Monday, January 30, 2017

Princeton, Arizona State Record Upsets

A pair of major non-conference upsets took place on Saturday night in NCAA Division I men’s college hockey. Princeton scored three unanswered goals in the third period to edge fourth-ranked Penn State, 5-4, in Philadelphia, while Arizona State gained a series split with a 4-2 victory at No. 17 Quinnipiac in Connecticut.

David Hallisey scored two goals for Princeton, including the tying goal early in the third period at the Wells Fargo Center less than two minutes after Liam Grande had pulled the Tigers to within a goal of the Nittany Lions. Ben Foster then connected for the game-winner with 1:26 remaining in regulation. Colton Phinney made 43 saves as Princeton recorded a win over former coach Guy Gadowsky, who guided the Tigers from 2004 to 2011 before leaving for Penn State. Andrew Sturtz scored twice for the Nittany Lions, who lost their second straight game following a four-game unbeaten streak.

Anthony Croston scored two goals for Arizona State, which bounced back from a 5-2 loss Friday to the Bobcats by jumping out to a 3-0 lead on Saturday at High Point Solutions Arena. Joey Daccord made 53 saves for the visiting Sun Devils, who were outshot by a 55-19 margin in the second contest, including 28-1 over the final 20 minutes. Tim and Connor Clifton scored for Quinnipiac, which will likely now have to win the ECAC Tournament to qualify for the NCAAs for the fifth consecutive year. The Bobcats were national runners-up last spring to North Dakota.

Princeton is now 6-4-0 this season against ranked opponents, while ASU recorded its first win of the campaign over a team in the Top 20.

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