Ammon Scores OT Game Winner in 5-4 Win Over Dartmouth
PRINCETON, N.J. (11/15/13) - Senior Andrew Ammon scored the game-winning goal with 11 seconds remaining to lift Princeton to a 5-4 win over Dartmouth, the team's second overtime victory over the Big Green this season.
Sophomore Jonathan Liau won the puck in the corner and found freshman Tommy Davis at the point. Davis fired on cage and Ammon redirected in the slot for the goal to give the Tigers its first ECAC victory of the season.
"The team played hard," head coach Bob Prier said after the game. "There were a lot of second and third efforts out there, and staying above checks and staying above pucks. They've always had a positive attitude throughout all of this and they've known it's eventualy going to happen and it did. Now we just have to understand that we're winners and we can keep it going and get on a roll that way."
Princeton (2-6, 1-4) rallied from a 3-0 deficit, scoring four straight. Junior Tucker Brockett had another career night, assisting on four of his team's goals. Liau and junior Tyler Maugeri both had two points, along with Ammon who scored twice.
"Our character has been tested heavily over the course of the last three weeks and I think it was revealing tonight," Prier said in regards to the team coming back from the deficit. "They just kept plugging away and kept a positive attitude, and that's the most important thing is having that positive attitude and that did it and I'm proud of them."
Dartmouth grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first 13:01 of the game.
Taylor Boldt got things rolling less than four minutes into the game as he put away a Geoff Ferguson rebound. Brandon McNally and Eric Neiley teamed up for the second goal, a power-play goal at 9:25. Neiley won the puck off the boards and skated towards the net, dishing off to McNally for the tally. The BIg Green added another at 13:01 when Tim O'Brien blocked a shot and took the puck down the other end for the breakaway goal.
Freshman Ryan Siiro put the Tigers on the board going top shelf with a power-play goal to close out the first period. Brockett had the puck at the top of the circle and fed Maugeri on the goal line extended. Maugeri sent the puck across the slot to Siiro inside the right circle and he fired in the goal.
Maugeri and Brockett teamed up again for the next Princeton goal. Brockett did some major work along the left boards during the power play and sent the puck into the slot for Maugeri who slipped it in between the glove and the post to make it a one-goal game at 12:03 of the second.
Brockett sent a give-and-go to junior Aaron Kesselman. Kesselman came up the right boards and used his stick and skates to corral the puck and centered for sophomore Mike Ambrosia, who went glove side on Cab Morris for the equalizer.
Ammon scored the go-ahead goal early in the third when he got the puck from behind the cage from Liau. Ammon took a shot that was saved by Morris and collected by Brockett at the left pipe. He circled behind the goal dropping puck off for Liau who found Ammon in the right circle for a shot over the shoulder of Morris.
Dartmouth’s Brett Patterson scored a solo goal to knot the game back up at 4-4 at 12:25 when he stripped the Tigers on the boards during a breakout and skated in for the shot, collected his own rebound and scored.
Senior Sean Bonar made 28 saves in the winning effort for the Tigers who went 2 for 5 on the power play and 3 for 4 on the penalty kill.
Morris stopped 25 shots for Dartmouth, who falls to 0-7 on the season.
Princeton hosts Harvard tomorrow, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The Crimson lost 3-2 at Quinnipiac this evening.