PRINCETON, N.J. – Almost halfway through the game, Ryan Siiro converted a feed from Andrew Calof to bring the score to 2-1 against St. Lawrence.
But the Saints (10-14-3, 4-8-2 ECAC) responded with five unanswered goals to defeat the Tigers (4-18-0, 3-12-0 ECAC) 7-1 on Friday night.
“We just weren’t really responsible with the puck shortly thereafter,” coach Bob Prier said. “I think we tried to maybe do a little bit too much. We had a lot of turnovers and lost battles tonight.
“We just [have] to be better prepared.”
The Saints converted three of their six power play chances. Patrick Doherty netted two goals, Gavin Bayreuther added four assists and 11 different Saints netted at least a point.
The Tigers took 25 shots on net, compared to the 50 they allowed.
“That’s as bad a loss as we’ve had all year,” Prier said. “They outworked us, outplayed us, they probably won 90 percent of stick battles, 90 percent of faceoffs.
“I mean, you name it, they wanted it way more than we did in our own rink. Give them credit.”
Colton Phinney made the start and finished with 43 saves. Prior to tonight, Phinney hadn’t surrendered seven goals in a single game.
“I thought Phinney played well,” Prier said. “He played great, he kept us in there. He’s a great kid with tremendous work ethic. So is Sean Bonar.
“We [have] to start playing a lot harder in front of these guys.”
Mike Ambrosia left the game in the second period and did not return after taking a hit into the boards. Prier did not have an update on Ambrosia’s situation, but said the forward is “highly unlikely” for tomorrow’s game against Clarkson.
Kevin Liss returned to the lineup after missing nine games with an injury. Fellow defenseman Aaron Ave missed the game with an injury.
“We don’t have much depth at the left side, we don’t have many left shot D,” Prier said. “We [have] Hayden Anderson on the left, give him credit, he plays his butt off, does everything you ask him. … Our other left defenseman is [Tom] Kroshus, who’s been struggling a bit.”
So for the second-straight game, Kyle Rankin played defense.
“Tonight he was one of the top couple of defenseman again, so he’s done a good job,” Prier said.
“He’s a good skater, he can get us out of the zone. So we’ll see how it evolves, he may not be back there permanently. But until we can get some depth and some guys back there, it’s a good spot for him.”
With the assist, Calof netted a point in his third straight game. Andrew Ammon also recorded an assist to reach his 10th point of the season.
The seven goals St. Lawrence scored is the second-highest total Princeton allowed this season, as the Tigers gave up eight goals to Michigan State.
Princeton is now on a four-game losing streak.
“[We need] more passion, pride, commitment to each other,” Prier said.
“[We need to] figure out how to come out with a lot more fire and desire to win battles [and] be responsible with pucks. We [have] to get some rest and come back and get back at it tomorrow and see what kind of resolve we have.”