Ammon has Career Night in Win at Sacred Heart

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (11/23/12) - Junior Andrew Ammon had a career-high four goals as he led the Princeton men's hockey team to a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart at Webster Bank Arena on Friday, Nov. 23.

Ammon's career high prior to tonight was a hat trick against UMass Lowell in December 2010.

Sacred Heart took a 2-1 lead in the first period, scoring both goals on breakaway opportunities. The Pioneers grabbed a 3-1 lead early in the second before the Tigers rattled off three straight to win the game.

Chad Barthelemess scored his first goal of the season on the Pioneeers' first scoring opportunity of the game at 17:47. Alex Stuart found a seam up the center of the ice and Barthelemess was all alone as he skated in and popped it into the back of the net.

Ammon evened the game with a goal at 8:17 with help from junior Andrew Calof. Calof dodged three defenders on the way into the zone and dropped the puck off for Ammon inside the left circle. Ammon one-timed the puck into the upper right 90.

Sacred Heart would regain the lead just 37 seconds later as Nick Curry beat netminder Sean Bonar in another 1x1.

Princeton outshot SHU 11-4 in the first period and was assessed the only penalty of the period. The Tigers did an excellent job executing on the penalty kill as they had two shorthanded 2x1 opportunities and allowed just one shot on frame during the two minutes.

The Tigers best opportunity to knot the game came on a shot by senior defender Eric Meland with at 13:30. SHU goalie Steven Legatto had to make a split save to make the stop on the right post.

Ben Ketchum expands the Pioneer's lead when he gets a tape-to-tape pass from Eric Delong and gets by his defender, banking the puck off of Bonar's toe and into the net at 5:28.

Bob Prier pulled Bonar after the goal and replaced him with senior Mike Condon. Bonar made three saves and allowed three in his first start of the season.

Bonar is pulled from the goal and replaced by Condon. Bonar made three saves and allowed three goals, two on 1x1 situations.

A whiffed shot by Sacred Heart lead to Princeton's second goal. Calof collected the puck in the corner and fed it up along to boards to Meland. Meland picked up the puck at the first blue line and skated down the boards where he put the puck in the slot for Ammon, who popped it over the shoulder of Legatto at 11:27.

Ammon tallied his third of the game on the power play at 14:40. Meland grabbed the puck from behind the cage and sent it cross ice to Tyler Maugeri. Maugeri dropped it off in front of the Princeton bench for Ammon let a shot got from the dot of the left face off circle for the goal.

Ammon capped off his night with the game winner, coming on the power play at 12:51. Maugeri fed Calof the puck and Calof sent a pass across the paint for Ammon. Ammon put it into the open right side as Legatta was anticipating a shot from Calof on the left. It gave Princeton its first and only lead it needed for the win.

Condon finished the game with 23 saves and zero goals allowed. Two of his biggest stops came midway through the third when the Pioneers were on the power play. Kyle Verbeek had a shot stopped at the right poist and long shot from Matthew Solomon at the point was denied with a glove save.

SHU pulled Legatto with 1:29 left on the clock but the Pioneers couldn't get a shot on goal with the Tigers' relentless defense. Legatto finished the game with 25 saves.

Princeton was 2 for 3 on the power play and 5 for 5 on the penalty kill. The Tigers are now 3-3-1 overall.

The Tigers face UMass Lowell tomorrow, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m., at the Tsongas Center.