Feb. 8, 2009

Courtesy Princeton

ITHACA, N.Y. - The finish to Saturday night's Princeton-Cornell men's hockey game is the type of finish you might expect to see when the nation's fifth and 10th-ranked teams face one another. Trailing 1-0 late, the Tigers scored twice in the final minute to knock off Cornell 2-1 and complete a weekend sweep in Central New York.

The game, which was delayed an hour and 15 minutes because the Princeton bus broke down on the way to Cornell. The game started late but was a treat to the capacity crowd at Lynah Rink as both teams executed well and there was great action at both ends of the rink.

Neither team scored in an opening period that Cornell controlled most of. The Big Red outshot Princeton 15-6 in the period although both teams had good chances. Play evened in the second period and Cornell broke the ice when Blake Gallagher scored on the power play at 10:20.

Cornell won an offensive zone draw that Princeton appeared to have cleared, but the Big Red wound up with the puck low. Riley Nash and Colin Greening quickly got he puck in front and Gallagher patiently waited for Princeton junior goaltender Zane Kalemba to commit before shooting around him to give Cornell the lead.

From that point though, Cornell seemed content to sit on the 1-0 lead and the Big Red nearly did so, save Princeton's last minute heroics. The Tigers controlled play for much of the third but could not crack Cornell netminder Ben Scrivens.

Finally, with Kalemba pulled in the final minute and an extra attacker on the ice, the Tigers cashed in. Following a faceoff win by junior Dan Bartlett, senior Lee Jubinville won a battle along the boards and laid the puck behind the net to junior Cam MacIntyre, who was making his first appearance for Princeton since mid-March. MacIntyre fed the puck in front to Bartlett, who quickly one-timed it by Scrivens to draw Princeton even with his eighth goal of the season with 36 seconds left to play.

Cornell seemed stunned and Princeton scored the game winner only 18 seconds later when sophomore Taylor Fedun capped a 3 on 1 rush by blasting the puck into the open net. Junior Kevin Kaiser got Fedun the puck coming into the neutral zone and Fedun gave it to sophomore Kevin Lohry just after crossing into the Cornell zone. Lohry sent it to the middle and slid through a host of legs before Fedun pounced on it and sent it into the goal for the game winner at 19:42.

Kalemba finished the night with 26 saves, while Scrivens had 25. Shots on goal were even at 27-27 as Princeton crept back after being outshot in the opening period.

The Tigers win was their third in a row and moved Princeton to 17-6 overall and 11-5 in the ECAC. The Tigers are back in action next Friday against Clarkson at 7 p.m.