Friday, February 3, 2012

This One at Princeton Had It All

Princeton and visiting Dartmouth skated to a 3-3 tie in an ECAC matchup on Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink, and this one truly had it all.

There was end-to-end action, three lead changes, 71 shots on goal, several spectacular saves, a post-game youth-centered Skate with the Tigers—and to top it all off, an hour-long game delay after a Dartmouth shot broke the glass behind the Princeton net, just beneath the press box, with 12:36 remaining in the third period. The glass was replaced and the ice completely resurfaced before both teams resumed play after a five-minute warm-up session, but neither could get the go-ahead goal despite going to overtime.

The Tigers, who are now 2-1-4 in their last seven outings overall, got a goal and an assist from Rob Kleebaum, plus 29 saves from Mike Condon before 2,292 spectators at Baker Rink, where Princeton has gone 4-3-3 so far this season. Eric Neiley scored twice for the visiting Big Green, which also got 36 stops from Jody O'Neill.

Dartmouth improved to 9-9-4 overall and 6-6-3 in ECAC play, and is now sixth in the conference standings, while Princeton (7-10-6, 5-8-3 ECAC) ranks eighth. The Big Green, which is 2-1-2 in its last five games to date, plays at Quinnipiac on Saturday, while the Tigers will be idle until they visit Clarkson on Feb. 10.

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