Five Tigers Score as Princeton Beats No. 16 St. Cloud

Five Tigers Score as Princeton Beats No. 16 St. Cloud

Princeton never trailed in its 5-3 win Friday night at No. 16 St. Cloud State, but the team's first win over a ranked opponent in almost a full year was a battle to the finish.

Corey AndonovskiLiam GrandeJackson CresseyLuke Keenan and Spencer Kersten all scored and Ryan Ferland made 31 saves in the win.

Andonovski took a centering pass from Matthew Thom less than two minutes into the game and sent it in for an early lead.

St. Cloud tied it up when Sam Hentges scored near the midway point of the first period, but Liam Grande got Princeton back on top less than eight minutes before the intermission when Mark Paolini found him on the goal's doorstep and Grande found an opening for a 2-1 lead.

Jackson Cressey got Princeton a two-goal lead for the first time when he put in a rebound near the midpoint of the second period.

Less than three minutes later, Luke Keenan collected the puck at the faceoff dot to St. Cloud's goalie David Hrenak's right and fired it in to put Princeton up three at 4-1.

St. Cloud, though, scored twice within three minutes after Keenan's goal to pull within 4-3, and that's where it stayed more than 14 minutes into the third period when Spencer Kersten picked off a misfired pass and wheeled around the back of the net, tucking it inside the post to regain a two-goal lead with less than six minutes to play.

The teams will wrap up the series at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Saturday.