Calof OT Goal Forces Game 3

OT Goal Spoils Great Yale Comeback

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Andrew Calof's second goal of the game, 33 seconds into overtime, gave Princeton a 5-4 win over Yale and forced a third game of the men's ECAC Hockey first round tournament series at Ingalls Rink.

The Bulldogs (14-14-3), the No. 6 seed who never had the lead tonight, had the edge in all statistics except the one that counted the most. Princeton (9-15-7), the 11th seed, had 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 advantages before having the contest go to the extra session after surrendering four third-period tallies on 23 shots. All four of Yale's goals were scored by special teams units, three on the power play and one shorthanded.

Four different Elis scored while Brian O'Neill and Tommy Fallen each had a pair of assists.

The first 20 minutes were fairly even. Yale outshot Princeton by two, both teams had one power play and the Tigers got the period's only tally.

Marc Hagel won a draw in the right circle, moving the puck to Jack Berger, who quickly kept it moving over to Rob Kleebaum. The junior wing, who had one of Princeton's goals last night, unleashed a wrister from the high slot that whizzed over Nick Maricic's shoulder at 5:01.

The Bulldogs had plenty of chances to even the score, including pipe shots by blueliners Gus Young (1st period) and Nick Jaskowiak (2nd), but they couldn't get the sustained pressure required to get one past an inspired Sean Bonar, who did not allow a goal on 18 shots through two periods and finished with 38 stops.

O'Neill and Kevin Limbert were called for consecutive penalties late in the middle frame that helped Princeton make it 2-0 with the two-man advantage. Calof, who had both of the Tigers' goals against Yale in New Jersey last weekend, jumped on a rebound in the low slot and snapped it top shelf at 18:35.

It began to feel like a Yale shot would never hit the net. Off the opening face-off in the third, Clinton Bourbonais had two point-blank chances but couldn't get it past the Princeton netminder.

Kevin Peel finally broke the bubble when his power-play shot with 13:27 left went inside the far post from the lower left circle. The senior defenseman followed up a rebound of a Jaskowiak shot from the point and the game was suddenly 2-1.

As quick as the crowd and the home team gained a huge rush from the goal, the momentum was squashed when Peel, who appeared to make an excellent defensive play to stop a rush, was called for hooking. That call didn't turn into another man-advantage goal, but the visitors still scored seconds after the Bulldogs killed off the penalty.

Kleebaum got his second of the night with a shot from the right side, just off the goal line extended at 9:08 to put Princeton up 3-1.

Yale's second shorthanded goal of the year could not have come at a better time. Colin Dueck passed ahead for Root, who grabbed it along the boards near center ice and raced in with a defender breathing down his neck. Root held and managed to slip it between Bonar's legs to cut the margin to one while also drawing a penalty on the defenseman.

The Blue still had some time left for an advantage after the Yale penalty was done, but Bonar came up with a few big stops. However, with a few ticks of the clock left on the home advantage, Antoine Laganiere got to a puck behind the net and just off to the right, clearly not a great place to shoot from. Instead of passing it to a teammate, the junior sent a backhanded slap shot off the back of Bonar's leg and into the back of the net at 14:00 to even things at 3-3.

The crowd went wild and the momentum had clearly shifted. Once again, some of the wind came out of the sails on a Michael Sdao score from the point. The Princeton blueliner, just a foot off the blueline, sent a low wrist shot through traffic that somehow avoided everyone and caught the Yale goalie by surprise on the glove side 27 seconds after the Laganiere goal. It stunned everyone in the building, and easily could have been the final dagger, but this story had more turns to come.

Simultaneous penalties to Calof and Tucker Brockett with 3:46 in the third gave the Blue another chance. O'Neill swooped around two teammates inside the point, and just as he looked up at the goalie, he sent a crossing back feed to Andrew Miller, the junior center who has been looking for his seventh goal of the year for a few weeks. Miller blasted a slap shot from the high slot that found the net with 2:24 left and sent the crowd into another tizzy.

The Bulldogs may have felt fortunate to be heading into overtime the way the game had gone, but the extra session lasted just 33 seconds. A Yale defenseman got caught a step behind on a Princeton rush that turned into a two-on-one before Calof one-timed Ammon's backhanded pass near the edge of the crease past Maricic (26 saves) to force the third game of the series.

"We grabbed momentum with our work ethic. That's what we needed to do for 60 minutes," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.

 

BULLDOG BITES
The loss ended Yale's unbeaten streak at five (4-0-1) games... Brian O'Neill had two points and moved ahead of Bob Kudelski '87 into a second-place tie on the school's career points list with Mark Kaufmann '93 (160)... Andrew Miller celebrated his 100th career game played with a big goal... Tickets for game three go on sale at the Ray Tompkins House at noon on Sunday… Princeton had a goal taken away at the 6:33 mark of the second when it was ruled that Andrew Ammon kicked the puck in the net… Both lineups were the same from Friday night's game.

 

Report filed by  Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

Image of Kevin Peel scoring by Don Clark