Monday, November 23, 2015

Princeton Garners Split

Princeton earned an ECAC split this past weekend at home.

The Tigers suffered their worst loss of the season on Friday night, a 5-1 defeat to No. 14 St. Lawrence at Hobey Baker Rink. Brian Ward had a goal and an assist for the visiting Saints, while Mike Marnell and Ben Masella had two assists apiece and Kyle Hayton made 41 saves. The Tigers fell behind, 3-0, by the middle of the second period before sophomore forward Max Becker got the home side on the board with his first career collegiate goal. Colton Phinney stopped 29 shots before giving way in the third period to Ben Halford, who made five saves on six shots.

The next night, Princeton recorded its first victory since Halloween with a 3-0 blanking of No. 20 Clarkson. Phinney made 31 stops as Eric Robinson, Kyle Rankin and Max Veronneau (PPG) scored for Princeton. Steve Perry had 21 stops for the visiting Golden Knights.

The Tigers (2-6-0 overall, 1-5-0 ECAC) head north for two non-conference contests this weekend at Maine (2-8-3 overall), whom Princeton defeated by a 3-1 count on Oct. 31 in Trenton. The Black Bears earned their first wins of the 2015-16 campaign on Friday and Saturday with a two-step sweep of visiting Hockey East opponent Vermont (3-2, 4-1).

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