PRINCETON, NY -- Junior Jackson Cressey scored the game-tying goal at 6:23 of the third, a power-play goal, as Princeton skated to a 1-1 draw with No. 13 Clarkson tonight at Hobey Baker Rink.
The Tigers spent 14 minutes of the opening period in the Clarkson zone and outshot the Golden Knights 20-7. But an Aaron Thow power-play goal made the difference as Clarkson took a 1-0 lead.
Sturm had the secondary assist on Thow's goal at 12:41, a drive from the right point right off a face-off win to the right of Forget. Josh Dunne earned the primary assist as the Golden Knights converted on their first power-play opportunity. Clarkson would finish the game 1 for 3 on the man-advantage.
Princeton's power play was able to get one back on a good cycle of the puck. Cressey dished off to Ryan Kuffner at the point and he one-timed the puck to Max Véronneau on the right side. Véronneau fired a shot that Cressey was able to redirect on the doorstep past Kielly.
"We've been having great hockey games and getting zero points from them," Ron Fogarty said. "We had to do a re-set. We know what our fabric is - getting pucks on net, heavy forecheck and relentless on the puck in the offensive zone and that helps in the defense."
Freshman Jeremie Forget made his first career start in goal for the Tigers and up against a three-year veteran in Clarkson's Jake Kielly on the other end. Forget made a statement in the first with a stop on a Nico Sturm breakaway nine minutes into the game. Forget would leave the game in the third period due to an unknown injury. Sophomore Ryan Ferland came in and stopped all six shots he faced in the final 14:20.
"I think Forget did a great job playing in his first game," Ron Fogarty said. "And Ferland did a great job getting in there without a warm up and making a couple big saves."
Princeton honored Paralympic two-time gold medalist Declan Farmer prior to tonight's game. Farmer took part in the ceremonial puck drop on the ice he calls home. A junior at Princeton, Farmer is an economics major.
The Tigers take on St. Lawrence tomorrow night at 7 p.m., in the final home game of the regular season at Hobey Baker Rink.
It will be Princeton Hockey Fights Cancer night as the Tigers honor 15-year old "teammate" Luke Rogers. Diagnosed at age 11 with a rare form of childhood leukemia, Luke was "adopted" by the Princeton hockey team three years ago, through Team Impact. He's been an influential member of the Princeton hockey program and the Tigers pay tribute to him tomorrow night.