Dartmouth Drops First Game of the Year Against Princeton

Dartmouth Drops First Game of the Year Against Princeton

HANOVER, N.H. – A rough second period proved to be the biggest difference Friday night in a 7-1 loss for the Dartmouth men's hockey team.
 
No. 19 Princeton scored four times in the middle frame, taking advantage of a long power play and putting away the Big Green in an ECAC Hockey game at Thompson Arena.
 
Sophomore Matt Baker scored the goal that sent a sea of tennis balls onto the ice for the second year in a row and freshman goalie Justin Ferguson had an assist in his first collegiate appearance.
 
It was a tough night for the freshman in goal, though, as the defending ECAC Hockey champions put on an offensive clinic in front of him, scoring seven times, including twice on the power play in the early part of the second period as the game started to slip away.
 
Down 3-0, Baker finally got the home team on the board with his first of the season at 10:17 of the stanza, the latest the 'tennis ball goal' has been scored since Feb. 22, 2002 when Chris Baldwin scored 1:57 into the second period. Since then, the Green and White have found the back of the net in the first frame in all but one game (Nov. 6, 2004).
 
But one goal wouldn't cut it on this night as the Tigers were dialed in.
 
Ryan Kuffner — an All-American a season ago — scored twice and had three points, while linemates Alex Riche (1-3-4) and Max Veronneau (0-2-2) added another six points. On defense, Josh Teves registered three assists, while Derek Topatigh scored twice.
 
Goaltender Ryan Ferland was another difference maker in the game, turning aside 32 shots as Dartmouth actually controlled play for long stretches. The home team was unable to capitalize on those lengthy possessions while the visitors scored quickly. Austin Shaw came into the Princeton net for the final seven minutes and made four saves of his own.
 
Ferguson finished with 20 saves on the night in addition to his assist. Connor Yau also got credit for a helper on the play as his long stretch pass hit Baker in stride heading into the zone.
 
The Big Green are back in action Saturday night, playing host to No. 15 Quinnipiac. Game time is set for 7 p.m.