Feb. 22, 2009

Courtesy of Princeton Athletics

PRINCETON -- Junior Jody Pederson's third-period power-play goal proved to be enough as the 10th-ranked Princeton men's hockey team skated to a 2-0 shutout win over seventh-ranked Yale on Saturday night at Hobey Baker Rink. The win was Princeton's 20th of the season and moved Princeton within two points of first-pace Yale entering the final weekend of the regular season.

Neither team scored until the final period but there were excellent chances at both ends throughout the night. Princeton nearly went ahead midway through the second when Yale netminder Alec Richards stuffed senior Lee Jubinville on the doorstep and then sophomore Mike Kramer's rebound attempt went through Richards but squeaked wide of the goal.

Yale nearly went ahead late in the period when Brian O'Neill was robbed by Princeotn junior goaltender Zane Kalemba on a one-time shot from the right side. O'Neill's shot was targeted for the top of the net, but Kalemba's glove kept the game scoreless.

Princeton came out strong for the third period and put a lot of rubber on Richards, taking 11 of the first 14 shots of the period. In that span, Pederson scored his fourth of the year through a screen to give Princeton the lead. With Kevin Limbert serving an interference penalty, the Tigers gained possession in the offensive zone. Senior Brett Wilson got the puck to sophomore Taylor Fedun on the right point and Fedun slid it across the blueline for Pederson, who one-timed the pass through Richards for the go-ahead goal. The goal came at 5:34 of the period.

Yale responded to the goal and put a lot of pressure on the Princeton end over the remainder of the period, but could not crack Kalemba, who made 11 of his 31 saves in the final period. The shutout was his second of the year and seventh of his career. Princeton outshot Yale 35-31. Richards made 33 saves.

Princeton improved to 20-7 overall and 14-6 in the ECAC, while Yale dropped to 19-6-2 overall and 14-4-2 in the league. Yale still holds a two-point lead atop the ECAC standings. Princeton also clinched a first-round playoff bye with the win and will host an ECAC quarterfinal series the weekend of March 13-15.

Princeton is back in action next Friday at Dartmouth.