Tigers Open Series With Win

Tigers Open Series With Win


PRINCETON -- Goals in the first half of the third period from junior Mark Magnowski and senior Lee Jubinville and 11 saves down the stretch from junior goaltender Zane Kalemba helped lead the 11th-ranked Princeton men's hockey team to a 3-2 win over Union on Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink in the opening game of the ECAC quarterfinals.

Princeton, the tournament's third seed, came into the game off a two-week layoff and took a few minutes at the start of the game to get things going. It didn't take long though for the Tigers to start with the scoring chances as they put 16 shots on the Union goal in the opening period.

The stanza looked to finish scoreless but Union converted on a power play in the closing minute when Adam Presizniuk shoved his own rebound into the Princeton goal with 20 seconds left in the period.

Princeton drew even early in the second period thank to a strong individual effort from junior Dan Bartlett. Given the puck at the red line, Bartlett stickhandled through and around two Union defenders before scoring top shelf from the crease over the shoulder of Union goaltender Corey Milan for his 10th goal of the season. Sophomore Sam Sabky fed him the puck in the neutral zone and junior Tyler Beachell also assisted on the goal.

Tied entering the third period, the Tigers played a very strong first 10 minutes of the third to swing the game in the their favor. Princeton took the first 10 shots of the third period and scored two goals before Union first shot came with 9:38 left in the period.

Junior Mark Magnowski gave Princeton the lead at 4:21 of the period with his team-leading 11th goal of the season. The play started deep in the Princeton zone when sophomore Kevin Lohry fed a rink wide pass to sophomore Matt Arhontas in the neutral zone. Arhontas carried the puck into the Union end and sent a centering pass to the slot that Magnowski redirected through the legs of Milan to put Princeton ahead for good.

The Tigers made it 3-1 five minutes later when senior Lee Jubinville tallied his ninth of the year. Sophomore defenseman Cam Ritchie intercepted a Union clear along the boards and quickly moved the puck Jubinville who skated into the Union zone and quickly shot while Milan moved across, catching him off guard and scoring off his pad.

Union picked up its play in the second half of the period, outshooting Princeton 13-2 over the final 10 minutes, but save for a power-play strike from Stephanie Boileau, could not crack Kalemba, and the Tigers held on for the 3-2 win.

Kalemba made 25 saves for his 21st win of the season, while Milan made 35 saves in the loss.

Princeton moved to 21-9 with the win, equaling last season's win total, which ties for the program record. Union fell to 18-16-3 with the loss. Princeton now leads the best-of-three series 1-0. The teams play Game 2 tomorrow night at 7 p.m.