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Princeton Drops Double Overtime Game To Clarkson

Phinney saveOn Friday night, the game was Princeton’s to lose. The Tigers had jumped out with one of their best games of the season and held a 2-0 lead over Clarkson, ready to take a 1-0 advantage in the playoff series.


But with 8:44 minutes left in the third, a series of penalties and special team losses forced the Tigers back.

First, Spencer Kryczka took a five-minute major for boarding, allowing the Golden Knights to cut the deficit to 2-1 on the major penalty. The Tigers followed with a too many men on the ice penalty with 1:46 minutes left.

Clarkson pulled its goaltender for the power play, and Sam Vigneault tied it on the 6-on-4 with 22 seconds left.

After one scoreless overtime, the Golden Knights took possession to start the second. They had a couple chances early, including a shot that rang off the post. But a few seconds later, James De Haas scored to give Clarkson the 3-2 overtime win.

“Awesome,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said of the Princeton’s play. “Great effort, great execution. [We] just lost the special teams.”


The Tigers played well in the loss. Princeton controlled play in the first period and jumped ahead 5:35 into the game on an Alex Riche goal. In the second, Ryan Siiro made it 2-0.

“The Siiro goal was big to get us up 2-0,” Fogarty said. “They saw a lot of minutes and did a good job on the penalty kill for the most part on the five minute [major].”

Clarkson played better in the second and ultimately outshot the Tigers 46-31, including 13 shots in the third and 12 in the first overtime. The Golden Knights – especially late in the game – forced Colton Phinney to make some difficult saves.

“I think everybody fared great. It was a great hockey game,” Fogarty said. “Like I said, we just lost special teams. And we played well for a road game, really well for a road game.”

Despite giving up two goals on the penalty kill late in the third, the Tigers continued playing well into overtime. The teams exchanged chances in the first overtime period.

“We had chances in the overtime, but until the final buzzer goes for the game, our guys competed extremely well,” Fogarty said.

Phinney finished with 43 saves on the night and passed the 1,000 mark for saves this season. On the other end, Greg Lewis made 29 saves for Clarkson.

Quin Pompi netted two assists for the Tigers, who took the ice without forwards David Hallisey, Max Becker or defenseman Matt Nelson. Stuart Pomeroy filled in on offense while Marlon Sabo took Nelson’s spot on defense. Fogarty said Nelson is day-to-day.

With the loss, Princeton faces a must-win Game 2 on Saturday night.

“It’s not over. You [have] to win two games,” Fogarty said. “Refocus. Our guys have been down before and it’s been a tough season, but they’ve always responded with great effort and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”


Princeton vs. Yale 2.26.16 Photos

Here are photos from Princeton’s loss to Yale on Friday night:



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

Kyle Rankin Nets Two In Princeton’s Loss To Cornell

Princeton men’s hockey fell to Cornell on Saturday night, with Kyle Rankin scoring both goals.

The teams swapped scores for the first two periods, before Holden Anderson gave the Big Red (10-10-3, 8-7-1 ECAC) the permanent lead six minutes into the third. Jake Weidner added the empty net goal en route to Cornell’s 4-2 victory.

Quin Pompi and Mike Ambrosia added assists for the Tigers (3-17-2, 1-14-1 ECAC), who now occupy the 12th spot in the ECAC. Continue reading Kyle Rankin Nets Two In Princeton’s Loss To Cornell

Full Effort Not Enough In Princeton’s Loss To Colgate

Princeton men’s hockey walked into Starr Rink on Friday night having allowed 14 goals to the Raiders (15-9-3, 7-5-3 ECAC) over the last three contests, including a 5-1 loss back at Baker in November.

It was a homecoming for head coach Ron Fogarty and assistant Brad Dexter, who played at Colgate. For Dexter, it marked his return to the school where he served as an assistant for nine years, building Colgate’s current team.

And on Friday night, the Tigers (3-16-2, 1-13-1 ECAC), fought with Colgate in a physical battle. Princeton limited the Raiders to one goal over 59 minutes of play, but failed to score an equalizer and dropped the contest 2-0. Continue reading Full Effort Not Enough In Princeton’s Loss To Colgate

Midseason Awards: Princeton’s Rookie Of The First Half

Princeton welcomed eight freshmen this season, and many of them have seen consistent playing time. Three rookies – Eric Robinson, David Hallisey, Joe Grabowski and Matt Nelson – have played in every game this season.

From the season’s start, Grabowski has been entrusted with a good chunk of minutes, including penalty killing time.

“Joe’s been given a lot of ice time, way ahead of schedule than a freshman should be given,”Princeton  coach Ron Fogarty said. “But he’s delivered and accepted that role, and very versatile as well.” Continue reading Midseason Awards: Princeton’s Rookie Of The First Half

Princeton Hockey: Midweek Notebook, Dec. 11

After dropping two games last weekend, Princeton men’s hockey will be on the road to face Minnesota State.

In preparation, the Tigers (2-9-1) continued holding uptempo practices this week.

“[They’ve] been most definitely uptempo,” coach Ron Fogarty said. [We’re] pushing our players out of the comfort zone of being slow and trying to make plays into skating fast and making plays.”

Here are some notes from practice: Continue reading Princeton Hockey: Midweek Notebook, Dec. 11