Late Cornell Goal Sends Princeton to ECAC-Opening Loss

With less than two minutes left, Princeton men’s hockey was locked in a 3-3 tie with Cornell. The Tigers had created several quality scoring chances and were heading to the power play.

“We gave ourselves opportunities to score throughout the game,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “We had a breakaway early with [Eric] Robinson and had scoring opportunities at the end and the power play, and guys were executing throughout the entire rink.”

The unsuccessful power play’s end featured a clear from Cornell. Princeton’s David Hallisey picked the puck out of the neutral zone where Cornell’s Mitch Vanderlaan collected it and brought it into Princeton’s zone.

Quin Pompi tried to clear, but Big Red Trevor Yates picked it up. He passed it to Jeff Kubiak who roofed the puck over Colton Phinney for Cornell’s game-winning goal with 49 seconds left in regulation.

The goal was all Cornell needed to defeat Princeton 4-3 on Saturday night, handing the Tigers their first ECAC loss.

After Princeton took the 1-0 lead, Cornell responded with three goals in the second period. Princeton tied the game 1:03 minutes into the last frame.

“They kept with the game plan and that enabled us to bounce back with those two goals so we didn’t deviate or take shortcuts,” Fogarty said.

For the second night in a row, Princeton scored first. It was the first collegiate tally from freshman Max Veronneau, who finished the night with two goals. Ben Foster added the other, while Tommy Davis and David Hallisey each recorded an assist.

Kuffner also recorded his first collegiate point after earning an assist on Veronneau’s second goal. The pair, who played together in the CCHL, have skated on a line together since the season’s start.

“It was good for those guys to get on their score sheet in a hostile environment at Lynah,” Fogarty said. “We expect them to continue that momentum tomorrow night.”

Phinney finished the night with 39 saves.

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