4 Elis Score Goals in 5-4 Loss
PRINCETON, NJ – The Princeton power play was extremely effective tonight in an ECAC Hockey contest at Baker Rink. The Tigers, despite goals from four different Yale skaters and a late surge, scored on three of their eight advantages on the way to a 5-4 win.
The Elis nearly overcame a 5-2 third-period deficit to even the score in the final minutes. That's because the Blue outshot Princeton 41-31 and created many great scoring chances with its speed and ability to cycle the puck.
An aggressive, early Yale fore-check gave the Blue plenty of early opportunities to be the first to light the lamp. However, it was an Eli penalty that led to the game's first tally. The Tigers quickly converted, and they did so on the next advantage as well.
Between the pair of Princeton power-play scores was a nice even-strength goal by Evan Smith. He and his twin, Mitchell, went through the blue line on a 2-on-1 and Evan held the puck on the right until the last second and then fired top shelf, near side
The Bulldogs trailed late in the first period when the visitors took advantage of another odd-man rush. This time it was Will D'Orsi holding it as JM Piotrowksi stayed with him before the sophomore found a hole to shoot and made it 2-2 for his first collegiate goal.
The Tigers notched the next three straight, including two in the middle frame, and the game looked out of reach. The Bulldogs never gave up. Defenseman Anthony Walsh tallied off a 3-on-2, the Elis' third odd-man rush score, and then captain Ryan Hitchcock, on the penalty kill, used a wrap-around shot to make it 5-4.
There were plenty of quality chances to even the score, especially after pulling goalie Sam Tucker with just over a minute to play, but the puck could not find its way through.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director