Halford & Hallisey Lead Princeton to a Sweep of No. 10 Bemidji State

Halford & Hallisey Lead Princeton to a Sweep of No. 10 Bemidji State

Junior Ben Halford made a career-high 43 saves in his first collegiate win while junior David Hallisey scored twice as Princeton posted a 3-1 win over No. 10 Bemidji State. After yesterday's 4-1 win it was a sweep for the Tigers.
 
It is Princeton's first sweep of a non-conference team on the road since 2009 when the Tigers swept Notre Dame, and is just the second time Princeton had back-to-back wins over ranked teams since December 2008 when the Tigers beat No. 17 Minnesota State and No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha at Hobey Baker Rink.

 Halford got the nod, making his third career start and eighth appearance in goal. It marked his first appearance in goal since Feb 13, 2016.
 
"Ben Halford played great," head coach Ron Fogarty said. "He's been waiting patiently for his opportunity. It's unfortunate that Colton [Phinney] got hurt during the second period of last night's game but Ben stepped in and did a great job and the guys played great in front of him."

"You always have to be ready," Halford said about getting his nod today. "You approach each game the same way, whether you're playing or not. The team played real well. They did a good job of supporting and checking sticks and blocking shots to make my job easy."

On the other end, senior Jesse Wilkins made his first appearance since Feb. 20, 2016 and first start since his freshman year.
 
A delayed call for a penalty and video replay on the scoreboard had the Princeton bench up in arms. Nate Arentz had poked the puck away from Ryan Siiro in the neutral zone and skated in on Halford but not without Siiro on his heels tying him up. Arentz lined up and beat Halford glove side to give Bemidji a 1-0 lead at 15:55.
 
It was the first penalty shot Princeton has faced in four seasons, and just the second this decade. The last was on Feb. 14, 2004 when Brown's Matt Lorito score on Colton Phinney before the Tigers went on to win 3-2. Princeton has only faced three penalty shots this century, the other also against Brown as Mike Condon '13, now with Ottawa, stopped Bobby Farnham in a 3-2 OT win.
 
Hallisey collected his second career two-goal game, his first was on Nov. 27, 2015 at Maine. His first goal evened the game at 11:33 of the second. Freshman Derek Topatigh found Hallisey at the blue line and he took a shot that was blocked by his defender but he got the puck back and sent it into the corner for  junior Eric Robinson. Robinson saw Hallisey in the slot and fed him for the five-hole goal.
 
It took just seven seconds into the Tigers' third power-play for Princeton to score. Freshman Jackson Cressey won the draw deep in the zone and it was tipped back to sophomore Josh Teves at the right point. He rifled a shot on net and Cressey put it on goal before Hallisey scored on the rebound.
 
The Beaver had the puck for the majority of the third as they tried to even it up but a goal by defender Quin Pompi at 9:35 turned the tide. Cressey and Liam Grande jammed the puck off the boards and sent it bak to the left point to Hayden Anderson. Anderson slid the puck across the blue line to Pompi who ripped a shot over the right shoulder of Wilkins. It marked Pompi's first goal of the season and second career goal.

"We had a bend not break third period," Fogarty said. "They came extremely hard against us and we did a good job to clear the pucks out in front of the goal and pack it in pretty tight to secure the win."
 
Bemidji put the extra skater on with 3:19 but Princeton was up to the task looking great as they killed off time and didn't allow the Beavers to get much going. A penalty on Charlie O'Connor with 59.3 seconds left put Wilkins back in goal but he was off once his team gained possession with 30 seconds remaining. An Alex Riche penalty with 12 seconds gave Bemidji a 6x4 opportunity but the Tigers held on for the win.
 
Wilkins made 20 saves in goal for Bemidji, as it falls to 11-4-1.
 
Princeton (2-6-1) was 1 for 4 on the power play and 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
 
The Tigers return home to host Union and Rensselaer next weekend, Dec. 2 & 3 at Hobey Baker Rink.