Princeton men’s hockey fell to Dartmouth 3-1 on Friday night, extending its losing streak to three games.
The Tigers (4-20-3, 2-17-2 ECAC) can now face either the Big Green (14-10-4, 11-8-2 ECAC), Colgate, Cornell or tomorrow night’s opponent – Harvard – in the first round of the ECAC tournament.
After struggling in the first period, the Tigers responded well in the second period. They also cut the deficit to 2-1 briefly, when Michael Zajac netted an unassisted tally.
Despite controlling portions of the period, Princeton found itself in trouble late in the second after Matt Nelson was in the box for boarding. Grant Opperman put the puck in an open net to give Dartmouth a 3-1 lead with one second left in the frame.
The teams exchanged scoring chances in the third period, but neither were able to put the puck in the net. Princeton pulled Colton Phinney with 1:49 left in the game but were unable to score.
Phinney finished with 19 saves, and held damages from Dartmouth to just two goals in the first. Carl Hesler put the Big Green on the board first, while Brandon McNally added a tally two minutes later.
Opperman’s goal was one of three power play chances the Big Green converted, while Princeton failed to score on any of its three chances.