For the first time in seven years, Princeton University has advanced in the ECAC Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament.
Derek Topatigh (power play) and Ryan Kauffman each scored goals, and Colton Phinney finished with 35 saves as the Tigers edged Colgate University, 2-1, in the deciding game Sunday night at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton won the best-of-three first-round series, two games to one, after losing the first game in overtime, 3-2, on Friday. The Tigers rebounded last night with a 4-3 overtime victory of their own, after tying the game in the final second of regulation.
Princeton (15-14-3 overall), the seventh seed in this year’s tournament, will now visit second-seeded Union College next weekend in a best-of-three series in Schenectady, N.Y. Princeton’s last series win in ECAC Tournament play came in 2009 when the Tigers defeated Union, two games to one, and advanced to the ECAC semifinals and later the NCAA Tournament.
Colgate, which got its lone goal Sunday from senior captain Jake Kulevich to open the scoring, finished the 2016-17 campaign at 9-22-6 overall.