Postgame interview with Andrew Ammon
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (11/23/12) - Junior Andrew Ammon had a career-high
four goals as he led the Princeton men's hockey team to a 4-3 win over Sacred
Heart at Webster Bank Arena on Friday, Nov. 23.
Ammon's career high prior to tonight
was a hat trick against UMass Lowell in December 2010.
Sacred Heart took a 2-1 lead
in the first period, scoring both goals on breakaway opportunities. The
Pioneers grabbed a 3-1 lead early in the second before the Tigers
rattled off three straight to win the game.
Chad Barthelemess scored his
first goal of the season on the Pioneeers' first scoring opportunity of the
game at 17:47. Alex Stuart found a seam up the center of the ice and
Barthelemess was all alone as he skated in and popped it into the back of the
the game with a goal at 8:17 with help from junior Andrew Calof. Calof dodged
three defenders on the way into the zone and dropped the puck off for Ammon
inside the left circle. Ammon one-timed the puck into the upper right 90.
Sacred Heart would regain the
lead just 37 seconds later as Nick Curry beat netminder Sean Bonar in another
Princeton outshot SHU 11-4 in
the first period and was assessed the only penalty of the period. The Tigers
did an excellent job executing on the penalty kill as they had two shorthanded
2x1 opportunities and allowed just one shot on frame during the two minutes.
The Tigers best opportunity
to knot the game came on a shot by senior defender Eric Meland with at 13:30.
SHU goalie Steven Legatto had to make a split save to make the stop on the
Ben Ketchum expands the
Pioneer's lead when he gets a tape-to-tape pass from Eric Delong and gets by
his defender, banking the puck off of Bonar's toe and into the net at 5:28.
Bob Prier pulled Bonar after
the goal and replaced him with senior Mike Condon. Bonar made three saves and
allowed three in his first start of the season.
A whiffed shot by Sacred
Heart lead to Princeton's second goal. Sophomore Tyler Maugeri collected the puck in the
corner and fed it up along to boards to Meland. Meland picked up the puck
at the first blue line and skated down the boards where he put the puck in the
slot for Ammon, who popped it over the shoulder of Legatto at 11:27.
Ammon tallied his third of
the game on the power play at 14:40. Meland grabbed the puck from behind the
cage and sent it cross ice to Maugeri. Maugeri dropped it off in front of
the Princeton bench for Ammon let a shot got from the dot of the left face off
circle for the goal.
Ammon capped off his night
with the game winner, coming on the power play at 12:51. Maugeri fed Calof the
puck and Calof sent a pass across the paint for Ammon. Ammon put it into the
open right side as Legatta was anticipating a shot from Calof on the left. It
gave Princeton its first and only lead it needed for the win.
Condon finished the game with
23 saves and zero goals allowed. Two of his biggest stops came midway through
the third when the Pioneers were on the power play. Kyle Verbeek had a shot
stopped at the right poist and long shot from Matthew Solomon at the point was
denied with a glove save.
SHU pulled Legatto with 1:29
left on the clock but the Pioneers couldn't get a shot on goal with the Tigers'
relentless defense. Legatto finished the game with 25 saves.
Ammon wasn't the only Tiger with a career-high night. Maugeri earned three assists on the night, a new career best for the sophomore. Meland matched his career-high of two assists, and Calof added two as well.
Princeton was 2 for 4 on the
power play and 6 for 6 on the penalty kill. The Tigers are now 3-3-1 overall.
The Tigers face UMass Lowell
tomorrow, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m., at the Tsongas Center.