Raiders Fall in 100th Meeting With Princeton

HAMILTON – In the 100th all-time meeting between the Colgate men’s hockey team and Princeton, the Raiders outshot the Tigers, but the visitors came away with a 4-2 win at Starr Rink on Friday night.

Colgate (13-10-4, 5-7-3 ECAC) got goals from Joe Wilson and Thomas Larkin in the loss, while Spencer Finney made 22 saves in the loss.

Princeton (8-10-4, 6-6-3 ECAC) opened up a 3-1 lead in the second period with goals from Alec Rush and Jack Berger. Mike Ambrosia and Jonathan Liau also scored for the Tigers. Will MacDonald was the top point-getter on the night with two assists. Mike Condon was the story for Princeton as he made 36 stops, including 17 in the first period.

The Tigers took the early 1-0 lead with Ambrosia posting his sixth of the season with 12:40 left in the first period. Calof broke into the offensive end with Ambrosia and two Colgate defensive went to play the puck and Ambrosia was left alone. He buried a one-timer from the faceoff dot under the arm of Finney for the lead.

Colgate answered with 1:54 remaining in the first period with Wilson tallying his seventh of the season. Jeremy Price circled behind the net after the Raiders controlled the puck. He slipped a pass to Wilson at the near post and he tucked it inside the post to tie the game at 1-1. Condon had committed to Price around the net and failed to cover the near post.

In the second period, the Tigers regained the lead at 2-1 with Rush adding his second of the year with an assist to MacDonald. The centerman MacDonald won the faceoff back to Rush at the point and he fired a shot on net that hit the post and went in to take the lead with 13:51 remaining in the second.

MacDonald was at it again as he won another faceoff back to Andrew Ave and he found Berger for the power play goal to make it 3-1 with 5:41 left in the second frame.

The Raiders got back within one as Larkin scored 1:38 into the third period. Mike Borkowski fired a shot from the left side that Condon pushed away, but Larkin was there for the put back and his third of the year to cut the Tiger lead to 3-2. That was the closest Colgate would get as Liau put Princeton ahead by two goals once again with a rebound goal as well. Andrew Ammon took shot that was blocked down, but Liau slipped in front of Finney and tucked the puck between his pads.

Colgate had its 12-game power play scoring streak snapped tonight as the Raiders went 0-for-7 with the man advantage and had eight shots on net in those situations. Princeton scored once on five opportunities.

Colgate will face the hottest team in the country tomorrow night as Quinnipiac comes to town with a 20-game unbeaten streak and is 13-0-1 league play. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be live on Time Warner Cable Sports in Central New York.

NOTES: Price has now tallied points in 12 of his last 14 games … Wilson has two goals in his last three games and has 20 points on the year, which is just three away from his total of 23 in 2011-12 … the 18 shots against Princeton in the first period were the most since 19 against Sacred Heart on Jan. 5 … Price has now scored a point in 12 of his last 15 games.