Men's Hockey Edged 2-1 by St. Lawrence in Series Finale
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
LINKS: Box Score
PRINCETON (3/6/11) - The Princeton men's hockey team fired 49 shots on the St. Lawrence goal but an early two-goal deficit proved too much to overcome and the Saints pulled out a 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Hobey Baker Rink. The win gave St. Lawrence a 2-1 series win and ended Princeton's season.
St. Lawrence scored twice in the first 10:11 of the first period scoring on two of its first three shots to build what turned out to be an insurmountable lead. Both goals came in transition as the Saints caused turnovers and capitalized.
Greg Carey opened the scoring at 5:27 with his third goal in the last two games and 21st of the season when he got the puck at the top of the circle and lobbed a shot into the far top corner of the net. The goal was assisted by Nic Vangog and Riley Austin.
Kyle Essery made the score 2-0 midway through the first period with his sixth goal of the season. The play began in the Princeton zone as Jeremy Wick of St. Lawrence delivered a big hit to turn the puck over and the puck went right to Essery who wasted little time in putting it on the net for the goal.
The rest of the game belonged to Saint netminder Matt Weninger who stopped 48 Princeton shots to lead his team to the win. Essery made 16 saves in the firs and 24 in the third and was only beaten once by a Tiger. That goal came at 12:57 of the second period when Derrick Pallis tallied his seventh goal of the season. The power play goal was assisted by Taylor Fedun and Rob Kleebaum as Kleebaum fed Fedun at the point and Fedun set up Pallis' one timer.
Princeton was 1 for 5 with the man advantage in the loss while St. Lawrence was scoreless in two power plays. Princeton outshot St. Lawrence 49-16. Sean Bonar made 14 saves in the Princeton net.
The loss ends Princeton's season at 17-13-12. It also ends the run of Princeton's Class of 2011, which completes will graduate as the winningest class in program history with 72 wins over the last four years.