Tigers in­flict an­other wound

Af­ter oust­ing Union in play­offs last sea­son, Prince­ton gets OT win

Albany Times Union - - COLLEGES - Staff re­port

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.

Hans Pen­nink / Spe­cial to the Times Union

Union goal­tender Jake Kup­sky, shown ear­lier this sea­son, made 30 saves on Fri­day night.

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