NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Max Veronneau scored with 64 seconds left in the third period to give Princeton a 3-2 win over Yale in ECAC Hockey action.
The Tigers, who prevented the Bulldogs from having a chance to finish among the top four in the standings and earn a first-round bye, never trailed in this contest. The Elis erased a pair of one-goal deficits with a goal and an assist from senior Joe Snively and came close to grabbing leads on numerous quality chances.
Yale, which hosts a first-round playoff series next weekend at Ingalls Rink, had a 32-22 edge in shots.
Snively's great back-check set up the equalizer for Yale in the second period. The senior took the puck away from a Tiger along the boards and then skated in over the blueline on the right side before spotting sophomore Kevin O'Neil coming to the point. Snively's pass was perfect, and O'Neil one-timed a low shot from the high slot that zipped past Jeremie Forget's blocker at 4:58.
The visitors scored early in the third to take the lead again, but the Elis used their sixth power play of the night to knot the score again at 2-2. Snively raced in over the blueline, split two defenders and fired a shot from the high slot that went glove side at 3:03.
Yale junior Corbin Kaczperski made 19 saves, while Forget finished with 30.