Princeton men’s hockey walked into Starr Rink on Friday night having allowed 14 goals to the Raiders (15-9-3, 7-5-3 ECAC) over the last three contests, including a 5-1 loss back at Baker in November.
It was a homecoming for head coach Ron Fogarty and assistant Brad Dexter, who played at Colgate. For Dexter, it marked his return to the school where he served as an assistant for nine years, building Colgate’s current team.
And on Friday night, the Tigers (3-16-2, 1-13-1 ECAC), fought with Colgate in a physical battle. Princeton limited the Raiders to one goal over 59 minutes of play, but failed to score an equalizer and dropped the contest 2-0.
“We competed hard for 60 minutes and the game was very manageable,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “We just have to find a way to score goals and that’s kind of been our MO all year.”
Joe Wilson scored 53 seconds into the second period, giving Colgate the 1-0 lead. While the Raiders dominated the period, the Tigers fought back later on and found some scoring chances of their own, but were unable to score. Darcy Murphy added the empty net goal with 12 seconds left.
The loss marked the seventh time this season Princeton was shut out, a new program record. The Tigers were without freshman Eric Robinson, who scored in the tie against Brown. Robinson, Joe Grabowski and Matt Nelson – all of whom played in every game this season – were not in the lineup. Fogarty said it was a team decision.
The Tigers also played without rookies Ryan Berlin and Connor McLaren, taking the ice with 17 skaters. The absences jumbled the lines, allowing Hayden Anderson to suit up for the defense. It was the Minnesota native’s second game of the season and first since Nov. 15. Stuart Pomeroy also dressed for his second contest.
Junior Mike Ambrosia, who returned to the lineup after missing Princeton’s game at Brown, generated a few of the Tigers’ quality chances and finished with two shots on goal.
“[He] played very well,” Fogarty said. “He was a threat out there.”
Colgate received a boost from forward Mike Borkowski, who returned to the lineup for the first time since November. Borkowski, who was originally deemed out for the rest of the season, recorded an assist.
The Tigers finished with 19 shots, while Colgate tossed 36 at Princeton’s net. Phinney stopped 34 shots in the loss. Princeton killed off two of three power plays.
“We cleared a lot of rebounds in front of Colton and we played well defensively,” Fogarty said.