PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton held the lead over Yale for less than three minutes, but the Bulldogs (16-7-4, 11-6-3 ECAC) responded with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead.
A couple turnovers helped the Bulldogs, who added three more goals – including an empty-net tally – to take a 6-2 victory over the Tigers (4-19-3, 2-16-2 ECAC).
“It’s been a learning process and today I thought that just looking back at the goals, we lost the game,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “We gave Yale opportunities to get to the net quicker before we got coverage reestablished, lost some battles and chalk that one up to us losing the game. Not Yale winning.
“We lost the game for sure.”
The loss marked the end of Princeton’s home portion of the schedule, and the second loss to Yale this season. The Tigers are on a two-game losing streak and are sealed into the ECAC’s last spot.
“I don’t think we hung with them both games,” Fogarty said. “I thought that our mistakes gave them opportunities and they capitalized. They have some skilled players there that if you give them space and time, they’re going to score.”
Princeton struck first when Ben Foster gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead 13:52 minutes into the first period. Jonathan Liau added two assists, while Colton Phinney made 26 stops in the loss. Eric Robinson sat out due to a team decision.
“Our team works hard, there’s no question. There’s a lot of fight in this dog and I haven’t seen one ounce of quit from anybody,” Fogarty said.
“We know what our goals are and just get better everyday but also to make sure our compete level is high entering playoffs. And our compete level has been there every game this year so there’s no question about it.”
Aaron Ave cut the deficit to one midway through the game. Fellow senior Tucker Brockett recorded two assists as the pair, along with Tyler Maugeri, Tom Kroshus, Aaron Kesselman and Ryan Benitez were honored before the game,
Benitez appeared in his second regular-season collegiate game, as he started the game and appeared in the third period. He stopped all six shots he faced.
“It’s senior day. You do the right things with the program,” Fogarty said. “You do things the right way, positive results will come. They may not come immediately, but they will.
“You always have to do things the right way. Don’t cut corners and realize that it’s a program and it’s about seniors and it’s about people. That’s what fuels a program, is the solidification of strong people behind the program.”