PRINCETON, NJ - After 60-plus minutes of scoreless action, Marc Hagel's power-play goal 1:16 into overtime lifted the ninth-ranked Princeton men's hockey team (1-0-0) to a 1-0 victory over the Bears (0-1-0) in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon at Baker Rink. The game counts in the overall record for both teams, but does not count in either the ECAC or Ivy League standings, as it was played as a non-league contest.
Despite getting outshot, 10-2, in the opening 20 minutes, the Bears headed to the locker room for the first intermission knotted at zero with the Tigers. Both teams had chances in the period, but eight of Brown's 10 total shots were either wide of the net or blocked by the Tigers' defense.
Brown's best chance came just two minutes in when freshman Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) took sophomore Jarred Smith's (Pepper Pike, OH) pass from behind the net and attempted a one-timer from the top of the crease, but Zane Kalemba was able to get his left leg on it to keep the Bears out of the net in the early going.
The second period was the reverse of the first, but with the same result, as the teams headed into the second intermission deadlocked at zero. Brown held a 16-11 advantage in shots and generated several chances, including a low wrist shot by sophomore Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) midway through the frame that had Kalemba beat, but missed just wide.
Just five minutes later, Maclellan started another opportunity for the Bears. Shorthanded, Maclellan intercepted a Princeton pass in Brown's zone and sprang senior Jordan Pietrus (Winnipeg, MAN) on the right wing. The duo combined for a two-on-one short-handed bid, but the ensuing shot was again wide of the net, as the game remained scoreless.
Sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) stopped all 10 shots he faced in the frame, including several from point-blank range on the later power-play chance for the Tigers.
The third period was more of the same with both teams generating scoring opportunities and both Clemente and Kalemba making save after save to keep the game scoreless.
With time winding down in the game, both teams looked for the go-ahead goal. With 3:53 remaining, Princeton's Taylor Fedun fired a blistering slap shot through traffic that Clemente gloved out of the air. After an offensive zone faceoff win by senior Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) 14 seconds later, the Bears had a succession of three shots in a row. Sophomore Marc Senecal's (North Bay, ONT) shot was saved but sophomore Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) picked up the rebound and fired a quick shot that Kalemba deflected over the crossbar with his glove. Timberlake collected the puck and took another quick shot, only to see it get blocked by the Tigers' defense, as the game remained scoreless.
Maclellan had a chance to win it for Brown in the final 10 seconds after intercepting a Princeton pass in the neutral zone, but his last-second shot went wide of the net, and the teams headed for overtime.
Princeton went up on the power-play 1:11 into overtime and Hagel took Pederson's centering pass at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and beat Clemente with a low shot for the game-winner just five seconds later.
Clemente finished with 31 saves, while Kalemba stopped 31 shots for the Tigers. Brown returns home tomorrow evening to host Ontario Institute of Technology in a 7:00 p.m. exhibition contest. The Bears open ECAC play next weekend when they travel to Union and RPI for a pair of league games.
#9 PRINCETON 0 0 0 1 - 1
First period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 3-6; P, 1-2.
Second period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 1-2; P, 2-4.
Third Period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 0-0; P, 0-0.
Overtime - P, Hagel (Pederson, Beachell), PP, 1:16. Penalties - B, 1-2; P, 0-0.
B, Mike Clemente (61:16), 10-11-10-0 - 31; P, Zane Kalemba (61:02), 2-16-12-1 - 31.