Princeton Comes Up Short In Season-Opener at Penn State

Princeton Comes Up Short In Season-Opener at Penn State

Playing in its fifth game of the year Penn State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with two tallies in the first five minutes. The Tiger settled in and from there it was a battle, with each team trading two goals apiece.

"I think it was a good start for our first game," head coach Ron Fogarty said. "After the first 10 minutes of the first period I think we played well. Now we'll be preparing for Dartmouth and we know some of the smaller things we need to work on and we're excited to start league play."

Sophomore Matthew Thom scored his first career goal, an unassisted goal at 2:37 of the second period. As a defender tried to clear the puck out of the zone, Thom knifed the puck down at the blue line and sent it through traffic and past Peyton Jones in goal.

Three minutes later Brandon Biro responded, popping in a pass from Nate Sucese after the Tigers misplayed the puck on a potential icing call.

Senior Alex Riche inched the Tigers within one, 3-2 at 2:23 of the third with a power-play goal. Senior Josh Teves had the puck on the blue line and cycled it to the left boards to senior Max Véronneau. Skating inside the circle he whipped a shot that was redirected by Riche and past Jones.

Penn State (5-0) responded quickly again as Ludvig Larsson notched his third of the year to regain the two-goal cushion at 4:40 of the third.

Both teams had 34 shots on goal with sophomore Ryan Ferland stopping 31 shots for the Tigers.

Princeton (0-1) was 1 for 5 on the power play, while Penn State was 0 for 4.

The Tigers open ECAC Hockey play next weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard.