PRINCETON, N.J. – Kevin Liss has battled injuries throughout his three years at Princeton. When he returned this season, the Tigers already had set defensive pairs. Which injuries to the forwards, there were spots to compete for up front.
So Princeton coach Ron Fogarty turned Liss into a forward.
“It was definitely a big adjustment,” Liss said. “I’ve had a rough go of it the last few years with injures, so I was just coming back and that’s kind of where I fit in the lineup. It’s definitely fun, it’s a lot to learn but it’s very exciting and I love it so far.”
In the third period of Princeton’s 4-1 loss to Brown on Friday night, Liss found himself on the penalty kill. He jumped on a Bear turnover near the blue line, rushed out with the puck to form a breakaway and put it past Brown’s Tim Ernst.
“It was just kind of sitting out there and I just took it down,” Liss said. “It was kind of off to the races from there.”
A Brown player chased Liss down, and it ended with the pair tangled, Ernst down, as well as Liss. The officials reviewed the play, but ruled it a goal.
“I was pretty tied up on the way in,” Liss said. “To be honest with you it was kind of all a blur how everything went down, but I ended up on the ice and kind of sliding into the goalie there so I didn’t even really see how it went in.
“I was pretty tangled up. I think we thought there might’ve been a penalty on them as well, but it ended up in the net so that’s all that really matters.”
Liss returned to the Tigers on Jan. 9 against Union, and has played in 10 games this season – all at forward.
“I’m happy for Kevin Liss, he’s someone who’s been riddled with injuries over his career,” Fogarty said. “But he’s someone who’s stayed with it, brings it every night and is rewarded.”
The goal was the first collegiate tally for Liss, who had recorded two assists in 33 games over his Princeton career.
“It’s a relief,” Liss said. “It took long enough so I’m happy it’s finally over.”