Down 1-0 in the first period, Princeton forward Ben Foster found the puck behind the net. He fed it to the front, where the puck found Ryan Siiro. Siiro, playing in his first game since the season opener, slid it past RPI’s Jason Kasdorf.
But the net was off its moorings.
The officials conferred and disallowed the goal, giving RPI back the 1-0 lead. The Engineers scored on the power play not long after en route to a 3-1 win on Friday night.
“The net came off before the puck went in the net. We watched it and they were good. It was a good call,” Fogarty said.
“We wanted to make it 1-1 at that point, but we just have to stay focused, and they did. [In] 60 minute games [and] the ebbs and flows, you just have to remain focused through the 60 minutes of play.”
While the tigers finished with 25 shots to RPI’s 35, the Tigers were able to generate several quality scoring chances.
“I thought that’s the most scoring chances we generated, manufactured by our work down low,” Fogarty said. “[I’m] definitely pleased with that part of the game.”
Princeton hit the post a couple of times in the loss, including on a shot from Eric Robinson in the third period.
“When you get scoring chances, it’s great,” Fogarty said. “If you’re not getting scoring chances then we’d be more concerned. But it was a great area, we executed the play, he was open on the back door and he tried to bury it.”
Ben Forster recorded Princeton’s only goal, scoring in the third. He was alone near the crease and buried the puck to cut the deficit to 3-1 with eight minutes left in the game. Siiro and Aaron Ave assisted on the play.
Mark Miller scored twice for the Engineers, as he opened up scoring and tacked on the third goal.
Colton Phinnney continued his string of starts, and finished with 35 saves. He made some key stops late in the game, including stonewalling an odd-man RPI rush.
“He’s been playing great,” Fogarty said. “We did a better job after the first period of keeping the shots to the outside and not falling back on him defensively.”
A week after struggling to stay out of the penalty box, Princeton responded by taking three penalties. The Tigers finished 1-for-3 on the penalty kill, as did RPI.
Tom Kroshus and Kyle Rankin did not play because of injuries. Mike Ambrosia, Tyler Maugeri and Kevin Liss are also injured. Marlon Sabo took Kroshus’ place and played with Quin Pompi, while the other defensive pairs remained the same for the fourth-straight game.
“I think chemistry’s starting to develop,” Fogarty said. “It’s tough because of the injuries, so you can’t really get guys into a groove of tow or three games in a row.
“Even at practice we have different pairs throughout the week. The guys have to realize how to keep supporting each other when we have the puck.”
While it seemed like one of Princeton’s most even efforts so far this season, the Tigers still struggled clearing the puck at times.
“The systems are fine,” Fogarty said. “We just have to do a better job when we have full control in our defensive zone of making plays and realizing when just to outlet it over the blue line.”