalty expired. Yale would get
its first power-play opportunity at 8:26, but Princeton limited the Bulldogs to
just two shots.
BIG IN GOAL
Sophomore Sean Bonar was able to preserve the clean sheet
with 10 saves in the first period. Yale's best chance was from Gus Young when
he hit the pipe with six minutes remaining, then followed up with a rebound
shot that was blocked by Meland. Bonar had to make to pad saves on shots by
Nick Jaskowiak and Young in the final three minutes.
Princeton started the second period strong and in the first
three minutes had a 4-0 edge in shots. Berger had a chance stopped at the right
point and put his own rebound into the side of the net. Calof
followed up with shot stopped at the left pipe and less than a minute later
Junior Will MacDonald had a back hand.
Two goals were waved off by the officiating crew in the
second period, one for each team. Sophomore Andrew Ammon had a goal get called
off midway through the period after the officials ruled that the puck was
kicked in. Yale had a goal called off with 3:31 left when the light went on after a shot by Jaskowiak shot
hit the pipe. The officials reviewed the video and ruled just that, the puck
hit the pipe.
A total of six penalties were called in the second, four on
Yale, two on Princeton. Yale would get just two shots off during its power play
but had a short-handed chance by Charles Brockett after he collected a fanned
shot at the point at 2:08.
Princeton would get a 5x3 opportunity for the final 1:17
when Brian O'Neil and Kevin Limbert were called for infractions just 44 seconds
apart. It took Princeton 43
seconds to find the back of the net when Calof scored with help from Kleebaum.
Ammon and freshman Tyler Maugeri both had solid chances in the final 1:25 as the Tigers had a
Yale made it 2-1 at 6:33 of the third when it scored on its
fourth power-play opportunity of the game. Kevin Peel scored on a rebound on a
shot by Jasowiak from the point. Peel would then take a penalty and Princeton
would get a 5x4. Five seconds after Peel's hooking penalty expired Calof scored
Princeton's third goal. Calof put the puck between Maricic and the right pipe
to give the Tigers took a 3-1 lead at 9:08.
ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
Yale scored twice within 1:13 to tie the game at 3-3. Root
scored a short-handed goal at 12:31 when Colin Dueck cleared the puck out of
the zone right to the tape of Root who went five-hole. Junior Michael Sdao was
called for holding trying to prevent the goal and would give Yale the
man-advantage. Antoine Laganiere would score on the power play at 14:00 with
help from Tommy Fallen.
Sdao would put Princeton back out ahead 4-3 just 27 seconds
after being released from the penalty box. Sdao rifled a hard shot from the
left point that went glove side on Maricic. Carlson got the assist
on the goal.
IT TAKES TWO
Yale would tie the game with 3:46 remaining on a 5x3 after
Calof and Brockett were both called for penalties. Andrew Miller found the five
hole to tie the game and force the 20-minute playoff overtime period.
After a five-goal third period it took the Tigers 33 seconds
to score the game-winning goal. A face off was taken Princeton defensive end
and the puck was flipped out of the corner and to Calof at the top of the right
circle. Calof put on the wheels and had a 1-2 with Ammon as the pair skated
right by a pair of defenders on the way to the goal.
MONKEY OFF THE BACK
Princeton's win tonight ends Yale's eight-game unbeaten
streak in the series. This is Princeton's first win since Feb. 2009 and first
victory at Ingalls Rink since Jan. 2008.
Princeton is now 6-3-2 when it scores first
Princeton is now 5-1 after leading after the first period
Every Princeton win has happened when the Tigers score in
the first period (9-4-3)
Princeton came back to win the first round series against
Brown in 2007 after losing game one.