Kuffner becomes Princeton's all-time leading goal scorer in loss to No. 10 Clarkson

Kuffner becomes Princeton's all-time leading goal scorer in loss to No. 10 Clarkson
POTSDAM, NY -- With 68 career goals Ryan Kuffner is now the all-time leading goal scorer in Princeton history. Kuffner's 68th career goal came just 1:28 after the opening puck as Princeton took the early lead over No. 10 Clarkson. The Golden Knights had two third-period goals to win the game, 3-1.

Kuffner took over the title from John Cook '63 who has held the record of most goals in Princeton history for the last 56 years. The record-setting goal was assisted by none other than Max Véronneau. Véronneau has assisted on 63 percent of Kuffner's goals  - 43 of 68. Kuffner ranks second in the nation in goals per game this season and along with Véronneau is a candidate for the Hobey Baker Trophy.

Clarkson (18-8, 9-5) was able to score the equalizer on its first power-play opportunity at 17:40 of the first period. It came right after Véronneau was robbed of a short-handed tally by Jake Kielly.

The Tigers had their chances to get the go-ahead goal in the second as they doubled the Golden Knights in shots on goal. A delayed Clarkson penalty followed by a full time minutes of possession time saw Princeton take nine shots with Kielly stopping three, three shots getting blocked and three going wide.

A Princeton (6-13-2, 4-9-1) goal was waved off with 1:06 remaining in the second period as the officials signaled a kick in.

The teams continued to battle through the third with momentum on Princeton's side.

A turnover at the blue line resulted in the game-winning goal at 14:34. Nico Sturm stopped the breakout and after Chris Klack redirected in the shot as he was just getting up from a collision behind the goal. Clarkson sealed the win with a short-handed empty-net goal with 39 seconds remaining.

Princeton returns home to Hobey Baker Rink next weekend, Feb. 8 & 9, hosting Brown and Yale.