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Princeton Ends Season With Shutout Loss To Dartmouth

One night after giving up the game-winning goal, Princeton returned to Thompson Arena for a do-or-die Game 2. Rebounding from the heartbreak, Princeton turned in a good first period.

It was an overall good effort from the Tigers, but not enough to keep Dartmouth from winning the game and the series 2-0.

The loss marked the ninth time this season Princeton was shut out, and the Tigers were winless on the road. Despite the two losses in the ECAC opening round, the improvement in Princeton was visible over the weekend.

 

“I thought the weekend was really good hockey, and for a 12 to 5 [seed] matchup I thought it was great,” Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty said. “Both games were really close and great opportunities all throughout both 60 minutes.” Continue reading Princeton Ends Season With Shutout Loss To Dartmouth

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Late Dartmouth Goal Sends Princeton To Game 1 Loss

In the third period, Princeton was pressing. They found chance after chance, and Dartmouth barely kept the puck out of the net. With time expiring and overtime looming, Brandon McNally took the puck and skated around the net, causing Colton Phinney to fall to the ice.

McNally waited, but fed the puck to Eric Neiley, who gave Dartmouth the 3-2 lead with 1:27 minutes left.

“Heartbreaking,” Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty said of the loss.

Princeton pulled Colton Phinney, who finished with 23 saves, with less than a minute left. But the Tigers couldn’t tie it, and left Thompson Arena down 0-1 in the first-round series.

“But you have to win two games,” Fogarty said. “It’s a two out of three series, so if you win or lose your emotions have to be suppressed and start preparing for tomorrow’s game immediately.”

Continue reading Late Dartmouth Goal Sends Princeton To Game 1 Loss

Princeton Ends Home Slate With Loss To Yale

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.” Continue reading Princeton Ends Home Slate With Loss To Yale

Switch To Forward Pays Off For Kevin Liss

PRINCETON, N.J. – Kevin Liss has battled injuries throughout his three years at Princeton. When he returned this season, the Tigers already had set defensive pairs. Which injuries to the forwards, there were spots to compete for up front.

So Princeton coach Ron Fogarty turned Liss into a forward.

“It was definitely a big adjustment,” Liss said. “I’ve had a rough go of it the last few years with injures, so I was just coming back and that’s kind of where I fit in the lineup. It’s definitely fun, it’s a lot to learn but it’s very exciting and I love it so far.” Continue reading Switch To Forward Pays Off For Kevin Liss

Second Period Positional Mistakes Lead To Loss Against Brown

PRINCETON, N.J. – In the third period, down by three goals with less than five minutes left, Princeton was pressing.

But it was too late for the Tigers (4-18-3, 2-15-2 ECAC), who fell 4-1 to the Bears (8-17-1, 5-13-1 ECAC) on Friday night.

“You pull a goaltender, then you see an effort level go up. Our guys are protecting an inanimate object harder than they protect Colton Phinney, and that’s what’s discouraging,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said.

“They’re embarrassed if someone gets an empty net goal. You should be embarrassed if someone gets a shot on Colton Phinney.” Continue reading Second Period Positional Mistakes Lead To Loss Against Brown

Princeton Earns Comeback Win Over Clarkson

PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton was pinned in its own zone in the third, with the game tied 1-1. An exhausted Joe Grabowski sent a pass up the ice, but it bounced off the boards and caromed down for an icing.

Jonathan Liau raced down to beat the call, and the icing was waved off.

“[Liau] had a step on the D so he was racing to beat out the icing,” Tucker Brockett said. “I saw he was going to beat it out, and then honestly couldn’t tell you what happened from there. The next thing I knew the puck was in front and right on my stick.”

Brockett took the shot from right outside the crease, putting Princeton ahead for good. The Tigers (4-17-2, 2-14-1 ECAC) also received a goal from Aaron Kesselman en route to the 2-1 victory over the Knights (11-14-4, 8-77-2).

“It was a great team win,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “Guys are banged up, a lot of ice bags. And that’s what it takes to win. Winning is difficult. If it was easy, everyone would be winning.” Continue reading Princeton Earns Comeback Win Over Clarkson