Tigers inflict another wound
After ousting Union in playoffs last season, Princeton gets OT win
Princeton’s Derek Topatigh kept his goal-scoring streak alive, which was a real killer to Union on Friday night.
The Tigers won a 4-3 overtime decision at home against the Dutchmen, scoring in each period and getting a goal 1:27 into the overtime from Topatigh at Hobey Baker Rink.
It was Topatigh’s third consecutive game with a goal after the junior defenseman scored twice all of last season.
The outcome snapped Union’s two-game winning streak from last weekend, and it was the first Princeton regular-season win against the Dutchmen in almost 10 years (Nov. 15, 2008).
Union fell to 6-3-1 overall and 2-3-0 in ECAC play. Princeton improved to 2-1-1 (2-0-1 ECAC).
The Tigers scored 2:10 into the game with Alex Riche. Union rebounded to take the lead with first-period goals from Sean Harrison and Cole Maier.
Princeton, which knocked out Union in the ECAC playoffs last season, tied the game with 57 seconds left in the second period and took a 3-2 lead midway through the third.
Union’s Liam Morgan tied it with 4:31 left on a pretty play that included assists from Harrison and Zachary Emelifeonwu. It was Morgan’s fourth goal of the season.
On a relatively clean night with few penalties, Princeton put the game away on an even-strength goal. Topatigh scored after Jackson Cressey passed to Jake Paganelli at the blue line. Topatigh took a crossing pass and drilled one in from the right side.
The loss came despite Union dominating the third period with a 17-9 shots advantage.
Union, however, didn’t get off a shot in the extra period. Princeton had three, capped by Topatigh’s shot through traffic.
Union’s Jake Kupsky made 30 saves.
Union will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Quinnipiac.
Union goaltender Jake Kupsky, shown earlier this season, made 30 saves on Friday night.