PRINCETON, NJ - Princeton (12-14-3, 8-12-2) blew open a 1-0 game with three goals in the second period en route to a 7-3 victory over the Brown (8-17-4, 6-12-4) men's ice hockey team on Saturday afternoon at Baker Rink. The loss is the second straight lopsided decision suffered by Brown, which will be on the road for the first round of the ECAC playoffs. Fighting for home ice at the start of the weekend and sitting in ninth place, the loss drops Brown all the way to 11th place, as Dartmouth, which is currently tied with the Bears, holds the tiebreaker after earning three points in the regular season series. Depending on the results of tonight's remaining games, Brown will either travel to RPI, St. Lawrence, or Quinnipiac.
The Tigers outshot the Bears, 15-6, in the opening frame and came away from the first 20 minutes leading on the scoreboard, 1-0, after Matt Arhontas scored just 1:18 into the contest.
Princeton increased its lead to 2-0 1:33 after the first intermission, when Mark Magnowski lifted the puck over sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) from the right side of the crease. The Tigers added their third of the afternoon less than five minutes later, when Taylor Fedun beat Clemente with a shot from the left side with three seconds left on Princeton's second power play of the game.
Will MacDonald blew the game open with a fourth Princeton goal at 9:29 of the second when his shot from between the faceoff circles was saved by Clemente but trickled underneath him and over the goal line.
Junior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) got Brown on the board 1:19 after the Tigers' fourth goal, beating Zane Kalemba on just the 12th shot of the game for the Bears. Sophomore Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) earned his 17th assist of the year on the goal.
With 6:42 left in the second, Maclellan made it a two-goal game, scoring his 12th goal of the year. Senior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) carried the puck into the zone on the left wing with Brown enjoying a three-on-two rush. He passed up to Maclellan, who was trailing the play, and the Bears' leading scorer fired a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Kalemba glove-side.
The score remained 4-2 in favor of the Tigers until the 11:13 mark of the third period when Marc Hagel tipped Derrick Pallis' shot from the blueline past Clemente for a 5-2 Princeton advantage.
Brown earned its first power play of the night with 6:17 remaining in the game and head coach Brendan Whittet immediately pulled Clemente for the extra attacker. The Bears were unable to get a shot off in the first 46 seconds of the man-advantage. After Derrick Pallis intercepted a Brown pass deep in the Tigers zone, he launched the puck towards Brown's net and it found its way just inside the right post for a 6-2 Princeton lead.
Volpatti connected on the power play just 29 seconds later to cut the deficit to 6-3, but the Tigers would go up on their third man-advantage at 15:41, dashing Brown's hopes at a comeback when Mark Magnowski scored 44 seconds into the power play.
Clemente finished with 46 saves, including 23 in the second period, while Kalemba made 20 for the Tigers. The Bears return to action next weekend when they travel to either RPI, St. Lawrence, or Quinnipiac for the ECAC First Round best-of-three series.
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First Period - P, Arhontas (Magnowski,
Schroeder), 1:18. Penalties -B, 1-2; P, 0-0.
Second Period - P, Magnowski (Sdao, Arhontas), 1:33, P, Fedun (Bartlett), PP, 5:22; P, MacDonald (Fedun), 9:29; B, Fratkin (Maclellan), 10:48; B, Maclellan (Volpatti), 13:42. Penalties - B, 1-2; P, 0-0.
Third Period - P, Hagel (Pallis, Bartlett), 11:13; P, Pallis (Magnowski), SH, EN, 14:29; B, Volpatti (Zaires), PP, 14:58; P, Magnowski (Arhontas, Kramer), PP, 16:25. Penalties - B, 1-2; P, 1-1.
B, Mike Clemente (59:14) - 14-23-9-x - 46; P, Zane Kalemba (59:49) - 6-7-7-x - 20.
Pictured: Aaron Volpatti ’10. Photo by DSPics.net