Princeton falls in OT to No. 4 UMass

Princeton falls in OT to No. 4 UMass

Amherst, M.A. -- Princeton rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit scoring twice in the second period to push overtime with No 4 UMass. A cross-crease pass from Mario Ferraro to Oliver Chau kept the Tigers from coming out on top as Chau went back door for the game winner at 3:04.

UMass (11-1) scored 26 seconds apart in the final two minutes of the first period to gain a 2-0 lead.

Ty Farmer collected a puck in the left corner and pushed it up ice to Bobby Kaiser. Kaiser's defender took a spill at center ice leaving him alone in the high slot as he fired glove side on Ryan Ferland at 18:48.
 
Cale Makar net his sixth of the season when he converted on a breakaway.  After he picked the pocket of a Princeton Tiger at the checkered red he skated in for the solo goal at 19:14.
 
Sophomore Luke Keenan net his first goal of the season with Max Véronneau and Mike Ufberg assisting. Ufberg jammed the puck off the board and circled around the Princeton zone, finding Veronneau in front of the Princeton bench. Véronneau centered for Keenan and he rifled a shot as he got across the blue line going over the glove of Matt Murray. At 4:49.
 
Véronneau, who ranks third nationally in assists, picked up his second goal of the season to knot the game at 2-2 at 17:53. This time it was Ryan Kuffner assisting as well as Jackson Cressey. After Cressey worked the puck in the left corner to Kuffner, Kuffner had the perfect flip pass to Veronneau. His defender battled trying to lift his stick but was no match as he put the puck five hole on Murray.

 
Veronneau's assist moves him into fifth place, along with Scott Bertoli, all-time at Princeton with 77 tallies. His two points gives him 118 – along tying him with Bertoli on the all-time scoring sheet at 8th. Kuffner is just ahead with 122 career points
 
The Tigers were able to withstand a UMass power play late in the third and then had a great chance to end the game when Kuffner had a breakaway with 5.9 seconds left in regulation but got tied up with his defenseman and wasn't able to get the shot off.
 
Princeton entered the weekend with the seventh best penalty kill unit in the nation at 88 percent, and after going 4 for 4 tonight now sits in first place at 89.7 percent (26/29).

The Tigers power play, working without two key components in seniors Josh Teves and Alex Riche, was 0 fo 2.
 
Sophomore netminder Ryan Ferland matched his career high of 43 saves, while Murray stopped 23 on the other end.

Princeton (3-4-1) returns to league action next weekend with a home-and-home series with No. 10 Quinnipiac.