Princeton men’s hockey dropped both its games at Maine on the weekend, falling to 2-8 on the season.
“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win both games,’ Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “We played some solid hockey the second night. [We went] down 2-0 in a pretty great college environment [and] we found a way to get back into the game and tie it up and give ourselves a chance to win it as well.”
On Friday, the Black Bears struck first thanks to Nolan Vesey. But David Hallisey tied the game for the Tigers before the period expired. Maine took the lead again in the next period, but Hallisey tied it again – giving the sophomore his first two-goal night. Ryan Kuffner gave Princeton the lead with over 10 minutes to go in regulation, but Andrew Tegeler tied it for Maine and Will Merchant scored the game-winning goal with 57.7 seconds left in regulation. Colton Phinney finishd with 38 saves in the loss.
The next night, Maine held a two-goal lead entering the third period. But freshmen linmates Max Veronneau and Ryan Kuffner scored less than 10 minutes apart in the third to tie the game for Princeton. Blaine Byron scored the game winner for the Black Bears in overtime. Phinney made 47 saves in the loss.
On Friday, the Tigers limited Maine to one power play on four chances but converted on two of their own. Princeton followed by killing off five of six penalties on Saturday.
“We scored on a couple of them and we had a lot of penalty kills, especially [the] second night,” Fogarty said. “We did a great job of that as well. [I’m] extremely pleased how the special teams have been working over the last three games.”
While the Tigers were unable to string together a winning streak this weekend, Princeton has scored two or more goals in the last three contests in a row.
“It’s easy to start cutting corners or to deviate from the system and structure, but we’ve come a long way and the wins will come,” Fogarty said. “[We] just have to keep doing the things correctly.”