Friday, January 10, 2014

Princeton Edges Rensselaer, 2-1

A pair of New Jersey natives made it Princeton University's night on Friday.

Mike Ambrosia's early-third period goal at Hobey Baker Rink stood up as the game-winner, and fellow Chatham, N.J. native Colton Phinney finished with 33 saves for Princeton (4-14 overall, 3-8 ECAC) in the Tigers' 2-1 victory over ECAC rival Rensselaer on Jan. 10.

Princeton thus gained a split of its two-game regular-season series with the Engineers, following a 5-2 loss in Troy, N.Y. last month  Scott Diebold made 25 stops for RPI (8-9-4, 3-4-3) in Friday's setback, including 13 saves in the third period.

RPI's Luke Curadi opened the scoring off a goal-mouth scramble at 14:49 of the first period, before Tyler Maugeri responded for Princeton just over a minute later on a power play, by wristing home a long shot from the slot that went under the crossbar.  It was the Tigers' only man-advantage opportunity of the contest.

The score remained tied until Ambrosia tallied in-close just 1:04 into the final frame.  The visiting Engineers appeared to have tied the score later in the third stanza, but the goal was disallowed following a video review by officials.

Princeton now hosts ECAC frontrunner Union in a Saturday matinee, while RPI ventures to Quinnipiac.

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