Sophomore defender Josh Teves scored the game-winning goal as Princeton added another ranked team to its victims, as it defeated No. 18 St. Lawrence 3-1 at Hobey Baker Rink on Friday night.
"I don't think we had the start we were looking for, but I think this showed the character of our team," Teves said regarding the team overcoming a one-goal deficit. "We've shown time and time again, even if we are down at the start, we are going to keep pushing and playing the way that we can and the tide is going to turn eventually. About halfway through the first we flipped the page, forgot about the first part, and kept playing our game. It was huge to tie up the game, flip the momentum and give us a bit more hope and kept running with it."
The Saints, who entered the game tied for first in ECAC standings, took a 1-0 lead early in the game in a goal that had to be reviewed by the officials. It was Jacob Pritchard that started the run and finished the play off. He dropped the pass off for Mike Graham and a shot on goal ended in scramble in front. Michael Ederer ended up knocking Colton Phinney over but Pritchard had already popped in the puck at the right post at 5:06.
Sophomore Alex Riche made his mark in his first game back since Jan. 6, with his sixth goal of the season. Junior Quin Pompipushed the puck into the offensive zone and in a battle for the puck along the boards Ryan Kuffner took the puck right off the stick of Ben Masella and put it in the crease for Riche to roof over the shoulder of Kyle Hayton at 15:52 to knot it 1-1.
Princeton (10-11-3, 5-9-3) came out hungry in the second and after a barrage of shots on Hayton the Tigers were able to get one by on the power-play with a beautiful rip by Teves. He regained control of the puck behind the goal and fed freshman Jackson Cresseyalong the left wall, and he read Teves on the run as he whipped a shot over the glove of Hayton at 17:02.
Junior Max Becker added insurance at 5:31 of the first, with Cressey and Teves picking up assists. Becker waited for the perfect opportunity to put the puck past Hayton as he skated across the crease and knocked it in on the right side for his fourth goal of the season.
The Princeton special teams had a great game as the power-play was 1 for 2, while the penalty kill was 0 for 4. On the final penalty kill of the game in the third, the Tigers matched the Saints in shots on goal with two apiece.
The Saints struggled to maintain possession late in the third and weren't able to get Hayton off for the extra skater until 1:31 remaining.
Phinney brought his A game, stopping 30 shots. The ECAC Goalie of the Week, who was named the HeroSports Goalie of the Week earlier today, has now made 30+ saves in 66 career games.
Tonight's 3-1 win marks Princeton's first win over St. Lawrence (15-9-6, 11-4-3) since 2011, snapping a 13-game losing skid in the series.
Princeton returns to action hosting Clarkson tomorrow night at 7 p.m., at Historic Hobey Baker Rink. Clarkson earned a 4-2 win at Quinnipiac this evening.
The Tigers are in ninth place in the ECAC standings, just one point out of the coveted eighth-place that would give Princeton home ice in the first-round series, as Dartmouth has 14 points to Princeton's 13. Princeton has a three-game lead on Colgate, which sits 10th.