Princeton Loses to Cornell

Princeton had a two-goal lead after the first period but the Tigers couldn't sustain the momentum as Cornell scored four straight to take a 4-2 game at Lynah Rink.
 
Junior Eric Robinson scored his team-leading fifth of the season to put Princeton (0-6-1) on the board at 13:22. It came on the Tigers' second power-play opportunity of the game with sophomore Alex Richeassisting. Princeton had a number of quality chances on the first power-play but netminder Mitch Gillam was solid turning away shot after shot. Robinson broke him on the second power-play going blocker side after getting the puck from behind the net from Riche. The whistle never blew though the linesman, Robinson and linemate David Hallisey knew it went in. After a review the goal certainly did count.
 
Junior Joe Grabowski padded the lead with his first goal of the season with 10 seconds left in the first period with Robinson again being a factor, along with freshman Jackson Cressy. Cressy won the puck in the corner and pushed it up the left wall, where Robinson nudged it further towards the paint where Grabowski collected it and skated to open ice and fired through traffic.
 
Jared Fiegl made it a one-goal game with the only tally of the second period, at 13:20. He took the initial shot that caromed out to the blue line where it was kept in the zone by Brendan Smith. Smith sent the puck cross ice a fresh defender off the bench Alec McCrea and he centered for Fiegl between the circles.
 
Princeton's penalty kill streak came to a halt at 25 after Trevor Yates converted on the power-play for Cornell (3-3-1). The Tigers allowed a power-play goal on the first opportunity of the season at Michigan State and had not allowed one since, as they entered the weekend with the nation's best penalty kill. Yates and teammate had a screen on Phinney as Yanni Kaldis sent the puck in from the left circle, and Yates deflected it in to tie it at 2-2 at 8:49 of the third.
 
Mitch Vanderlaan scored twice within 4:04 to give his team the lead. The first came at 13:40 and was originally reviewed after it looked like it went off of a high stick, but officials ruled a good goal. Vanderlaan fired the fourth goal five hole after a giveaway in the right circle.
 
Princeton called a timeout and put on the extra skater with two minutes remaining but the Tigers, despite a great chance with 50 seconds left on the doorstep by Ryan Kuffner, wouldn't be able to score again.
 
Princeton was 1 for 5 on the power play, while Cornell was 1 for 6.
 
Shots fell 33-22 in favor of the Big Red. Phinney finished with 29 stops, and Gillam had 20.
 
Princeton will travel to Bemidji State next weekend, Nov. 25 & 26, for a pair of games with the No. 13-ranked Beavers.