Princeton Hands Dartmouth Loss for the Season Sweep

Princeton Hands Dartmouth Loss for the Season Sweep

Princeton took four points from Dartmouth for the first time since 2009-10, and earned its first win at Thompson Arena since Jan. 30, 2010 – marking the first win for Ron Fogarty's coaching staff in Hanover as well.
 
For the season the Tigers outscored the Big Green 15-5, after a 9-2 victory at Hobey Baker Rink in November.
 
"It was 100 percent commitment by our players to execute the game plan for a full 60 minutes," head coach Fogarty said "The last three games we haven't put a full 60 together, but tonight was a complete game. Mixing up the lines took the players out of their comfort zones and it allowed them to concentrate on doing their jobs."
 
Princeton rolled out four new lines this evening and it paid off in dividends. Ryan Kuffner-Max Véronneau-David Hallisey combined for eight points, while the Eric Robinson-Jackson Cressey-Alex Riche line had four A potent power play of Kuffner, Véronneau, Cressey, Hallisey and Josh Teves added two goals as well as Princeton outshot Dartmouth 44-27.
 
Freshman Ryan Ferland had a highlight reel save in the third period and he finished with 24 total as Princeton improves to 7-10-3 overall and 4-8-1 in ECAC as it heads into exam break.
 
After Matt Baker converted on Dartmouth's first power-play opportunity of the game, Kuffner responded with his first of two goals just 30 seconds later.
 
Robison turned on the wheels for his eighth goal of the season six minutes later when he connected with Riche along the left wall and slipped by his defender and put on a toe drag across the paint before flipping it under the cross bar on Devin Buffalo.
 
With 1:04 remaining in the period, Will Graber evened the game with a shot from the top of the left circle, mimicking his game-winner from last night.
 
The Tigers pushed ahead in the second with two power-play goals. Cressey was left open on the right doorstep to bury a Véronneau pass and Teves did major work to break up a short-handed break by Dartmouth, stripped the puck and brought it back into the zone and then finished it off after Véronneau and Kuffner handled it.
 
Kuffner net his 13th goal of the season as he took a cue from Teves and took the puck away from the Big Green behind their own net, cycled the puck back to his teammates. He was in the slot to one-time a pass from Hallisey in the corner with Mark Paolini assisting as well at 11:24 of the third.
 
Paolini scored his first career goal at 15:11, an unassisted empty-net goal as Dartmouth pulled Buffalo for the extra skater. Princeton immediately gained possession and scored two seconds into the 5x6.
 
Tim Shroup scored in a mad scramble with 1:11 remaining.
 
Princeton was 2 for 4 on the power play, while Dartmouth was 1 for 2.
 
The Tigers break for University exams and inter-session and return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Quinnipiac.