Princeton Falls to Union in Game One of Quarterfinals

If the Princeton men's hockey team needs a reminder that losing Game 1 of a playoff series doesn't mean the season is over, they only need to look back seven days ago.

After dropping a 3-2 overtime game to Colgate in Game 1 of the first-round series, Princeton rebounded with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 and 2-1 win in Game 3 to take the series and advance.

The Tigers are in a similar situation, after falling 4-1 to No. 6-ranked Union in Game 1 of the quarterfinals.

If there's anything this 2016-17 Tiger team has shown, is that it is resilient.

Both goaltenders were solid with Princeton senior Colton Phinney stopped 34 shots, while Alex Sakellaropoulos made 30 for Union.
 
Phinney looked good early on making a stop despite a screen on a shot from J.C. Brassard at the right point and then had a post-to-post slide on Cole Maier during a Dutchmen power play. He denied Sebastian Vidmar on the doorstop followed by a quick rebound by Brent Supinski, then Mike Vecchione and Nick DeSimone before Princeton cleared the zone with three minutes to play in the second. Phinney came up big again on the Princeton penalty kill with a leg save on Spencer Foo.
 
Sakellaropoulos came up big for the Dutchmen midway through the first to keep the Tigers from taking the lead as he denied sophomore Max Véronneau on a breakaway. He had a monster toe save on a rebound by Véronneau on the Tigers second power play in the second period. Junior Joe Grabowski nearly got one by him as a shot rang off the post with five minutes to play in the second period during a Princeton offensive outburst.
 
Vecchione scored on a drop pass from Supinski from the slot to give Union the 1-0 lead at 6:11 of the first.
 
Senior Ryan Siiro answered with his second goal of the season at 11:27 after senior Ben Foster won a face off back and Siiro one-timed it past Sakellaropoulos.
 
After a review, a goal by Maier at 1:39 of the second period stood. He took a shot over the shoulder of Phinney instead of centering for Foo, who ended up in the crease.
 
Foo added to the lead converting on a power-play chance 30 seconds into the opportunity at 3:21 of the second.
 
Vecchione was pitched the pass to score an empty-net goal with 21 seconds left as Princeton had the extra skater on.

Princeton and Union will battle in Game 2, on Saturday night at 7 p.m.