Princeton Falls to Colorado College in OT

Princeton Falls to Colorado College in OT

PRINCETON – For the second consecutive game, the Princeton University men's hockey team peppered a Colorado College goalie with a litany of shots, but for the second night in a row it was the Tigers from Colorado who snagged a victory at Hobey Baker Rink as an early overtime goal from Chris Wilkie was the deciding factor in a 2-1 game.
 
Princeton's Christian O'Neill scored on the power play with 0:31 remaining and Princeton's goalie pulled to send the game to overtime, finally getting a Princeton shot past Colorado College netminder Ryan Ruck on Princeton's 40th shot of the game. Liam Grande had the primary assist, feeding O'Neill in front who went under the crossbar to square things up. Jackson Cressey had the second assist following a nice keep at the blue line to extend the play.
 
Princeton's momentum was short lived as Colorado College ended things just 0:19 into overtime. Off a faceoff in Princeton's end, Sam Renlund won the draw to Nick Halloran who passed back to Wilkie who threaded a shot through a screen and by Jeremie Forget.
 
Forget, making his first start of the season for Princeton was terrific throughout the night as he made 25 saves – including 14 in the second period.
 
Prior to the overtime winner, the only Colorado College shot to elude Forget was a 2-on-1 finish by Wilkie – who ended the weekend with four goals scored. Halloran again was the playmaker, dishing across ice to Wilkie who one-timed it just before a Princeton backchecker could get a stick on the pass. The goal came just 2:12 into the third period.
 
Princeton appeared to have tied the game for the first time with 11:38 left in the third period when Luke Keenan went hard to the net and looked to have a shot slip by Ruck near post. However, the play was ruled no goal on the ice, and video review was inconclusive and the call stood.
 
Princeton was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the game, finishing the weekend 10-for-10 on the PK. 
 
Over the two games, Princeton had 83 total shots on goal. O'Neill had a game-high six shots for Princeton.
 
Princeton returns to Hobey Baker Rink on December 10 to take on AIC at 7 p.m. The game is Princeton's "Teddy Bear Toss" game.