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PROVIDENCE, RI – Princeton (1-3-0, 1-1-0) scored three straight goals in the first 12 minutes of the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit and then went on to claim a 4-3 victory over the Brown men's hockey team (1-2-1, 0-1-1) Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The Bears wasted little time in taking a 1-0 lead, as junior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) tallied a power play goal just 2:38 into the game. Skating on their first man-advantage of the night, freshman Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) collected the puck at the right face-off circle and sent it behind the net to sophomore Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ). Zaires skated towards the opposite corner and passed the puck back out in front for Maclellan, who beat Mike Condon with a one-timer to the near side.
Senior David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ), who scored his first goal of the year last night against Quinnipiac, doubled Brown's lead 3:26 later when his shot from the left face-off circle deflected off a Princeton defender's skate and into the goal. Freshman Garnet Hathaway (Kinnebunkport, ME) earned his second point of the weekend with an assist on the goal.
Princeton opened the second period with a full two-minute power play after freshman Jimmy Siers (Mt. Prospect, IL) was whistled for hitting after the whistle at the 20-minute mark of the first period. The Tigers went on a brief two-man advantage after another Bears' penalty 1:44 into the second and Brown was unable to survive the back-to-back penalties, as Matt Arhontas scored his fourth goal of the season 3:10 into the period to bring the Tigers to within a goal.
Princeton got another one less than a minute later, when Arhontas hacked away at a rebound that freshman Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) was unable to cover at 4:03 of the second period. Andrew Calof and Mike Kramer assisted both goals.
Brown earned a power play at 7:14 of the frame after a bench minor on the Tigers. The Bears had possession in the zone for the entire two-minute stretch, taking 10 shots, but Condon made five saves and the Princeton defense blocked another pair to keep the score knotted at 2-2.
The Bears had another man-advantage chance at 10:20 of the period and appeared to have scored their third of the night, but a shot by senior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) crossed the goal line seconds after the play had been whistled dead.
Brown failed to gain possession inside the zone after that chance and Kevin Lohry put the Tigers on top, 3-2, when he intercepted a Brown pass inside the blueline, skated in behind the defense and beat De Filippo, one-on-one, for a short-handed goal at 11:52.
With 28 seconds left in the period, the Bears were assessed another minor, giving Princeton its fifth man-advantage of the night. However, Zolnierczyk would tie the score at 3-3, 11 seconds into the Tigers' power play with his first short-handed goal of the year. Brownschidle won the faceoff back to Zolnierczyk and the Bears' captain skated in with senior Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) on a two-on-none break for Brown. Zolnierczyk carried the puck to the net, and pushed it past Condon, as the two teams headed into the third period tied at 3-3.
Brown killed the remaining 1:32 of that penalty but almost immediately after, Princeton went back up on the man-advantage and grabbed a 4-3 lead when Michael Sdao beat De Filippo with a shot from the right point. Cam Ritchie assisted the goal, which came 2:53 into the third period.
Brown had a chance to tie the game with a late power play opportunity, but could do nothing with it, aside from a pair of shots, one saved by Condon and the other blocked by the Tiger defense.
The Bears called a timeout with 1:31 left to play and pulled De Filippo in favor of the extra attacker 20 seconds later. Their best chance was on a shot from just inside the blueline by Zaires that hit the near post with about 20 seconds remaining.
De Filippo finished with 30 saves, while Condon made 37 saves for the Tigers. Brown has a rare weekend off next weekend and returns to action on Friday November 19th when it travels to Hamilton, NY to face Colgate in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
PRINCETON 0 3 1 x - 4
BROWN 2 1 0 x - 3
First Period – B, Maclellan (Zaires, Wahl), PP, 2:38; B, Brownschidle (Hathaway), 6:04. Penalties – P, 1-2; B, 2-4.
Second Period – P, Arhontas (Calof, Kramer), PP, 3:10; P, Arhontas (Calof, Kramer), 4:03; P, Lohry (unassisted), SH, 11:52; B, Zolnierczyk (Brownschidle), SH, 19:43. Penalties – P, 2-4; B, 3-6.
Third Period – P, Sdao (Ritchie), PP, 2:53. Penalties – P, 1-2; B, 2-4.
P, Mike Condon (60:00) – 9-15-13-x – 37; B, Marco De Filippo (59:03) – 10-14-6-x – 30.
Pictured: Jack Maclellan '12. Photo by DSPics.net.