Princeton Falls in OT of Game 1 in ECAC Playoffs

A team that has bounced back from the brink more than once already will have to do so again if it wants to prolong its season.

The Princeton men's hockey team lost Game 1 of its best-of-three ECAC playoff series 3-2 to Colgate on Jake Kulevich's goal nearly seven minutes into overtime Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink. As a result, Princeton needs to win Game 2 Saturday and then what would be a deciding Game 3 Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals next weekend.

"I thought we were loose defensively," Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty said. "Colgate took two advantages and capitalized. But its the first team to four points and I'm excited to get up and get back after it tomorrow."

If coming back from an OT loss to start a series seems difficult, keep in mind everything Princeton has done to date in 2016-17. The Tigers were the last Division I team to win a game this season, and yet here they were on home ice this weekend, having vaulted all the way to seventh in the final ECAC standings.

Oh, and if Princeton wants further inspiration that it can be done, it can look back one weekend to what the women's team did. Just seven days earlier, Princeton's women's team lost in overtime - actually in three overtimes - and then came back to win the next two games and advance.

The game was scoreless into the final minute of the second period, when Evan Panowyk scored to break the ice. Princeton then answered in the first minute of the third period, tying it on David Hallisey's goal, with an assists to Eric Robinson. It became 2-1 Princeton less than three minutes later, when Jeremy Germain scored his first of the year, this time from Robinson and Derek Topatigh.

Colgate then tied it with 7:15 to play, and it stayed at 2-2 into the overtime.

Princeton outshot Colgate 31-18.