By David F. Pendrys
NEW HAVEN, CT- In a meeting of ECAC foes Friday night, the visiting Princeton Tigers down the Yale Bulldogs 4-2. The two sides played fairly evenly for two periods, but Princeton was able to pull away in the third period of the speed of some of their top scorers.
Yale scored first when Joe Snively launched a shot from an angle past Princeton’s Colton Phinney at 5:05. Frankie DiChiara and John Hayden picked up assists on the opener.
Princeton’s Eric Robinson responded quickly at 7:41 whacking in a rebound past Yale’s Sam Tucker during a major scrum in front of the net. Connecticut products David Hallisey and Jeremy Germain each had assists on the goal.
Hallisey would have another assist on Ryan Kuffner’s goal at 14:49. Hallisey had stick handled around the Yale defenders to get a shot, the rebound bounced to Kuffner right in front who blasted it right past Tucker.
Snively evened things up on the power play when he smacked the puck through a wall of pretty much every player on the ice at 17:47 with assists from Robbie DeMontis and Hayden.
The two teams kept off the board in the second period but Princeton started closing the door in the third.
At 2:17 Germain sent a shot off of Tucker but Robinson was there to put it in for the game winner. Hallisey also had an assist.
On the power play at 5:15, Hallisey fed Kuffner cross the front of the net and Tucker couldn’t get to it. Josh Teves also assisted with the set up.
Yale emptied the net with about two minutes left to play and Robinson nearly had the hat trick when he broke in but couldn’t get it into the netting. Still in the end that would be all.
Phinney made 36 saves on the day and Tucker made 37. Princeton took 41 shots overall and Yale took 38.
Quin Pompi had 3 blocks for the Tigers. Tommy Davis had 2, and Matt Nelson, Max Becker, Jackson Cressey, Ryan Berlin, Germain, Joe Grabowski, and Derek Topatigh had one apiece.
DiChiara had 3 blocks for Yale, Billy Sweezey, Mitchell Smith, and Henry Hart had 2. Adam Larkin and Chris Izmirlian had 1 as well.
In addition to Kuffner and Robinson’s two goals, Hallisey picked up 4 assists and Germain had 2 giving the two Connecticut players 6 points in their home state. Yale’s Snively took home his two goals and Hayden had 2 assists.
Princeton is now 9-11-2 and 4-9-2 in the ECAC. Yale is 10-8-4 and 6-6-3 in the ECAC. Saturday, Princeton travels up to Providence to face Brown and Yale gets their arch rivals from up the road in Quinnipiac.
Noticed Plays (Just a sampling of plays that might not have made the score sheet. Not meant to be exhaustive.)
- John Hayden stole it in the neutral zone at one point ending a Princeton attempt to set up. He also kept it in the zone on a power play. During a penalty kill he generated a short handed try. Later he stole the puck in the Princeton zone to generate an opportunity.
- John Baiocco intercepted an opponent’s pass in the neutral zone. He later had a breakaway though it was stopped. Later in the game he disrupted a Princeton zone entry.
- Billy Sweezey flummoxed a Princeton zone entry and also got the puck out of the zone during a penalty kill at another point.
- Andrew Gaus got a Princeton pass in the middle of the ice into an attack on the net.
- Adam Larkin stole the puck in the his end to stop a Tigers attempt.
- Ryan Kuffner & Max Becker had a really solid breakaway but couldn’t get it past the keeper.
- Becker would at another instance snatch the puck in the defensive zone from a Yale player. He also cleared the puck during a penalty kill, disrupted an opposing drive, and stole it in the Bulldogs end.
- Josh Teves kept the puck in the Yale zone during an attack. At another point he disrupted a Bulldogs break on net. He also intercepted an opponent’s pass in his end to stop their attempt.
- Jackson Cressey intercepted the biscuit in the Princeton end to stop Yale’s set up.
- Max Veronneau kept the puck in the Yale end during a power play prolonging the effort.
- Garret Skrbich had a clear on the penalty kill and later deflected a Yale puck out on the kill as well.
- Quin Pompi and Max Becker sent the puck out during a Yale man advantage as well.
- Joe Grabowski pushed the Bulldogs back out of the zone.
- Quin Pompi made sure the puck didn’t exit the home team’s zone during an offensive try.
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