PROVIDENCE, RI – Senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) scored his team-leading 8th goal of the year to force overtime, but Princeton's Michael Sdao lifted the Tigers (5-9-4, 4-7-1) to a 3-2 win with the game-winner at 3:02 of the extra frame on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium. The loss halts Brown's (6-7-1, 3-4-0) three-game winning streak and keeps the Bears in 11th place in the ECAC Hockey Standings.
Having played the fewest ECAC contests among the League's 12 teams to date, the Bears let a golden opportunity to gain ground in the standings slip away, failing to pick up any points with tonight's loss.
Trailing, 2-1, for most of the game, Maclellan tied the score with a power play goal at 2-2 with 10:03 left in regulation to force the extra period. Neither team could put away chances at the end of regulation or during the first three minutes of overtime until Sdao skated across the slot from left to right and lifted the puck past Clemente, stick-side, clearing the Princeton bench.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead at the 7:20 mark of the first when Andrew Calof collected the rebound of a shot by Michael Sdao and lifted it into a partially open net after Clemente had made the initial save.
However, the Bears tied the score just 33 seconds later, when freshman Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) took a puck from Maclellan and beat Mike Condon with a one-timer from the bottom of the left faceoff circle for his 5th goal in the Bears' last four games. Freshman Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) also earned an assist on the goal, his eighth point in four games. For Maclellan, the assist stretched his point-scoring streak to five games (4g, 3a).
The tie was short-lived, however, as a penalty on freshman Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA) gave Princeton its first power play chance of the game at 8:19. Calof capiltalized just 21 seconds into the man-advantage, scoring in nearly identical fashion as his first, when he lifted the puck into a partially open net after Clemente made a save on Jack Berger.
The two teams played a relatively quiet second period with Brown earning three power play chances, though one was for just 18 seconds, and Princeton earning one abbreviated chance on the man-advantage. The Bears had a golden oopportunity to tie the game at 2-2 with 1:36 left in the period when senior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) was tripped on a breakaway attempt by Calof. Farnham took the ensuing penalty shot but hit the post, as Princeton held onto the 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.
With Brown on its sixth power play midway through the final period, Maclellan tied the score at 2-2 when he took a pass from Lorito at the edge of the crease and beat Condon five-hole for his eighth goal of the year. Sophomore Matt Wahl (Wellington,FL) also earned an assist, marking his sixth assist in four games.
For the game, Clemente finished with 24 saves, while Condon made 40 for the Tigers. Brown will look to rebound tomorrow night when it hosts Quinnipiac, 2-1 victors of Yale on Friday, in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
PRINCETON 2 0 0 1 - 3
BROWN 1 0 1 0 - 2
First period – P, Calof (Hagel, Sdao), 7:20; B, Jacobson (Maclellan, Lorito), 7:53; P, Calof (Berger, Sdao), PP, 9:40. Penalties – P, 2-4; B, 1-2.
Second period – No Scoring. Penalties – P, 4-8; B, 1-2.
Third Period – B, Maclellan (Lorito, Wahl), PP, 9:57. Penalties – P, 1-2; B, 0-0.
Overtime – P, Sdao (MacDonald), 3:02. Penalties – P, 0-0; B, 0-0.
P, Mike Condon (63:02), 14-16-7-3 – 40; B, Mike Clemente (63:02), 7-6-9-2 – 24.
Pictured: Jack Maclellan '12. Photo by DSPics.net.