Princeton Defeats Yale, Sweeps The Weekend

For the second-straight night, Princeton found itself tied 2-2 in the third after relinquishing a two-goal lead. And for the second-straight night, Princeton earned the win.

“You want those tangible results,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “You put a string together of three straight ECAC wins, the guys get more confident and it’s easier to come to the rink and makes it easier to continue to learn.

With less than four minutes left, Siiro powered the puck past several defenders to give Princeton the permanent lead en route to a 4-2 win. It marked the first time since March 3, 2012. With the win, Princeton swept the weekend – marking the first time since February 2013 the Tigers accomplished the feat.

“It was huge,” Fogarty said. “It’s the first time we swept Brown-Yale since 07-08.”

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Siiro finished the game with two points, including an assist on Garrett Skrbich’s game-opening goal.

“[They’re] predictable to each other,” Fogarty said. “The players know where they’re going to be in our structure so they can jump on pucks. Siiro’s goal tonight was a fantastic goal and a great response to Yale tying it up on the power play.”

Skrbich’s goal came less than five minutes into the game, and freshman Spencer Kryczka struck 10 seconds later for his first collegiate tally.

“It was awesome,” Kryczka said. “A big weight lifted off my back. I’m not 100 percent a scorer by any means, but it’s always nice to get the first one out of the way.”

After a scoreless second, Yale scored both its goals in a 2:06 minute span in the third period. John Hayden tied the game on a power play, the only man-advantage tally Princeton allowed on the night.

“We’re playing consistent and we’re playing against good teams and we know they’re going to score goals with opportunities,” Fogarty said. “We just stayed the course and became predictable to each other with our systems and our structure.”

Princeton, which killed off three penalties, has the nation’s fifth-best penalty kill.

“Our PK’s been awesome all year,” Kryczka said. “We [had] four forwards up front that are doing a heck of a job killing and we got all our D working and blocking shots and that’s a big thing. Everyone’s just buying in, so that helps on the PK when everyone’s on the same page.”

Yale outshot Princeton 39-31, and Colton Phinney finished with 37 saves in his 12th career win. He made 10 stops in the third period.

“I just want to stay calm and try to not give up any rebounds and just be confident out there, but the mindset doesn’t really change,” Phinney said.

Princeton, which travels to Penn State next Friday, hasn’t won three games in a row since January 2011.

“We have to enjoy this for a day and get ready for a tough opponent in Penn State,” Fogarty said.

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