Saturday, February 25, 2017

Princeton Clinches Home-Ice Berth in ECAC Tournament

For the first time in four years, the Princeton University men’s hockey team will host a first-round ECAC hockey playoff series at Hobey Baker Rink. Coupled with losses by Colgate and Dartmouth, the Tigers (13-13-3 overall, 8-11-3 ECAC) finished seventh in the conference by virtue of a 4-1 win over visiting Yale on Saturday night.

Joey Fallon scored for the second straight game while Colton Phinney made 36 stops for the Tigers, who also got goals from Eric Robinson, Max Veronneau, and David Hallisey. Veronneau’s goal was his 10th of the season, and gave Princeton four 10-goal scorers in the same year for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign. The victory was also Princeton’s second over the Bulldogs this season, and first at Baker Rink since 2009.

Princeton, which defeated Brown, 7-2, on Friday evening, will now host 10th-seeded Colgate (8-20-6, 6-13-3) for a best-of three first-round ECAC series beginning on March 3 at Baker Rink. The Tigers lost to the Raiders, 4-3, in Hamilton, N.Y. in November, before the two schools skated to a 2-2 tie in Princeton in January.

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